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Exploring careers at STEDY & Yuma ABEC's summer camp

Over 160 middle schoolers registered to partake in the Career Exploration Camp offered by the Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY) and the Yuma Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC) this week.

Between STEDY’s central campus and the University of Arizona Yuma, campers learned firsthand about digital animation, mental health, law and public safety, medical assisting, sports medicine, agriculture and food science and nutrition and human performance. Each day, students rotated through two of the eight available modules and learned basics of the subject along with career opportunities in its field.

Animation Instructor and student

An internship is at the very core of career and technical education (CTE) according to Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY) Superintendent Tom Tyree. Why? Because it’s hands-on learning by doing, and as STEDY continues to grow, he hopes to foster a deeper partnership between business and education so that students can have access to practical mentorship and businesses can receive more recognition in the process.

Cosmetology Interview with the Sun Newspaper

To become a cosmetologist in Yuma, the closest option is to study and become certified in Phoenix. But come fall 2023, students at the Yuma Union High School District will finally be able to study for and obtain cosmetology certification locally at little to no cost, thanks to a partnership between the district and the Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY).

STEDY Superintendent Tom Tyree and YUHSD Associate Superintendent Tim Brienza shared that the partnership will repurpose a classroom space in Vista High School to serve as a cosmetology lab. Up to 40 students will be able to study in the first year – each section taught containing a maximum of 20 students – and another 40 will be added in the second

students win medals at regional competiotion




Region 1 Leadership & Skills Championship 2023

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