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WCHS SkillsUSA take top spotLearning was in full swing this summer for Dysart Unified School District high school students.  Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from Dysart district high schools competed at the national level at the International Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, and the SkillsUSA  National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Willow Canyon High School chapter earned a top recognition and was named the number one chapter at SkillsUSA for technical skills grounded in academics in the Models of Excellence program. The Models of Excellence program promotes the intentional learning of personal, workplace, and technical skills outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics defined within each skill area help ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement was measured by the effectiveness of student efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

Willow Canyon High School HOSA student Makaela Milanes scored a mastery level in Health Care Issues Exam. The exam requires students to analyze and apply their knowledge of current health related issues. This is the second year in a row a Willow Canyon student has earned a mastery score on the exam.

Shadow Ridge High School students competed in the DECA Virtual Business Restaurant Challenge which encouraged members to test their skills at managing a simulated restaurant. Participants designed menus, developed dining and kitchen layouts, organized staffing, purchased ingredients, and used market research.  Ty Burke placed in the top 20 and won a $200 scholarship, Brody Fussell and Zach Taylor placed eighth and won a $500 scholarship, and teammates Nathan Lundy, Martin Olloren, and Nicholas Perez received 11th place and a $250 scholarship.  

Dysart High School HOSA received the Outstanding Chapter Award for their scrapbook which documents the plan of work with a focus on the development of leadership skills, career opportunities, service learning among chapter members, achievements, and service to the community. In addition to the chapter award, three Dysart HOSA students received the Barbara James Service Award which honors commitment to community service in health. Saul Montenegro received the Bronze Level award for 100 hours of community service, Ashley Cruz Cabrera received the  Silver Level award for 150+ hours of service to the community and Mackenzie Mitchell was a Gold Level recipient for over 200 hours of service committed to the health industry. Advisor, Sandra Oligny received the Outstanding HOSA Advisor award for her commitment to HOSA and outstanding leadership.

Shadow Ridge High School earned ninth place in the Architectural Drafting event at the SkillsUSA National Leadership conference. The drafting competition asks  students to utilize skills to solve an architectural problem and includes a written test, hand sketch and drawings. Shadow Ridge High School Engineering  also placed eighth in the Mobile Robotics challenge that includes activities that simulate situations encountered by robotic programmers and support professionals. The Stallions placed in the top 20 nationally in the Automated Manufacturing Technology event which evaluates teams for employment in integrated manufacturing technology fields of computer aided drafting/design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC).

Dysart Unified School District CTE programs prepare students to enter the workforce with the academic and vocational skills needed to compete successfully in the job market. CTE courses typically include competency-based learning.  Students achieve academic excellence through authentic, hands-on, career focused learning. They graduate with the skills necessary for successful entry into post-secondary, career, and life opportunities. CTE programs are the backbone of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry and contributes to America’s leadership in the international marketplace.  To learn more about the programs, please visit and attend the CTE College and Career Expo on October 25, 2018.  
Posted : 8/23/2018 | Direct Link
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