photo of CTE signing day group

William Floyd High School CTE students who will continue along their career path recently gathered for a celebratory ceremony. More photos are available in the album below!

William Floyd High School recently held its second Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day, highlighting the 70 students who intend to continue along their CTE Pathway whether by entering directly into the workforce, or continuing their education in a technical program or in college.

During the ceremony, students were recognized individually and then by CTE academy, and commemorated the occasion by signing a non-binding certificate of commitment to their future along with a CTE Signing Day poster for a high school

“This is a pretty special group. We have 70 students [this year] that have gone through one of our CTE programs and now are headed into the industry or college to continue their pathway for what they have studied here,” said Robert Felicetta, assistant principal, William Floyd High School at the signing ceremony. This year, approximately 84 students will earn a CTE endorsement on their diplomas.

photo of cte student holding certificate with teacher

Allison Wiegand, William Floyd High School's lead CTE teacher is pictured with culinary arts student Kaylee Michelson holding a certificate of commitment. 

Speaking to the students, Mr. Felicetta added, “You have had one of the most interesting rides as high school students. I remember speaking to you all about some ‘crazy idea’ of joining a CTE program. Many of you took that opportunity and joined one, only to find out a month later that school would be shut down due to a pandemic,” he said. “You made really important strides for your careers during a time in which it was very difficult. I hear the quote ‘Floyd Strong’ quite often, but for this group, I think it’s ‘Floyd Tough.’”

At William Floyd, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to enroll in academy-style programs for a block of two to three periods each day based on the program of study, including: Automotive Technology, Barbering, Business, Cosmetology, Home Design and Construction (carpentry), Hospitality Services (culinary arts), Medical Assisting, and two new offerings next year, Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist, and Marine & Motorsports.

The William Floyd High School CTE program is in full swing with more than 350 more students who have expressed interest in enrolling in a CTE course for next school year. The CTE endorsement provides the opportunity to gain entry-level employment in various capacities including as a medical assistant, an automotive technician, an entry-level carpenter, carpenter’s apprentice or carpenter’s helper and as a licensed cosmetologist. Students can also earn college credits for post-secondary education in the Culinary Arts, earn endorsements in Business (Accounting, Business Management, Microsoft Office Specialist) and in Technology (Architecture and Engineering). William Floyd High School CTE is helping to build the skills necessary for students to be career and college ready and have the extra skills and know-how they can take with them throughout their lives.

Accounting
Allison Sapio, Suffolk County Community College
Jaiden Fashaw, Stetston University
Aidan Green, Suffolk County Community College
Muhammad Safi Ullah, Suffolk County Community College

Architecture
Christina Girardi, New York University
Connor Murtha, Farmingdale State College
Ava Orobello-Stretch, Drexel University
Dawson Shencavitz, Keene State College

Automotive
Jake Demacos, Employment 
Bryan Jaco, Rochester Institute of Technology 
Stephen Kellenberger, Lincoln Tech 
Zachary Maldonado, Lincoln Tech 
Dylan Weisman, University of Northwestern Ohio 
Gabriel White, Employment

Business
Mia Oliveras, Louisiana State University 
Maynor Milan, Suffolk County Community College 
Jason King, SUNY Plattsburgh

Carpentry
Franders Alvarez-Tobar, Employment 
Eric Anderson, Employment 
George Bullinger, Electrical Union 
Alex Chiusano, Carpenter's Union 
Michael DeFalco, Electrical Union 
Bethany Harris, New York Institute of Technology 
Roberto Morales, Employment 
Carolyn Otto, Electrical Training Center 
Niko Rodriguez, Electrical Training Center 
Matthew Roesig, Eastern Suffolk BOCES - HVAC 
Kenneth Schneider, Electrical Union 
Henry Schoneboom, Electrical Union 
Sal Tursi, Suffolk County Community College 
Christopher Ventura, Electrical Training Center

Cosmetology
Jaelynn Rochel, New York Institute of Beauty 
Deanna Rowehl, New York Institute of Beauty 
Haleigh Stewart, Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Cosmetology

Barbering
Victoria Pettas, Apprenticeship – Monti’s Barbershop

Culinary
Eric Fontanez, Suffolk County Community College 
Angelina Fuentes, Suffolk County Community College 
Kaylee Michelson, Suffolk County Community College

Engineering
Andy Borja, New York Institute of Technology 
Devin Brigandi, Farmingdale State College 
John Charleston, University at Buffalo 
Yahweh Chatman, Farmingdale State College 
Amanda Jones, Farmingdale State College

Health Sciences
Tessa-Kaya Bender, Suffolk County Community College 
Ja'Vanna Broughton, Suffolk County Community College 
Briana Cabral, Suffolk County Community College 
Tara DiMaio, University of Bridgeport 
Sarah Duenzl, Coastal Carolina University 
Joeneil Ewusie, Morgan State University 
Lady Amina Hamlet, Suffolk County Community College 
Emily Hansraj, St. Joseph's University
Mackenzie Hatch, Suffolk County Community College 
Madison Hoffman, Molloy University 
Katherine Machado, Suffolk County Community College 
Ninoska Nagua, Suffolk County Community College 
Jocelyn Negron-Harris, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
Isabella Ortiz, Suffolk County Community College 
Leslie Perez Fuentes, St. Joseph's University
Victoria Pettas, Suffolk County Community College 
Treshelle Pierre, St. John's University 
Jocelyn Rivera, Suffolk County Community College 
Lyjaska Rosario, Employment 
Imani Russell, University of North Carolina Wilmington 
Hailee Scarpetta, Nassau Radiologic Tech. Program 
Ilse Semedo, Molloy University 
Tanisha Siddeque, New York Institute of Technology 
Emma Spencer, Eastern Suffolk BOCES 
Joshua Sutherland, Molloy University 
Joseph Tamay, Molloy University 
Tahya Taylor, Suffolk County Community College 
Ashley Vega, Molloy University 
Sasha Warnock, Employment

Additional photos from the event are available in the album below!

CTE Senior Signing Ceremony Class of 2022

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  • Paca Middle School
  • Secondary
  • WF High School
  • WF Middle School