We had 310 students complete one of our Summer Academy courses. We offered 16 career discovery courses, representing various career pathways. Students earned a .5 high school elective credit.
This summer, NEWTech served as the educational partner for the Avista Utilities' Energy Pathways Academy and the Spokane Workforce Council's Skilled Trades Academy. The Energy Pathways Academy provided students the opportunity to discover what a career in the energy field can offer through hands-on experience and job shadowing at Avista. The Skilled Trades Academy included safety instruction (First Aid/CPR), industry tours and speakers, certification training (forklift and flagging). In addition to earning high school credit, the students who completed the Energy Pathways or the Skilled Trades Academy earned a cash stipend.
We welcomed our awesome staff back on August 26th. The following instructors are beginning their first year of teaching at NEWTech:
Anna Bruno (Pre-Nursing Assistant)
Charissa Graham (Pre-Medical Assisting)
Kim Coleman (Pre-Veterinary Assisting)
Jacob Botnen (Automotive Technology)
Cynthia Monroe (Culinary Arts)
We participated in Character Strong training and rolled out our 21st century professional skills rubrics and lessons as part of our beginning of the year professional development.
This summer, Dennis Koentopp retired from teaching. Dennis taught Automotive Technology, at NEWTech, for 34 years. He will be greatly missed. We had an opportunity to congratulate him and wish him well at our staff luncheon.
Students started their NEWTech classes on August 29th. We have 825 students enrolled in NEWTech and nearly all our programs are full with lengthy waitlists! We have nearly 160 students earning academic credits through NEWTech Academics.
Student Spotlight: Lashayla Turner
Lashayla is a senior at North Central High School and is enrolled in our Pre-Medical Assisting program, here at NEWTech. Last year, Lashayla completed our Pre-Nursing Assistant program. She recently passed her Nursing Assistant Certification written and competency (performance) based assessment on her first attempt (this is a 3 hr. assessment)! As part of her Pre-Nursing Assisting class, Lashayla completed a 60 hr. clinical rotation at Regency at Northpointe, a senior-living long term care provider. The Regency staff were very impressed with her and she was hired by Regency this past summer and currently works four hours a week while she completes her senior year of high school. After she graduates from high school, Lashayla plans to continue her nursing studies and training either at Washington State University or Eastern Washington University. She wants to specialize in pediatric nursing. Lashayla is most appreciative of the training she received from Kate Hagan, her Pre-Nursing Assistant instructor, last year.
Students in our Pre-Nursing Assisting class using Glow Germ to determine if they have met industry standard on the hand hygiene (hand washing) competency. Glow Germ contains simulated germs, and the black light illuminates them to test the student's effectiveness and proficiency with regards to the hand hygiene standard.
NEWTech will be hosting a Trades and Financial Aid Night on October 3rd, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Students will be able to learn about the various trades/apprenticeship options and get assistance with applying for college financial aid.
Classes will not be in session at NEWTech on October 11th, this will be a professional development day for our staff.
Classes will be in session and on a regular schedule on October 25th, even though this is a Lid Day for our host district.
Spotlighting the exciting things happening at NEWTech!