Helping students with disabilities

explore and prepare for career success.

February 2024

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Expanding Career Exploration

Partnership with Education Foundations

The Able Trust, in partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, recently announced that grants for Futures in Focus are being awarded to the local education foundations in the following counties: DeSoto, Dixie, Flagler, Hernando, Jackson, Lake, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties. Futures in Focus will support students from grades 6 to 12 (aged 12-22) who have a disability documented by an IEP or 504 Plan.

This expansion of our career and postsecondary exploration programs for students with disabilities has also received the support of Senator Nick DiCeglie. Visit Florida Politics to learn more.

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Developing A Stronger Talent Pipeline

Career & Technical Education Steers Wakulla HSHT Grad's Welding Journey

Recent High School High Tech (HSHT) alumnus Hunter Bodiford earned his Welding 1 & 2 Certifications while at Wakulla High School and is using those credentials in his career with Hydra Construction and Engineering. Learn more about Hunter and some of our other outstanding HSHT students and alums on our new Student Impacts and Highlights page.

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Partner Perspectives

Dennis Hartin, Hartin Dynamics

In this month's Partner Perspectives, we hear from Dennis Hartin, founder of Hartin Dynamics. Hartin has recently been written up in Benefits Pro magazine along with conducting multiple national speaking engagements based on his unique approach to benefits and employee engagement. Visit our Partner Perspectives webpage to see what skills employers are looking for in today's job seekers, along with his suggestions to students who are in the process of planning for their future careers.

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Developing Entrepreneurs

Next Stop for Project Venture Finalists - Jacksonville

Round 1 judges have selected the top four Project Venture business plans chosen from 24 submissions by High School High Tech teams around Florida. Each team developed a mobile business concept that included a business plan and promotional video. To watch the video announcement and find out who the teams are, visit the Project Venture webpage.

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HSHT Connections

Reception Connects Students with Leaders

During a recent reception, legislators, agency heads and other education leaders had the opportunity to meet High School High Tech students from Leon and Wakulla Counties. It was a great opportunity for the students to meet Florida's leaders and share their experience with High School High Tech and plans for the future.

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Thank you to our 2024 Project Venture Sponsors

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.