AWC's Dhawan joins STEDY governing board

AWC's Dhawan joins STEDY governing board

  • By Rachel Estes Sun Staff Writer
  • December 26, 2020

Since 2008, Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY) has offered career and technical education – also known as CTE – opportunities to high school students across Yuma County in order to condition these emerging leaders of society for college and/or career readiness.

Joining the district’s efforts and strengthening its preexisting partnership with Arizona Western College is Reetika Dhawan, the college’s associate vice president of workforce development and career and technical education and STEDY’s newest governing board member.

Dhawan was recently appointed by Yuma County Superintendent Tom Tyree to occupy a vacant seat on the board for a two-year term, until the next general election in 2022.

“Her knowledge of career and technical education was outstanding, and we felt that she would really add a lot to their board,” said Tyree. “She’s been a really great partner with the high school district and the elementary districts as the dean of career and technical education for the college. It’s one thing to have that knowledge, and that’s very important, but she has a real can-do attitude. When something needs to be done, she steps up and gets it done.”

Dhawan moved to the United States in 2007, when she began teaching high school physics and math in Parker Unified School District.

In 2008, she took a part-time position at AWC teaching math, physics and engineering before transitioning to full-time in 2010, serving as the department chair for math and engineering in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, she was elevated to dean of career and technical education.

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Start of the 2020-2021 School Year at STEDY

Dear STEDY Family,

The Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma will begin the school year on August 10, 2020 with on-line learning. We will continue using this model until the governor announces in-person learning can resume.

Our teachers and staff are designing the student’s online instruction to be delivered through a structured, socially engaging online platform.  Although we know face-to-face instruction to be the most effective instructional model, this opportunity to deliver instruction on-line will be motivating and engaging and the learning experience will include time to collaborate and interact with friends and classmates.

We are here to support you, and we look forward to partnering with you during this unusual period of time. Please check the district website for all updates.

Parents and students will still need to attend our virtual orientation on July 28, 2020 for STEDY Arizona Western College Programs and on July 29, 2020 for STEDY Central Programs to complete the enrollment process.

We are excited to connect with our parents and students very soon.


Querida familia STEDY,

El Distrito de Educación Técnica del Suroeste de Yuma comenzará el año escolar el 10 de Agosto del 2020 con aprendizaje en línea. Continuaremos usando este modelo hasta que el gobernador anuncie que se puede reanudar el aprendizaje en persona.

Nuestros maestros y personal están diseñando la instrucción en línea del estudiante para que se entregue a través de una plataforma en línea estructurada y socialmente atractiva. Aunque sabemos que la instrucción de cara a cara es el modelo de instrucción más eficaz, esta oportunidad de impartir instrucción en línea será motivadora y atractiva, la experiencia de aprendizaje incluirá tiempo para colaborar e interactuar con amigos y compañeros de clase.

Estamos aquí para apoyarlo y esperamos asociarnos con usted durante este período inusual. Por favor, consulte el sitio web del distrito para todas las actualizaciones.

Para completar el proceso de inscripción los padres y los estudiantes aún deben asistir a nuestra orientación virtual para los Programas STEDY del Colegio Occidental Arizona el 28 de Julio del 2020  y para los Programas Centrales STEDY el 29 de Julio del 2020.

Estamos emocionados de conectarnos con nuestros padres y estudiantes muy pronto.

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