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Reed students win top honors at national business competition

CTE STUDENTS WIN STATE COMPETITIONS

RENO, NEVADA May 2012Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from across Washoe County won gold, silver and bronze medals last week in state SkillsUSA competitions. These students were recognized for their excellence in occupational preparation, and for their employability skills so highly sought by area employers. State SkillsUSA officers were also elected at this conference. Gold medal winners will travel to Kansas City, Missouri this summer to compete for national titles.

The Nevada state conference was held in Reno at the Circus Circus and other locations throughout the city. CTE students from Nevada came together to forge friendships, develop leadership skills and compete in diverse areas from Computer/Information Systems to Woodworking Technology, and all areas between. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers as well as high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Career and Technical Education is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development as well as career-specific technical skills. CTE builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills emphasizing total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. Competitions like SkillsUSA give students the opportunity to apply the valuable workplace skills they are learning while still in high school.

Congratulations to all participants, teachers, winners and new officers, and good luck to the gold medal winners in Kansas City!

Washoe County School District

2012 State SkillsUSA Winners

Advertising Design

Gold - Peter Laxalt, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Automotive Service Technology – Secondary

Bronze-Christopher Berg, Spanish Springs High School

 

Broadcast News Production

Gold-Brian Daly, Dallas DeBard, Nick Schab & Hunter Rand, Academy of Arts, Careers and

Technology

 

Carpentry – Secondary

Silver-Errick Idle, North Valleys High School

 

Community Service – Secondary

Silver-Karen Varela, Katelyn Powell & Ali McCarthy, Academy of Arts, Careers and

Technology

 

Computer Maintenance Technology

Gold-Derek Lasell, Spanish Springs High School

Bronze-Trent Griffith, North Valleys High School

 

Crime Scene Investigation

Gold-Cody Nichols, Leeann Leverett & Sienna Shane, McQueen High School

 

 

Culinary Arts – Secondary

Silver-Sam Nichols, Edward Reed High School

 

Graphic Communications

Gold-Nick Hayes, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

Silver-Tito Bonilla Reyes, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

Bronze-Brett Boyer, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Job Interview – Secondary

Silver-KaPreace Young, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Gold-Jenna Melton, Benjamin Huerta, Veronica Terry, Celeste Cortes, Vanessa Shipman,

Azriella Kilgore & Daniel Aguirre, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Pin Design

Bronze-Tito Bonilla Reyes, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Power Equipment Technology

Silver-Angel Tamayo Del Rio, Edward C. Reed High School

Bronze-Robert Cruz, North Valleys High School

 

Precision Machining Technology

Gold - Phillip Nowak, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

Silver – Gabrielle Duncan, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Quiz Bowl

Bronze-Tim Cole, Mike Romano, Derek Lasell, Chloe Kelly & Thieren Burgener, Spanish Springs

High School

 

Screen Printing

Gold-Bryan Dedeurwaerder, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Sheet Metal

Gold – Tracy Walker, North Valleys High School

Silver – Tyler Crill, Wooster High School

Bronze – Jacob Toman-Ibarra, Wooster High School

 

T-Shirt Design

Gold-Annie Challis, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

Silver-Bryan Dedeurwaerder, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Television (Video) Production

Gold-Roman Hartze & Hagen Sandoval, Spanish Springs High School

 

Video Product Development

Silver-Nathaniel Parker & Ashley Shakal, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Welding – Secondary

Silver-Darrin Zamboni, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

Bronze-Kyle Dozier, North Valleys High School

 

Welding Fabrication

Gold-Josh Tharratt Hodges, Daniel Diaz & Brendan Leach, Edward Reed High School

Bronze-Jeromy Kirn & William Price, North Valleys High School

Bronze-Luis Enrique Acosta, Nickolas Jenkins & John Sandusky, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Welding Sculpture

Bronze-Terry Van Tassel, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

 

