Pueblo Opens Newly Remodeled CTE Auto Tech Shop

Career and Technical Education students at Pueblo High School will be using the newly renovated auto shop beginning October 8th. The project was funded by TUSD bond monies and the ground breaking ceremony began July 2012.

Upgrades included: new HVAC, new electrical services, new cement apron, epoxy flooring, paint, three lifts, new restroom, changing area, new compressor, instructor’s post and six industrial garage doors. This remodel makes the Pueblo Auto Shop a premier CTE auto shop facility.

Thanks to Project Manager, James Baker, Vivi Watt, principal, Pueblo administrators, site coordinator, Maria Bicknell, and CTE central directors, Kathy Prather and Chuck McCollum for their leadership.

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Recent Pueblo Alumni at Work

Sabrina Avitia- Castillo Associates

Sabrina Avitia, Pueblo Alum of the Class of 2011, is Assistant Office Manager, at Castillo Associates, specializing in health and life insurance. Daniel Castillo, President of Castillo Associates, is so impressed with Sabrina’s skills and work ethic, he wants to hire another Pueblo Alum for his expanding business.

Ms. Avitia credits her CTE Tech Apps/Business with her mastery of typing, composing business letters and organization of Excel Spreadsheets. She also says her job shadowing and internship at St. Mary’s Hospital were meaningful opportunities that taught her to interact with the public, skills she uses in her current job.

Jose Santay- Jim Click Nissan

Jose Santay, the poster child for hard work, won the prestigious Jim Click Automotive Scholarship in May 2012. He is now working in the service department of Jim Click Nissan on Automall Drive. As the Scholarship winner, Jose receives $4,000 in free tools and his education is paid for courtesy of Jim Click. After Jose completes his Automotive Certification at Pima, he will continue on to complete his Associates Degree and then his Bachelor’s Degree.

Jose’s supervisor, Jason Davis, said that, “Jose has the attitude and the aptitude to succeed.” Jose gets up at 5:00 a.m. to open the shop at 7:00 a.m. Jose credits his Pueblo experience for where he is today. Endless hours working as Manager for the Basketball Team with Coach Romero, and his internship with Spraymasters Autobody, readied him for work at the professional level.

[Thank you Mr. Ostroff]

Pueblo Fire Science Takes Charge At Regionals

On Saturday, February 4th, 2012 the Regional SkillsUSA Fire Competition met at the Rural Metro Fire Training Center here in Tucson. The 40 participants from the region were from the west and east campuses of the JTED Fire Program including 6 from Pueblo’s Fire Program.

The competition included the following events: ropes & knot tying, hose rolling, breathing apparatus timed competition, climbing a ladder with tools in hand and a victim drag with a 200 lb. dummy.

The day culminated with a Fire Fighter Combat Challenge that mixed Pueblo students with JTED students and a very delicious barbeque.

Pueblo Fire Science At SkillsUSA Competition

We are very ecstatic to announce that our team made Pueblo proud. Out of the top 10 scores, we had 4 of our 6 participants in the following places:

  • First Place- Carlos Meraz (Senior) – 2nd year in the program
  • Second Place- Juan Aguilar (Freshman) -1st year in the program
  • Fifth Place-Victor Grutzius (Junior) -2nd year in the program
  • Sixth Place- Luis Mendivil (Freshman) -1st year in the program

Manuel Cedre & Hector Ortega made a great showing and just missed being in the Top 10.

Congratulations to the Pueblo Fire Science Program! They showed up at the competition with one thing on their minds and that was to put Pueblo Fire on the map. They did it in a big way!

Thank you Chief Jeff Smith for sharing.

Early Childhood Education Program Featured On TUSD

Pueblo High CTE/JTED Early Childhood Education Students Gain Real-World Experience at Hollinger’s PACE Program

Pueblo High Magnet School CTE/JTED Early Childhood Education students plan, conduct and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities for preschool students in collaboration with the PACE Program at Hollinger Elementary, under the direction of Sabrina Navarrete-Camacho.

In these photos, Pueblo students are directing children in a chemistry science activity called “gooey-goop.”

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood teacher at Pueblo High Magnet School is Mary Ellen Hardin.

Ultrasound Technician Demonstration

Mina Trivedi, an Ultrasound Technician of M & B Image Corporation, came to Pueblo today and presented career information to some of our Anatomy students today.

Mina demonstrated different ultrasound procedures with her portable machine that cost more the $50,000. The images and sounds from the machine were amazing.

Mina Trivedi answering student questions

She started with images of the carotid artery and then the heart. Other students volunteered to get their kidney and gallbladder scanned. Here’s a small video of some images of the valves in the heart in action:

The demonstrations gave students an idea of the various procedures ultrasound technicians perform. Mina summarized the schooling required and stated how this career field is growing.

We appreciate her taking the time to share her knowledge and skills with out students.

Mina demonstrates gallbladder procedure

HOSA Biotechnology Conference 2010

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Biotechnology students participated in the HOSA Spring Leadership Conference at the Doubletree Hotel from April 14 to 16.

Our students were great these past two days. They were polite, articulate, and full of Pueblo Pride.

Pueblo Biotechnology Students

Carlos Ramirez was elected Secondary Vice President of HOSA for the Southern region of Arizona. We have a state officer. This position required a speech and question and answer period. He ran successfully against the current HOSA HIstorian from Sunnyside. Carlos was wonderful.

Nine students attended the State Leadership Conference. Most had to be in the top 20 in the state after an online test in February.

Biotechnology Story
In Biotechnology, 95 students took the online test. Michael Dedrick was 5th, and Tricia Hindley was 9th. On Thursday both participated in the skills competitions. The two skills were microscopy and culturing bacteria. Today the final results were announced.

In the Arizona State HOSA Biotechnology competition, Michael placed second, and earned a trip to Nationals (Orlando), and Tricia placed 5th.

In the following competitions, students worked almost exclusively on their own, since these subjects were not explicitly covered in the biotech curriculum:

Jeffery/Brian Bishop- Medical Math
Cynthia Lona- Human Growth and Development
Hector Mendoza- Prepared Persuasive Speech
Carlos Ramirez- Epidemiology
Patrick Swindell, Gilberto Valenzuela, and Christian Vasquez- Creative Problem Solving Team

Students earned 4 medals:
Gold: Carlos Ramirez
Silver: Jeffery/Brian Bishop
Silver: Michael Dedrick
Silver: Hector Mendoza

They all qualify for Nationals.