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El Paso ISD Students Win BBB Video Contest

Two EPISD teams received top honors in a video competition that asked students to share with the public how best to identify business of reputable background in order to avoid consumer fraud.

Teams from the Center for Career and Technology Education and Bowie High School placed first and second in the Better Business Bureau Paso Del Norte’s Student Video Contest. A third EPISD school, Irvin High School, made the list of finalists in the contest.

“The videos submitted far exceeded our expectations as to what the community could do for us,” said Marybeth Stevens, the bureau’s president and CEO. “We were incredibly impressed with the students and their videos.”

CCTE’s video by student Nathaniel Cordero was titled “The BBB Seal and won first place. Bowie student Teresita Garcia earned second place with a video titled “BBB Gives You Ooptions.”

Students were asked to create at 60-second video on the theme of “Shop Smart. Look for the Seal.”

Contestants were judged on the creativity and quality of their videos along with a pitch to BBB’s panel of judges. Videos will be used nationwide by the organization to show its members what can happen when engaged with the younger generation.

Cordero’s video used animation to warn shoppers about “crabby” and “slimy” businesses that aren’t trusted by the organization. Garcia’s video used humor show what the BBB can do for the public.

Winning teams will be recognized by the BBB at  the 2018 BBB Annual Meeting and Torch Awards luncheon. Teams will be awarded with up to $1000 for their school’s video production organizations, and individual students will receive gift cards up to $150.

“We are excited for our competition next year, and expect it to be bigger and better,” Stevens said.

To view Cordero’s video, click here.   |  To view Garcia’s video, click here.

Author: Andrea Cortez – 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.”

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