Career and Technical Education (CTE) of St. Johns County

Nease Communications Academy Digital Design Student Has Art On Display

Congratulations to Nease Communications Academy Digital Design sophomore Kevin Polushkin for his recent recognition!  Kevin’s creative photography was selected by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Culture & Arts Program committee to be displayed in the Art Gallery at the Jacksonville International Airport. These photographs, which Kevin captured on a family trip to Europe this past summer, …

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Guest Speakers Liven Up Academy Classrooms

We enjoyed a busy week filled with Guest Speakers in our Academy classes.  The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism at Nease welcomed Jon Clinton and Kelly Smith, of Caesars Entertainment. Jon Clinton, Director of Sales, and Kelly Smith, Vice President of Sales, shared a behind the scenes look at how group event and meeting sales …

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Business Partners Help Academy Juniors Practice Interview Skills

A huge thank you to business partners from Nease’s Communications Academy, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, and the Stellar Academy of Engineering, for spending their morning with us to help Juniors practice their interview skills. As part of the preparation process for summer internships, students got to sit down with partners to sharpen their skills …

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Culinary Dishing It Out for the Good of Others

The Academy of Culinary Arts enjoyed preparing two hearty meals for Home Again St. Johns and their Dining with Dignity program this year. Students planned, prepped, cooked and served a full hot meal and dessert to homeless community members in November and again in March this school year. In November, students prepared an Italian pasta …

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FFA Chapter #1448 – Success Our First Year!

Future Farmers of America (FFA) is just one of many Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s) available to students in St. Johns County enrolled in career and technical education. CTSO’s give academy students opportunities to learn and demonstrate leadership and technical skills. St. Johns Tech has had an FFA chapter for a few years, but …

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Nease Engineering Academy Student Harnesses 3D Printing for DECA Contest

Nease Junior Abiel Bismi, a Stellar Academy of Engineering student and a member of Nease’s DECA club, married his interest in engineering with his business acumen recently.  Abiel’s start-up business, as presented for the DECA competition, is called Aeroease, in which ventilator parts are 3D printed for quicker, more economical production. He created a full-scale …

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ACE Trades Day Brings Engineering and Construction Students Together

On Thursday, February 15th, engineering and construction students from more than a dozen local schools attended ACE Trades Day. The event, held at Ring Power in St. Augustine, aimed at introducing students to the wide variety of jobs available associated with Engineering, Architecture, and Construction.  Students were able to get hands-on experiences while networking with …

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Aquaculture Students Find Gold in Pierson, Florida!

Students from the Academy of Aquaculture toured Evans Fish Farm in Pierson, Florida during the fall semester 2023. This one hundred acre aquatic farm is family-owned and operated and was established in 1998 by visionary, Gene Evans.  It is one of the only American producers of premium farm-raised sturgeon caviar called Anastasia Gold. The species …

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Environmental Academy Float Boats

Creekside’s Environmental Academy recently completed a project where they designed and painted float boats sponsored by the University of Washington.  These boats are then geotagged and  released in the arctic to track sea ice changes and ocean circulation.  Environmental students also participated in this project last year.  A few days after their boats were released, …

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Professionals Visit Nease Senior Engineering Classes As Part of the ACE Mentor Program

As Nease’s Engineering Design and Development students work through their ACE Mentor competition projects in class, they are bringing in professionals from a range of fields in, or related to, the Engineering industry to help open the students’ eyes to all that a major engineering project encompasses. On January 24th, landscape designer Cindy Burns, owner …

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Nease Digital Design Students Use Their Skills to Support School Spirit

Nease Communications Academy Seniors Mahyla Smith and Cole Berman have to putting their skills in the Adobe Creative Suite, learned in their Digital Design classes, to good use! The students have been designing hype pics for the Boys Basketball team this year, which are used to advertise upcoming games on the team’s Instagram account. We …

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Smoothie King Franchise Owner Shares His Story with Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Students

Kris Risch, owner of multiple Smoothie King franchises in our area, met with  Nease’s Hospitality Academy students before winter break to share his story.  A self-described hard worker and goal-setter, Mr. Risch shared how he was introduced to Smoothie King in Gainesville, and started his business ownership journey simply by getting a part time job …

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ACE Mentor Competition Program Kicks Off In Nease’s Senior Engineering Classes

This year, Nease’s senior-level Stellar Academy of Engineering classes are taking part in the ACE Mentor Competition Program, in which students work on specialized projects, released to schools across our area, to compete in hopes to be named the best RFP (request for proposal), among area schools.  During the creation of these projects, professionals from …

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