Imperial County Office of Education https://www.icoe.org/rss.xml en Classified School Employees Week - Everyday Heroes https://www.icoe.org/news/classified-school-employees-week-everyday-heroes <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Classified School Employees Week - Everyday Heroes</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Classified School Employees Week - Everyday Heroes</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In celebration of Classified School Employees Week, please enjoy this short video! </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE99tSU1kP4&amp;feature=youtu.be </div> </div> Tue, 17 May 2016 21:59:15 +0000 todd.evangelist 244 at https://www.icoe.org STEM Fair at Witter School https://www.icoe.org/news/stem-fair-witter-school <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">STEM Fair at Witter School</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-05/IMG_7317.jpg" width="2816" height="2112" alt="STEM Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Witter Elementary student Lucas Marmolejo presents his electro-magnet project</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>(via The Desert Review)</em></p> <p><em>Brawley</em> — Myron D. Witter fifth graders held their first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fair Thursday evening in the Barbara Worth Junior High gym to finish off three months of hard work and fun.</p> <p>The gym was filled with projects from 90 fifth grade students in seven categories ranging from physical, biological, environmental, and more.</p> <p>In February, students were assigned a project to find a real world problem they wanted to work with, then come up with a solution to solve it.  Some found their way into traditional science fair projects like baking soda volcanos or research in biological and physical science experiments.  Others took this as a chance to solve a school or social problem, such as low attendance numbers, or research on other social issues.</p> <p>Awards were given out to the first, second, and third place winners in each category along with an overall winner of the STEM fair.</p> <p>According to Kelley Rodriguez, the fifth grade teacher who founded the event, the projects encouraged the students to think critically about what problems they were trying to solve. Despite all of the work that had to go into their STEM projects, the students were able to have fun with what they put together.</p> <p>“This needs to be fun,” said Rodriguez. “We gave them three months to have fun. Even students who were real hesitant, really pulled through.”</p> <p>One of the largest benefits was teaching the students to think critically.  All researched different topics and put together their projects based on the information they dug up.  In doing so, it gave the students a better understanding of what they were researching and the” four Cs”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.</p> <p>“I did learn a lot,” said Nathan Carpio, first place winner of the environmental science category who researched how to solve global warming. “I thought climate change wasn’t bad, but it really is.  I’m glad I did this.”</p> <p>One of the third place winners, Lucas Marmolejo, picked his subject from the goodness of his heart for his grandfather. “My grandfather lost his key and I want to make an invention to help him,” said Marmolejo.</p> <p>Pablo Torrez’s first place project involved turbines and researching how the power of the wind can be used for electricity.  It has given him a better appreciation of the wind turbines.</p> <p>“It makes me feel better about science and about the turbines on the way to San Diego, because I can tell people how they work now,” said Torrez.</p> <p><a href="http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg"><img alt="IMG_7312" height="390" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" src="http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=520%2C390" srcset="http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=520%2C390 520x, http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=150%2C113 150x, http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=200%2C150 200x, http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=768%2C576 768x" width="520" /></a></p> <p>The overall winner was Kathryn Caswell’s parking problem solving project, in which she designed a way to solve the problems Witter School has with traffic around K Street.  “I just thought of all the traffic problems there was and all the police that come,” said Caswell after the awards. “I didn’t think I would get anything!”</p> <p>Rodriguez and her colleagues were inspired to put together the project after attending the Google Summit in March, a conference and workshop designed to show what technologies and teaching techniques can be used in the class room to enrich student learning experiences.</p> <p>Witter teachers and students alike commented that they hope this is one school tradition they will keep running for years to come.</p> <p>-Author, Katherine Ramos</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedesertreview.com">www.thedesertreview.com</a></p> <p> </p> </div> Tue, 17 May 2016 21:47:53 +0000 todd.evangelist 243 at https://www.icoe.org Teacher Appreciation Day https://www.icoe.org/news/teacher-appreciation-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Teacher Appreciation Day</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Teacher Appreciation Day 2016</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Teachers throughout Imperial County were surprised by the ICOE Curriculum Team for National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 3, 2016).  This video gives a few highlights and a sampling of the outstanding teachers that are making a difference in the lives of students.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuF1clI2BDU&amp;feature=youtu.be</div> </div> Tue, 10 May 2016 22:23:31 +0000 todd.evangelist 239 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections May 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-may-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections May 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-05/TDM_2016_s.PNG" width="397" height="265" alt="Tech de Mayo Conference" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:28</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">One of the highlights of the Tech de Mayo Conference on May 7 was the De Anza Magnet School’s S.T.E.A.M Maker Zone. Tech de Mayo attendees had an opportunity to meet a group of 7th grade students showcasing the amazing S.T.E.A.M. projects they are working on in the classroom.