Students at W. C. Pryor Middle School are taking part in a new Construction & Architecture Program. Led by Vocational Instructor Greg Rynearson, the students are currently building a new deck outside of the cafeteria that will be ADA compliant.
In the above video, we spoke with Rynearson along with Principal Brooke Barron about the program and how the community can continue to support their efforts.
“Governor Desantis has declared by the year 2030 that Florida would # 1 in the nation in Career and Technincal Education”, said Marcus Chambers, Superintendent of Schools. “In Okaloosa County, we are doing our part. I’m very proud of our CTE Department led by April Branscome and especially our schools.
CTE is a major focus for the Okaloosa School District. Programs include:
- Cyber Security
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Carpentry/Construction (as you see above in the video)
Elementary schools in Okaloosa can expect to see CTE and STEMM programs next school year with programs such as coding, robotics and drones at that level.
Strong CTE Programs lead to a strong local workforce
“As I go throughout the district”, continued Chambers, “citizens and parents ask whether we have Shop Classes and if not, why not? I’m proud to say that Pryor Middle School, Laurel Hill School and Baker School are leading the way in Carpentry/Construction. Our local building industry will benefit from our school district’s Carpentry and Construction Program. Next school year, we anticipate 3 more schools adding Carpentry Programs.”
Choctawhatchee High School is one of those school anticipated to add the Construction Program. According to Rynearson, these students will then be able to head straight into Choctaw’s program and continue learning the trade and gaining certifications that will help transfer to the workforce.
“They are learning real world skills that will follow them throughout their lives”, said April Branscome, CTE Program Director. “They are preparing for their futures!”