FWBHS expands their construction program with new classroom and shop spaces

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On Friday, May 6th, the Fort Walton Beach High School CTE Carpentry Program hosted a Board Cutting ceremony to celebrate their new classroom and shop spaces. 

  • This is the first year the Vikings have had a CTE Carpentry program with students collectively earning over 150 HBI PACT CORE and HBI PACT Green Building industry certifications. 

“I am proud to see another successful Career and Technical Education program in the Okaloosa County School District reinforced by local industry and community members such as Mr. Alan Baggett, Mayor Rynearson, Councilman David Schmidt, and several other special guests,” said Superintendent Marcus Chambers. 

According to Chambers, the FWBHS program is currently in the process of partnering with the City of Fort Walton Beach Parks and Recreation department to help revitalize local parks, starting with Liza Jackson Park. 

  • Second-year students will work with Habitat for Humanity to help frame houses that are being built. 

“These projects offer hands-on practice and community service opportunities for students,” added Chambers. 

The Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties was in attendance for the event, with representatives Jason Carducci (president) and VP Alan Baggett.

“Mr. Baggett proposed to us that we need to make sure that the CTE programs that we have are feeding the local industry,” said Chambers. “So that’s what we want to do with our CTE courses. We’re able to have students go from high school to the workforce or high school to college or the military, but then have the ability to come back.”

Go deeper: On Wednesday, April 20th, the Okaloosa County School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department celebrated 136 seniors from around the district with a “CTE signing day.” These are students who plan to continue in their CTE field of study whether that be going to college, going into the military, or going directly into the workforce.

  • These students have acquired skills in areas like Cybersecurity, Biomedical, Welding, Programming, Carpentry, Automotive, Engineering, and Culinary.

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