KINGMAN - In 2008, Mohave and LaPaz county voters approved a Joint Technical Education District to provide vocational education to high school students in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, the Bullhead City area and Parker.
Through a partnership with Mohave Community College, high school students are now preparing for careers in welding and culinary arts, and plans are under way to add Certified Nursing Assistant and Automotive Technology options.
"By combining our enrollment numbers, efforts and expenditures, the JTED can offer students more opportunities and better-funded programs," said Betsy Parker, superintendent of Western Arizona Vocational Education, the JTED for this area. "Through a Memorandum of Understanding with MCC, WAVE purchased welders that cost around $20,000 for use in the MCC labs."
MCC offered welding classes for WAVE students on the Kingman campus last year. Students took introduction to welding, math for welders, shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding. The pathway training will move KHS students closer to obtaining a welding certificate or degree from MCC as well as American Welding Society certifications.
"Around $25,000 in equipment will soon be purchased for the Culinary Arts program taught by Chef G. Michael Harris at the Bullhead City campus of MCC," Parker said.
Last year, students from River Valley High School and Mohave High School attended MCC culinary classes and receiving college credit toward certificates or associate of applied science degrees.
Parker explained the courses provide educational links to employment in our areas with quality employment and continuing education opportunities. The Certified Nursing Assistant program is going to be offered in Kingman, and Automotive Technology is planned at the Bullhead City campus.
MCC President Michael Kearns said, "For many years, MCC has been developing education pathways that start students in the high schools, move them to the community college and on to the universities, shortening their time in higher education. "Whether it's Dual Enrollment in general education courses for students seeking a bachelor's degree or career and technical education for those who will go into specific occupations, these education partnerships help to build a skilled and well-educated workforce for Arizona."
For more information about WAVE, call the district office at (928) 753-0747 or (928) 279-5653, or visit it online at www.wavejted.org. For more information about programs of study at MCC, go to www.mohave.edu or call toll-free 866-664-2832.