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Brevard Public Schools Announces Partnership to Offer Internships for CTE Students

News Release

Media Contact: Katherine Allen

Senior Coordinator, Government and Community Relations



Brevard Public Schools Announces Partnership to Offer Internships for CTE Students

Viera, FL: Brevard Public Schools is pleased to announce a unique partnership with the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners which provides BPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) students the opportunity to participate in spring semester student internships.   Four students from our local high schools completed BOCC Employment applications, interviewed and were hired. 


The four students include Hunter Merklin of Cocoa High who is working with Facilities Planning in CAD Design, Garret McAdams and Bryce Burkhammer of Merritt Island High who are assigned to Automotive Truck and Fleet Repair and Maverick Schmidt of Heritage High who is working within the business sector in Permitting Customer Service.


Leo DaSilva, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners Building & Operations Manager said “The Public Works facilities program is partnering with Brevard Public Schools to invest in the new workforce talent within our community through its high school Career & Technical internship program.  This is the first time Brevard County is taking advantage of this certified apprenticeship program with hopes to capitalize early on these highly desirable skilled trades such as Architectural Drafting.” 


On the job since mid-February, by all accounts both students and their supervisors are making the most of this experience and gaining valuable insights into not only future careers, but a pipeline of skilled students who are helping to serve our community.  A recent visit to see the students in action revealed that BCBCC Supervisors were absolutely thrilled with the work ethic, professionalism and skills of BPS CTE students. 


“It is wonderful to see how our local community and business partners are seeing the talent and potential in our CTE students,” said Rachel Rutledge, Director of Career and Technical Education for Brevard Public Schools.  “Nearly 50% of our students graduate with some type of industry certification which gives them a clear advantage when entering college or joining the work force.”


For more information about the Career and Technical Education programs and offerings or student internship and apprenticeship opportunities, please visit