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Pinellas schools plan rapid expansion of career training



Students visiting the Pinellas school board yesterday wanted to know why the county didn't offer more career-focused programs. "Not every one of us is going to go to college. Some of us are going to join the military, some of us are going to join the workforce," Largo High School senior Haley Lehmann told the board.

Little did the students know, the Pinellas school system was on the same page. They unveiled an exhaustive plan to increase career and technical education in Pinellas schools, including creating more career academies at middle schools and infusing even the general education curriculum with more workforce-minded skills. The school system hopes to see these changes come to fruition in the next two years.

While elementary schools won't be seeing construction or fashion design academies any time soon, they're a part of the plan too: David Barnes, executive director of career, technical and adult education, said elementary schools will be getting special labs and starting new clubs focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

Read about the full details of the career education expansion here.

[Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 12:26pm]


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