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Kathy Prather, CTE Directir

In the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, AZ, we have a nearly 90% poverty level. We have implemented wall to wall college and career academies in our two comprehensive high schools. One of our academies, iSTEM, has a CTE manufacturing program named to the Manufacturing Institute "M List," which emphasizes nationally-recognized certifications from NIMS, SolidWorks, Mastercam and others, plus dual college credit, embedded high school Math credit, industry partnerships, paid internships and scholarships. Our CTE programs are central to the design of our academies and the included rigorous programs of study. The Next Generation High Schools Summit should prove to be valuable to launch more programs with these components.

Sean Lynch

Thanks for sharing, Kathy! That sounds like a great program.

Roberta McFarland

In Washington State, Highline Public Schools (76% poverty) developed Waskowitz Environmental Leadership & Service (WELS) 15 years ago. WELS is a recuperative program for 10th -12th grade students that have experienced multiple indicators of educational failures identified by the HPS On-Track tool or want a safe and nurturing school environment for academic success. Counselors and family members recommend students for inclusion in the program. Students complete an application and interview to insure students have the attitude and aptitude to be a leader in our 6th grade residential outdoor environmental education program (ROEE) at Waskowitz. We are a Career and Technical Education (CTE) rich program providing multiple 21st century skills learning opportunities and skills for jobs in the outdoor recreation, teaching, natural resources, and marine tech fields.

Academics and CTE is the perfect combination; engaging students as scholars and leaders in service to community and their future.

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