New State Officers

Terry VanTassel – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

Hagen Sandoval – Spanish Springs High School

McKenna Bush – Spanish Springs High School

Alexis Lopez – Spanish Springs High School




Reed students win top honors at national business competition

REED CTE STUDENTS WIN STATE COMPETITIONS

RENO, NEVADA April 2012Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from Reed High School won gold and silver medals last week in state SkillsUSA competitions. Automotive instructor Todd Teague’s student, Angel Tamayo Del Rio, won a silver medal in the Power Equipment Technology competition. Culinary Arts instructor Elizabeth Barry’s student, Sam Nichols, won a silver medal in the Culinary Arts competition. Metalworking instructor, Tim Conley’s students Brendan Leach, Josh Tharratt-Hodges and Dan Diaz won a gold medal in the Welding Fabrication Team competition. These and other students were recognized for their excellence in occupational preparation, and for their employability skills so highly sought by area employers.

Last week’s state conference was held in Reno at the Circus Circus and other locations throughout the city. CTE students from Nevada came together to forge friendships, develop leadership skills and compete in diverse areas from Computer/Information Systems to Woodworking Technology, and all areas between. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The organization is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

The Nevada gold medal winning team of Brendan Leach, Josh Tharratt-Hodges and Dan Diaz will travel to Kansas City, Missouri in June to compete at the SkillsUSA Welding Fabrication national competition. There they will design and build a project with a specified amount of material. They will be judged on the accuracy of the project in relation to the plans.

Congratulations to all the winners, and good luck to the Welding Fabrication team in Kansas City!


McQUEEN CULINARY INSTRUCTOR NAMED NEVADA PROSTART TEACHER OF THE YEAR

 

RENO, NV   February 2012    Dee Ann Verdi, Culinary instructor at McQueen High School, was named Nevada ProStart Educator of the Year at this year’s conference and competition held February 15-16 in Las Vegas.  ProStart is a two-year Culinary Arts career-building program for high school students.   From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities, and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

Dee Ann began as an Architecture student at Arizona State University, but soon decided to look for a career plan that involved less math and more fellow female students.  Interior Design and then Home Economics/Family and Consumer Science proved the winning combination.  She began her Family and Consumer Science teaching career at Sparks Middle School in February of 1988, and through several program and school moves, in 2007 developed the Culinary Arts/ProStart program at McQueen High School.  Dee Ann had first developed the program when teaching at North Valleys High School.  She felt that the ProStart curriculum was a natural progression for her Culinary Arts students, as both programs are career-oriented.  As Dee Ann remembers, “It was a little scary because it wasn’t just about cooking at home.”  However, funding from the school district Career & Technical Education office enabled her to receive valuable training at Johnson & Wales University and the Culinary Institute of America.

  “I took my first ProStart Culinary team to competition in 2005 from North Valleys.  The second year, I was able to receive valuable coaching from Michael Norton, then Executive Chef at the El Dorado and now at the Nugget.”  McQueen missed the competition in 2007 because it was Dee Ann’s first year, and she did not yet have a Culinary Arts program.  They have competed every year since.  Three times, McQueen has taken a Management Team as well.  For Dee Ann, “It is a tremendous amount of hours after school, but I am really hooked! The students learn so much and there is a great amount of support from their peers, and the community.”  Chef Colin Smith of Round About Catering has been the program’s mentor for the last three years.  Bringing him into the classroom is not only a great learning experience for those on the ProStart Team, but for all the McQueen High School Culinary/Foods students as well.

