As our district’s population and the surrounding business community continues to grow, it’s important to us that our students get the educational opportunities they need to become the industry leaders of the future.
That’s why Queen Creek Unified School District offers a wide variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes. In these high school programs, students have the opportunity to earn industry certificates and participate in internships or job-shadowing. These programs, along with a partnership with the East Valley Institute of Technology, allow our students to experience hands-on, real-world opportunities in the career field of their choice.
Business leaders are invited to attend the district’s Business Partner Breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 22, where students will be present to showcase some of the highlights from these programs throughout our schools. To RSVP, click here or visit qcusd.org. It will be an opportunity to see the impact that CTE has on our students.
In the last three years, Eastmark High School students have earned a collective 66 industry credentials, placed in National Future Business Leaders of America competitions, conducted dozens of philanthropic events, and partnered with businesses including the Arizona Coyotes and Dignity Health.
Queen Creek High School’s CTE program continues to thrive, with growth in programs including marketing, nursing and agriculture. Students in the Culinary Program were featured in "Edible Phoenix" magazine and went on to serve their own recipe with Orange Table’s Executive Chef Elizabeth Meinz at the Harvest Moon Feast in downtown Phoenix.
Perhaps the most exciting new CTE opportunity for our students will be with the opening of Crismon High School next school year. CHS will include four career path academies with focuses in STEM, Health Services, Business and Leadership, and Design and Construction.
According to recent studies, students who participate in CTE programs are more likely to enroll in college, are more satisfied with their careers, and earn better grades overall. Students in Queen Creek Unified high schools have those opportunities, benefiting their future and the future of our community.
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Dr. Perry Berry has been superintendent of the Queen Creek Unified School District since June 2015.