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CCTE student wins national architectural design award

An architectural graphics design student at CCTE on Thursday received a great surprise: some much-welcomed cash to help him pay for college.

Isaac Vera, a senior at Austin High School, earned first place nationally in the National Association of Women in Construction’s National Education Foundation CAD/Design/Drafting Competition.

Vera earned a $1,500 scholarship and is now eligible for more cash for college.

“It feels great to represent Austin High and CCTE,” the aspiring architect said. “Hopefully it opens a lot of doors for me in college and then internships.”

Vera was among 15 students vying for the national prize. Nearly 500 students from throughout the country entered the competition.

Members of the local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction were at hand on Thursday to surprise him with the news of his award.

He and other competitors were tasked with creating a high-speed study zone, a safe space for students to complete homework and assignments using internet connections.

Isaac qualified for the national competition by placing first in the regional contest. Franklin High School student Maxyne Sarabia earned third place at regionals.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photo by Leonel Monroy – EPISD 

Video+Story: CTE Students Expand Training Thanks to New Virtual Reality Tool

A new virtual reality tool will allow CCTE, Franklin and Silva Health Magnet students to look deep into every aspect of the human body, dissect animals, explore paleontology and even study automotive applications without leaving the classroom.

Trainers introduced the new zSpace technology to Career and Technology Education teachers from CCTE, Franklin and Silva Health Magnet last week.

The teachers donned special tracking glasses and wielded a stylus to get a close up, authentic look at internal organs, blood vessels and other parts of the human body. The skull virtually popped into the space between teachers and their screens – giving them a chance to maneuver the stylus and go in for a closer look.

Anatomy is only one of many virtual, 3-D learning applications available through the zSpace technology.

“One of the things that makes this so important and so critical is the high level of engagement that it evokes from students immediately,” said Kevin Dougherty, zSpace sales director. “You don’t have to rely on the teacher to evoke that from kids. It actually comes from the child themselves from elementary through high school when they have this experience with virtual reality.”

Photo courtesy of zSpace

During the all-day training, the teachers spent time exploring the human body and discussing how to incorporate their lessons with the new technology.

The initial movements of the stylus brought lots of oohs and ahhs – something the teachers expect to hear when their students begin using zSpace. The technology offers engaging, real-world training that offers students a deeper understanding of their curriculum.

“The training has been very interactive,” said Dr. Dominque Nehring, who teaches vet tech at CCTE. “The kids are going to be really excited to use this.”

Nehring finds the possibility endless for the new technology – giving students virtual hands-on lessons in areas they might not otherwise experience. Students could perform anything from a virtual EKGs to examining the inner workings of a car, learn how to take it apart and put it back together.

“We could even do a virtual spay or neuter,” she said. “This has been a nice experience. I’ve learned a lot and we’re excited about bringing our kids in and letting them start playing.”

zSpace technology is spreading throughout Texas but Dougherty said EPISD has become an area of focus for the company.

“What’s most exciting about working here in El Paso ISD is the great sense of vision and the idea that anything is possible,” Dougherty said. “As a result, we’re looking to set El Paso ISD as our first district of distinction in the state of Texas for zSpace.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Video by Raymond Jackson/EPISD 

Video+Story: EPISD’s CCTE Students Work to Prepare Computers for Start of School Year

When teachers and students return to school in August, computers throughout the District will be working properly and efficiently thanks a to small group of unsung heroes.

These summertime warriors are traveling throughout EPISD schools to troubleshoot, image and update computers and laptops so that all technology is geared up and ready for the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

And while these tech wizards are experienced and well trained, they are all still EPISD high-school students participating in CCTE’s work-based learning program.

“These guys are hard working and know what they’re doing,” said Travis Hamilton, a telecommunications and networking teacher at CCTE. “The work that they’re doing over the summer is helping EPISD be ready to get started come the first day of school. Without them, this task would be very difficult.”

The work-based learning program gives students the opportunity to be hired by the District as actual technicians. The students will work on more than 4,000 computers in all of EPISD’s high school and middle school computer labs this summer. During the school year, the students work from 4 to 8 p.m., working on computers remotely from CCTE or in person.

“In the classroom, there’s limited hands-on experience. They can practice taking apart a computer a number of times, but when they get out they see the different kinds of problems that they may run into,” Hamilton said. “It really gives them that extra experience of what to expect in the field, and they can put it on their resume.”

Coronado student Brady Patrick serves as the program’s senior team leader, making sure everything runs smoothly at each location.

“Our first year we are trained to identify hardware issues, so we can take a computer that has a physical malfunction and figure out what part is having the issue,” he said. “In our second year, we learn about networking issues and how to troubleshoot those.”