Being named 2012 ProStart Teacher of the Year is an honor well deserved by Dee Ann Verdi who has devoted so much time, training and effort in providing for her students the best possible opportunity for success in the Culinary Arts field.  The honors will continue as she also won the opportunity to apply for the James H. Maynard Excellence in Culinary Education Award.  This award will be presented to two ProStart educators who have demonstrated excellence in the food service education arena, and were nominated as their state’s 2012 Educator of the Year.  The two national winners will each receive $5,000.00.  Should she win, Dee Ann will add the money to a scholarship fund at McQueen High School for students going into the culinary/hospitality field.  Every year, she sells cookbooks to provide money for the scholarship, but winning would be a big boost for the fund!  As Nevada ProStart Educator of the Year, Dee Ann will also attend the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago in May where Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker.  Congratulations to Dee Ann Verdi for a job very well done, and good luck at the national competition!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Career and Technical Education: Careers Through Education

RENO, NV February 2012 Students and faculty in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout Washoe County will celebrate Career and Technical Education Month during February 2012. This year’s theme for the month-long celebration is CTE: Careers Through Education. The theme emphasizes the important role CTE can play in the life of every student. First and foremost, it is about education that provides students with academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world-often called contextual learning; employability skills from job-related skills to workplace ethics; and education pathways that help students explore interests and careers in the process of progressing through secondary school. CTE is designed to help educators promote student success by making strong connections between learning and life, and is based on the philosophy that student achievement will improve when there is internal motivation and relevance. That motivation is likely to increase if there is a strong connection between the classroom and the student’s world of reality.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations within the next decade will require career and technical education. CTE jump-starts students’ careers by preparing them for career as well as post-secondary educational opportunities while still in high school. As further encouragement to continue their education beyond high school, WCSD high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn community college credit by successfully completing certain Tech-Prep courses. These CTE courses are taught to high school students by high school teachers at no additional cost to the student.

Student organizations are a basic component of Career and Technical Education programs. They support and enhance both school-based and work-based learning opportunities. These organizations enable students to achieve both academic and career competencies, develop leadership skills, and build the individual student’s confidence and self-esteem. Washoe County School District CTE has active chapters in Distributive Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), National FFA Organization, and SkillsUSA.

CTE programs are offered in all district high schools with over 5,000 students this year participating in grades 9-12. CTE areas of study include Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Business and Marketing Education, Family and Consumer Science, Health and Public Safety, Information and Media Technology, and Trade and Industrial Education. Nationally there are over 11 million secondary and postsecondary students participating in Career and Technical Education courses and programs. Is there any proof that CTE works? Yes; previous Nevada Department of Education studies indicate that students who take CTE courses are less likely to drop out of high school, graduate at a higher rate, and score higher on state proficiency exams.

To learn more about CTE opportunities, talk to your school counselor or contact the Washoe County School District Office of Career and Technical Education at 850-8005, or access our Web site at www.washoe.k12.nv.us/cte


REED HIGH SCHOOL WELDING INSTRUCTOR EARNS NATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Reno, NV  January 10, 2012     Why would a public school teacher go through the time, and expense of earning national certifications in his program area when such certifications will have no bearing on his pay or official teaching status?  Tim Conley, Welding instructor at Reed High School, answers that question this way:   "I believe that it is important to achieve, and to keep moving forward.  Students will now be able to leave my four-year program with industry certifications that would have cost them money in the future."  Tim’s program is part of a new S.T.A.R. Career and Technical Education Academy at Reed High School, and he feels that, as an academy, they will rival any institution in the district.    


Tim recently earned both the American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Educator, and Certified Welding Inspector national certifications.  The Certified Welding Educator Program (CWE) is geared for the welding professional specifically in the welding education field and confirms it recipient’s ability, talent and knowledge to specifically direct and perform operations associated with welder training and classroom instruction.  The premier AWS certification program is the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) program.  This certification is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, in the welding industry. Successful companies have come to rely on this AWS certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship.  AWS serves more than 66,000 members worldwide, and membership includes engineers, scientists, educators, researchers, welders, inspectors and company executives.

Raised in Gerlach, Nevada, Tim attended UNLV as a Theoretical Physics major before deciding to go into the teaching field.  He had always loved Welding and other shop classes in high school, and decided that he wanted to pass that along to other students. He transferred to UNR where he received his secondary teaching degree, and then began teaching the Welding program at Reed High School, now part of the Reed High School S.T.A.R.S. Career and Technical Education Academy.

