Happy New Year! January is an interesting time of the year. New Year resolutions are made. Some are kept. And some are not. Although we reach our lowest temperatures of the year, spring approaches. There is much anticipation for new beginnings. It is also an interesting time for school districts. For most, it marks the start of the spring semester. Students and staff have returned from the winter recess and are energized to complete the school year with continued success.
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”
– Simon Sinek, author and motivational speaker
At STEDY, we see each day as an opportunity to create economic prosperity. We help drive this philosophy by providing opportunities for students to acquire skills and earn industry certification.
As an organization founded on collaboration, we measure success by the extent to which we are able to create mutual benefit for our students and community members.
This spirit of collaboration is the foundation of the programs we offer. By identifying industry needs for skilled and qualified employees and the interest of students, we are positioned to enable economic success and individual prosperity. An example of this is our new computer coding program. Industry has identified the need for a well-qualified workforce to implement and support technology. Students too have identified an interest in learning and acquiring these skills. Together, the need for industry and student interest enable us to develop robust programs that meets the needs of all.
We recognize the success of a program does not simply come from industry need, but also from offering a positive student experience. A few ways that we plan to enhance a positive student experience include allowing students to apply for a STEDY program online. Our website, https://www.stedycte.org includes an easy way for students to begin the enrollment process. Simply look for and click the “Enroll Today” logo on our front page.
Because we thrive when our community and students thrive, we support numerous projects and causes that align with our mission. Last December, we supported the Education Professions program, and students involved in Educator’s Rising promoting early childhood literacy, by acquiring and donating over 400 children’s books. In addition, we support student participation in career and technical student organizations, such as Skills USA by chairing local competitions. Both these efforts demonstrate our commitment to programs and efforts that benefit our students and community.
As we start a new year, STEDY will continue to work hard to promote economic development and skill attainment for students, so we can thrive together. On behalf of the entire STEDY team, I wish you a prosperous and happy new year.
As a “baby boomer” education today is much different from when I went to high school. Gone are the days when we sat in rows and read aloud from textbooks. The lesson plans of yester-year contained exercises that would measure my rote memory. My, how things have changed! No longer do we hear “what do you want to do when you grow up?” Instead, students today hear, “what problems do you want to solve?” The expectations educators have these days are to prepare students for jobs that don’t even exist. However, since time flies so fast, those jobs will be here before we know it and to prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s workforce, the Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY) has arisen.
As any teacher can tell you, they spend a lot of time on thinking. They spend a lot of time planning, assessing and evaluating thinking. And as an educator for nearly 30 years, I too have done my share of thinking about thinking. But, you don’t need to be a teacher to enjoy thinking about thinking.