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Desert View High School honored with National Excellence in Action Award


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Cesar Gutierrez, Who Teaches Drafting, Design And Precision Manufacturing, Works With Students On A Part At Desert View High School. Photos Courtesy Of ISTEM Precision Manufacturing Program At Desert View High School In The Sunnyside Unified School District

Desert View High School’s Precision Machining and Mechanical Drafting programs of study in Tucson, Arizona, were awarded the prestigious Excellence in Action award, which recognizes innovative and impactful Career Technical Education programs of study across the nation.

Desert View High School was one of eleven programs selected as an “Excellence in Action” award winner, based on its uniquely innovative and effective approach to offering rigorous coursework, authentic and meaningful work-based learning experiences, and supported transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and on to successful careers.

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Photos available at CTE: Learning that Works blog site.

Desert View High School received the award in the Manufacturing Career Cluster from Advance CTE as a result of their strong partnerships with industry leaders, alignment between secondary and postsecondary education, and high-quality work-based learning experiences, providing students with the skills they need for success.

Desert View High School representatives accepted the honor at an award luncheon and reception as part of the Advance CTE Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“These programs do more than just give our students skills, but they provide an opportunity to change the culture, the community and the lives of the students and the teachers,” said Cesar Gutierrez, Desert View High School.

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Desert View High School precision manufacturing students working together on part. Photos courtesy of iSTEM Precision Manufacturing Program at Desert View High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District

“We are so proud to recognize these amazing programs and the leaders who helped achieve such accomplishments,” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director, Advance CTE. “These Excellence in Action award winners have high expectations that result in their students truly being prepared for success in college, careers and life. By shining a national spotlight on these programs, we hope to challenge others to use them as a model for what high-quality CTE looks like and can achieve. “

Printable profiles of each winner, detailing their unique strengths and justification for their selection are available on Advance CTE’s website. For further updates from the Advance CTE Spring Meeting, including a recap of the award ceremony, visit the CTE: Learning that Works Blog.

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