Earning a Master’s Equivalency degree in Welding and now these AWS certifications are part of Tim’s continuing efforts to improve his teaching capabilities.  As an exemplary Career and Technical Education teacher, Tim Conley combines strong technical knowledge and skill with a sincere concern for the value of what he is imparting to his students.  These AWS certifications require rigorous preparation and execution and prove that almost nine years into his career; Tim Conley is not slowing his efforts to provide the best for his students!


  "I believe that it is important to achieve, and to keep moving forward.  Students will now be able to leave my four-year program with industry certifications that would have cost them money in the future"

 


Orlando, FL—167 of Nevada’s top student members and advisers traveled to Orlando, Florida

for the FBLA National Leadership Conference and joined 8,000 other future business leaders

from around the world to Break Barriers in leadership development, networking, and

international competition.

 

Only the top 4% of high school students have the opportunity to attend the National Leadership

Conference and compete in the international business leadership competitive events. Galena High School’s Steven Kish took top honors by placing in the top 10 internationally.  Steven placed 8th in the Public Speaking II international competition.

 

The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards competed amongst FBLA’s

membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of

today’s youth.  Nevada FBLA-PBL, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.


June 1, 2011 -- Three Hug HS students scored in the top 20 percent on the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Department of Education’s National Financial Capability Challenge!!

They are:
* Uriel Marquez
* Jonathan Ruiz-Gomez
* Javier Velez


 

REED AUTOMOTIVE STUDENTS TAKE HIGH HONORS IN FORD-AAA AUTO COMPETITION

 

 

RENO, NV May 2011 Congratulations to Reed High School Automotive students Jared Ellis and Erik Ruelas for their first place written test win in the Ford and AAA Automotive Student State Skill Competition.  Both are students in Instructor Todd Teague’s Automotive Program.  The students had to take a state ASE written test to qualify for the hands-on competition held at the Nugget Thursday, May 12.  With a combined written test score and the hands-on competition, they finished third overall winning scholarships to the Universal Technical Institute and to the Ford ASSET program. 

 

This competition is co-sponsored by AAA and Ford Motor Company.  The objective of this competition is to encourage talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians.  AAA and Ford wholeheartedly support this objective and are committed to this program as an investment in the future of our young people and improved automotive service for AAA members, Ford Motor Company customers and all motorists.  This program is a nationwide competition for 11th and 12th grade students in secondary schools and colleges that offer courses in Automotive Technology. Each participating instructor selects his/her best 11th or 12th grade Auto Technology students to take the state qualifying exam which is taken on-line and administered by a test proctor/administrator at the school. 

 

Qualifying students win scholarships, savings bonds, trophies, jackets, certificates, shop manuals, trips and automotive equipment.  Instructors are eligible to win equipment, service publications, trophies and prestige for their schools, and the names of each contestant are submitted to AAA affiliated service facilities, Ford Motor Company dealers, and many other sponsoring organizations that have a need for automotive technicians and other service specialists.  This competition complements other Ford and AAA efforts to promote the training and certification of qualified auto service technicians.  These activities enlarge the pool of trained auto repair personnel available to serve the public.

 

Congratulations to Jared Ellis and Erik Ruelas as well as Instructor Todd Teague for this excellent accomplishment.

 


AACT STUDENTS WIN HONORS AT COMPETITION IN LAS VEGAS

Reno, NV March 29, 2011  Students from the Medical Careers Academy at the Academy of Art, Careers and Technology (AACT) recently won honors at the annual Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) state competition.  

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education whose two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.   HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in Health Care programs.

Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching nearly 90,000 members through 44 chartered HOSA State Associations and approximately 2,600 secondary and post-secondary/collegiate chapters in 2011.  The following students won medals at this year’s competition.

