In a first for the School District of Lee County, Dunbar High School Principal Carl Burnside will testify before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Never before has a Southwest Florida school official spoken before Congress about their programs. “I feel truly honored to share the kinds of career and technical education opportunities that Dunbar has developed to prepare students for both college and careers,” Burnside says. “I have seen students rise up from humble circumstances into amazing career and college level opportunities.”

Congressman Francis Rooney extended the invitation today to Burnside to attend the committee’s Innovation Forum and Showcase on July 25, 2018 in Washington DC. “This is a great opportunity to showcase Dunbar High School’s state of the art technology, engineering, and biomedical academy,” Representative Rooney says, “Which provides students with opportunities to excel in these in demand fields.”

The Innovation Forum and Showcase is broken down into two parts. Part one will be an oral testimony before Committee members followed by a question and answer period. Part two consists of a Congressional Showcase, where Dunbar High School will display information about their program, and will have the opportunity to answer questions from Members of Congress, staff, and the public.

“Our technical program tracks, that include obtaining industry certification in areas like network administration, desktop support, game design and programming, TV production, and web design alongside the engineering and biomedical programs, have helped to accelerate our students into those related college programs or career pathways,” Burnside says. “I truly believe that introducing these advanced career programs have truly changed the future paths of many of our students.”

Dunbar High School was declared the first Microsoft Certified High School in the world. It is a Microsoft Mentor School, a Microsoft Innovation School and a Microsoft Showcase School. Dunbar student Kevin Dimaculangan just won a Microsoft National Championship in June and competes in the Microsoft World Championships in late July. Dunbar student Tyler Mills won a Microsoft World Championship in 2014.

Dunbar is one of only forty programs from across the United States invited to share their testimony with Members of Congress.