Column: JTED will enhance KUSD curriculum

A JTED is a Joint Technical Education District.

In 1990, the Arizona Legislature approved public school districts joining together through a public vote to offer career and technical education classes. JTED throughout the state is viewed as an investment in economic and workforce development, as it prepares students for employment and educational opportunities.

Job training and skills sets for a global economy are offered. These courses are enhancements to the current curriculum in the form of electives. Graduation requirements do not change, and students are still required to take the state requirements for the core subjects.

When a JTED is formed, the participating districts have the opportunity to partner with the local community college, utilizing instructors, services and facilities. Students in a JTED are able to gain college credit for many courses that can prepare them for immediate employment and special certificates upon graduation.

The Career and Technical Education path can also lead to further study at the community college or university level. Studies show that students enrolled in career pathways are more likely to stay in school and graduate.

JTED offers

opportunities

The programs and equipment for vocational and career education are very expensive. By combining enrollment numbers, efforts and expenditures, a JTED can offer more opportunities and help to fund equipment for training and certification programs for our students.

Possible career strands for a program such as this include a health services lab, a business and technology program, Automotive Service Excellence mechanics and a construction trade classroom.

Currently, Arizona has 11 JTED districts that involve 79 out of 110 traditional unified or union high schools. The only area not being served by these districts is the Colorado River area of Western Arizona.

A JTED for

Western Arizona

Kingman seeks to form a JTED with Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and Parker to receive this increased state funding. Based on state average, 75 to 87 percent of the funding will come from state aid. Currently, this state aid is not being distributed to our area because a JTED does not exist in our region.

The tax amount to fund a JTED remains stationary at $5 per $100,000 of assessed value. The JTED generates funds beyond normal enrollment dollars and is anticipated to be $1 million for the students of KUSD No. 20.

If a JTED is formed, part of the $75 million currently coming out of the state general fund and being spent on JTEDs throughout the state will go to Kingman. The official JTED will begin Jan. 1, with the fiscal year beginning on July 1. The workforce and citizens of Kingman will be involved in program suggestions for the career pathways committee.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to call me at (928) 753-5678 or KUSD CTE Coordinator Amy West at (928) 692-6463.