The School District of Palm Beach County welcomed more than 9,000 attendees to the 18th Annual Showcase of Schools this month at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. The free event provided an opportunity for parents and students to learn about the variety of choice and career education programs available for the 2015-2016 school year.
“270-plus Choice Programs and Career Academies make our school district a national leader and provide our students with a world-class education,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “The quality education offered at our schools today will provide our students a competitive edge to enter tomorrow’s job market.”
Representatives from over 86 Choice/CTE schools set up colorful and informative booths that allowed parents and students to explore the many educational options offered in the School District of Palm Beach County. These representatives from all grade levels shared about the many benefits of their programs for engaging students and providing them with a pathway to post-secondary education and career options.
Examples of some of the excellent choice, magnet and career academies represented at the Showcase included: Aerospace Science, Performing Arts, Medical, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Engineering, Teacher Education, Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), International Baccalaureate, Construction, Technology, Dual Language, Montessori, Environmental and Animal Science, Fire Science, Graphic Arts and others.
Special performances or displays from a variety of academies livened the evening while staff answered questions about the application process, deadlines to apply, eligibility criteria and other topics.
Spanish and Haitian Creole speakers were on hand to assist parents who speak English as a second language. Just days earlier, Chief Strategic Communications and Engagement Officer, Alex Sánchez presented the future of the Office of Communications and Engagement which includes the first dedicated African American and Haitian engagement specialists in the state. These outreach specialists will engage and inform the community on many school District programs such as the choice and career education programs.
For more information on eligibility requirements or applications, call the Department of Choice Programs and School Choice at 561-434-8755 or click here.