WISD CTE STUDENT OF THE YEAR

 2018 - 19 WISD CTE Student of the Year

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2018 - 19 WISD CTE Student of the Year

Nikolas Childress 

University High School

Academy of Health Science - GWAHCA

2018-19 WHS CTE Student of the Year

 2018-19 WHS CTE Student of the Year

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2018-19 WHS CTE Student of the Year

Hipolito Galan-Medrano

WHS CTE March Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Welding (GWAMA)

Career and technical education (CTE) programs offer a sequence of courses that provides students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. For example automotive technician, robotic engineer, and Welding.

CTE courses attract younger generations to a certain trade and educate them and encourage students to get involved with programs that can offer insight into the business industry world. There’s often a misconception that welders can’t make decent money compared to white-collar jobs, but that’s not true.

At GWAMA I have learned that Welding is not only a skill but also an art to be proud of.  I could not have gone from concept to skill and evenly mastery; without the environment of GWAMA. All of the teachers work together to help us understand all of what we are doing. GWAMA has very talented CTE teachers and wonderful CTE classes, but what really makes it different is the inclusion of the math and science. Our CTE teachers teach the techniques of their craft and the math and science teachers teach why it works that way.

2018-19 UHS CTE Student of the Year

 2018- 19 UHS CTE Student of the Year

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2018- 19 UHS CTE Student of the Year

Nikolas Childress                       

UHS CTE October Student of the Month

Senior

Academy of Health Science (GWAHCA)

I have always wanted to be in the medical field. I have been a GWAHCA student for two years now and I am very grateful that Waco ISD started this program. This program is phenomenal and straight forward.

 GWAHCA has given me the ability to be a part of the medical field at a young age. When I first started I was kind of skeptical on what I wanted to do. When we started the CNA, I fell in love. When we started going to clinicals was the part I loved the most. I am a hands on learner so when we got on the floor at the nursing homes I really learned a lot. We were very proactive and used our critical thinking skills, which helped me learn how to be a caring professional.

 The teachers at GWAHCA are always there to help students achieve more and become better students everyday. The teachers know their students. They know how every single one of their students learn, interact, and communicate with people. They also know how to break their students out of their comfort zones in a good way, making their students feel important and ensure they have a voice.

 During the summer Waco ISD did offer an  internship program, which I was accepted to participate in. When I started going to the nursing home I felt like I was a part of something. I applied the skills I learned my first year at GWAHCA.This opportunity allowed me to take a step in to my future and in order to get a feel of the work field. I learned to work more efficiently as a team member and the confidence to work independently.

 Now as a second year student at GWAHCA. I am a certified nurse's assistant. We now go to the hospitals (Hillcrest/Providence), and get to experience the role of a CNA at the hospital level. This role  is very different from the nursing home level. Going to the hospitals has given my classmates a portal to securing a job at the hospital. The nurses have said that at the end of the year, they choose students that they think are best to work in the hospital setting,and they offer jobs and this is a very big opportunity because it's very hard to get a job as a CNA in a hospital because we're mostly needed at nursing homes.Getting this opportunity is a great advance in our healthcare careers. This experience is helping us start our future in the medical field towards any pathway we choose to go. Having jobs straight out of high school will help us provide for ourselves and prepare us for adulthood.

 This program is awesome and I am proud of how it has shaped me and my classmates to further in our medical careers.

2017-2018 Waco ISD CTE Student of the Year

 Maria Briseno

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Maria Briseno

2018 WISD CTE 
Student of the Year

WHS - Maria Briseno - Academy of Robotics and Electronics GWAMA

2017-2018 UHS CTE Student of the Year

 Alexia Galaviz

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Alexia Galaviz

The University High Student of the year wrote, 

“When my mother was thirteen years old, she began picking vegetables in a field as a migrant worker. My mother was the Mexican version of an average teenage drop-out. Education was not available to her due to being one out of ten people to live in one house in King City, California. She needed to provide for her family so she went to work most of her day. Today she is currently a mail carrier and earning more than enough to provide for her family. Her dream has always been to send me to school to get the education she never received”
“In addition to making my mother proud, I have always dreamed of returning to WISD and teaching second grade at any local elementary school.  My ultimate teaching dream however is to become a missionary teacher and aid kids overseas or in urban areas to receive the education they deserve. My mom has inspired me to do this since she has done the same for me. She has pushed herself to help somebody else out.”

“The Academy of Education fits into my plans for the future because I am going to be a teacher.   I have learned skills that I need to be successful when working in a classroom.  The importance of literacy, conscious discipline and writing lesson plans and implementing them with the Trojan Tykes has been such a valuable lesson.  The Academy of Education has allowed me to gain real life experiences that I will treasure forever. “

Attending Sam Houston State University* in the fall, our University High School CTE Student of the Year, from the Academy of Education and Training…..Alexia Galaviz.
Alexia was presented a trophy and her name will be added to the campus plaque that show her as the UHS Student of the year for 2018.

2017-2018 WHS CTE Student of the Year

 Maria Briseno

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Maria Briseno

The Waco High CTE student of the year wrote:

"I wanted to do something that would resemble the hard working and innovative generation that we live in today. The world is advancing and if I wanted a piece of the pie I needed to invest my time in something I never thought I would do -  engineering. I never liked working with tools and I was a clean freak at heart. However, I wanted to get out of this mindset, I needed to get out of my shell. The world has no place for a shy and scared girl.

This fall, the now confident young lady presented at the Texas Workforce commission to over 1500 adults.  There she spoke of the importance of women entering STEM careers and of how her mother, sisters and teacher Joe Rizo encouraged her to not be afraid and to stand up and seek to complete her goals.  

The person that inspires me the most is my mom. She is the face of independence and doesn’t accept anything below the best. I wanted to pursue a career that would express the hard work that my family has gone through. Something that would prove that women are not just limited to certain career fields. I have been accepted to Texas A&M and will be majoring in Electronic Systems and Engineering Technology. Engineering has become my passion and with the help from GWAMA I am able to pursue a higher education in the career that is working to innovate the world.”