WCSD to Hold "Salute to Signatures & CTE" Event Thursday
From the Washoe County School District:
Washoe County School District (WCSD) Signature Academies and Career & Technical Education (CTE) provide an remarkable variety of academic and career choices for students when they enter high school. On Thursday, May 1, these programs will be in the spotlight at the second annual “Salute to Signatures & CTE,” a public event to showcase the high quality programs offered throughout the district and recognize outstanding student achievements and community partnerships.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the community – families, businesses, and higher education – to see all of our programs in one place,” said Dana Ryan, WCSD director of Signature Academies and CTE. “The event highlights the wide variety of opportunities that we offer throughout our district to engage students in college and career pathways that prepare them for future success in our local and national economy.”
The event will be held at the Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology, located at 380 Edison Way in Reno, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At 5:30, the WCSD Council for CTE will host a formal presentation to recognize student achievements in technical and leadership skill contests in areas such as business, media, manufacturing, and medical, as well as to present Outstanding Community Partner awards.
This year’s award recipients are Microsoft, Truckee Meadows Community College, and the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation.
“We’re honored to be receiving this award from the Washoe County School District for our partnership and joint efforts in furthering the Council for Careers & Technical Education,” said Kerri Garcia, community relations manager for Microsoft Corporation in Reno. “It’s important for Microsoft to be involved and supportive of the District’s efforts to 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. This is the right direction for the future and we’re happy to do our part.”
“We are pleased to partner with the Washoe County School District and its Signature and Career and Technical Education programs to ensure student success as they leave the K-12 system and train for careers in our community,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, president of Truckee Meadows Community College. “As a community college, we provide workforce training in a variety of fields, and in the coming decade the largest number of workers will be needed in mid skill areas – those requiring more than high school but less than a four-year degree. The school district will provide the first step by helping students start with career tech fields, and we can help them fully prepare.”
“Our community’s future relies on our investment and focus on educating our students,” said Michonne Ascuaga, Washoe K-12 Education Foundation chairman. “Signature Academies and CTE’s not only provide our young citizens with engaging, quality educations, but link them to the state’s future workforce needs. We have identified these programs among our top priorities for fundraising.”
The gala event is open to the public, prospective students, and their families. Members of the community are invited to attend and learn more about how they can get involved in these programs to support the future of our community.