Can AZ lead in career and technical education despite millions in cuts?

| August 5, 2015

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News ServiceArizona School Boards Association

(This is the first story in a three-part series looking at career and technical education in Arizona.)

While Arizona is a leader in career and technical education, continued cuts in state funding remain a challenge for programs that helped 5,000 high school students statewide graduate last year with national-, state- or industry-recognized credentials.

For example, Desert View High School’s precision manufacturing program in Tucson “serves as a model CTE program for South Korea,” yet it could be in jeopardy because of recent legislative budget cuts to joint technical education districts, said Tina Norton, assistant superintendent and chief operations officer for Pima County Joint Technical Education District.

In Arizona, career and technical education programs are delivered through traditional high schools as well as joint technical education districts, or JTEDs. A JTED provide specialized CTE programs to students in its partner districts. There are 14 JTEDs in Arizona.

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