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Metro Tech students help celebrity florist design for Heart Ball

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  • Craig Pletenik/ Phoenix Union High School District

Metro Tech High School Small Business/floral Students Had A Real World Experience, Helping A Celebrity Florist Design The 58th Annual “Heart Ball” At The Phoenician Resort, November 18. Photo Courtesy Phoenix Union High School District

Metro Tech High School‘s small Business/floral students had a real world experience, helping a celebrity florist design the 58th Annual “Heart Ball” at the Phoenician Resort, November 18.

The “Heart Ball” is a huge fundraiser for the American Heart Association that attracts some of the most prominent people in Arizona.

“I was contacted by Jose Graterol Designs in Florida to see if I had any students available to work a huge event they were in town for,” teacher Jen Colvin said.

“I was so excited that my students were able to use some of their skills they have already learned   in the Small Business Operations/Floral class and truly got the real world experience that our CTE (Career and Technical Education)  programs hope for,” Colvin said. “It truly was an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Jose Graterol was extremely impressed with Metro Tech’s Floral students and invited them to work with him on future events here in town.

He will also be making a special visit to Metro Tech to talk to the Business/Floral students in a few weeks.

“He has a fascinating story of how he came from Valenzuela as an immigrant with nothing, learned English on the streets of Florida, and found a job at a local florist before making it big on his own.  Jose was very humble and kind and treated his entire staff, including our students, like family members,” Colvin said.