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SKILL$ Cash Incentives Reach $23,000 and Still Rising

<Monroe /> SKILL$ Cash Incentives Reach $23,000 and Still Rising

Coral Shores High School Auto Mechanics Students Earn 80 ASE Certifications and $12,300 in Incentives

Coral Shores High School Students in Mr. Jorge Bosque’s Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair classes recently received $12,3000 gift cards from <Monroe /> SKILL$ for earning 80 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) industry certifications in areas such as breaks, air conditioning, and transmissions.    “Career and Technical Education (CTE) industry certifications continue to rise,”  Superintendent Theresa Axford announced,  “thanks in large part to <Monroe /> SKILL$, a new incentive program that grants monetary awards to students earning industry certifications in CTE programs such as culinary, health careers, automotive mechanics, outboard marine repair, marketing, entrepreneurship and firefighting.”  

“Sixty-five students have combined to earn 116 vocational certifications in our non-IT vocational programs so far this year, and we anticipate many more before the end of the year,” Axford said. “<Monroe /> SKILL$ builds upon on the success of <Monroe /> COMPUTE$, the ground breaking program that has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives to MCSD computer science students earning industry certifications over the past seven years.”  Axford noted that both incentive programs combined have awarded over $100,000 in incentives to date, with an additional $30,000 plus expected by the end of the summer.

<Monroe /> SKILL$ will offer cash incentives ranging from $150 to $300 to students earning such industry certifications as Certified Food Safety Manager, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Fire Fighter 1, Emergency Medical Responder, and Entry Level Automotive Service Excellence accreditations.  In addition to the incentives, many of these certifications also earn college credits at Florida colleges and universities.

We have seen a huge increase in the number of students earning computer science industry certifications with the incentives provided by <Monroe /> COMPUTE$,” said Sibba Mira, MCSD Career and Technical Education Coordinator.  “Now, with the addition of <Monroe /> SKILL$, our other CTE courses have grown exponentially as as well.”  

“Students can earn hundreds of dollars, while learning the valuable skills necessary to be career ready in today’s global economy,” said John Padget, co-founder of the Golden Fleece Foundation which funds <Monroe /> SKILL$ and   <Monroe /> COMPUTES . 

Coral Shores High School Students Wyatt Brown (L) and Peter Reinoso (R) Key West High School senior, Alexandria Johnston Key West High School student, Logan Kirchner, recently earned his Certified Pharmacy Technician industry certification.