Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) prepare High School students for success in college and careers by integrating academics with a career theme. Students can participate in CTE programs on the FSDB campus or at First Coast Technical College, which is located just two miles from our school.

CTE benefits are such that students acquire specific technical skills, receive occupational completion points, earn industry certifications which can award free college credit (gold standard), and participate in short-term community or campus based internships. Student participation in at least three classes within one program of study is a requirement of the Bright Futures Vocational Scholarship.

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FSDB Campus Based Programs:

  • Administrative Office Specialist
  • Building Construction Technologies
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Audio Production
  • Digital Media / Multimedia Design
  • Horticulture Science & Service
  • Marketing
  • Promotional Enterprises

FCTC Programs Available to Qualifying FSDB Students:

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Heating
  • Automotive Services Technology
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Commerical Foods & Culinary Arts
  • Cosmetology
  • Digital Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Horticulture Science & Service
  • Landscape Operations
  • Welding Technologies

View 2016-17 Career and Technical Education Programs of Study and Course Offerings.

Learn more about Career and Technical Education within the Florida Department of Education Career and Adult Education.

SkillsUSA FSDB Chapter – SkillsUSA is a dynamic and career-oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, the classroom, and the community, and the workplace.  Involvement in FSDB’s SkillsUSA Chapter can change a student’s life.  Students and FSDB SkillsUSA Advisors meet monthly. Students learn and practice leadership skills, plan community service projects, and prepare for local and state technical skills competitions.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) calls for states to offer “career and technical programs of study,” which may be adopted by local educational agencies and postsecondary institutions, as an option to students (and their parents as appropriate) when planning for and completing future coursework. These programs, at a minimum, must:

  • Incorporate and align secondary and postsecondary education elements,
  • Include academic and CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses,
  • Offer the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits, and
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.