Community Emergency Response Team Skills

Gold - Sahar Sedigh & Sierra Carson

Silver - Jenna Melton & Jaysen Nolte

Bronze - Tyra Eggert & Navid Esquivel

 

Health Education

Gold - Libby Vogt & Carolyn Gonzales

Silver - Cecilia & Rebecca Bustos

 

Medical Photography

Silver - Kassandra Gamboa

 

Medical Spelling

Gold - Ryan Tisbe

Silver - Iris Arango

Bronze - Courtney Yoshimaru

4th - Sara Jones

5th - Cassondra Linares

 

Medical Assisting

Silver - Victoria Green

Bronze - Jillian Bugica-Saiz

5th - Andrea Corral

 

Sports Medicine

Silver - Bailey Torrez

Bronze - Sally Matzoll

4th - Kyleigh Larson

5th - Alyssa Thomas

 

CPR/First Aid

4th - Daniel Jimenez/Christine Siporen

5th - Alex Worsnop/Kale Patton

 

HOSA State Officer 1st Vice President – Dominique Barnett

 


The hot educational debate of the moment: What's the best way to prepare all students for what's looking to be a pretty tough century

 

WCSD STUDENTS WIN SkillsUSA STATE COMPETITIONS

The Nevada state SkillsUSA Championships were held in Las Vegas March 15-17.  Career & Technical Education (CTE) students from all over the state competed in dozens of categories, including employability skills, plumbing, cosmetology, architectural drafting, web page design, motorcycle service technology and several types of welding.  SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. Students were judged on criteria that include everything from resume presentation to timed tasks that judges assign at the competition site.

This nation’s young people have a variety of needs that must be met if they are to become the mature, responsible, caring, informed and productive individuals. Along with the skills learned in career-oriented classes and programs, CTE youth organizations such as SkillsUSA provide a variety of opportunities that will help students in these areas. Such organizations provide opportunities for leadership development, service learning, career exploration, and confidence building.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. More than 284,000 student and instructors join SkillsUSA annually.  SkillsUSA has served more than 8.8 million members since its inception as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA).

SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in career-oriented programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

The Washoe County School District offers career-oriented Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes and programs in areas from Culinary Arts to Welding Fabrication.  District high schools and middle schools teach a varying array of CTE classes.  The gold medal winners from this competition are eligible to compete at the national level this summer in Kansas City where over 4,600 students compete in 84 occupational and leadership skill areas. 

The following WCSD students won competitions at this year’s conference:

 

WCSD

SkillsUSA State Winners

FY 2011

Advertising Design

Silver – Peter Laxalt – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Automotive Service Technology

Gold – Tyler Baumgardner – Reed High School

 

Broadcast News Production (Team)

Gold – Dallas Debard ­– Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

          – Justin Crespo ­– Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

          – Delana Pennington – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

          – Hunter Rand – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Computer Maintenance Technology

Silver – Miguel Diaz – North Valleys High School

 

Graphic Communications

Gold – Katy Shipley – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

Silver – Carson Johnson – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Job Interview

Gold – KaPreace Young – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Job Skills Demonstration A

Silver – Jose Herrera – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Opening & Closing Ceremonies (Team)

Bronze – Shelby Turner – North Valleys High School

              – Cameron Sterrett – North Valleys High School

              – Jeff Graham – North Valleys High School

              – Brandon Hudson – North Valleys High School

              – Mikhael Townzend – North Valleys High School

              – Tyler Mills – North Valleys High School

              – Darren Mikesell – North Valleys High School

 

Power Equipment Technology

Gold – Angel Tamayo Del Rio – Reed High School

 

Screen Printing Technology

Silver – Jessica Vaughn – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Sheet Metal

Gold – Michael McGaffey – North Valleys High School

Silver – Chris Jahn – Reed High School

Bronze – Scott Walsh – Wooster High School

 