Students image each computer and work with teachers to ensure the labs are ready to go when classes start in August.

“Later on this summer we are going to have the teachers tell us what software they really need, so we can go ahead and install those,” he said.

Patrick appreciates the knowledge and skills he has built, which he thinks will help him land a well-paying job while he attends college. 

“The CompTIA A+, which is the certification we are training to receive, is comparable to six months experience,” he said. “So, if you start as a junior, you come out with two years of IT experience, which really gets your foot in the door in a lot of places right out of high school.”

Incoming senior Dawson Dominguez is starting his second year in the CTE program.

“I absolutely love this program. I have learned so much from when I first started,” he said.

He plans on pursuing a career in cyber security when he graduates.

“This next year we are doing Cisco and network security, which will help me with my goals,” Dominguez said. “It’s going to help me learn commands and how to fix things. I would recommend this program. You may go in thinking you know a lot about computers, but you will learn so much more than you thought you knew. It’s absolutely amazing.”

Story by Alicia Chumley  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  |  Video by Raymond Jackson – EPISD

El Paso ISD’ CCTE Students Learn About Public Safety

Before they can earn their own shiny badge, the law-enforcement students at CCTE must first learn and share with others the do’s and don’ts public safety.

Members of Teens in the Driver Seat – a student organization aimed at informing youth about the potential dangers of distracted driving – organized the second annual Safety Fair at the school. They enlisted the help of criminal justice pros to get the message across.

The focus of the fair this year is on a topic that impacts many teens: texting and driving.

Asher Torres, a member of Teens in the Driver Seat, said it’s important for teens to hear about these issues from one another, and not just from adults.

“If a teacher or a parent tries preaching to us about the mistakes we’ve seen them do, the information goes in through one ear and out through the other,” he said.

Law enforcement officials said it is important to hear about the dangers of phone use and driving from all sources, including parents and criminal justice professionals.

Officers from Crisis Management Teams were on hand to show students how they typically negotiate situations in which the safety of a single person or a group of people is being threatened.

Students also had the opportunity to visit booths with agents from the El Paso Police Department’s SWAT Team, Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

The interactive booths allowed future officers to try on equipment and even board the SWAT’s Bearcat vehicle, which served as ice breakers when talking to officers.

“Students can be hesitant to talk to someone with a badge,” said Sylvia Garcia, the law enforcement teacher at CCTE. “When they hear their experiences, it convinces them that these jobs need to be done.”

Garcia educates her students on ways they can make a change in the world through a career in law enforcement depending on their calling.

“If I can make a difference in one student, it makes my job absolutely worth it,” Garcia said.

Author: Andrea Cortez | Photos by Leonel Monroy / EPISD

Internship Turns EPISD Bus Barn into Classroom for CCTE Students

This is not your traditional classroom. Instead of chalkboards and desks, the students in the Center for Career and Technology Education automotive internship program attend classes in a shop filled with engines, car jacks and tools.

Thanks to a partnership between CCTE and the EPISD Transportation Department, about 10 students this semester are getting hands-on training through the internship program in hopes of helping them further their education.

“This is a great opportunity for the students to get real-life experience out in the field that they are interested in,” said Jason Zamora, EPISD’s Assistant Auto Shop Fleet Coordinator. “We love having the kids around because they bring a passion and eagerness to the shop. It’s a great program.”

As part of their internship, the CCTE students are responsible for assisting professional technicians on repairs to the district’s fleet, which includes maintenance vans and school buses.

This means that the transportation hub on Boeing Drive is now the students’ classroom.

The unique learning experience at CCTE allows students to choose a career path and work toward it through specialized classes and activities, including these internships for the automotive diesel program.

Students hope to get advanced training and even certification in a specialized field by the time they graduate from high school.

Dante Sanchez is one of the 10 students who is going through the internship program. He said he prefers his new classroom setting than the traditional one.

“Here, I can make a mistake and have someone help me fix it and learn from it,” he said. “In the real world, I will be on my own.”

Interns are expected to learn not only the technical aspects of working at a shop, but the entire process — from when a vehicle arrives at the shop, to the diagnosis and repairs. Technicians are even teaching them about the paperwork that is involved in the process.

“What helps us out is that we already have a passion for this,” says Sanchez.

Students are taking their passion for car repair beyond the internship and into their own homes and even outside jobs at local shops.

Intern Robert Conan is interested in the aesthetic part of the automotive world and is currently working on his 1970 Chevrolet Nova in order to enter it in car shows.

For his part, Sanchez leans more towards the performance aspect of car tuning and enjoys testing the limits on his own car.

Zamora wants the students to benefit as much as they can from the internship by working along the technicians and asking questions.

