The Sumter County School District offers a number of exciting Career and Technical Education opportunities to students. The district offers numerous programs, which typically consist of three to four courses in an articulated sequence, that are aligned to entry level job skills. The programs and some of the industry credentials can also articulate into college credit at various state colleges in the area. Local employers recognize many of the industry credentials as well.
The availability of career and technical education programs is largely determined by student enrollment and student interest. The district makes every effort to provide enough programs to meet diverse student interests while also preparing students for current and future workforce opportunities. At South Sumter High School, with enrollment of over 1000 students in grades 9 – 12, there is one career technical program option for every 125 students. Despite lower enrollment in grades 9-12 at Wildwood Middle High School, there is one high school career technical program option for every 50 students. The Villages Charter School offers one high school career technical program option for every 100 students. In addition to career and technical education options, students may choose elective pathways in military studies, art, music, physical education or college dual enrollment. Programs are not mutually exclusive and students may be enrolled in multiple elective pathways.
At South Sumter High School, students will be able to enroll in the following programs for the 2018-19 school year: Administrative Office Specialist, Agriculture Biotechnology, Agritechnology, Horticulture, Criminal Justice Operations and 911 Emergency Dispatch, Early Childhood Education, Allied Health, Home Health Aide, and EKG Aide. Wildwood Middle High School will offer the following programs: Administrative Office Specialist, Landscape Operations, Criminal Justice Operations, Allied Health, Home Health Aide, and EKG Aide. The Villages Charter School students can choose from: Allied Health, Communications Technology, Culinary Arts, Applied Engineering Technology, Applied Information Technology, Horticulture, Building Construction Technology, and TV Production. These programs allow students to pursue personal interests and develop industry-relevant job skills.
Through program participation, students can earn nationally recognized industry credentials. The credentials and/or certifications include: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, EKG Technician, 911 Public Safety Telecommunications, Certified Food Protection Manager, Unmanned Aerial Safety Technician, Agricultural Technician, Agricultural Biotechnology Technician, Adobe Certified Associate or Expert in a variety of products, Apple Certified Pro – Final Cut Pro X, Microsoft Office Specialist, and Autodesk Certification User. Some of the industry certifications carry statewide articulation agreements, which can result in college credits being awarded in a variety of career technical degree programs.
Some programs have recommended academic standards because of rigorous science and math standards; however, no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, pregnancy, or marital status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity under the direction of the Sumter County Schools. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation in CTE programs. For more information about participation in, complaints about, or other questions regarding Sumter County Schools Career and Technical Education programs, please call: Eileen Goodson (Title IX contact), Kathy Dustin (504 contact) both at 352-793-2315, or Chris Burk (Coordinator of Career and Adult Education) at 352-793-5719.