YKSD CTE Quarterly Newsletter
3rd Quarter Newsletter
YKSD Career & Technical Education Director
I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Tom Hall, and I'm the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Director for the YKSD. Over my career, I've been a teacher in Rural Alaska, a grant administrator for the Department of Labor, and a CTE director for the Fairbanks School District. However, for most of my professional life, I've been a residential home builder in Fairbanks.
Last fall the YKSD was awarded a large grant called Interior CHOICES Project. Running and organizing this grant will be a big part of my new position. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the next few months.
Educators Rising Alaska State Conference
A big congratulations goes to Jemima Verebasaga, a Juneau Raven Home School student, for getting 5th place in the Children's Literature for K-3rd grade! She wrote an amazing children's book, "The Search for the Violin's Strings", targeted to this age group! The story follows the Violin as it tries to locate its missing strings! As Jemima placed 5th in the Alaska Educators Rising State Conference, she qualifies to participate in the virtual National Educators Rising Conference on June 24-27, 2021.
Alaska LIVE Job Shadows
The Alaska LIVE Job Shadow events are continuing, with the most recent one focusing on Health Care Occupations. The Zoom recording for the latest event – Health Care Occupations is available to Watch Here
The Alaska LIVE Job Shadows events have reached so many students across Alaska. To date, here are some reach highlights:
· 210 registrations have been processed for:
o Teachers sharing the event through their own Zoom link
o WIOA Partners
o Postsecondary students
o Department of Corrections
o Tribal Organizations
o Job Centers
o Industry Partners
· 28 school districts have joined – with multiple schools and villages represented
· Student and classroom questions came in through
o Zoom Chat
o Pear Deck participants through Google Slides
Past Alaska LIVE Job Shadow events have featured the Oil & Gas Industry and the Construction Industry.
Healthcare Summer Internship
Application period opens on Monday, March 8th.
· Interns must be a rising sophomore to current year graduate
· 5-15 hours per week, can arrange hours around summer jobs
· Interns can apply for one or both sessions, potential to intern all summer in two different departments if availability matches up
· Every effort will be made to match students up with departments that match their career goals
Participating departments include:
· Sterile Processing
· Cardiac Rehab
· Emergency Department
· Denali Center
· Human Resources
· Health Information Management
· Outpatient Rehab
· Respiratory Therapy
SAT/ACT Prep Class
Minto Woods Class
One of the projects is a to scale desk top pool table. The student has taken the math, dimensions, and ratios and figured out the size all the different parts and pieces need to be when using 1 inch marbles as the pool balls.
Woods Class in Ruby
During this multistep process including wood stabilization, students start with some really punky birch wood. They put it in the vacuum chamber and add the cactus juice. The next step is to vacuum out the air in the chamber. Once this is done, the wood is put in the oven and dry the wood out. Next students turn the wood on the lathe. This project students are connecting ideas to science by learning how a vacuum chamber operates.
YKSD Career & Technical Education Department
Tom Hall, CTE Director
Patty Woody, CTE Coordinator
Bob Hawkins, CTE Specialist