Orange Tech prepares students for high-demand careers


ORLANDO, Fla. – Vocational and technical education used to be thought of very narrowly: an alternative to high school students who did not go to college.

Today, however, this perception is changing. Dozens of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare, are in dire need of workers Orange Technical College plays a large role in preparing students for the world of work.

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Orange County Assistant Superintendent Maria Vazquez and Assistant Superintendent of Careers and Technical Education Melanie Stefanowicz spoke with moderator Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly” to discuss why the program is for both students and the community of advantage is.

“Our community has spoken loud and clear,” Vazquez said. “They want our students to learn side-by-side in their companies to improve not only their workforce but the economy within the community.”

“Welders are urgently needed,” said Stefanowicz. “Some agencies start with salaries between $60,000 and $90,000 per year [of training] if they have the skills.”

Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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