Summer Youth Internship Program Highlights



  • 1,463 High School Student Interns Placed
  • 98% of Students Completed Internship
  • 216,150 Approximate Hours Worked
  • 717 Internship Providers
  • 57 Students Achieved Dual Enrollment College Credit

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Miami-Dade NAF Students Appear in National Video Campaign



NAF Academy students from Hialeah Gardens Senior High and Alonso and Tracy Mourning High School are featured actors in the NAF video, “Somebody Once Told Me.”

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Industry Partner J.P. Morgan Chase Presents Grant Award to M-DCPS CTE



Mr. Guillermo Castillo, of JP Morgan Chase presents check for $280,000 grant during M-DCPS School Board meeting to support CTE career academies and internships. New global trade and logistics programs created with JP Morgan Chase grants were planned with alignment to One Community One Goal Target Industries



New CTE Programs Launched

New Cybersecurity NAF Academies

  • 2015-16 - Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School
  • 2016-17 – Miami Sunset Senior High School

New .NET Application Programming NAF Academy

  • 2016-17 - Southwest Miami Senior High School

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Computer Science


  • "Exploring Computer Science" course taught in CTE Digital Information Technology courses in 13 high schools. Thirteen teachers trained in Phase 1, teachers from 9 schools currently being trained in Phase 2.
  • Unity Game Programming application currently being offered at 3 high schools
  • MIT App Inventor training offered through FIU College of Engineering and 78 teachers have been trained.
  • In collaboration with FIU, 18 CTE teachers were trained in Computer Science Principles and are eligible to teach AP Computer Science #020032001.
  • Seven schools offer AP Computer Science taught by CTE teachers:  John A. Ferguson, Coral Gables, Ronald Reagan, Southwest, Miami Springs, Hialeah Gardens, and TERRA.
  • Through a Verizon/Project Lead the Way Grant, 13 middle schools are offering PLTW Computer Science curriculum through Business, IT and Technology Ed. courses. Twenty- three (23) teachers have been trained.
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Save the Date
Saturday, December 3, 2016
2016-17 INNOV@TE CTE Challenge Event
At Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus





Bragging About Southwest Miami High School


Every school has something that makes it distinctive. Southwest Miami High School has an Academy of Finance magnet program, but beyond that, it has an astounding 42 members of its faculty who were once students at the school. (Published Monday, April 4, 2016)

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A Taste of Education Event Winners
February 3, 2016 at Doubletree Convention Center



Team Name


Category/ Dish

Miami Northwestern SHS



Meat/Meat Loaf Cupcake

Coral Gables SHS

Coral Gables Culinary Arts


Meat/Braised Short Rib Tacos

Miami Central SHS

Rocket Culinary Creations


Meat/Carolina Pulled pork with green apple slaw

Coral Gables SHS

Coral Gables Culinary Arts


Dessert/ Brioche Butterscotch Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise

Miami Beach SHS

Hi Tides for Life


Dessert/Sticky Toffee Pudding

Robert Morgan SHS

Seafood Superstars


Seafood/Cedar Planked Salmon with Sundried Tomato Aioli

Miami Lakes Ed. Ctr. & Tech. College



Seafood/Tuna Topped Watermelon with Radish Greens

Miami Jackson SHS

Gourmet L Generals


Seafood/Sesame Noodles with Seared Tuna

South Dade
Technical College



Vegetarian/Savory Roasted Beet Pudding

Miami Northwestern SHS



Vegetarian/Pumpkin & Coconut Curry Bisque




Criminal Justice Students Visit Courtroom of the Honorable Judge Rodney Smith

Juniors from the Coral Reef Criminal Justice program (Tina Cushnie, CJ Instructor) had the opportunity to meet the Honorable Rodney Smith, February 17, 2016 at the Dade County Courthouse, located in Downtown Miami, at 73 West Flagler Street.  Participating students witnessed the justice system in action by observing a court case officiated by Judge Smith.  During a recess, the Judge took the students into his chambers for an intimate rap session, where he spoke candidly with the students about his road to the bench and strategies for success for aspiring leaders in Criminal Justice like themselves.  Judge Smith is an alumnus of Miami Northwestern Senior High School and a Cum Laude graduate of both Florida A&M University and Michigan State University College of Law. Appointed by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in 2008 at the age of 33, this young Judge already has a distinguished legal career having served as a Division Chief in the Juvenile Division and as a Career Criminal/Robbery Prosecutor in the Felony Division. We are so pleased to add the Honorable Rodney Smith to our list of partner mentors for our CTE Criminal Justice Program.


