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Okeechobee High School is home to eight Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs.  These CTE programs prepare students for occupations important to Florida and Okeechobee County's economic devlopment.  They also allow students to learn in a practical, hands-on environment.  With the help of partners in education, business and industry, and trade associations, each program includes the acadmemic and technical skills required to be successful in today's economy.  Many students leave OHS with industry certifications to help them in their careers and continuing education at the postsecondary (college) level.

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Technical Agriculture Operations Academy

A student in the technical agricultural operations program maintains, repairs, and overhauls farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, and small engines. They utilize hand tools, milling machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, and saws to build, repair, and correct problems to minimize time loss and increase production.

Animal Science Academy

The OHS animal science program has partnered with the South Florida Water Management District to lease a 206 acre ranch just north of the high school. On this active cow/calf pasture operation, students may find themselves mixing feed for calves and horses, administering medication, artificially inseminating a heifer, building fence, controlling noxious weeds, and halter breaking livestock.

Students can earn their Agritechnology Certification upon completion of the course.

Aquaculture Academy

Aquaculture is the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants, especially fish, shellfish, and seaweed, in natural or controlled marine or freshwater environments; underwater agriculture. Aquaculture is a division of agriculture and offers many diverse careers, students taking this course will build and manage small-scale fisheries, learn about water quality and much more!

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Academy

The Automotive Service Technology Program prepares students to become employed as an automotive technician. The program includes instruction in the application of electronic manipulative skills in such areas as steering, wheel, brake, and air conditioning systems, and engine repair.

Building Construction Technologies Academy

Students who take classes in the building and construction program with Mr. Szentmartoni, are involved in hands-on learning. Students build projects designed to teach use of equipment, learn to read and draw blueprints, learn power-tool and shop safety, and measure and cut raw materials.

Industry certification is available through NCCER.

Digital Design Academy

This course continues the development of the basic entry-level skills required for careers in the digital publishing industry. The content includes:

  • Computer Skills
  • Digital Publishing Operations
  • Layout
  • Design
  • Measurement Activities
  • Decision-Making Activities
  • Digital Imaging

Mr. Pung teaches digital design and has 22 years of teaching experience. His class offers valuable industry skills to students in a fast-paced learning environment.

Students can earn industry certification through Adobe.

Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician Academy

Electrocardiography is the recording of the electrical activity of the heart. This course offers students the hands-on training needed to earn the Certified EKG Technician certification. Students will work with EKG machines and learn to read recordings of heartbeats

Students can become a certified EKG technician (CET) through the NHA.

Nursing Assistant Academy

Graduates of this program intend to care for injured or ill patients. They may also practice preventative health measures to avoid long and short -term medical conditions. Students go to hospital clinicals at the end of the program, they received hands-on learning and are able to react to real-life situations.

Students are able to earn their CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at the completion of the program.

* There is a cost involved with the program.



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