Alfredo I. Velásquez, Santa Cruz County School Superintendent, sponsored a Grants Reception on April 12, 2018. Participants from both Healthy Student and CREO/Youth Career Connect programs were honored as funding for both grants comes to an end.
The Healthy Student grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education provided extensive training, program materials and counselors at each of the elementary schools in both Nogales and Rio Rico. Much of the focus was on school-wide programs which included Character Counts, Kelso’s Choice and support of “Be Kind” initiative. Additional training and development for student support systems in small groups and individualized interventions were also included as part of the program.
The CREO/Youth Career Connect program features the Metromatemáticas two- year course elective at Rio Rico High School and Nogales High School, including the Lean Six Sigma Practicum. In addition to the course, students are prepared for future career awareness opportunities. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through Pima County, supported teachers and counselors who contributed to the success of the program. Local business and industry volunteers also provided valuable input and support.
Grant program directors, Maya Donnelly and Teresa Sprigg organized the well-attended event.