Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FBLA students learn the business of running a government

BROOKSVILLE — Central High School Future Business Leaders of America recently went to City Hall to hear local leaders explain the kinds of employment available in Hernando County.

Thirty-two students, freshmen through seniors, accompanied by business teacher Joyce Cheze, attended the program coordinated by the Office of Business Development representative Valerie Pianta.

The students heard from County Administrator David Hamilton, who described the types of things some local governments do, including the collection of taxes, running county courts and jails, operating the Sheriff's Office and determining land use.

Hernando County, he said, employes about 1,500 people.

Then-County Commissioner Christopher Kingsley mentioned some of the qualifications needed for county workers and stressed the importance of education. He said government work might not make them rich, but it does offer regular pay and benefits.

Other presenters were County Commissioner Rose Rocco, Omar DePablo of the Planning Department, Department of Public Works assistant county engineer Gregg Sutton, Utilities Department water distribution supervisor Tony Pastore, Hernando County Fire/Rescue district chief, Robert Miller and Human Resources employment coordinator Beth Howley.

They described their departments and at one point, one of them even drew applause. That was Sutton, who told students who travel a congested road when they go to and from school, "We're going to four-lane Sunshine Grove Road."

Jackie Hall, 15, is a sophomore and new to FBLA. She said she joined the organization "because it opens your eyes. It helps you see what else is out there."

Carolyn White, 15, also a sophomore and new to the group, said, "I joined FBLA because everybody's always talking about great business jobs out there." She said the organization would help her learn about those jobs.

Senior Andrew Hall, 17, is the Central High FBLA treasurer and was interested in one particular point brought forth during the visit. "I was really impressed with the job security," he said. "You always know you have a job on Monday."

He hoped the other members took something away from the morning's talks. "There was a lot pertaining to business," he said. "I'm pretty sure it opened a lot of eyes up." Andrew, graduating this year, is interested in studying instructional engineering at the University of Central Florida.

FBLA students learn the business of running a government 11/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:26am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Feeling mental fatigue after Hurricane Irma and other disasters? It's real.

    Consumer

    TAMPA — Blackness. Eyes closed or open, the same.

    A Tampa Bay Times reporter in a sensory deprivation tank used for floating therapy at Sacred Floats & Gems Co. located at 6719 N Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Floating therapy relaxes people because they experience a sense of zero gravity when they are inside the tank, which contains 150 gallons of water and 1000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  2. Trump vows more sanctions on North Korea

    World

    President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to impose more sanctions on North Korea as he prepared to meet with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea to seek a common strategy in confronting the isolated nuclear-armed state.

    U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters on Sept. 19, 2017. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in New York described as "the sound of a dog barking" Trump's threat to destroy his country. [Associated Press]
  3. Tampa chamber of commerce votes against tax increase on business property

    Retail

    TAMPA — The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday voted against supporting a city of Tampa plan to raise taxes on commercial properties in the city for 2018. The property tax, included in the city's proposed $974 million budget, would boost taxes from $5.73 to $6.33 for every $1,000 in property value.

    The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce voted against supporting a city tax hike on commercial property. Pictured is Bob Rohrlack, CEO of the chamber. | [Times file photo]
  4. How should St. Pete make up for dumping all that sewage? How about a street sweeper?

    Blogs

    Every crisis has a silver lining.

    In the case of St. Petersburg’s sewage crisis, which spawned state and federal investigations and delivered a state consent decree ordering the city to fix a dilapidated sewer system, the upside is figuring out how to satisfy the $810,000 civil penalty levied by the Florida …

    City Council chairwoman Darden Rice said it was important to chose carefully because residents will be paying attention.
  5. A boy and a girl stare at the camera from their house after Hurrciane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, September 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. [Associated Prss]