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June 2024

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Congratulations, High School High Tech Graduates!

We are so excited to see what the future holds for all the outstanding Florida High School High Tech (HSHT) scholars who graduated as part of the Class of 2024! Read on to meet two of these terrific students and learn about their next steps!

On her way to being named Broward County North HSHT's Scholar of the Year, Harmony Stubbs earned honor cords for HSHT, Key Club, Kiwanis Club, Business Career Technical Education, Volunteer/Service Hours, Academic Honors and the Urban League of Broward County. This prolific new alumna of Deerfield Beach High School will intern with the Center for Independent Living of Broward before pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian in Santa Fe College's pre-vet program this fall.

Harlee Davis finished in the top ten of her graduating class at Madison County High School while taking college and Virtual School classes, participating in HSHT and working two jobs, including training for dispatcher work at the Madison County Sheriff's Office. Keeping all those plates spinning was well worth it as Harlee was named an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Visionary Woman Award winner for 2024. She plans to continue pursuing a career as a law enforcement dispatcher.

Do you know a HSHT grad you want to highlight? We'd love to feature them in our July issue! Click the button below to email HSHT State Director Coleen Agner and tell us their story.

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CareerSource Florida Corner

Discover CareerSource Florida's Youth Programs!

CareerSource Florida stands ready year-round to empower students with valuable work experience and career exploration opportunities. Across the CareerSource Florida network, youth programs offer structured and enriching opportunities to help students prepare for their futures. 


These programs equip young adults with the tools they need to succeed: 

  • Earn wages to contribute toward personal savings or educational goals.
  • Gain exposure to various industries, fostering a deeper understanding of professional interests.
  • Develop essential skills like communication, teamwork, and responsibility in a professional environment.
  • Cultivate a competitive edge for college admissions and future job applications.

Click the Learn More button to visit our website for additional information about CareerSource Florida's range of year-round youth programs.

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Partner Perspectives

Tina Pepin, Pepin Family Foundation &

Jeff Skowronek, Pepin Academies

In this month's Partner Perspectives, Tina Pepin, director of the Pepin Family Foundation, joins with Jeff Skowronek, executive director of Pepin Academies, to discuss their shared work to prioritize educating youth with disabilities and prepare their students for life after graduation, including entering the job market.

Click the Learn More button to read the terrific insights from these two dedicated professionals.

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The Able Trust and CareerSource Florida Webinar Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended Improving Employment Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities, the joint webinar between The Able Trust and CareerSource Florida. Special thanks to presenters Dehryl McCall and Susan Bosse from CareerSource Florida, and President and CEO Adrienne Johnston! The discussion focused on summer youth employment programs, apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, resources to learn about current programs, and more.

A recording of the webinar is available on our website if you were unable to attend or would like to review the conversation.

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HSHT Events

Duval Motor Company Spotlights Automotive Careers to Students

Duval Motor Company hosted High School High Tech students from Duval and Nassau counties recently for a day of in-depth exploration into careers in the automotive field, including a hands-on introduction to modern electric vehicles. The students learned about building their personal brands, educational opportunities at Florida State College at Jacksonville, the ins and outs of modern electric vehicles, and so much more!

View more photos from this experience and discover what else HSHT students have been up to lately on our High School High Tech Highlights page!

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A Brighter Future for Students with Disabilities

Interested in Strengthening

High School High Tech?

- Would you host a tour of your business or industry for your local High School High Tech students?

- Interested in speaking to HSHT students about college or training programs?

Let us connect you to your local HSHT program coordinator so you can make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities.

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Invest in Florida's Future Workforce

Investing in preparing students with disabilities for post-secondary success helps nurture a stronger talent pipeline for Florida at large.

As our state’s workforce continues to evolve, it is imperative that we focus on opportunities to provide students with disabilities with the tools to adapt, grow, and advance in their chosen fields.

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The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501(c)(3) public charity established by the Florida Legislature in 1990 as a direct support organization for the 

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing

Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.