Career Pathways Students Present Portfolios for College Credit

Drafting-portfolios-groveOn Monday, March 10 through Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 57 local high school Career Pathways students presented their drafting portfolios for review on Valencia’s West Campus. The Career Pathways program, a partnership between Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), The School District of Osceola County (SDOC) and Valencia, helps prepare students for college and employment and allows them to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school.

The students’ two-part assessment included a mock interview and a review of their drafting portfolios.

The assessments were conducted by faculty members Andy Ray, professor of building construction technology; Sandra Bowling, professor of drafting/design technology; and Irma Berner, professor of computer assisted drafting/design. Other evaluators were Lanny Wood, OCPS, Project Lead the Way and drafting instructor; Aurelien Mansier, OCPS, Project Lead the Way and drafting instructor; Sylvia D’Torres, OCPS drafting instructor; and Brad Kibbe, SDOC Career Pathways specialist.

Students spent two to three years preparing their portfolios and drafting knowledge for the review, and 96 percent of the students successfully passed. Two portfolios will be resubmitted for grading.

Upon passing their assessments, these students will be awarded three credits for ETD 1100C, Engineering Drawing. Like all other Career Pathways credits, these courses must be “activated” within two years of graduation. Students will also have the option to complete a CAD project to receive an additional three credits for ETD 1320, Introduction to CAD.

After the individual portfolio reviews, the students enjoyed a lunch-and-learn session sponsored by Chipotle and Publix. TJ Sellers of Turner Construction, Robin Strink of HKS and Jim Sullivan of IBEW gave professional and industry overviews to the students from Olympia, Poinciana, Apopka, Dr. Phillips and Winter Park High Schools.

The students ended their day at Valencia with a campus tour. Andy Ray showed the students many of Valencia’s LEED-certified buildings, as well as the engineering labs and outdoor classroom.

Students will receive their award of credit letters along with a copy of “The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers & Architects” in mid May 2014.

For more information on Career Pathways, contact Nicole Palmer, coordinator of Career Pathways, at npalmer7@valenciacollege.edu or at extension 3485.

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