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Career Education

Lemoore Service Center
876 East D Street
Lemoore, CA 93245
(559) 589-7026

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The Career Education department’s focus is on the youth and adults of Kings County achieving self-sufficiency through gainful, satisfying employment. Support is provided through career technical education courses, career exploration, subsidized employment, supportive services and helping connect youth to postsecondary training and other providers. Services are provided through: Kings Regional Occupational Program (ROP), WorkAbility I, Transition Partnership Program (TPP), WIA-Youth Services, and other state or federally funded programs

 

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Ceremony Marks Completion for 2015 Nursing Graduates

5/19/2015

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Ready to make their mark on the world, the Nursing Assistant Class of 2015 proudly received their pins, certificate, and Flowers of Unity recently at the Kings ROP Nursing Assistant Completion Ceremony.

Over a hundred family, friends, school and county staff gathered for the event that was held in the Auditorium at Lemoore Union High School. It was a ceremony that included a welcome by Program Director Margie Newton followed by guest speakers from Kings Nursing and Rehabilitation where students do some clinical training, as well as special words from teachers and students.

“Remember what you do is the heart of nursing,” said Donna Hernandez, Kings Nursing and Rehabilitation director of staff development. None of us could do our job without great CNAs.” Hernandez shared her own experience of being pinned in a similar ceremony two decades ago before working as a CNA and later going on to become a nurse. She urged students to remember their importance to patients and not to get discouraged along the way with different people, places and experiences. “Remember, what you do and what you give; you’re the most important person to patients.”

Nursing teachers Linda Huffman, Instructor of Lemoore High School; Misty Gann, Instructor of Hanford High School; Lisa Parra, Instructor of Hanford West High School; and Corbie Caudillo, Instructor of Clinical, were praised by students throughout the evening with words, cheers and hugs. They proudly presented students with special recognitions, pins and certificates along with a few thanks and their own words of wisdom.

So what is next for these completers? The Certified Nursing Assistant Examination given by the American Red Cross in June. From there, students have a strong start to pathway to college and/or careers in the health and medical field.

The Health Occupations program is sponsored by the Career Education Department of the Kings County Office of Education. It is one several Regional Occupational Programs where students gain technical skills along with college and career readiness skills. 

ROP Students Presented Honor Chords

4/29/2015

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​Navy blue marked the color of honor for Health and Science recently at Lemoore High School. The ROP nursing students joined students, staff, friends and family at the Honor Chord Ceremony to receive a certificate and specially colored honor chord to wear at the fast-approaching graduation ceremony. The Navy blue color for Health and Science represents "Confidence in Mind and Body."​ Congratuations to all students for their hard work and dedication. From left are Instructor Linda Huffman's students: Anna Moreno; Shaunna Homan; Kylee Berna; Rosa Flores; Dora Flores; Kayla Pearce; and Keila Reyes.

CNA Students Team with Naval Hospital

3/25/2015

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​KROP students practice sutures with representatives of Naval Hospital Lemoore as part of Instructor Linda Huffman's CNA course at Lemoore High School recently. Students are on base Tuesdays and Thursdays to get hands-on experience in various medical practices. 

​Conference links students and healthcare professionals

10/24/2014

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  Kings County’s ROP healthcare occupations and nursing students joined hundreds of others from schools across the Valley to participate in the Growing Health Leaders Career Conference. The full-day event was held Oct. 26 at the College of Sequoias Tulare campus and involved a keynote speaker, four break-out sessions with leading industry representatives, and a College Fair with 10 different colleges on hand.  

  Teachers and various representatives from Kings County Schools including Hanford High School, Hanford West High School, Lemoore Union High School and Corcoran High School, made sure students participated in what was a very structured and informative event for the up and coming healthcare practitioners.

