Originally Published: June 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Mountain Institute JTED students have completed testing on industry certifications necessary to obtain future career employment in their respective industries, such as welding technologies, nursing services (CNA), medical professions, sports medicine, transportation technologies (automotive), pre-engineering/robotics, and culinary arts.
Students in welding performed a hands-on test on one of three different American Welding Society (AWS) certifications. This year's students did well: 77 percent of the students successfully passed the 2G, 92 percent passed the 3G, and 88 percent passed the 4G assessment. Successful students are immediately eligible to use their certifications to work in the industry.
Medical professions students had the opportunity to achieve certification with the National Consortium for Health Science Education, which is a national consortium comprised of 28 states. Sports medicine students and medical students also were certified in first responder First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross. Collectively, 98 percent of the students in both programs passed their respective assessments.
Students in the CNA program will test before the state Board of Nursing on the Certified Nursing Assistant exam later this summer. Nursing students have recently completed clinical training and skills lab hours in addition to classroom studies in preparation for the exam. Students at both Bradshaw Mountain High School and the MIJTED Central Campus also have been certified in first responder First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross.
Transportation students underwent Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) assessments in engine repair, steering and suspension, engine performance, brakes, and automatic transmission. Fifty-seven MIJTED students earned their industry certification in one or more assessment areas.
Pre-engineering/robotics students can earn as many as six different industry certifications during the course of their two-year program of study. These students have been working diligently in order to pass FANUC robotics certifications and International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians exams; 82 percent of the MIJTED pre-engineering students passed their ISCET exams and 94 percent of the students passed their FANUC certification tests.
One-hundred percent of MIJTED culinary students earned a Food Handlers Card, enabling them to work catered events and commercial culinary kitchens. Second-year culinary arts students also had the opportunity to complete the Serve Safe industry certification exam.
At Mountain Institute JTED's inaugural Awards Celebration, 46 students from its central campus were recognized for successfully completing two years of a JTED program. In each of the eight programs, the instructors chose one Outstanding Student based on the criteria of academics, service learning, and overall character.
The students who received this award are: Garrett Bailey, Transportation Technologies, BMHS; Neftali Lopez-Arce, Culinary Arts, CVHS; Josey Greer, CNA, CVHS; Delia Sotelo, Education Professions, CVHS; Nicolette Potts, Medical Professions, CVHS; Miles Mabey, Pre-Engineering/Robotics, Tri-City Prep; Alyxandra Perlak, Sports Medicine, PHS; and Tykus DeRonde, Welding Technologies, CVHS.
From these eight students, a committee selected the overall MIJTED Student of the Year: Nicolette Potts from CVHS. During this past year, Nicolette served as Chapter President of Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA); she also competed in the state HOSA competition, taking eighth place in Pathophysiology, and she is a great motivator and mentor to her fellow classmates. Nicolette is planning on attending the University of Arizona in the fall with a major in Biology-Pre Medicine.
The Craig and Sandi Brown JTED Scholarships were presented to four graduating seniors. Each $500 scholarship was awarded based on character, leadership, and personal achievements. Mrs. Sandi Brown presented scholarships to Brynn Livernois and Delia Sotelo from Chino Valley High School, and Kyle Newman from Seligman High School. Maddie Zambrano was also awarded the Chino Valley Agricultural Scholarship for $500, recognizing her accomplishments in the Agriculture program at Chino Valley High School. All of the recipients will use their scholarships to pursue a degree or certification in a field of Career and Technical Education.