The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE®) held a 2017 Student Trophy Design Contest throughout the United States for students in CTE classes. There were nearly 400 participants from all over the nation. The ACTE Excellence Awards program, has celebrated innovation and leadership in the education field forer sixty years. ACTE awarded students with a certificate and congratulated them if they were selected as one of the Top 40 finalists. At Trabuco Hills High School two students in Mr. Kendell’s Engineering Drafting classes received these certificates:
El Toro Student Learns Job skills from Industry Pros During Summer Internship
Mason Naragon, a senior at El Toro High School, landed an internship this summer working alongside engineers and manufacturers at Hampton Products in Foothill Ranch, an industry leader in home and commercial security systems. For 15 hours a week, Mason learned from Hampton technicians how to operate advanced machinery that tests the integrity of security hardware. His daily duties included calibrating equipment and programing schematics using engineering software in the company’s research and development lab, where locks, security lighting, safety belts and other products are tested.
Mason is among three dozen students across Orange County that landed internships this summer in high-demand industries through OC Pathways, a collaboration lead by the Orange County Department of Education that includes 14 school districts, local colleges and universities, and more than 50 regional businesses. The goal of these internships was to connect industries with students, training them to eventually serve as their next generation of skilled employees. The class was offered through Coastline ROP and taught by an SVUSD STEM teacher, Darin Petzold.
Recent Graduates Spend the Day at JPL Labs
A group of Orange County high school and college students spent a day at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratorywatching a test drive of a replica of the Mars Curiosity Rover, examining the Mission Control Center, and exploring an assembly room used to build satellites and other space-bound gadgets.
Towards the end of the tour, students met with JPL employees and interns who spoke to them about the paths they took that helped them land at the prestigious institute. The JPL employees told students that solid GPAs matter, but having plenty of passion, abundant curiosity and a strong work ethic are just as important. The tour aimed to encourage students to pursue careers in space exploration by showing some of the nation’s top engineers, analysts and scientists at work.
The tour included about a dozen students – four were recent high school graduates. Mark Weideman, a recent graduate of Mission Viejo High, said the JPL field trip only strengthened his decision to choose a STEM career. “The most important thing I learned today is that space is really cool,” said Mark, who enrolled at Saddleback College. “I met a lot of people today who have a passion for their job. For a student like myself, that’s very inspirational.”
Fluor Corporation Offers Opportunity for STEM Students to “Dream Big”
On September 15, 2017, Dan Moreno’s STEM students from Los Alisos Intermediate and Joella Russert’s STEM students from La Paz Intermediate were invited by our community partner, FLUOR Corporation to view the engineering inspired movie, Dream Big, Engineering Our World. The 3-D IMAX movie was privately shown on the IMAX screen at the Edwards Theater in Aliso Viejo, CA.
The movie was narrated by Jeff Bridges and journeys through some of the greatest engineering wonders around the globe. The focus is on women engineers helping communities in 3rd world countries. This movie aims to inspire students from diverse backgrounds to become our future innovators, engineers, educators and leaders in the field of STEM.
Following the movie, a large cadre of FLUOR engineers and representatives answered questions from students about STEM careers. The District is thankful for the support our STEM classes receive from the FLUOR Corporation.
El Toro High School Students Complete Guitar Build
In June 2017
Several years ago, El Toro High School teacher Doug Ford attended a week-long workshop on building guitars. It is a STEM-based project integrating math, physics and engineering concepts. For a few of the four-year pathway completers of the Engineering Drafting pathway, there was an opportunity to learn these step by step directions, the concepts in STEM fields and complete a usable guitar.
Manufacturing Day Expanded to
Manufacturing Week in 2017
With assistance from the Community College Deputy Sector Navigator for Manufacturing, Vital Link received additional funding for Manufacturing Week for 2017. Students had the opportunity to visit industry sites throughout the week of October 2nd, and also to visit Community College Engineering and Manufacturing Programs on Friday, October 6th.
On October 4th, a new SVUSD engineering drafting teacher at Mission Viejo High School, Blaise Miranda, took 20 students to an industry site – Prototype and Short Run Services – where they participated in working on the equipment.
On October 6th, Doug Ford from El Toro High School and Blaise Miranda from Mission Viejo High School took nearly 50 engineering drafting students to the Saddleback College Engineering and Manufacturing programs where students heard about careers, the community college classes in these fields and participated in hands-on activities.
Phil Ureno, engineering teacher from Trabuco Hills High School and Darin Petzold, who teaches the after school Manufacturing Engineering Technology class for ROP, brought 35 students to Orange Coast College on October 6th. The students were given the opportunity to machine a small aluminum keychain on the Haas mills and lathe, and weld a desk ornament in the welding shop.
New CTE Summer Programs Offered by SVUSD and Coastline ROP During 2017
During the summer of 2017 there were several new CTE classes offered for the first time:
Exploring Engineering – taught by Doug Ford at El Toro High School was an introduction to engineering and geared especially towards females.
Exploring Auto – taught by Patrick Sullivan at Laguna Hills High School was an introduction to automotive tools and techniques also geared especially towards females.
Engineering/Manufacturing Internship – taught by Darin Petzold (from Serrano Intermediate School and Trabuco Hills High School) placed students at business sites for 4 weeks at 15 hours per week. This class included SVUSD students as well as students from nearby school districts.
SVUSD and Coastline ROP Welcome New Teachers
and Courses for 2017-18
Phil Ureno is teaching the Engineering Drafting pathway at THHS using 3D printing techniques, CAD and robotics.
Mariana Ahmadi is teaching Architectural Design and Rapid Product Development at THHS.
Blaise Miranda is teaching the Engineering Drafting pathway, Architectural Design and Woodworking at MVHS.
Ashley Kingsbury is teaching Culinary Arts classes at LHHS.
Craig Mandelbaum is teaching Computerized Accounting at both MVHS and THHS.
Two math teachers, Nicole Muilenburg at ETHS and Navaz Kerawalla at THHS, have expanded their teaching assignments to include Computer Science classes. Computer Science is a growing field and SVUSD now has this program at three of our high schools.