 

  The event began with Keynote Speaker David Britt, director of public health for Tulare County, giving advice on the benefits of career exploration and the growing need for practitioners. Each student then participated in four, preselected sessions facilitated by a lengthy list of healthcare professionals ranging from physicians, dentists and psychologists to representatives of various nursing occupations, public health, pharmacy, physical therapy and many more. All students were required to attend a Reality Check session that involved best practices and vital customer service aspects.

 

  The event, now in its third year, was sponsored by the Health Care Sector Committee of the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB), in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, College of the Sequoias, and the Central Valley Health Network (CVHN).​


Photo: Instructors Linda Huffman(second from left) and Misty Gann (right) stand with students recently at the Growing Health Leaders Career Conference in Tulare.

​Student-led learning engages all students

10/24/2014

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   Nursing Assistant students recently challenged each other to learn the many body systems through an interactive day of student-led teaching and learning. 

   The Lemoore Union High School seniors in Linda Huffman’s KROP Nursing class covered everything from the circulatory, digestive, reproductive and nervous system to all points in between.

   It was a project-based unit which culminated in students teaching a lesson and including various activities that would help fellow classmates learn and review the material. 

   Students first gave direct instruction on their body system of choice then involved the rest of the class in a variety of formative challenges based on the lesson. Some of the activities included competitive question and answering; a “Name That Part” anatomy game with a full skeletal model; and even an exercise challenge – in relation to the circulatory system of course. It was a fun and engaging experience that included whole-class participation.

Photo: LHS Nursing Assistant students prepare to compete for ‘heart points’ in a circulatory activity during an interactive presentation.

 

‘Family Affair’ at first ever BTC Back to School Night

10/24/2014

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​  Family pride and appreciation marked the first-ever Back to School Night at the Business Technology Center recently in an event that was anything but traditional.

  Close to a hundred people – spanning generations - streamed through the classroom housed at the Adult School in Hanford. Since BTC programs serve young and older adults, it seems only natural that a back to school event would be a flipped version of the customary event where students bring their parents to meet the teacher and see the classroom.

  The evening lived up to its theme of “Learning is a Family Affair,” as youth and parents toured the classroom, visited with the instructor, Zona Hoggard, and shared meaningful moments and discussion. There were even Dr. Seuss pictures to color and other activities for the younger sect – or whoever felt like being creative at the time.

  The BTC is part of the Career Education Department of KCOE. It serves high school students and adults seeking entry level business and communication skills.

(Pictured, from left, family members Otoniel Sanschez and Alejandra Falcon look on while student Hilda Canedo shows off her hard work.)​

​CNA students hit mark on resident’s rights

10/24/2014

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  Residents' Rights Bingo and simultaneous sharing made for a fun and active cooperative learning day for students in Linda Huffman’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class at Lemoore High School.

  This was no ordinary Bingo game – although there was a fun reward for those who were able to complete a line of markers on their cards. This game, however, was for all students and involved focus, knowledge, and group sharing about the rights of residents of nursing homes and healthcare centers.

  Each Bingo card was filled with a multitude of residential care topics ranging from special diets, snacks at bedtime and ample fluids to civil liberties, consideration, abuse issues, privacy, reasonable accommodations, and many more. 

  Students not only had to search their cards for the topic that was called, they also had to simultaneously answer a question about each one in preparation for a test that followed – and they did this with enthusiasm.

  Through these cooperative learning techniques, students were engaged, helping one another, sharing knowledge – learning the fun way.

  The CNA class at Lemoore High School is part of KCOE’s Regional Occupational Program (ROP).

Students off to an egg-cellent year

10/24/2014

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​  The first days of school came with an egg-citing egg-speriment for Kings County ROP Welding and Construction students at Hanford West High School as they coddled together, hatched a plan, and hoped for an egg-stravaganza.

  Instructor Bill Chambers supplied the eggs and the tape and students teamed up for a lesson in production modeling that included planning, designing, building and testing an egg carrier.

  “I was teaching them that engineering can be fun,” said Chambers, “and starting off the year showing them how much they can accomplish by working together.”

