In This Issue
Tragedies come with the training for CNA/TMC intern
Three Outstanding CTE Teachers Honored
Rep. Orr Steps Forward for JTED
Chicken Coop Curriculum
JTED Students at Pueblo Help Two Local Schools
It's a Dog's Life that JTED Students Help
February is CTE Month
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Certified Nursing Assistant Students Gain Real, Tough Experiences at TMC
JTED @ Camino Seco CNA student Brittany Souders' internship at Tucson Medical Center (TMC) allowed her to see things nobody wants to see, but happen in the real world - especially the medical world.


Mentored by a patient relations official, Souders witnessed a full-term pregnant mother coming into the hospital with eclampsia, a life-threatening complication of pregnancy. The woman flat lined, was stabilized, and flat lined again in the elevator as doctors rushed to have her airlifted to another facility.


Once determined that the mother couldn't be helped, they raced her body back to the ER to try to save the child, but were unsuccessful.


Souders helped comfort the family and maintained her composure throughout the crisis.


"I never saw someone pass away before and this was a mom and her baby," she recalled. "Without JTED training, I would not have been able to do this. What we do out there is real, and now I know I can handle it."


The GO! Program School Internship at TMC is a 10-week paid internship in various clinical areas. JTED'S CNA curriculum prepares students for state licensure, immediate employment, advanced certifications and further education.


"I never would want a young person to be exposed to a death or horrible health crisis," said Beth Francis, RN, JTED nursing program manager. "However, our students have been given very valuable tools to assist them in many different types of situations."


At their January meeting, JTED's Governing Board awarded 10 CNA students, including Souders, with Commitment to Excellence awards for completing the TMC internship. After graduation Souders plans on working as a CNA and continuing her education to become an RN.


For more information about JTED's Nursing Services program, visit

Three Career & Technical Education Teachers Among Tucson's Best              

A+ to our Early Childhood Education teacher at Canyon del Oro High School Jennifer Atteberry-Pierpont, to our Construction teacher at Marana High School John Sugameli, and to our Engineering teacher at Flowing Wells High School Robert Becker for making the 2013-14 Circle K Outstanding High School Faculty Honor Roll!
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JTED Governing Board Honors Rep. Orr

Noting that State Rep. Ethan Orr (R-Tucson) "has put his career on the line" in supporting JTED, Chairwoman Ruth Solomon recognized him as a Champion of Career and Technical Education during the Board's regular January meeting. Rep. Orr recently announced House Bill 2176 calling for JTED freshman funding restoration.


"(JTED) is something I have fought for, and will continue to fight for as long as I'm in the legislature," said Orr. "This makes me be proud to be a Tucsonan."  


In 2011 the Arizona State Legislature cut $29 million from the budget by eliminating funding for all freshmen in JTED programs, resulting in a $10 million cut for the Pima County JTED. With additional cuts to soft and unrestricted capital the District lost approximately $14 million that year, or about half its budget. 


During the last session, Rep. Orr held firm with Gov. Brewer on his support of favorable JTED legislation 
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Why Did the Chicken Coop Cross the Road?


Gary Faulkenberry's JTED construction students at San Manuel High School built and delivered a chicken coop to eager, wannabe chicken caretakers at Mammoth Elementary STEM School recently.


The older students have spent the past two semesters on the project developing their carpentry, problem solving, project planning and community service skills. Faulkenberry says it also helps them develop a sense of pride in workmanship.


"This class is different and way more hands-on," says junior Jacob Gonzales, who would like to pursue a construction career. "It's a lot more fun."


Mammoth is a K-6 performing plus school that integrates science, technology, engineering and math into every classroom and embraces 21st century skills through project based leaning. The chicken coop will be used with their science curriculum.


For more, see our JTED Facebook photo album. 

Students at Two Schools Benefit from Pueblo's Early Childhood Ed. Program
Pueblo Magnet High School JTED Early Childhood Education students design and lead a variety of learning activities using state standards for preschool and kindergarten students. Each week, the students go to CE Rose and Hollinger Elementary schools with fun, creative plans to help the younger students get an early start on their education.  
Students' Work is Going to the Dogs
Each semester, Norm Testa has his Technical Theatre students at Catalina Foothills High School hone their crafting skills by making dog buffets for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Not only does the project give students hands-on experience, it also helps them understand the value of community service.
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To celebrate the fact that February is Career and Technical Education Month, and to help spread the word that JTED offers high school students CTE programs which will be critical to our economy, we've placed this billboard along I-10 near the Orange Grove exit. Research proves JTED/CTE students have higher overall test scores, and are more likely to successful in college and careers. 

The photo is of Pueblo Magnet High School alumnus, Aden Abdi, a Certified Nursing Assistant student who completed two paid internships at TMC. Read his compelling story in our latest issue of The Calling

We also hope you will join us in thanking all Pima County JTED/CTE teachers this month!
If you have a story idea, comments or suggestions for The Way to Work, please contact Greg D'Anna, Director of  Public Relations.


Greg D'Anna,
Editor, The Way to Work


Ann Powers
Writer, The Way to Work

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