January Newsletter

Career Center Campus

New Begingings

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."-Melody Beattie

Welcome back to all of our wonderful students and staff! We hope you all had the very happiest of holidays. Lets take the positive learning experiences, fails, setbacks, promising moments and put it all in prospect for new beginnings in 2022. We have exciting opportunities happening here at the Career Center and we are glad to welcome 2022 with open arms!

Message From The Principal

Welcome to 2022! Good things are happening on the Career Center Campus.


In 1962, ALTRUSA International established the Altrusa International Foundation in which is dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy. In 1966, the organization began to look to America's youth as the future of Altrusa and established ASTRA service clubs. ASTRA encourages young people, ages 13 to 21 to participate in community service. Expanding on its commitment to youth, Altrusa adopted literacy as an ongoing area of service in 1977. We would like to celebrate the 2022 ALTRUSA Career Center CTE recipients. Congratulations to Jared Ryan from Culinary Arts and Kellie Lohman from Compact Engines!

What is a CTSO?

All Career Center CTE programs have Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO). The purpose of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) is to enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership, personal development , applied learning, and real-world application.

CTSOs work as an integral component of the classroom curriculum and instruction, building upon employability and career skills and concepts through the application and engagement of students in hand-on demonstrations and real-life and/or work experiences through a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. CTSO'S helps guide students in developing a career path, a program of study and provide opportunities in gaining the skills and abilities needed to be successful in those careers through CTSO activities, programs, and competitive events. In addition, students have opportunities to hold leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels as well as getting to attend leadership development conferences to network with other students as well as business and industry partners.

The Career Center Healthcare Program will be participating in the 2022 HOSA CTSO Leadership Conference this February. Wish them " GOOD" luck!

As always the Career Center strives to deliver the best student-centered hands-on education in the Grand Valley. We pride ourselves in being the "Home of the D51 Rockstars" and encourage you to join us in celebrating the goodness of your student and the greatness that lays ahead!

Staying Healthy Taking Care of Yourself

We are so lucky that we have been able to stay in person learning. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work in making this happen. Our community's' excellence in us all working together to make safe and healthy practices to ensure our students get the best learning opportunities! Also just a reminder that Schools now offer Covid-19 Testing for students and staff during school hours. Please go to https://d51schools.org/ for more information regarding Covid-19 and illness and how to sign your student up for testing.

Culinary Arts

There is a lot going on in the kitchen here at Career Center! We're happy to report we are closer to our goal of raising $3000 for American Culinary Federation accreditation after the pie sale around Thanksgiving. Thank you to all who bought pies and helped us reach our goals! We have the best community!

We are also celebrating our top customer for the school year of 2021: Wes Pidcock, Horticulture Teacher. Thanks to Wes' for strong and continued support, for giving great feedback and encouragement to students. He has even shared his Barista skills and taught some culinary students how to make an amazing latte! Mr. P, you are helping Fresh Side Café in many skills!

Culinary Arts is also celebrating a huge accomplishment in the "Hotshot" program for last semester. the quality of food service and caliber of work that D51 school kitchens require could not have been possible without he help of he twelve Culinary Arts students who went into the other school cafeterias for food service internships. This was a pilot program that proves the incredible ability of a community to rally when there is a need. Career Center students in, and stepped up to the challenge of feeding literally hundreds if not thousands of other students daily for 4 weeks! Way to go Culinary students way to go above and beyond and help your fellow students and your community!

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Early Childcare

The Early Childcare Program has been very busy learning! We are still very much involved in our "simulation baby program". If you walk by our classroom you will be sure to hear and see the babies and their caretakers in full caregiving roles. Diapers are being changed, feeding schedules are being met, and the understanding of patience that is needed upon parenting along with love and full attention are some of things our students are learning about child care. They are also experiencing " the change of gravity" has on the body of a 7 month pregnant belly. Its amazing how much a body can endure during pregnancy. The students also will continue Good/Bad Parenting and community resources for parents who may be stressed or need some support.

Our classroom CTSO's are preparing "Gratitude Notes' for some in the early childhood community as we;;a son our own building. It is a great way to improve classroom/community kindness. We are proud of the students who want to remind people how much they are needed during this stressful time in our history. Ms. Deb is very proud of the students who are working so hard to do this!

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Valley Program News

Valley students will have the opportunity to explore the Western Colorado Community College options during a field trip scheduled for Wednesday January 26, 2022. They will learn about the Technical; Scholars Program, which enables qualified high school students to enroll in classes at WCCC classes can be paid for by College Opportunity Fund! More information about this program can be found on our Valley Website.https://valley.d51schools.org/

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