  Students first brainstormed and designed each carrier using only 10 straws and 12 inches of tape. One further caveat that had students scrambling – the eggs had to withstand a 6-foot drop. There was no room for sunny-side up in this lesson and they knew it.

  Breaking out of their shells and working in groups of four, students learned the process of production modeling which involves identifying a need, brainstorming, designing, building a prototype, testing it and then revising the model. The cycle keeps going until there is a sound product that works egg-xactly as planned.

  Using teamwork, students were each able to contribute their own skills and perspectives and give each other mutual support in coming up with a more effective product.  Each team videotaped their trials and errors so they could egg-amine the mistakes and come up with solutions to fix the problems. While it was an egg-splosive beginning to the process, at least two teams managed a soft landing by designing and building an egg-straordinarily sound egg carrier.

  Great start to the year!​

(Pictured: ROP students team up to design, build and test their egg carriers in Bill Chambers Welding and Construction course offered at Hanford West High School.) 

Success marks CNA Completion Ceremony

7/18/2014

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The KROP Certified Nursing Assistant Summer Program came to a close Monday, July 14, with the Completion and Pinning Ceremony held at Lemoore Union High School. 

A large crowd of family and friends joined county staff as they gathered in the school cafeteria to send close to 30 students off to their next phase in life – passing the certification exam and moving on college and/or careers.

Kings County Superintendent Tim Bowers and Career Education Program Director Margie Newton gave the opening speeches, both remarking on the hard work and dedication it takes to make it through the county’s rigorous and fast-paced summer program.

Several students followed with speeches and anecdotes of their own involving special times with teachers and patients and the day-to-day program. Dylan Wilson shared a hand-written poem and Deborah Avalos sang for the audience before the actual pinning ceremony began.

Nursing Instructors Linda Huffman, Misty Gann and Lisa Parra of Lemoore, Hanford and Corcoran high schools, respectively, pinned each graduate, whispered parting accolades, and proudly sent each student on their way. They will now begin to prepare for the next class of potential health professionals coming in August when school resumes.​

​2014 Nursing Assistant Students Pinned for Completion

5/16/2014

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It was an evening for family, friends and time-honored tradition this week as 55 graduates of the Nursing Assistant Class of 2014 were pinned and received a Certificate of Completion.

The event was held May 14 at the Stratton L. Tarvin Presentation Center in Hanford. Well over a hundred people attended the ceremony which included a slideshow, several speeches and student recognitions, and meaningful centuries-old rituals of pinning and dedication.

“We are extremely proud of each of these students,” said Margie Newton, Career Education Program Director. “They planned their own ceremony which was perfect giving honor to their new profession, family, friends and the Career Education Department.”

Newton and Tim Bowers, Kings County Superintendent of Schools, gave the opening speeches and spoke about the hard-working graduates, the rigorous curriculum they must complete, and the importance of the nursing profession.

Students also gave considerable appreciation and thanks to each of the four Kings Regional Occupational Program nursing instructors from their respective sites who taught, guided and mentored them along the way to completion:  Corbi Caudillo at Hanford West High School; Misty Gann at Hanford High School; Linda Huffman at Lemoore Union High School; and Lisa Parra at Corcoran High School.

The stage for the evening’s program was set with a backdrop of colorful lights, balloon towers and a banner reading, “KROP Nursing Assistant Class… Angels in Disguise….”  As they took the stage, graduates were garbed in matching professional nursing uniforms with hair properly pinned and fixed, and all wearing the required white nursing shoes.

Each graduate carried in a colored flower as they entered the stage and placed it in a vase. After all pins and certificates were awarded, they stood and received a robust round of applause before each student pulled a white flower from another vase as they left the stage. Taking the white flower after the pinning was meant to signify their unity in the nursing profession.

The next step for these students will be to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Examination given by the American Red Cross. This will take place in June. The exam includes both a skills and written portion with students having three attempts to pass the test. For the skills portion, they must perform four skills using six principals of care in front of an evaluator.

According to Newton, statistically 29 percent of the graduates will move on to a four-year university; 56 percent to a junior college; 10 percent will go directly to work; and 35 percent plan to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant to pay for college expenses while they further their education in the medical field. 

​(Pictured, Superintendent Tim Bowers speaks to the Class of 2014 Nursing Assistant Students)

​Students Learn the Ropes of Rescue

5/16/2014

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KROP’s Public Safety students were given a hands-on lesson in emergency rescue at Lemoore Union High School this week.

After a prior lesson in rigging, students gathered outside to watch County Fire Captains and KROP Instructors Jarrod Parreira and Gary Dutra demonstrate emergency rescue techniques using a Stokes-type of litter (basket) and manual lashing (roping) of the victim.

The hands-on lab was based on patient packaging and transport which are critical steps in many rescue scenarios where there are obstacles or hazards such as confined spaces or sloping terrain. The firefighters demonstrated the techniques of pelvic and chest lashing which keeps the victim from sliding out of the litter whether face-up, at an angle, or even face-down.

Teams of students watched as the firefighters webbed the lashes around the basket and tied them in various ways to ensure a safe rescue. After they checked for understanding, it was students’ turn to try. With a lot of questions and answers and a little assistance from the experts, each group successfully packaged a victim in about 15 minutes.

The KROP course is two semesters with one semester focused on law enforcement and the other on fire and rescue. With this model, students have the opportunity to experience many different careers within the public safety industry.

“We have to pay-it forward,” said Dutra when asked about students and the class. “These students are our future and there are a lot of life lessons we can give them. Everyone gets to participate here and they will at least know now how to do a rescue if they are in a situation at some point in their lives where it is needed.”

As other students look on, County Fire Captains Jarrod Parreira (left) and Gary Dutra (right) demonstrate emergency rescue techniques using a Stokes-type of litter (basket) and manual lashing (roping) of the victim (Gerardo Gutierrez).​ 

​Blood Drive Rich in Participants

5/16/2014

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Donations topped the charts at Corcoran High School recently as KROP’s Health Occupations students partnered with the Central California Blood Center in the name of saving lives and improving patient care. A generous 96 people including high school students and community members stopped at the mobile unit parked at the school to donate blood for use in local communities. The event was part of National Nurses Week which is recognized each year in early May. Teacher Lisa Parra and her students (pictured) planned the drive which included music, snacks and T-Shirts for donors. The Health Occupations class is one of the Kings Regional Occupational Programs (KROP) offered at several campuses throughout the county.​

ROP Students Presented Honor Cords

4/30/2014

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​     Congratulations go out to Lemoore High School's Health Occupations and Nursing Assistant students who were recognized this week for their outstanding individual achievement and participation in their chosen career pathway.

     With graduation right around the corner, it was an exciting Honor Cord Ceremony for students earning this meaningful “rite of passage” that signifies they have achieved excellence in their advanced studies.

     “The students who received honor cords went above and beyond what is expected of them as a high school student,” said Linda Huffman, Health Occupations and Nursing Assistant instructor. “They worked really hard to get the honor cord.”

     ROP health pathway students joined others in what was a full auditorium of students as choir members sang the National Anthem and each recipient was called and presented with a colored cord signifying their particular area of study. Nursing and health occupations students were bestowed a green cord to be worn at the graduation ceremony in June. 

     In order to earn a cord, students must spend at least two years in a particular pathway doing coursework and extra-curricular activities. They must have a 3.0 minimum grade point average and hold an elected or appointed leadership role in the pathway. Attendance requirements also apply.

(Pictured Linda Huffman (right) stands with her students. From left back: Gabrielle Martinez, Desiree Llamas, Beverly Quiroz,  Steven Rosas. From left front: Sarah Robb, Savannah McIntyre, Sia Sartin, Shirllen Altamirano)  ​

​Dedication Marks Excellence in Education

4/10/2014

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     It was a night to remember as three Kings County individuals exemplifying excellence in their dedication to transforming lives and empowering students were presented with top recognition in their fields.

     The Kings County Excellence in Education awards banquet was held this week at West Hills College to present the awards for Administrator of the Year; Teacher of the Year; and Employer of the year.

     “Can I have the envelope please….” said Kopi Sotiropulos, master of ceremonies, after audience members heard astounding profiles and watched a selection of videos on each of the 13 nominees.  The Administrator of the Year award went to Jamie Rogers of Lemoore High School; the Teacher of the Year award to Zona Hoggard,  Kings County Regional Occupational Program (ROP); and Janice Sharp of Corcoran Unified School District.

     This was only the second year that ROP teachers have been included in the nomination process due to a past policy on tenuring and it points to the value of these complex programs and the teachers that run them. Hoggard operates the Business Technology Center (BTC) which offers high school students and adults a multitude of entry-level business and communication skills that directly transfer to the workplace. Last year’s winner, Alisa Gomez, ROP welding instructor at Corcoran Unified School District, also provided a few words during the evening on the importance of education. 

     The Excellence in Education program is a collaborative effort of the Kings County Office of Education and the Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU). Superintendent Tim Bowers gave a warm welcome to what was a large reception of educational representatives and supporters. The decision was no doubt a difficult choice for judges as each of the nominees were highly dedicated to their jobs and the students and families they serve each day.

     Congratulations to the three winners and all of the “excellent” nominees who participated.

     (Pictured: From left, Tim Bowers, KCOE Superintendent, and Teacher of the Year Zona Hoggard)​

Youth Connect for Success

4/10/2014

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​     Ties on, hair up and ready to network, close to 200 youth put their best foot forward recently and connected with 24 regional business representatives who gathered at the first-ever Career Connection sponsored by the Career Education Department.

     The event was organized for Workability youth from six county high schools along with some students from alternative education facilities. The Workability program serves special needs students with the goal of preparing them for the working world.

     Held in the large Commercial Market Building at the Kings Fairgrounds, the atmosphere was nothing less than dynamic. Students were deeply engaged as they gathered at tables to hear speakers, mingled with business representatives in pursuit of job information, and ate a healthy brunch and lunch from Panera. Some even went home with a prize from a drawing at the end of the day thanks to county and business donations.

     Speakers included Superintendent Tim Bowers with an appreciation and warm welcome and Mia Carius, a West Hills College student who has been blind since she was seven-years-old. The room of teenagers was at full attention while Carius shared her experiences, her challenges, and the ways she overcame barriers throughout her life due to the visual impairment.

     The Career Connection was the culminating event of career exploration for these students. In preparation, teachers and county career advisors worked with students on career interests, resume development, and practicing job-seeking and interviewing skills.

     Students brought their own questions and were provided a list of three business stations to visit based on their closest chosen careers. Representatives ranged from West Hills and Reedley colleges to Lawrence and Company; all fields of public safety from police to fire; the Business Technology Center; Economic Development Department, FAST Credit Union, Best Buy Market, The Comfort Inn, and many others who filled the building and helped make this day meaningful for students.

     The job-minded youth connected with business representatives who gave an overview, fielded questions, and gave useful job searching tips.

     The Career Education Department of the Kings County Office of Education focuses on the youth and adults of Kings County achieving self-sufficiency through gainful employment. The department includes career technical education courses (CTE) and career exploration, subsidized employment through federal funding and grants, supportive services and help in connecting youth with postsecondary training.

 ​(Picture: The Commercial Market Building at the Kings County Fairgrounds was packed with networking youth recently for the first Career Connection event hosted by Career Education Department. )

BTC Serves Local Industry Well

4/4/2014

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Educators and employers joined together this week to make sure what is being taught in class remains relevant to the workplace. The Business Technology Center’s Advisory Committee, a large group of local volunteer business representatives, gained knowledge and shared ideas concerning the many programs at work at the BTC. 

 

It was a full house as the group met at the KCOE’s Round Building and listened while Zona Hoggard, BTC teacher, explained new Career Technical Education (CTE) standards of practice and what amounted to minor wording changes to her course outlines. The outlines had to be updated this year to reflect CTE’s alignment with Common Core. Advisory members supported the changes and agreed that current practices should continue.

 

Advisory representatives ranged from public health and safety to economic development, finance and banking industries. Some advisory members were new this year and others were graduates from BTC programs including one 14-year alumni. The accolades were countless concerning Hoggard and the many programs the BTC offers. Several members of the advisory provided personal testimonials about BTC students who have been employed and promoted or continue to work for their companies.

 

“It’s a fantastic program,” said Tanya Hutchinson from Adventist Health. “If you aren’t already hiring through her (Hoggard’s) program, you better get on board.”

 

The BTC is part of the Career Education Department of KCOE. It serves high school students and adults seeking entry level business and communication skills. It is vital that students are trained for today’s jobs and are ready for new opportunities that become available. Advisory committees serve to help CTE teachers keep up with employment trends and opportunities. They also help with the many internships and other on-the-job training that requires coordination between the two entities. Teachers are required to hold at least one Advisory Meeting per year to help bridge any gaps that might exist between curriculum and changing industry practices.

 

Hoggard runs a multi-faceted classroom environment with many programs running simultaneously. The courses at the BTC range from the Business Fast Track for skills such as keyboarding, phone handling, office procedures and customer service, to Modern Office Occupations which is a more intermediate program involving communications and career preparation. There are also courses in Microsoft Word; Excel; PowerPoint; and Access.

 

“My students can go anywhere,” she said of her programs. “The BTC is powerful; it changes lives.”

 

Hoggard said 17 students have been hired this year and it couldn’t be done without the tremendous support of industry members.​


Pictured: Members of the BTC Advisory meet to discuss course relevance to the workplace.

LHS Showcases Fashion and Design at KROP

4/1/2014

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LHS Student Tyler Potter talks to 8th graders about the Fashion and Design course offered at LHS.​

 

 

LHS Tour Showcases KROP

3/31/2014

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KROP students recently gave incoming eighth graders a preview of possible future opportunities at Lemoore High School’s annual Character Conference and Showcase Tour. As part of the tour, students visited a showcase of ROP classrooms and watched student presentations and demonstrations of the many great career education programs offered from nursing to fashion and design, veterinary science and others. Pictured: Nursing students Sia Ford-Sartin and Allison Garcia demonstrating a Hoyer lift with Mia Medovich. 


 


Patients to Profit Thanks to KROP Students

3/28/2014

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KROP Nursing students Allison Garcia and Savannah McIntyre (L-R) help count up the Pennies for Patients donations recently as the Lemoore High School fundraising event came to a close. The nursing students brought in close to half of all school donations of $1293. The Pennies for Patients is a School and Youth Program to help with children who have leukemia or lymphoma. This is the 15th year the school has participated. “Students really get involved and help out,” said Teacher Linda Huffman. The donations stay in the Valley to help with caring for patients with the blood cancers.​

​Impressive Lab for Avenal Students

3/19/2014

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      It was an exciting simulation lab for Dr. Michael Coburn’s Public Safety class recently at Avenal High School when students tried investigate tire impressions. The junior and senior students in the Kings Regional Occupational Program (KROP) quickly found out how difficult it really is to match up tires with their tread marks as they worked industriously in groups to find and identify numerous impressions at random. When complete, the unit on impression evidence will also task students with clay and tool impressions, shoeprints, bite marks and marks on a fired bullet.  

      “The outcome from the tire track lab was beneficial,” he said.  “The students understand how tracks are collected and how to compare them to others.”

       Students in the public safety course learn and practice skills that are designed to prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs if they choose to pursue a law enforcement career.