Superintendent Carvalho Celebrated Opening of Two New Academies that will Prepare M-DCPS Students for Careers in Cybersecurity and Trade & Logistics January 11, 2016


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Media Release




Felix Varela High School is one of eleven schools to win First Amendment Press Freedom Award


A committee with representatives from the Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society chose more First Amendment Press Freedom Award-winners for 2016 than ever before. The 11 winners were almost double the 2015 total. This is the 16th year for the award.

The award recognizes public high schools that actively support, teach and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content.

The award winning schools will be honored April 14, 2016 at the opening ceremony of the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles.

“We’re pleased to have so many more winners this year than last, and we hope that encourages other schools that value the First Amendment to apply next year,” John Bowen, JEA Scholastic Press Rights Committee chairman, said.
First round applications are due annually by Dec. 15. Downloadable applications for 2017 will be available on the JEA website in the fall.



1,276 M-DCPS Department of Career & Technical Education National Academy Foundation (NAF) Career Academy Students Participated in National Groundhog Shadow Day Activities throughout Miami Dade County at over 60 industry locations.



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2016 Innov@te contest which kicked off “Hour of Code Week” was success at Miami Dade College Wolfson.
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United Teachers of Dade (UTD) and United Faculty of Miami Dade College (UFMDC) receive $150,000 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation Grant


As a result of this grant, North Miami Beach and Miami Edison Senior High Schools will offer students the opportunity to begin completing college-level courses prior to graduation. College credits will be accepted for transfer into Associate Degree Programs offered by Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technology.

"Through innovative education and leading-edge partnerships, we provide students with world-class opportunities,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “This partner grant will allow Miami-Dade County Public Schools students to earn industry certifications, giving them a direct path to careers in high-demand trades and technical vocations, thus preparing them for success after graduation.”
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Monday, March 7, 2016, 7:00-9:00pm
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Room 125
Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC)
11200 S.W. 8th Street Miami, FL 33199


Who should attend?
Students in South Florida interested in a career in medicine. Family and Friends are welcome!
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School Board Recognition of M-DCPS CTE Leading the Nation with Most Nationally Recognized Academies





M-DCPS Recognized Two Years in a Row For Having The Number One NAF Career Academy




The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (AOHT) at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School was awarded the Sanford I. Weill Academy of Excellence Award by NAF at its annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., this past summer.





Hialeah Gardens Sr. High Academy of IT and Miami Lakes Ed. Center Academy of Health Sciences Spotlighted in NAF 2015 Distinguished Academies Brochure





LOCAL 10 Reports on New Cyber Security Academy at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay.


WATCH LOCAL 10 NEWS VIDEO: New MDCPS Program Teaches Students to Fight Against Hackers





M-DCPS Alumni Attending U.S. Naval Academy Speak to STEM Students




Four U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen: Mydelyn Rojas, Steven Pique, Daniel Seckinger and Austin Sanabria gave presentations about STEM college majors at six M-DCPS high schools, October 9, 2015.

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NFTE Startup Summer Finalists Pitch Business Ideas for Start-Up Seed Money




Khareem Oliver, Academy of Finance student at Coral Gables Senior High School was awarded $5,000 for his business Find or Found attheMiami Dade College Idea Center for Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) LaunchED Challenge.


Miami-Herald Article Posted by Nancy Dahlberg in Youth Entrepreneurship
See a short video recap the Launched event by NFTE alumnus Valerie Chapman.







Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) honored JPMorgan Chase at the 2015 NAF Academy Internship Employer Appreciation Reception held this month at the Holiday Inn in Miami Beach. Superintendent of Schools Albert M. Carvalho and School Board Member, Dr. Martin Karp joined more than 130 reception attendees, including industry partners, intern employers, school administrators, Career and Technical educators, academy high school students and parents.
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Flight Plan: Drones in Florida

classrooms help farms

Posted Oct 05, 2015 10:57 PM EDT

Updated Oct 05, 2015 10:57 PM EDT

Produced by Lauren Powell, Special Project Producter




WSVN -- Love them or hate them, drones can often be seen flying high in the sky. One group that loves them is farmers, and some high school students here in South Florida are learning why. 7's Jeff Lennox has more on their "Flight Plan.




HML launches Digital Media and Entrepreneurship magnet
By R.A. Romero, The Miami Laker staff



When Eric Acosta, principal of Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School (HML), told his faculty he wanted to introduce new programs to the school, entrepreneurship teacher Ted Dinicola jumped on the opportunity.
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HOSA Students Attend National Parliamentarian Convention



Julius Wade, student in NAF Academy of Health Sciences at William Turner Technical Arts High School, attended the National Association of Parliamentarians 40th Biennial Convention in Arlington, Virginia a few weeks ago.  Julius is a former State HOSA Officer and current member of the National HOSA Executive Council and during this event, he was able to meet Henry M. Robert III, the grandson of Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert, the man who authored Robert's Rules of Order! 



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