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CTE Showcase

February 9, 2024

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Parents and family members of enrolled FSDB students are invited to attend this fun educational event. The CTE Showcase is a day devoted to showcasing the Career and Technical Education department of FSDB. The students in our CTE classes work hard to develop skills that last a lifetime. Visit the CTE Showcase to see our students in action as they demonstrate their skills and provide interactive opportunities.

Many students from FSDB will be represented, along with several off-campus opportunities for the students after leaving FSDB. This is a great opportunity to learn more about different pathways for the future

CTE Showcase

Learn about the After School Work Program, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, D&B Designs, On and Off-campus Career Experience, Print Shop, 3D Animation/Art Class, Photography/Technology, and MORE!

Off-Campus Guests

The University of North Florida, First Coast Technical College, Vocational Rehabilitation, Huey Magoo’s, Longhorn Steak House, and Ben’s Pretzels!

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Post High School Pathway Panel Discussion

Learn about the various opportunities and pathways for our students post-graduation. We will have speakers from Student Accessibility Services at the University of North Florida, Florida Coast Technical College, Division of Blind Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, FSDB Alumni professionals and more. Read the bios of our panelists below. Click the arrows to view more tabs.

Panelist Bios

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Dan O'Connor

Division of Blind Services

Dan O’Connor holds a master’s degree in Education with a focus on Mental Health Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He has been with the Division of Blind Services for 17.5 years, with much of this time spent as both a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and a Transition Counselor. For the past three years, he has acted as the District Administrator for the Jacksonville and the Gainesville satellite offices. Mr. O’Connor is active in the disability community, including being on the Mayor’s Disability Council and the Duval County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board. He has also had previous involvement on the Elections Advisory Panel, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind. Before working at the Division of Blind Services, Mr. O’Connor worked as an Independent Living Coordinator at the Center for Independent Living in Jacksonville. His duties included assisting with the core services of Information & Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Mentoring, and Advocacy. Also, he later provided guidance to individuals with disabilities regarding Social Security Administration (SSA) employment incentives and how working may affect their SSA benefits.   

 

Mr. O’Connor has been married for 28 years and is proud to have four girls who are now successful women. He also has twelve grandchildren. Even though he grew up in the Midwest, he has lived in Jacksonville, Florida, for most of his life. Mr. O’Connor has a younger brother living in Chicago and a younger sister with some developmental and intellectual disabilities, currently living with his parents in Mississippi.   

Schedule

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

CTE Showcase – Knowles Hall

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM: Blind 5th-8th grades

  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM: Deaf 5th-8th grades

  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM: Blind 9th-12th grades and post-grads

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Deaf 9th-12th grades and post-grads

CTE Showcase

See our students in action at the CTE Showcase as they demonstrate their skills and provide interactive opportunities to experience and participate.

More info about booths coming soon.

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