In a recent issue of the SDOCNEWS newsletter, school district board member from District One Terry Castillo shared updates with the community about the recent CARES act donation the district received from the county. and the upcoming Choice Week in the Osceola School District. Here is the message School Board Member Terry Castillo shared in the SDOCNEWS newsletter:

Osceola County Commissioners are supporting our school district with $2.3 million in CARES Act funds for computer equipment, rapid job training, basic education, and language programs. Osceola Technical College will use a portion of the funds to provide programs that offer accelerated pathways to high-wage employment in targeted high-growth industry sectors including healthcare, logistics, technology, construction, and manufacturing.

oTech offers continuing education programs aligned with local industry needs, and result in stackable, nationally recognized industry credentials. Programs will include, but not be limited to: Carpentry and Masonry Technician, Electrical and Plumbing Technician, Medical Office Training, Basic Healthcare Worker, Phlebotomist, and Forklift Operator. We also plan to purchase 3,800 computers, cameras, and other training devices to assist K-12 teachers, provide remote learning opportunities for students, as well as some broadband subsidies to provide internet access for students. This is an investment into the economic growth of our county, as we address the workforce training needs of both businesses and workers during this challenging time.

While our annual Choice Fair has traditionally been one of our most attended events of the school year, it will look a little different this year. To continue doing our part to keep our community healthy, our Educational Choices and Innovation Department has decided to move the one-night Choice Fair online for a weeklong virtual event. Choice Week 2020 will be November 16-20 and is filled with creative events to help our students and families learn about the Choice options available in the district.

The Choice Application window will be open November 16, 2020, through February 1, 2020. Make-a-Match Monday: Wear any shade of blue as you explore your options on the NEW interactive CHOICEwebsite and take a quiz to see which schools are the best fit for you. Visit on Monday to take the quiz. Take-a-Tour Tuesday: Dress like a tacky tourist as you “virtually” tour our schools with our virtual Flipgrid school tours.

Positively Osceola would like to thank School Board Member Terry Castillo, and the entire school board, for their commitment to the students and families in Osceola County.