Friday, February 10, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

February is Career Technical Education Month

The mission of the GUHSD Career-Technical Education program is to provide quality programs that support academic achievement resulting in post-secondary options for all students as they acquire the tools for lifelong success. The Grossmont Union High School District has Career Pathways at each site that prepare students to be college and career ready and prepare them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. The pathways represent 12 high-demand industry sectors in California and include:


Monte Vista Auto Pathway Brings Home the Gold from SkillsUSA

Monte Vista Students Participating in a SkillsUSA Competition
On Saturday, January 28, 18 students from MVHS Automotive Pathway participated in the California SkillsUSA Region 6 skills competition.  Ashley Martinez, a senior who has been in the pathway all four years, took first place (gold medal) winning the advanced division against top schools like Ontario, Apple Valley and Ramona High School.

She is the program's first female gold medal winner in this event. In the basic division, Monte Vista took second and fourth place with two teams of four students. It was the largest group of participants SkillsUSA Region 6 has seen for the automotive competition. The Region 6 competition included schools from San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono counties.

By winning the event, 9 students have qualified to participate in the state championships. The accomplishments occurred through the hard efforts of each student. For three months, students practiced the necessary automotive skills on lunch breaks, after school and on Saturdays. They are all committed to continue this effort in preparation of representing Monte Vista High School and the Grossmont Union High School District in the automotive state championship, which will be held April 20-23 at the Town and Country Hotel in Mission Valley.​

Mount Miguel Matador Business Academy Competes in State Trade Show

Mount Miguel Business Academy Students Showcase VE Radio
Mount Miguel High School Matador Business Academy (MBA) students have competed in a number of trade shows including the San Diego Trade Show and the Virtual Enterprise California State Trade Show in Bakersfield on January 18-19.

These competitions are part of the MBA Virtual Enterprise (VE) class where students create and manage their virtual businesses from product development, production and distribution, to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting/finance and web design.

This year, the students created VE Radio, an online radio to podcast events.  At the San Diego Trade show VE Radio took home honors for Video Commercial-Gold, Trade Show Flyer-Bronze, Website Design-Gold (third in Show), Creative Booth-Silver, and Sales- Bronze. In Bakersfield, the students were second in the Apprentice competition, third in Video Commercial, and fifth in Website Design.

More information is available here.

Education Pathway Students Explore Careers in Education

Grossmont High School Education Pathway Students with Teacher Nicole Thren
On Friday, February 3, students in the Education Pathway at Grossmont, Mount Miguel, El Cajon Valley, and Granite Hills High Schools participated in the 2017 Educators Rising California - San Diego Conference at San Diego State University. The conference began with an introduction from Dr. Julie Evans followed be a keynote address by David J. Johns from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.  Students were offered insights into teaching careers, including participation in select breakout sessions.

The Education Pathway students experienced an authentic industry-related conference and came away with essential information regarding the education profession. Tonette Salter, Program Coordinator for the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (JSPAC) stated, “I was deeply impressed, filled with excitement and joy to see the students of the Education Pathways from the Grossmont Union High School District engaged in the various breakout sessions at the conference.”  Many of the students commented that they felt inspired by what they learned.

Health Occupations Center Celebrates Vocational Nursing Graduates

Class 63 Vocational Nursing Graduates
Recently, the Health Occupations Center celebrated the graduation of 28 students in the Vocational Nursing program, “Class 63.” They have completed 18 months of rigorous classroom instruction, campus lab simulations, and clinical rotations at hospitals and clinics across the county. The event commemorated their hard work, many achievements in the medical field, and passion for the nursing field. The audience was full of proud supporters as the students took their Nurse’s Oath.

Many of these students are planning to continue their journey as Registered Nurses, while others will find their special niche as Licensed Vocational Nurses. Whichever road they choose, we know they will help many patients and touch many lives. We are always happy to support a student’s journey in healthcare education. 
Congratulations, everyone.

Special Governing Board Meeting/Budget Workshop on 2/16

Next week, the Grossmont Union High School District Board of Trustees will host a Board Budget Workshop on Thursday, February 16, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the East County Regional Education Center (ECREC), which is located at 924 E. Main Street in El Cajon.

Dr. Tim Glover