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Presidential Scholar Nominees
Code Save for EMT Students
Habitat for Humanity Homecoming
Precision Manufacturing Program Expands Students' Dreams
New Program is Moving Heaven & Earth
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Two Vail Business Students Nominated as CTE Scholars  
Two JTED students from Julie Ellis' Business class at Vail Academy and High School, Courtney Barger and Remington Knauer, were recently honored for being among five students in Arizona named nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE).

This is the first year President Obama has included CTE students as Presidential Scholars. Only twenty students from across the nation will be selected for the honor and recognized in May 2016.

Nominees were selected based on evidence of academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills and ingenuity/creativity/problem solving. 

CTE State Director Jeanne Roberts from the Arizona Department of Education presented the awards. Several business, education, and community leaders praised the work of Ms. Barger and Mr. Knauer during a ceremony held in front of their classmates.

Jim Click Jr. awarded the students $2,500 each to designate to an organization of their choice. 
EMT Students are Saving Lives

When Jesse Garcia enrolled in the Pima County JTED EMT program he had no idea he would save a man's life before completing the course.
The Pima County JTED provides amazing opportunities to young high school students to fulfill their dreams. For some, that dream is to become a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician.
Michelle Watson, JTED EMT Instructor at Empire High School, has had a major impact on her students. Every year Ms. Watson has her students go on a 12-hour ride along to get a taste of what the real job is like. Last year, Ms. Watson had four students save a person's life during their ride alongs, and this year her students are on that same pace.
It's only half way through the year and Ms. Watson has two students that have saved someone's life during their ride along. One of those students is Empire High School senior Jesse Garcia. Read more...
Former Students Return Home for Habitat House

Two men who started their careers as CTE students in the Construction program at Sahuarita High School have come back to the school to help a new group of JTED students start careers and give back to the community. 

Joshua "JJ" Swinney, Director of Construction for Habitat for Humanity, and Adrian Morales, the new Construction teacher at Sahuarita High, recently helped a group of students raise the first walls for a new 3-bedroom, 2-bath Habitat for Humanity home. 

Along side them was their Construction teacher, Charles "Chuck" Gallagher, who has returned to the school's program after retiring from the Tucson Unified School District to mentor Mr. Morales. Mr. Swinney said there were many times when Mr. Gallagher went out of his way to make sure he stayed on track in school and he credits the program for his success in the construction industry. 
Students Find a Better Economic Future by Design 

JTED Precision Manufacturing instructor Cesar Gutierrez helps up to 300 Desert View High School students a year build career opportunities and dispel stereotypes about Tucson's Southside.
"Many students on the Southside have limited resources and as a result small choices on what to do with their lives," said Gutierrez. "I was one of those students, so I understand." He is determined to open a much larger world to his students.
Until last year, Ernesto Moreno was one of those students too. His life changed the day he showed up to his history class and found Mr. Gutierrez filling in for his teacher.  He was fascinated by the design programs on Mr. Gutierrez' laptop, and was encouraged to sign up for his JTED Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.
Moreno landed an engineering internship at Abrams Airborne Manufacturing while enrolled in Mr. Gutierrez' program, and used the skills he learned to redesign a bolt that had troubled engineers. Read more...

Related Story: Young machinists graduate from joint county, industry program - Yoohyun Jung, Arizona Daily Star
JTED Helps Students Hit Pay Dirt with New Program 

If you enjoy working outdoors and gaming consider a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator. The Pima County JTED has teamed up with the Sahuarita Unified School District to help put you in the driver's seat.

Heavy Equipment Operations Program Showcase
  • JTED @ Walden Grove
  • 15510 S. Sahuarita Park Rd.
  • Thursday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Contact: Denise Zambos 

Check Out Our Central Campus Program Showcase 

January 23
  • JTED @ Master Pieces
  • 2855 W. Master Pieces Drive
  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
January 30
  • JTED @ Camino Seco
  • 8727 E. 22nd Street
  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
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