Career & Technical Education

With the rapid advances in technology, new jobs are created every year that we couldn’t imagine would ever exist. Because of this, new skill sets are constantly needed, and our teens will be entering the workplace while simultaneously developing with these skills. In addition to this, jobs in traditional manufacturing or hands-on fields are changing as well. For example, electricians now need to account for the existence of smart homes and the circuitry involved in maintaining this new equipment. We are also entering the age where Baby Boomers are retiring – which will leave a few millions jobs available to our teens as they come of age to join the workforce.

As a part of the Destinations program, we introduce our teens to career paths that may not require college or university education, but do still have an opportunity for growth and offer salaries/wages that would allow our teens to support themselves in the future. These career paths generally require some level of technical educational so our teens can learn the skill sets necessary to succeed in their chosen fields.

For teens interested in vocational education, there are a number of resources available here in the Treasure Coast area. The Treasure Coast Technical College provides vocational certification in a number of fields, and teens can actually take many of these courses as dual enrollment with their high schools. More information on Treasure Coast Technical College can be found here.

Also, our high schools offer vocational classes on site. To the right is a list of the opportunities our students have at each school.

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Sebastian River High School Programs of Study

  • Aerospace Technology
  • Automotive Maintenance and
    Light Repair
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Design
  • Digital Video
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Geospatial/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology
  • Home Health Aid
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Welding Technology

Vero Beach High School Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Technology
  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Business Management and Analysis
  • Carpentry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Design
  • Digital Video
  • Drafting
  • Home Health Aid
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Nursing Assistant

Did you know? By 2020, 65 % of jobs will require postsecondary education and training. This doesn't necessarily mean a bachelor's degree, but it does mean students need a plan after high school graduation.

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Apprenticeships & Internships

Apprenticeships – Indian River County offers a number of apprenticeships, which are generally available to students once they have completed their high school education and are 18 years or older. Apprenticeships are full-time paid positions in a specific field. Once a student has completed the apprenticeship, they normally are offered a full-time position (not necessarily with the same company) at a higher rate of pay.

Internships – Internships within the manufacturing and technical fields are unfortunately not as ready available to our high school students because of OSHA standards. Teens who are in vocational courses do have the opportunity to engage in activities that are normally reserved for those who are 18 and older, because the schools have developed certain safety standards that follow OSHA guidelines.

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