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Heavy Equipment Operations Program Picking Up Speed
Job Prospects Heating Up for Fire Service Students
JTED Alumni Spotlight
Vail Students Looking for Win in Washington
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2016-2017 Program Guide

Caterpillar Helps Pima JTED Put Students in the Driver's Seat 

New Career Opportunities for Students Who Live in the Sunnyside Area

This week, the Pima JTED and the Sunnyside Unified School District governing boards each approved moving forward with building the new JTED @ STAR Academic Center Central Campus at 5093 S. Liberty Avenue in Tucson. 

The new 7,000 square-foot facility, scheduled to be completed in late October, will house a Construction/Industrial Technologies program, and become the second location for Pima JTED's new Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO) Program. 
Classes will begin August 3rd this year, and be held in classrooms at STAR Academic Center until the facility is completed. The HEO program will run from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. two days per week, plus students will attend two Saturday classes each month at locations including the University of Arizona Mine. The Construction program will follow STAR's bell schedule. 
The Heavy Equipment Operations program is also offered at JTED @ Walden Grove in the Sahuarita Unified School District. It prepares high school students for high-paying careers operating Caterpillar and similar large machinery including; dozers, graders, backhoes, forklifts, and Earthmovers. Students will earn their NCCER certification and complete the safety requirements for job sites with an emphasis on OSHA, MSHA, and NIOSH requirements.
Sahuarita Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Manny Valenzuela and his team of business, civic, and community leaders, called Sahuarita WINS, worked with the Pima JTED to develop the Heavy Equipment Operations Program in response to industry demand for operators. The two districts have been working with Caterpillar and the UA Mine to develop the program for more than a year.
JTED Superintendent/CEO Alan L. Storm says, "We recently brought a group of students to the Caterpillar Tinaja Hills Demonstration and Learning Center to get their hands on equipment. What surprised us, aside from the sheer size of the equipment, was also learning how big salaries can be for Heavy Equipment Operators. This is a great opportunity for students to secure a career, and not incur a lot of student loan debt." 
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JTED Fire Service Students Responding to Hot Job Prospects

JTED Fire Service Instructor Billie Moon reports that 11 of her students have secured employment in the fire service before the school year has ended. Congratulations to:
  • Brianna Chacon, National Forest Service
  • Chad Cavender, Grayback Forestry Inc. (Oregon)
  • Karl Rapp, Grayback Forestry Inc. (Oregon)
  • Ty Schlagel, Palominas Fire District
  • Randy Hinton II, Palominas Fire District
  • Camden Gracia, Palominas Fire District
  • Kayla Dimenstein, Palominas Fire District
  • Joe Espino, Palominas Fire District
  • Abukar Shiwoko, Palominas Fire District
  • Mark McGee, Palominas Fire District
  • Chance White, Sonoita Elgin Fire District
Recently, Northwest Fire and Rural/Metro Fire teamed up to provide live fire training for Pima JTED students at Northwest Fire's state-of-the-art training center.
Wearing full protective gear, students entered a darkened burn room that was 400 degrees on the ceiling and about 200 degrees on the floor. The students had to perform a search for victims with zero visibility, and then locate and extinguish the fire. Students also gained hands-on experience battling a car fire.

JTED Alumni Spotlight: Automotive Students and Careers Click

Jim Click Jr. has always supported the Pima JTED and it shows through the hiring of our JTED graduates. This JTED Alumni Spotlight shines light on two JTED alumni; Emily Damiani, who attended Mountain View High School, and Mathew Mattox, who attended Flowing Wells High School. 
Emily Damiani is the Warranty Administrator with the Jim Click Automotive Team and already has earned enough to buy her first car and live on her own thanks to her career. Mathew Mattox is a Recon Technician with the Jim Click Automotive Team and is quickly climbing the ranks. Both students say that their JTED Automotive experience helped them land jobs that they love.   
CTE/JTED Students Emerge as Front-Runners to Win in Washington

We recently learned that two of the four Arizona nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education are from the Pima County JTED District and have been named semifinalists.  
These two students are: Courtney Barger, and Remington Knauer. They are both Business Education students at Vail Academy and High School.
The National Recognition Program for all U.S. Presidential Scholars is scheduled for June in Washington, DC.  For the complete list of semifinalists, go to
The Arizona Career and Technical Education community is extremely proud of each of these outstanding CTE students and we wish all of them much success in their future endeavors.  
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