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Career & Technical Education


CTE Showcase and Post High School Pathways

Join us on February 24, 2023, for the CTE Showcase and Post High Schoo Pathways. This event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


This event is open to FSDB families. Parents must check in at the front gate before parking and entering campus.

Click the link below to learn more.

Parent travel reimbursement is available.

CTE Showcase and Post High School Pathways Flyer


The Career and Technical Educations (CTE) program prepares students for success in college or the workforce by integrating academics and career development coursework and training opportunities.


Students participate in CTE programs on the FSDB campus or First Coast Technical College (FCTC) located nearby.

CTE benefits are such that students acquire specific technical skills, receive occupational completion points, earn industry certifications which can award free college credit (gold standard), and participate in short-term community or campus based internships.


CTE Office

PH: 904-827-2803

VP: 904-429-1513

Student wokign on 3D animation project.
FSDB Blind student creates artwork using Photoshop.
Students learing about horticulutre.
Students learning about robotics.


Campus Based

  • 3D Design and Printing

  • Building Construction Technologies

  • Career Preparation, Career Experience, and Career Placement

  • Culinary Arts

  • Digital Audio Production

  • Digital Media/Multimedia Design

  • Horticulture Science & Services

  • Java Development & Programming

  • Marketing and Promotional Enterprises

FCTC Programs

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Heating Technology

  • Automotive Service Technology

  • Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts

  • Cosmetology

  • Diesel Mechanic

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Horticulture Science & Service

  • Landscape Operations

  • Welding Technologies

CTE Videos
FSDB Career & Technical Education Programs – October 2018

FSDB Career & Technical Education Programs – October 2018

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FSDB Career & Technical Education Programs – September 2018

FSDB Career & Technical Education Programs – September 2018

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FSDB Career & Technical Education Program – August 2018

FSDB Career & Technical Education Program – August 2018

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career development

Career education integrated into academic and boarding curricula beginning at the preschool level and continuing through high school.

FSDB D&B Design teacher working with deaf girl on how to print a t-shirt.

D&B Designs

D&B Designs is a custom printing program and school-based enterprise. Students learn about graphic design, digital imaging, layout, measurement, manufacturing, customer service, operating a small business, marketing and management. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software is used to create promotional merchandise for campus and community partners. Production processes include sublimation, direct to garment printing, embroidery, custom signage and banner making.

For more information about hours of operation, contact:

D&B Designs
PH: 904-827-2237
VP: 904-201-4502

FSDB Garden Center teacher working with two students.

D&B Garden Center

The D&B Garden Center is a licensed nursery and school-based enterprise. Students learn how to maintain a greenhouse and garden center, operate a small business, calculate transactions, provide quality customer service and educate customers about the plants. The public is welcome to visit the nursery and make purchases.

For more information about hours of operation, contact:

D&B Garden Center
PH: 904-827-2557

Two students prepare food in the Dragons Lair Cafe.

Dragon's Lair Cafe

Dragon’s Lair Cafe is a small, dine in restaurant and student enterprise. Students learn to prepare and plan menu options. They develop customer service skills and calculate transactions while learning the operation of a small restaurant. Students also learn how to plan and coordinate special events.

Executive Director

Jessie "Jay" Girton

Jay’s roots are deeply embedded in Northeast Florida, where she nurtured within the local deaf community. Interestingly, one of her closest friends is visually impaired – showcasing the breadth of her connections. Her academic journey reflects her commitment to inclusivity; armed with degrees in Sign Language Interpreting, Special Education, and honed her expertise with a masters in Deaf Education. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida.


Jay’s diverse career trajectory has seen her excel in various educational roles. She has served as an Instructional Assistant, English Teacher for grades 9-12, and most recently the Deaf High School IEP Coordinator. Her unique experience, encompassing both the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually-Impaired realms, ideally positions her for her new role as the Executive Director of Career Development.


Jay’s overarching goal is to empower all students with the essential skills to thrive independently in society, irrespective of the challenges they encounter. Her journey encapsulates her unwavering dedication to fostering inclusiveness, education, and individual growth.