January 2019


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INSIDE CTC Hospitality Program + Health Science Demonstrations + Industry Certifications + Classroom Spotlights Jump Start January 2019 District-wide Career Exploration Night Introduces Students and Parents to Local Employers and Career and Technical Education Programs An estimated 500 guests converged at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center for Career students and their families enjoyed being able to come and go as they spoke with local employers such as the Arlington Exploration Night. During the one-night Police and Fire Departments, Texas event students and parents were able Trust Credit Union, Six Flags Over to explore career possibilities with local Texas, Lockheed Martin and many local employers and the AISD Career and businesses. AISD teachers and students Technical Education Department. from career and technical education The AISD Guidance and Counsel- programs were also on hand to answer ing Department sponsored the event in questions and introduce future students conjunction with Workforce Solutions to the benefits of career education. of Tarrant County and the Arlington “It is important for our younger stu- Chamber of Commerce. dents to see the connection between Fourth-grade through eighth-grade their education and employment, even See “Career Night” continued on page 2 @CTEArlingtonISD AISD.net/CTE


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“Career Night” continued from page 1 before high school graduation,” says Telisa Brown, Director of Guidance and Counseling. “There are so many opportunities for the students of Arlington ISD that are in their backyards.” AISD Police Academy students particularly enjoyed the event. “It’s been fun to talk to the younger students about the academy. They’ve asked a lot of really good questions.” says Preston S. (MHS). For more information about career education in AISD, direct message the CTE department @CTEArlingtonISD. Cosmetology students enjoyed speaking with guests about the opportunities in the industry. Health Science Teachers Deliver Acute Training with State-of-the-Art Technology The medical field has been deemed the highest regulated industry in the country and with good reason. One mistake from a healthcare provider could literally mean the difference between life and death. With an aging population, jobs in healthcare are projected to grow 18 percent making training even more critical (www.bls.gov). Health science instructors across the district have responded to these challenges by carefully aligning quality curriculum, offering industry certifications, providing practicum opportunities with industry partners and utilizing cutting-edge technology so that students graduating from the Arlington ISD are exceptionally prepared to compete in the healthcare industry. Anatomy and Physiology classes from Martin HS, Sam Houston HS and Seguin HS recently had the opportunity to spend the morning at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center exploring and interacting with state-of-the-art technology in the medical field. Students rotated through four stations including an anatomage table, simulation manikins and Medical Microbiology and Pathophysiology classrooms and labs. “My students LOVED the experience and gave it rave reviews,” says MHS instructor Mitzi Thrutchley. “Several students told me it was the best field trip they had ever been on. They were really impressed with all the classes SHHS students with the Anatomage Medical Table from left to right: Georgia Z., Barbara G., Junora L., Emmely G., Omar D. and Cao N. offered and the high-tech equipment that was utilized.” The University of Texas’ Simulation Technology Manager Erica Hinojosa presented lessons on the Anatomage Medical Table. The table is a 3D virtual dissection table providing for a deeper understanding of anatomy, physiology and diagnostic imaging. Students were able to interact with the virtual cadaver to study the human body layer by layer, through muscles, bones and organs. See “Health Science” continued on page 4 Page 2 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


