Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies and the Castillo de San Marcos were recognized as the 2014-2015 St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year at the 28th annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) held on Tuesday, June 9 in Tampa. The event was produced by the Florida Department of Education in association with the Florida Education Foundation and highlighted the contributions of honorees chosen from each school district throughout the state.

The Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (IT) Manufacturing Internship Program, in partnership with St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS), is building brighter futures for at-risk students. SJTHS is a Title I school for at-risk students in St. Johns County. Carlisle IT is helping these students learn valuable skills needed to pursue higher wage jobs. The program introduces high school students to the various aspects of manufacturing technologies and gives them hands-on, industry-relevant experience. The partnership with Carlisle IT provides students with on-the-job training as an extension of their classroom instruction. As a result, Carlisle IT is developing a pool of future employment prospects that are career-ready upon graduation.

The Castillo de San Marcos is the only extant 17th century military construction in the country and the oldest masonry fortress in the United States. Students in the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers have had internships as camp counselors during the fort’s history camps and have designed standards-based curriculum that can be used to teach fourth-grade students throughout Florida. The Castillo de San Marcos’ Education Coordinator Amy Vela, supervises the summer interns and serves on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Future Teachers. Students are provided with a variety of ways to teach outside of a traditional classroom and have assisted with the implementation of a Park Steward’s Program. The Castillo de San Marcos also sponsors a Youth Ambassadors program where students representing all district high schools learn the history of St. Augustine and how to present it in interesting ways to citizens and tourists.

CBRA celebrates innovative partnerships between the business community and local school districts for the benefit of students. Businesses were recognized with a reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where they were photographed with the Florida Department of Education’s Chancellor of Public Schools Hershel Lyons and received an engraved trophy.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies and the Castillo de San Marcos will be recognized at the School Board Meeting on July 14.