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Congratulations 2015-16 SkillsUSA Officers

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Congratulations David(left), Tyler(center), Jocelyn and Veronical: Four of our Commercial Art Acdemy students were elected to serve this year as our SkillsUSA Region 4 Officers. For more information go to

Calendar 2015-16

4th Annual Choice Expo - Florida State Fairgrounds: November 6, 2015 - 3PM - 7PM
SkillsUSA Ad Design Classroom Competitions: November 5th - 6th

Applebees Spirit Night: December 3rd 4 - 9pm
Candy Gram Sales: December 14th - 17th

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ADDY Gallery Set up: January 9th - 9am - 2pm
ADDY Gallery Night: January 14th (TBA)

SkillsUSA Regional Contest: February 12th
Valentines Day Card Sales: February 8th - 11th (Delivery on the 12th)
2016 AAF ADDY Awards and Gala - (Feb. TBA)

FL Print Awards Entry deadlin
e: April 15th
SkillsUSA States Conference: April 24th - 27th

Student Choice Awards Entry deadline: May 2nd-6th (TBA)
SmART Night 8/Standard of Excellence Awards: May 13th, 2015

SkillsUSA Nationals Conference • Louisville, Kentucky: June 19th - 25th

Our program offers optional student clubs and awards program opportunities

Craig Naylor - Lead Teacher
Edward Bayonet - Teacher
Debra Conn - Guidance Councelor

SkillsUSA - a Career & Technical Student Organization
Students in our program are encouraged to join SkillsUSA, a nationally based industrial education club. Members can compete in local, state and national contests, comparing their skills with others of their age group enrolled in similar programs around the nation. Membership $25.

AAF Tampa Bay - ADDY awards
The AAF Student ADDY Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed specially for design students. Work entered at your local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country.
Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, the ADDYs are the largest and most representative creative competition in the advertising industry. Recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising worldwide. Student entry fees $25. per entry, awards banquet $25.-$50.

Florida Print Awards
Sponsored by the Printing Association of Florida. The Florida Print Awards recognize individuals and organizations responsible for the creation or production of print communications. The competition promotes excellence in the industry and recognizes companies and individuals who produce the best in print media, and is open exclusively to PAF members. Entries are judged against ones submitted by schools with similar graphic design programs from arond the state which include both high schools and colleges. First 15 class entries are free. Awards banquet $95.


United by our commitment to challenge students through high expectations, and rigorous learning, we empower students to be creative problem solvers equipped with technical abilities to maximize their high school success and their opportunities for both post-secondary education and the work force.

Who We Are

Tampa Bay Technical High School (TBT) was established in 1969 as Tampa Bay Vocational Technical School.
TBT's program is now an exceptional blend of academic rigor and technical relevance. A dedicated faculty provides instruction in everything from advanced placement to certified technical skill courses. The campus resembles a community college campus with large laboratory facilities for several unique technology programs. The student population is an even mix of ethnicities. The students must apply to this school and transportation is provided by the school district through a bus transfer system.

What We Do

Course Goals
The student will be
introduced to:
- Traditional drawing, sketching and illustration techniques
- Fundamentals of layout
and design
- Desktop publishing and photo manipulation software
- Software
The Adobe Creative Suite®
- Presentation software
- Printing and publishing operations in the local community.
- Practical applications; scanners and digital photography
- Research concerning job opportunities
The student will be encouraged to be creative in the use of design, development and preparation of published materials.


· Reading assignments should be completed prior to class discussion.
· A portfolio of assignments will be kept by each student. The instructor will approve a project for portfolio, or will critique it and return it for revision. Only those assignments approved for portfolio by the instructor will be accepted.
· Due to the hands-on nature of the subject matter, class attendance is critical.
· Sharing of ideas and a work-group atmosphere will be encouraged. However, each student is
expected to do his or her own work on assignments and projects.
· Class time will be allotted for work on individual assignments. However, work outside of the
class period may be required.

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