“I want my techs to see that what we do is important and that everything impacts the students,” he said. “This will help them see their impact on the kids directly.”

CCTE Teacher Named Texas Health Occupation Association Teacher of the Year

It’s been a banner year for El Paso ISD’s Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE) teacher Rebecca Manriquez.

On top of being named campus Teacher of the Year and her students placing at nationals, she was also named Texas Health Occupation Association Teacher of the Year.

The state honor came after she was selected from among seven other teachers, each representing a different part of Texas.

“I was humbled to be selected among so many amazing teachers. There were some teachers that had 20 and 25 years of experience, so for them to choose me, who is going on my seventh year of teaching, I felt really humbled,” Manriquez said.

Each finalist had to answer a series of questions regarding their teaching methodologies and accomplishments as teachers. Manriquez was happy to share the award with her fellow CCTE teachers, which she says are instrumental to her own teaching.

“I don’t feel like I would’ve gotten where I am if I didn’t have the support of my colleagues here and our administration,” Manriquez said. “We all work as a team here. This award belongs to all of us.”

She is especially thankful to assistant principal Charlton Archard, who is always open to new ideas about expanding the EMT program at CCTE.

“He is so supportive of us, and I am very grateful to be working with him,” she said. “These kids become all of our kids, and that’s a very special thing.”

Manriquez’s EMT students competed at the national Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition in June, taking home first in Medical Reserve Corp, second in CPR and fifth in Community Emergency Response Team.

“I was already pumped about nationals, so this just added to that excitement and all the ideas of what we can do this year,” Manriquez said. “I want to start an EKG program for the students, so they can have an extra certification and work with our law enforcement department to get them trained as dispatchers as well.”

Her excitement is contagious – something senior Cindy Oliveros can attest to.

She is looking forward to starting class after taking Medical Law and Ethics, as well as Medical Terminology with Manriquez. Oliveros was overjoyed when she found out her teacher had won the award.

“I think this award is very well-deserved because she is very dedicated and knows how to inspire her students,” Oliveros said. “She’s always open to opinions and ideas. She’s very supportive.”

CCTE Students Selected for Youth Leadership Council

Three Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE) students earned a seat on the Texas Standing Tall Youth Leadership Council.

Texans Standing Tall selected the youth leaders to work in partnership with TST, to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Each Youth Leadership Council member is actively involved in numerous leadership opportunities to create healthier and safer communities while building upon their leadership skills.

Throughout the year, members are required to complete a prevention project in their community and help prepare about presentation for TST’s 2016 Statewide Summit. The members serve a one-year term from October through September.

Representing EPISD and CCTE are: Ahmaris Lechuga, Jefferson High; Marlene Silva, Franklin High; and Nikolai Petty, Chapin High. They are among six students from the El Paso area named to the council.

“I was really happy to be accepted because this is something I really wanted to be a part of,” Petty said. “I look forward to being part of an organization that will benefit the community.”

The students heard about the organization in their law enforcement class at CCTE. Teacher Sylvia Garcia encouraged students to apply and be leaders among their fellow students.

“It is incredible for them to tackle such a big issues at their level and to be able to educate their peers,” Garcia said. “When they learn how to do that and do it appropriately, they don’t fear it anymore. Now they can actually learn to say ‘no’ and tell them why it’s bad.”

To be part of the council, students must submit an application and then undergo a phone interview. Students are selected for not only their academic achievement but for their abilities to serve as exemplary role models at their school campuses.

“They monitor the students’ social media and take a look at their social responsibility,” Garcia said. “They are going to be teaching others so it is really important they are modeling proper behavior.”

This is the second year senior Ahmaris Lechuga participates in the organization, which she says has taught her how to talk to her peers about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.

“The way this program has benefited me is now when people ask me about alcohol I can provide the information I have learned to educate them about it,” Lechuga said.
Beyond providing information for their peers and modeling good behavior students also work at affecting real change. The students are charged with a mission to do research and look at all the factors that are impacting underage drinking and drug use.

At the end of the program year we take all our research and present it in Austin to legislators,” Lechuga said. “This past year our main goal was for them to be aware of these issues and raise the taxes on alcoholic drinks.”

Senior Marlene Silva is looking forward to providing important information for her peers.

“Being part of this organization is going to teach me how to help other kids that are struggling with alcohol or drugs,” Silva said. “I can help them by showing them that there is more to life than that. There’s other ways of having fun.”

For Silva, alcohol use is something has personally affected her.

“To me it’s important, and it’s a big deal because I have had family members who have dealt with these issues, so if I can help a student stop that behavior now as a teenager it would mean a lot to me.”

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