KNPB Shines Spotlight on Career, Technical Education Programs
From the Washoe County School District:
Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) career and technical education (CTE) programs will be featured on KNPB’s “A Conversation” Friday, April 25, at 8:30 p.m. Host Brent Boynton will be joined by a panel of experts to explore how CTE programs like those found in Signature Academies are strengthening Nevada’s economy.
“Signature Academy and career & technical education (CTE) programs ensure that Washoe County School District graduates are prepared to excel in the 21st century,” said WCSD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “With programs focused on technology, medical careers, and STEM fields, our children have access to a natural pathway for careers and higher education that is aligned with our local, state, and national economic needs.”
“A Conversation” is a weekly news show where key community members address critical issues affecting Nevadans. Participating in the panel discussion are: Dr. Dana Ryan, WCSD Director of Signature Academies & CTE; Kerri Garcia, community relations manager for Microsoft Licensing; John Hargrove, NV Energy’s renewable program manager; and Dan Ruby, associate director at UNR’s Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center.
“Thanks to new approaches to learning, such as Signature Academies and CTE programs, Nevada is developing wealth in skilled and bright students that can participate in the exciting future of high-tech industries,” said Ruby. “The sort of partnerships that these programs are making means that students have opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) after high school and that interested companies will have access to some of the most talented students in the nation and world.”
“The panel is a great way to create dialogue and share multiple, community stakeholder perspectives as to the importance of preparing students for 21st century success through the continued efforts of the Signature Academies and CTE programs,” said Garcia. “It’s important for Microsoft to be involved and supportive of the Washoe County School District’s efforts to specifically educate high school students for a range of career options in the high-demand career fields such as information technology through the Signature Academies and CTE programs. Today’s global economy depends increasingly on technological and scientific innovation, leading to the creating of new kinds of jobs, which in turn require new kinds of skills.”
Career and technical education is innovative education that combines academics and technical skills to prepare students for high-demand, highly-skilled jobs of the future. In his economic plan for Nevada, Governor Brian Sandoval noted the importance of aligning education and career training to prepare students for Nevada’s future jobs.
“School districts are establishing career and industry-based programs, such as Washoe County’s Signature Academies, which focuses on specific programs, topics, and distinguishing themes to prepare all students for Nevada’s future economy,” said Sandoval.
“Parents who are considering their child’s preparedness for college should consider schools with CTE as a core component of their curriculum,” said Hargrove. “CTE curriculum is clearly designed to prepare students for success in both their ongoing education and their work lives as well.” WCSD’s Signature Academy and CTE offer programs in information technology, digital media, energy technology, health sciences, engineering, and natural resources. WCSD will highlight the Signature Academy and CTE programs available in each high school at the Salute to Signatures & CTE gala event, to be held on May 1 at the Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology.