May Jump Start Newsletter 2018


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INSIDE Cosmetology Works with Non-profit + StudentsVolunteer at NFL Draft + Classroom Spotlights Jump Start May 2018 Where Are They Now? Pharmacy Technician Prescription for Success For many students, answering the question, “What do you want to be always felt like there was something more I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” when you grow up?” is an intriguing one. says Tjandra. With many career choices before them, Matthew registered for Sherrill Gid- high school is a perfect place for students dens’ Pharmacy Technician course his se- to explore the possibilities. For Matthew nior year and began his path to becoming Tjandra, one class made the difference. a pharmacist. Growing up in a family of engineers “Matt came to class every day with a and businessmen, Matthew was often told smile on his face,” recalls Giddens. Well he would be an engineer like his father. liked by his peers, he was always willing Believing what he heard, he took engi- to help them master difficult concepts. neering classes at Lamar High School. Giddens continues, “Matt’s love for math “While I enjoyed the experiences I had, I helped some students see various ways of See “Lamar Alum” continued on page 2 @CTEArlingtonISD


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“Lamar Alum” continued from page 1 working medication calculations.” The 2011 Lamar High School gradu- ate excelled in Giddens’ class, passing the difficult pharmacy technician certification mere days after graduation. Recognizing the value of work experience, Tjandra spent most of the next year working at a Walmart pharmacy while attending the University of Texas at Arlington. It was during Matthew’s sophomore year that he was accepted into the University of Texas’ prestigious pharmacy program in Austin. Graduating in May of 2017 with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the LHS graduate began studying for his state board exams. An aspiring pharmacist must pass two state licensing exams in order to practice pharmacy. The NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) and the MPJE (Multi-state Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination). The invaluable pharmacy work experience and the rigorous program at UT Austin prepared Tjandra well for his boards and he passed a month after graduation. Matthew is currently settling into his new role as pharmacist of a Costco Pharmacy. He is in charge of managing the pharmacy technicians, a job he remembers fondly, as well as communicating with physicians, verifying the safety and accuracy of prescriptions, finding drug interactions, counseling patients and much, much more. “I’m not exaggerating when I say that I probably gave thousands of flu shots. There is a lot to do with being a pharmacist, and I definitely feel like it is a rewarding profession,” says Tjandra. Matthew plans on staying in Texas and continuing his work as a pharmacist. While he is looking forward to the future, he remembers his time in high school fondly. Tjandra advises other students to “plan for the future and never take op- Matthew graduated from UT Austin’s College of Pharmacy portunities for granted. Students need to work hard and focus on achieving their goals.” AISD offers several programs of study in health science. For information about specific courses or programs, contact a campus counselor or Sherrill Giddens at 682-867-7400 or Birds of a Feather Flock Together It is said that people who look or act the same, tend to stick together. This statement took on new meaning for DeAnn Waggoner and Samantha Behrent of Wings of Love Bird Haven Incorporated when cosmetology students at the CTC colored the ladies’ hair to match their parrots. Wings of Love is a non-profit parrot rescue company on a mission to find homes for neglected or lost parrots. They work tirelessly to improve the lives of companion parrots by providing them with an intermittent or permanent safe haven. During Earth Day, the group raised awareness at their Fair Park booth in Dallas with hair as colorful as their companions, thanks to cosmetology students at the CTC. “DeAnn reached out to me a few From left to right: Christy Smith, LaDoreia J., Braden H., Samantha Behrent, DeAnne Waggoner, Sayuri G., and JaQueryon S. weeks before Earth Day to see if our students could help,” says instructor Christy Smith. “We were very excited about the opportunity and students were able to learn important lessons about color and chemistry during the 4-hour process.” To learn more about Wings of Love Bird Haven Incorporated please visit their website at Page 2 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


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Law Enforcement at SHHS hosted a career day last month with speakers from the FBI, DEA, Tarrant County District Attorney, Arlington Police Department and Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. Students had a great day learning about the different opportunities available in law enforcement. SHS STEM Sisters showed off their robots and interacted with elementary students at the SHHS STEAM Celebration in April. FBLA student Brooke F. (LHS) placed 3rd in accounting at state. CTC Horticulture earned over $4,000 in their first spring plant sale. Arlington FFA’s Milk Quality and Products team placed 5th in area. AISD Police Academy students participated in the Victory Over Violence Run to support anti-violence programs in the community. AHS Culinary Arts prepared a buffet for Principal Dhalla’s Principal of the Year Nomination Reception. AISD Police Academy student Maricarmen P. (SHHS) received the Terry Traditional Scholarship through the University of North Texas. BHS and MHS TSA advanced to nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. LHS UIL Accounting Team placed first for the 4th year in a row. CTC Welding students Alexander V. (2nd), Mario M. (7th) and Edwin A. (14th) placed at the TWS High School Senior Welding Competition in Tulsa on April 28th. Alexander was awarded a welder, gloves, tools and a scholarship totaling $12,000 for 2nd place. CTC hosted their first College and Career Night on April 26th. Students from across the district had the opportunity to ask questions, gather information and conduct interviews with more than 100 representatives from colleges, trade schools and businesses. SHHS Commercial Photography students traveled to Waco for a unique photo shoot at Homestead Heritage Farms. Students then visited Baylor University’s Art Department where they learned to make photograms in the dark room. Commercial Photography students Tan N. (SHHS) and Kailee B. (BHS) received invaluable work experience as the official student photographers for the Arlington ISD and Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s What’s Your Big Idea Awards Ceremony on April 14th. CTC Criminal Justice classes will host a Criminal Justice Field Day on May 18th. Students will hear from leaders in the industry as well as participate in such hands-on activities as a DUI simulator, fingerprinting lab and obstacle course. CTC Health Science hosted their first “stick nights” in preparation for their upcoming phlebotomy exam. CTC Media Fair Winners CTC Arts, A/V Technology & Communications students participated in the AISD Media Fair in April. Congratulations to those who placed. Gold Medalists Shawn A., Animation Imani S., Digital Media Audio Cesar T., Graphic Design Miguel C., Video Production Matthew H., Video Production Michal W., Video Production Mikail M., Video Production Silver Medalists Benjamin D., Digital Media Audio Fabiola R., Graphic Design Bronze Medalists Kuyvan K., Graphic Design John C., Video Production Christian B., Video Production Brooklin B., Video Production Kenneth R., Video Production Gaby M., Video Production Honorable Mention Britain M., Graphic Design CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Page 3


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DALLAS COWBOYS PROVE WHY ARLINGTON IS THE AMERICAN DREAM CITY It is only fitting that America’s team is located in the dream city. For many, participating in the NFL Draft is a dream come true and students at the CTC are no exception. Through a series of community outreach programs leading up to the draft at AT&T stadium, students in Sports & Entertainment Marketing, current Marketing Practicum interns and next year’s students in Marketing and Business Practicums were able to participate and volunteer in this historic event. This year’s NFL Draft is the first year the draft has taken place inside an NFL team’s stadium. Students were greeted by none other than former Dallas Cowboy Darren Woodson and Charlotte Jones-Anderson, the Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer. Woodson reminisced about his own draft experience while Jones-Anderson spoke to students about the plethora of job opportunities available in the stadium. “What you see here is representative of literally hundreds of jobs,” says Jones-Anderson. “We need pro- fessionals in everything from electrical engineering to information technology to social media marketing.” Students were able to take pictures and walk the very same red carpet that the NFL’s top prospects walked down before receiving a very special tour of the stadium. “This was a great experience for our students because they got to see just how big an event like this really is as well as the behind the scenes things that need to be completed for it to run smoothly,” says Sports & Entertainment Marketing instructor Lin Powell. After the group toured the facility, students were split up and assigned events to work for the Draft Experience. They greeted and interacted with the public in events such as the Fed Ex Air Challenge, Hail Mary Passing and Virtual Reality Sim. “They met a couple of college students that are interns for the Cowboys and the production company running the event which highlights that these students can pursue their passion while still in college,” continues Powell. “Overall, this was a once-in- a-lifetime experience for all of these students, and one they aren’t likely to forget.” CTE teachers and chaperones pose for a group shot on the red carpet. Dillon S. (AHS) takes a selfie with former Dallas Cowboy Darren Woodson.



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