T-Shirt Design

Silver – Jordan Harris – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 

Welding Fabrication (Team)

Silver – Elijah Bagley – North Valleys High School

            – Ronald Burzsynski – North Valleys High School

            – Chris Campbell – North Valleys High School

 

2011–2012 State Officer

            – Christi-Anne Yarbrough – Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology

 


LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN FCCLA COMPETITIONS

Reno, Nevada March 9, 2011 Washoe County School District Career and Technical Education students won honors at the recent state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitions.  The competitions were held in Reno with the following local students placing in various events:

North Valleys High School:  Advisor Barbara Orrell

Cassie Aaronson, Lauren Acevedo, Ashley Armao – Culinary - Silver Medal

Melissa Palad, Mayra Reynaga, Shelby Turner – Culinary - Silver Medal

Kendra Bartl, Stephanie Iglesias, Stacy Navarro – Culinary - Silver Medal

Zoey Childs, Jimmy Ayala, Ryan Risse – Culinary - Bronze Medal

 

Sparks High School:   Advisor Suella Brown

Daylynne War - Recycle and Redesign – Gold Medal

Leonel Abundis, Daniella Estrada,Fernando Jauregui – Culinary – Silver Medal

Paige Seley - Job Interview – Bronze Medal

 

Spanish Springs High School:  Advisor Michelle Gach

            Britney Henderson – Career Exploration Project - Silver Medal

Harley Stephenson, Miesha Mack, Shirley Dailey - Promote/Publicize FCCLA – Silver Medal

Britney Henderson will compete in the FCCLA National Competition in July.

 

 

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education, or as determined by the state department of education. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

 

FCCLA--The Ultimate Leadership Experience--is unique among youth organizations because it is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.  Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

 

Congratulations to these students and their chapter Advisors for these outstanding achievements.

 


Lorraine Hunt-Bono, Kerry Simon, and Brian Yost Captivate Students at State ProStart® Competition Awards Banquet

 

North Valleys High School Student Places in 2011 Nevada ProStart® Competition

 

184 high school students from 20 schools across the state of Nevada participated in the Ninth Annual Nevada ProStart® Invitational, which was held February 10-11, 2011 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas. The state competition was presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

 

In the knife skills/edible centerpiece contest, individual competitors had to create an edible centerpiece using only fruits and vegetables. The students had 45 minutes to carve their items into intricate shapes. Of the 16 students competing, Stacy Navarro of North Valleys High School placed fifth.


ProStart is a career-building program of the National Restaurant Association that offers classroom study, mentored work experience, and local and national competitions for more than 90,000 high school students in over 1,650 schools in 47 states, territories and districts.  More than 2,300 students representing 39 schools participate in the program in Nevada. For more information, visit www.prostart.restaurant.org.

 

Congratulations to Stacy Navarro and her Culinary instructor, Barbara Orrell, for this outstanding achievement!




In August 2010, the Spanish Springs High School's FCCLA Chapter had their first meeting for the 2010-2011 school year. FCCLA stands for "Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America." Leading of families and the community is exactly what they set out to do in December 2010 when they ran a toy drive at Spanish Springs High School. Their goal was to "give children a Christmas that would not get one otherwise." The Spanish Springs High School FCCLA chapter partnered with The Children's Miracle Network at Renown Hospital, and delivered 89 toys! We were told that the smiles on the kids' faces definitely made all of the hard work worth it and they plan on doing it again next year.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Career and Technical Education:  Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow!

 

RENO, NV   February 2011   Students and faculty in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout Washoe County will celebrate Career and Technical Education Month during February 2011. This year's theme for the month-long celebration is Career and Technical Education:  Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow! The theme emphasizes the important role CTE can play in the life of every student.  CTE is about helping students fulfill their personal, community, and earning potential.  First and foremost, it is about education that provides students with academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world often called contextual learning; employability skills from job-related skills to workplace ethics; and education pathways that help students explore interests and careers in the process of progressing through secondary school.  CTE is designed to help educators promote student success by making strong connections between learning and life.  It is based on the philosophy that student achievement will improve when there is internal motivation and relevance.  That motivation is likely to increase if there is a strong connection between the classroom and the student's world of reality.