       Dr. Coburn adds labs to his coursework once a month to give students hands-on experiences and a chance to hone those higher level critical thinking skills they will use in the workplace. Some other labs throughout the year include examining crime scenes and testimonial evidence; physical evidence, fingerprinting; hairs and fibers, and chromatography.

       Photo: Dr. Michael Coburn looks over the work of students Carlos Jimenez and Isidro Solano (facing front from left) while Ricardo Contreras and Osvaldo Jimenez look on. The students participated in a lab simulation as part of their Public Safety class at Avenal High School recently.​

Skilled Students Headed to State

3/19/2014

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​     Several Kings County students will head to the state SkillsUSA competition in May after demonstrating workplace skills from business to welding at the Region 5 2014 Skills Conference held in February at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

      As part of Career Technical Education courses, sophomores to seniors, ages 16 to 18-years-old, have been polishing various skills over the course of the school year to compete in the regional and state event. Students advance to the state competition in May in San Diego where they compete to go to the National Competition held in different regions each year. There is also a world competition for finalists of the national competition.

      There were 35 students from Region 5 who competed in the recent competition, all coming from Hanford West and Lemoore Union high schools. Many of the students are part of the Kings Regional Occupational Program which provides career preparation and skill upgrade courses to high school students and adults in Kings County.

      “These students work really hard and put in the extra time on weekends and during the week to develop their skills so that they can compete,” said Bill Chambers, CTE teacher at Hanford West High School.  “Anyone who wants to put in the practice time can compete.  There are no limitations except for those that the students might put on themselves. Their dedication is really shown by their great performances at the competition. They are excited by the opportunity to go to state now and show off what they can do - and I know they will do well.”

       One student, Andres Hernandez, a HWHS senior who is enrolled in the Stainless Steel Welding class (pictured above), placed second in the TIG Welding competition and is currently doing an internship at Northland Process Piping.  When asked about his involvement in SkillsUSA and competitions, Hernandez said, “It’s nice getting to know other people and to improve my welding skills. I want to become a certified welder and possibly certified in scuba so I can become an underwater welder. I didn’t know how to weld before I got into the class and now I know what I want to do. The internship has helped me get a good idea of what the industry is like and the skills I need.”

        For some students this was their first competition and for others another chance to prove their skills. Chambers, who teaches the machining and welding classes at the high school, said he has participated in the competition for the past five years along with other involved teachers at the school and finds it an essential part of a good CTE program.

        Aside from Welding and Precision Machining, Hanford West was represented by teachers and students in Commercial Baking; Culinary Arts; Customer Service; Entrepreneurial Team of 4; Nurse Assisting; Photography; Early Childhood Education; and Related Technical Math. Gold winners included Nallely Perez, Cody Laningham, Tyler Weed and Sergio Mendoza.

        At LHS, the competition was represented by students and teachers in Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Service. Gold winners included Bailey Polk.

        SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives who work to ensure the country continues to have a skilled workforce. High school students and teachers who are enrolled in CTE program gain insight into technical, skilled and service careers.

        By participating in the SkillsUSA program which includes advisory and chapter meetings, competitions, and classroom work, students also develop leadership skills, teamwork, citizenship and character attributes. Along with the technical training they receive, such skills are pivotal to being responsible, reliable employees and leaders in the workplace.

        For the list of students and results of the competition, go to www.skillsusa.com under Region 5.​ 

Virtual Enterprise Receives Awards at Trade Show

12/5/2013

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The Virtual Enterprise students at Sierra Pacific High School received awards at the Bakersfield Trade Show December 3-4, 2013.  They placed 6th in Salesmanship, Honorable Mention in Sales Presentation and 1st for their Booth.  This is their first entry in the Trade Show.  Great job!

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Career Education

 
Margie Newton
Program Director
876 East D Street
Lemoore, CA 93245
Phone: (559) 589-7026
Fax: (559) 589-7007