Monday, May 17, 2010

May 16, 2010
Yuma, Arizona
Kofa Culinary Arts student, Kristen Young, earned the title of Best Teen Chef 2010 after competing in Houston, Texas at The Art Institutes Annual Competition on Saturday. She beat out the competition to earn a full-tuition scholarship to study in a Culinary Program at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix, as well as the opportunity to serve as "Intern for a Day" at Food Network Kitchens in New York City.

Kristen competed against teenagers from the United States and Canada, but won the competition with her menu of ginger and coconut-scented sweet potato soup with spiced yogurt and sauteed shrimp, citrus and cumin-marinated chicken with roasted corn rice pilaf, sauteed spinach, and a mushroom tomato citrus sauce. Her teacher at Kofa High School is Sheranne Dampier, former restaurant owner.

During her trip to New York City, Kristen will also receive a tour of Food Network's studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef's restaurant, and a library of Food Network Kitchens cookbooks.

Nearly 40 high school seniors from the U.S. and Canada came together for one day of non-stop cooking, all in pursuit of tuition scholarships and the chance to be named Best Teen Chef 2010. The competition, which begins in early February, consists of four levels. In the first two levels, students are asked to submit a copy of their respective high school transcripts, a recipe in standardized recipe format, along with photos of the prepared recipe, and a short essay. During the third level, local cooking competitions take place at the participating International Culinary Arts Schools at The Art Institutes, and only one winner emerges from each competition. The winner then moves on to the Final Round Competition.

The Final Round of Competition is among the most intensive and grueling teen cooking competitions in the country. Judged by highly skilled and experienced culinary experts – among them one master chef – the judging ranges from knife skills, safety and sanitation, technical and cooking all the way to taste, flavor, texture and doneness of the meals prepared.

Chef Michael Nenes, Assistant Vice President of Culinary Arts for The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes said, "All the teens today performed extremely well. Their level of dedication, of talent, and most of all of passion for cooking really came through in every dish that we judged. However, it was Kristen Young who stood out from the rest. Her desert-painted, ginger and coconut-scented sweet potato soup really helped to set her apart from the other competitors to earn the honor of Best Teen Chef." Both Forbes and Fox News Business covered the competition in their on-line magazines.

For more information contact Sheranne Dampier at 502-5400.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Yuma School District 1 to Host In Service for
Middle School Math Teachers

All middle school math teachers will attend the Middle School Applied Math Workshop.

To become successful in any of the careers in the sciences, engineering, or construction requires the ability to apply the concepts of mathematics. It is the hope of this work shop to accomplish three goals;

• Demonstrate the importance of the role you as a teacher of mathematics play in the success of your students as they consider careers which are deeply based on mathematics concepts.

• Provide the middle school math teacher with the tools to demonstrate to their students the practicality of math and its many everyday applications.

• Not add more to the already packed Math Curriculum, rather help the math teacher present the competencies to bring relevancy for their students.

Middle School Applied Math Workshop

Date: May 12, 2010


Place: District Office Boardroom

Please contact Alice in Mr. Sheppard's office if you have any questions.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Reggie Willoughby, Professor of Plumbing,  for being awared STAR Associate Faculty for Spring 2010.

Lannie Wills, Senior Secretary for Nursing,  for being awarded Full Time Classified Employee for Spring 2010.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Come join us for the Yuma County Science Fair!!

Arizona Western College will host the annual Yuma County Science Fair that takes place on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st in the College’s gym. This is the College’s seventh year to host the Science Fair and students participating will be from local schools throughout Yuma County.

Over 400 students will be participating this year and will present 350 projects in seven categories. The categories include Chemistry, Biochemistry, Zoology, Botany, Engineering and Technology, Health, Medicine and Microbiology, and Physics.

Judging begins in the mornings, but the public and parents are invited to attend the Fair after 2:00 on Friday and after 11:30 am on Saturday. Projects will be judged based on scientific thought, skill, thoroughness, creative ability, and presentation. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places in each of the seven categories.
Mark Your Calendars!!!

May 6th will mark the 35th Annual Cooperative Education Employer Appreciation Luncheon which will be held in the Scheoning Conference Room on the AWC Main Campus.

This luncheon is put on by all the dedicated teachers and students who participate in the Cooperative Education Program at Yuma Union High School District to thank all those employers who have taken time out of thier busy schedules to train our students to be productive members of society.

For more information about this event please contact: Lorie Honeycutt (YHS) or Kris Norton (CHS)

Saturday, March 6, 2010
This year's Non Traditional Careers Conference has grown dramastically. Last year we hosted 65 students from our local high schools. This year our registration is up to 200 students.

During this event students will be given the opportunity to actively participate in hands-on demonstrations and be given information about a particular career they may not have considered in the past due to thier gender.
Males can register for sessions such as: Early Childhood Education, Hospitality & Nursing.
Females can register for sessions such as:  Automotive, Construction Trades (Carpentry, Drafting, Electical, HVAC, Plumbing), Public Safety (EMS/Fire Science, Law Enforcement), and Welding.

Students can register with thier High School Counselors:
  • Cibola High School - Becky Garcia
  • Gila Ridge High School - Danny Marron
  • Kofa High School - Robert Chinourd or Theresa Garcia
  • San Luis High School - Rosa Coronado
  • Vista High School - Ramona Crumby
  • Yuma High - Christie McMorris
Feel free to contact the office with any questions

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
To All Our CTE Teachers:

Are your students in need of scholarships? Are they planning on majoring in any of the following degrees:

* Automotive
* Carpentry
* Drafting
* Electrical
* Plumbing
* Roofing
* Welding

Have them apply for the Jason Howell Scholarship. For more information on this scholarship please visit or you can access the scholarship here:

If you would like me to come visit your classes to speak to your students regarding this scholarship please let me know.

Office Staff

Larry Lebsock
Director & Vocational Projects
(928) 344-7742

Noemi MagaƱa
Articulation Assistant
(928) 344-7754

Office Location
CTE Building
2020 S. Ave 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365

Site Coordinators

Cibola High School
Matt Diamond

Gila Ridge High School
Greg Osowski

Kofa High School
Norm Champagne

San Luis High School
Neredia Lansman

Vista High School
David Crumby

Yuma High School
Lorie Honeycutt

Antelope Union High School
Janet Hill

Parker High School
Richard Lamb

Salome High School
Beverly Cochrain

Career Pathways

Career Pathways or "Progams of Studies" as some people refer to them are documents that map out a students educational career from the time they are a Freshman in high school throught thier Sophomore year at Arizona Western College.

Career Pathways were designed with the students in mind. They take into consideration thier educational and career goals, as well as thier extracurricular activities all while keeping a balanced workload. Below are a complete listing of Career Pathways. Click on the link to access the pathway.

Special Note: (T) next to a pathway indicates this is a Transferable Degree. All other degrees are terminal *

Accounting *

Agriculture (T) *

Agriculture *

Administration of Justice (T) *

Administration of Justice *

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration *

Architectural Technology *

Automotive *

Business (T) *

Business *

Carpentry *

Child Development *

Computer Information Systems *

Computer Graphics *

Electrical Technology *

Elementary Education *

Family and Consumer Sciences *

Hotel/Restaurant Management *

Marketing & Management *

Media Arts (T) *

Media Arts *

Plumbing Technology *

Secondary Education *

Television Production *

Welding Technology