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Award-winning Tampa Bay Technical High School Students

August 29, 2017 - Student Success

When entering the Commercial Art Academy (CAA) at Tampa Bay Technical High School (TBT) you are transported into a community college campus atmosphere, with collaborative learning and innovative technology.

As the largest school-based Apple iMac lab in the state of Florida, the CAA works directly with Apple's Education team to keep their lab up and running efficiently for the day-to-day use of their career programs.

The students are in good hands, learning everything there is to know about design and technology from lead instructor and curriculum developer, Craig Naylor, who has over 25 years of teaching experience. Naylor is joined by instructor, Edward Bayonet, who graduated from Tampa Bay Technical High School’s CAA in 1997 under the teachings of his mentor, Naylor. 

Each year, students from Tampa Bay Technical High School’s Commercial Art Academy have the opportunity to submit their design work into the most prestigious, statewide graphic arts competition hosted by the Printing Association of Florida, the Florida Print Awards.  This year the CAA received 10 awards, in the following categories:

5 Best of Category

2 Awards of Excellence

3 Judges Awards

Submissions from CAA went up against students competing from junior colleges and four-year universities.

“We are honored to showcase our students’ work amongst the best in the business. Because of our participation in the competition, every participating Florida printer is aware of our program at Tampa Bay Tech,” said Craig Naylor, CAA lead instructor .

While enrolled in the CAA, students are encouraged to be creative in the use of design, development and preparation of published materials. Students not only receive their high school diploma, but also have the opportunity to earn a commercial art certification, completing nearly 1,500 hours of art and design time. The CAA also gives students the opportunity to earn industry certifications in the Adobe Creative Suite software.

“My goal is to one day become a freelance graphic designer so that I can keep my options open by working with numerous clients,” said Nathan Gonzalez, TBT senior in the CAA program.

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