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations within the next decade will require career and technical education.  CTE jump-starts students' careers by preparing them for job as well as post-secondary educational opportunities while still in high school.  As further encouragement to continue their education beyond high school, WCSD high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn community college credit by successfully completing certain Tech-Prep courses.  These courses are CTE classes taught to high school students by high school teachers at no additional cost to the student.

 

Student organizations are a basic component of Career and Technical Education programs.  They support and enhance both school-based and work-based learning opportunities.  These organizations enable students to achieve both academic and career competencies, develop leadership skills, and build the individual student's confidence and self-esteem.  Washoe County School District CTE has active chapters in Distributive Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), National FFA Organization, and SkillsUSA.

 

CTE programs are offered in all district high schools with over 6,300 students this year participating in grades 9-12.  CTE areas of study include Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Business and Marketing Education, Family and Consumer Science, Health and Public Safety, Information and Media Technology, and Trade and Industrial Education.  Nationally there are over 11 million secondary and postsecondary students participating in Career and Technical Education courses and programs.  Is there any proof CTE works?  Yes; previous Nevada Department of Education studies indicate that students who take CTE courses are less likely to drop out of high school, graduate at a higher rate, and score higher on state proficiency exams.

 

To learn more about CTE opportunities, talk to your school counselor or contact the Washoe County School District Office of Career and Technical Education at 850-8005, or access our Web site at www.washoe.k12.nv.us/cte

 


SPARKS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED CTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR


Barry Varischetti, Career and Technical Education teacher at Sparks High School, won Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year at the 2010 Nevada Association of Career and Technical Education (NACTE) state conference.Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares youth for a wide range of careers. These careers may require varying levels of education from high school and postsecondary certificates to college degrees. The primary areas of focus for Career and Technical Education are the attainment of academic and occupational skills, and completion of diplomas, credentials, and certificates.


Barry Varischetti has been a CTE teacher in Washoe County for 33 years. He taught for three years at Vaughn Middle School, one year at Reed High School, and the last 29 years at Sparks High School. Over the years, Barry has taught Vocational General Math, Small Engine Repair, Introduction to Auto, Engineering, Drafting, and Woodworking. Currently he is teaching Woodworking and Drafting at Sparks High School. Barry has been a part of the State Standards writing committees for both CADD/Drafting and Furniture/Cabinet Making. In addition, he has represented Career & Technical Education on numerous district committees, including the Long Range Planning Committee. Barry has been an active member of both the CTE Technical Skills Woodworking and Drafting Advisory Committees.


The Nevada Association of Career and Technical Education (NACTE) keeps teachers up to date on legislation pertinent to CTE teachers, both within the State and at the Federal level.  It also keeps teachers abreast of what is going on and keeps them involved in the legislative process. NACTE offers quality networking and professional development, and strives to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, and competitive workforce.


Barry Varischetti has been and continues to be an integral and valued member of the Career & Technical Education community in Washoe County. His outstanding dedication to providing district students the best possible background for continuing success makes this award especially appropriate. Regarding his career in teaching, Barry states, "I personally feel that CTE is where students put their education to work for themselves. It is where students really find out what they're made of and what they have to offer an employer." No one has exemplified this more than Barry Varischetti and his many students, past and present.

 


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Reed High School Automotive Program Receives National Certification

 

The automotive training program at Reed High School in Sparks has received certification by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Reed High School's automotive program has been certified in the following area: General Service Technician.

 

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school's automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.

 

"This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents," said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair. "Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Reed High School's graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Reed High School, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force."  Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Reed High School be certified by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.

 

Todd Teague added, "During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are delighted to join the ranks of the ASE certified training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants."