We believe in the power of education

From left to right: Leroy Sullivan Jr.; Gordon Gillette; Fredi Beck; President of the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) Phil Jones; Cristina Vatalaro, senior associate director of Development with HEF; Alan Denham; and Scott Brooks, director of Career, Technical and Adult Education with Hillsborough County Schools.

From left to right: Leroy Sullivan Jr.; Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas; Fredi Beck, assistant manager of Communications and Marketing for Career, Technical and Adult Education with Hillsborough County Public Schools; President of the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) Phil Jones; Cristina Vatalaro, senior associate director of Development with HEF; Alan Denham; and Scott Brooks, director of Career, Technical and Adult Education with Hillsborough County Schools.

Tampa Electric’s commitment to education involves helping students of all ages succeed. Through the Great American Teach-In, the Career & College Fest and Junior Achievement programs that teach young people professional skills, our team members donate countless hours annually to share their knowledge with students.

If you’re looking for a sign that career education could help you build your future, you’ll find a whole series of them in TECO Plaza’s atrium. Through Feb. 15, it’s the site of a display sponsored by the Hillsborough Education Foundation to promote its Career and Technical Education Month initiatives.

“The goal is to spotlight career opportunities through career education to the public, team members and people they know,” said Alan Denham, associate regional manager with Tampa Electric’s Community Relations team and new chair of the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Career & Technical Education Committee. “We’re reinforcing career and technical education as a path many students pursue to get trained and certified in a variety of career fields, along with internships, scholarships, networking and other tools to help them achieve their goals.”

Denham takes over as committee chair from Leroy Sullivan Jr., regional manager of Community Relations with Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. On Feb. 7, the foundation honored Sullivan with a plaque for his six years of leadership in the role.

“I’m proud to have had the opportunity to help the Career & Technical Education Committee, which is in good hands with Alan’s leadership,” Sullivan said. “What people should remember is that TECO and the Hillsborough Education Foundation share goals – that we all benefit, along with the community as a whole, when more people have the chance to learn new skills and find valuable new ways to earn a living.”

For more on how career and technical education programs in Hillsborough County can help you build your future, visit LYNX, the website where you’ll discover over 250 quick and affordable courses, all found within the unified educational system of Hillsborough County Public Schools.

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