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SHS Law Enforcement took 1st place for Felony Traffic Stop at the TPSA regional competition in Granbury. Team members include Marilyn B., Jessica C., Ashlyn P. and Parker T. The Domestic Disturbance Team (Akira M. and Ashlyn P.) took 3rd place. CTC Law Enforcement placed 2nd for their Correctional Institutional Design at the TPSA Regional Competition. Team members include Kaitlyn W. and Jasmin R. CTC Court Systems & Practices visited Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth. The Agricultural Science Center hosted the Winter Classic Livestock Show on January 12th. Congratulations to those who placed. Grand Champions: Kaitlyn S. (AHS), Senior Commercial Does & Market Goats Hayley W. (AHS), Senior Fancy Bucks Emily D. (AHS), Senior Fancy Does Bishop W. (AHS), Poultry Dakota L. (AHS), Poultry Taylor L. (MHS), Market Goats Sophia B. (MHS), Market Goats Emma F. (AHS), Market Lambs Reserve Grand Champions: Abby R. (MHS), Senior Fancy Does Bishop W. (AHS), Poultry Dakota L. (AHS), Poultry Sophee D. (AHS), Market Goats Turner H. (AHS), Market Goats Paige R. (MHS), Market Lambs Showmanship: Kennedy M. (MHS), Rabbits Turner H. (AHS), Goats Paige R. (MHS), Sheep Whitney S. (AHS), Cattle CTC Entrepreneurship students hosted Market Days in December where they experienced running a business. Students had to plan what they would sell, the cost, how to market it and obtain any necessary loans. Students then ran their business for two days, keeping the profits. View NBC footage of the event online at https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/ local/High-School-Students-StudentsLearn-How-To-Run-A-Business-Turn-A-Profit-502718141.html. AHS, BHS and SHHS Ready, Set, Teach! attended the 2018 Education Pathways Summit at The University of Texas at Arlington where Dr. Marcelo Cavazos was the keynote speaker. Career Certifications = Career Head Start Arian S. will graduate from Lamar High School with more than his high school diploma in two years. The sophomore has successfully completed the certification exam to be an Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, a certification that is recognized by business and industry. The classic dilemma for students entering the workforce with little or no work experience is convincing potential employers that they are capable of doing the job. Students can graduate from AISD with one or more industry recognized certifications, giving them an advantage in the workplace. AISD offers students the opportunity to earn 35 different industry certifications contained within CTE courses. “An additional benefit to the student is that AISD pays 100% of the cost of the exams,” states Susan Patterson, CTE Director. It is never too early to plan. Talk to your counselor or CTE teacher about opportunities that interest you. CSVNRTHJ I RE XC E L J ON I TSEQCEPT TYKRT I CXE Can you find the career related words hidden in this puzzle? Circle each I C N O I L T I M S G D N E Z F R V word either up, down, A I LFAY I B I across, diagonal, backward, L T S Y A W R E E or forward. T A P P L Y E NW HCR E RT P E Y Apply Hired I I AOK J X FH Benefits Interview Certify Pay Communication Practicum Critical Thinking Resume Excel Skills Experience Work NNCRS I E I I KUTVECNTR IMI I PSOSE NMC E GHU J D GOURT Y LMP S C MWO R K N E CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Page 3


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Five-Star Service for Hospitality Program Students in the Hospitality Services program at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center recently completed rotations at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. The 8-week “course” allowed students to gain hands-on experience and work alongside professionals in every department of the popular hotel. “Students set up the ballrooms for corporate events, assisted Chef Raj in preparing the food for hotel guests, worked the on-site gift shop and even attended staff meetings,” says instructor Cynthia Will. “It was an incredible chance for students to experience the diverse aspects of hotel operations. We are so grateful that the Sheraton gave our students this opportunity.” Antionio G. (SHHS) earned his ServSafe Food Handler Certification and is able to prepare food for hotel guests. General Manager Nancy Sorrells and Human Resource Director Barbara Cabello expressed their appreciation of the students’ work ethics and enthusiasm by hosting a luncheon at the conclusion of the rotations. The students were presented with certificates of completion while one student was hired for a paid position. Daniela G. (BHS) and Erianna Y. (SHHS) prepare the dining room while Sheraton General Manager Nancy Sorrells supervises. “Health Science” continued from page 2 Sherrill Giddens, AISD CTE Specialist, discussed the importance of using simulation manikins to create real world scenarios in a safe environment. With the simulation manikins, health science students can learn from their mistakes without possibly hurting anyone. Students learned to take patient vital signs on the manikins, listened to their respirations and learned about the importance of oxygen levels. Classes enjoyed working with the Medical Microbiology students on a streaking lab with CTC Health Science instructors Randy Pope and Ana Mariscal. CTC Health Science in- structor Brenda Morelus had visiting students participate in a gram straining lab where they were able view bacteria under high-powered microscopes with her Pathophysiology class. The Career and Technical Education Department offers six health science pathways: emergency medical technician, patient care technician, pharmacy technician, biomedical research, health informatics and sports medicine. Hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology gives students multiple advantages as they prepare for a career in the medical field. CTE Health Science Specialist Sherrill Giddens shows a student what to listen for when taking blood pressure.



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