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CTE students attend annual leadership training

More than 25 Yuma Union High School District students underwent leadership training and advanced public speaking training at City Hall in downtown Yuma on Friday, Aug. 17.

The students, who were from Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis and Yuma high schools, served as Career & Technical Education (CTE) ambassadors a year ago and will take on a leadership role amongst their peers in the district and statewide.

“We are learning skills so that we can train ambassadors to come and take those positions, but we’re also enhancing our way of leadership,” Cibola senior Edgar Moreno said.

The training was conducted by education guru Rachael Mann, who serves as the Director of Professional Development at West MEC after years in the classroom and a post at the Arizona Department of Education. The program covered topics such as how to conduct effective meetings, project and event planning, and officer duties, and included team-building activities that students can utilize back at their campuses.

YUHSD Executive Director of CTE Lorie Honeycutt described the purpose of bringing all of the students together. “We are training our CTE leaders in how to advance their ambassador skills from last year and take it back to the community, so that they can become trainers of our next level of leadership. They’ll be training students this year. They’ll be working in the community, doing different projects, going to advisory board meetings and touring VIPs and visitors, and more. This is just the start of that year they’ll have in Career & Technical Education.”

Many of the students in attendance will serve a dual role at the local and state level during the year, including San Luis seniors Adriana Carranza, who is Arizona’s Educators Rising President, and SkillsUSA Arizona President Melissa Moreno.

“It’s so important, especially for our community leaders, to learn public speaking skills and communication skills, and most importantly leadership skills because we really want to expand this program of Career & Technical Education,” Moreno said. “Through these trainings we will be more prepared for the year to come and really be effective with all that we’re doing.”

Eric Patten