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Click here for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLblJPZk8taVJrYWM" target="_blank">May 2016 </a>ICOEnnections Community Edition.</p> <p><br /> In this issue, you'll learn more about the Tech de Mayo Conference, the 3rd Annual Imperial County Student Film Festival, the Imperial County Education Career Fair, our latest training sessions, and much more!</p> </div> Tue, 10 May 2016 20:28:43 +0000 mmeza 237 at https://www.icoe.org State Award: Five schools receive Gold Ribbons https://www.icoe.org/news/state-award-five-schools-receive-gold-ribbons <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">State Award: Five schools receive Gold Ribbons</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-05/Gold%20Ribbon.PNG" width="504" height="345" alt="Five schools receive Gold Ribbons" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/07/2016 - 13:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">FROM LEFT: El Centro Elementary School District Superintendent Jon LeDoux, ECESD Board of Trustee Michael Minnix, Trustee Patti Dunnam, McKinley Elementary School Principal Patti Weeks, Trustee Charles Fisher and Imperial County Office of Education Superintendent Todd Finnell celebrate the honor at McKinley on April 29. COURTESY PHOTO</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">Five Imperial County elementary schools received the 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools Award from the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in April.</span></span></p> <p><span class="paragraph-1">The five local schools are: Margaret Hedrick Elementary School, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School and McCabe Elementary School in El Centro; and Dogwood Elementary School in Heber.</span></p> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The state honored 780 schools total in the state.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” Torlakson said in a statement. “California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award recognized middle and high schools last year.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The local schools will be honored during a ceremony May 10 in Anaheim.</p> </div> </div> Sat, 07 May 2016 20:48:20 +0000 mmeza 238 at https://www.icoe.org Eagles, Spartans split in IVL track and field meet https://www.icoe.org/news/eagles-spartans-split-ivl-track-and-field-meet <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eagles, Spartans split in IVL track and field meet</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/IVL_track.PNG" width="586" height="383" alt="Southwest High Student" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:03</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Southwest High’s Mauricio Peña competes in the boys 100 meters against Central Union High during an Imperial Valley League track and field meet on Thursday in El Centro. SERGIO BASTIDAS PHOTO</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container" id="paging_container"> <div class="content"> <p><span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">The track and field teams from Central Union and Southwest High schools met at Eagle Field for an Imperial Valley League contest and competitive display of athleticism here on Thursday afternoon.</span></span></p> <p><span class="paragraph-1">Both the Spartans and the Eagles fared well at the meet despite competing against a strong westward wind at times.</span></p> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In the end, the Eagle boys defeated Central 71-56, while the Spartan girls edged the Eagles 67-60.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In addition to battling against one another, the athletes competed against the clock such as the Eagles’ Mauricio Peña.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Peña competed in the 100 (27.10) and 200 (59.24) meter events in an effort to qualify in this year’s CIF State Track and Field Meet’s Wheelchair and Ambulatory Division. The 15-year-old sophomore, who was born with Spina bifida, began competing on the team this year and said while his start in the 100 meters could have been better he still enjoyed the thrill of competing.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“It’s really exciting,” Peña said. “I just like racing and going fast.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In attendance for Peña’s race were plenty of family, school and district support including a CIF-San Diego Section official to record his time in his events.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“This is my first time doing the 200,” Peña said.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In the girls’ 100 meter hurdles, winner Alyssa Miranda (17.84) said she felt the wind at her back helped in her race.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“I like this event because it’s exciting right from the start,” said the Eagle sophomore.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Miranda’s teammate Melany Palacio (18.27) took second in the event and agreed the event was one of her favorites.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“It’s fun because if you have a good start and get over that first hurdle it feels like you can do the rest,” Palacio said.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Palacio also topped the long jump and triple jump</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>While the sprinters likely benefited from the wind, the boys’ 1600 meter competitors battled the weather during certain portions of their race.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“I felt good and just tried to keep pushing against the wind,” said Central’s Michael Garcia who won the event in 4 mintues, 46 seconds after a strong push in the final 100 meters.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Also for the Spartans Karina Soto (13.17) topped the 100 meter dash, while Southwest’s Tyler Saikhon (52.98) won the 400 meters and the 300 meter hurdles ((41.15) and teammate Romeo Corona (15.54) topped the 110 meter hurdles.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Sports Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at 760-337-3434 or <a href="mailto:klopez@ivpressonline.com">klopez@ivpressonline.com</a></p> </div> </div> <div class="page_navigation service-members" style=""> </div> <div class="clear"> </div> <div class="service-members blox-story-tagline service-members" style=""> <p>Sports Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at <a href="mailto:klopez@ivpressonline.com">klopez@ivpressonline.com</a> or 760-337-3434.</p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:03:06 +0000 mmeza 234 at https://www.icoe.org Children’s Fair delights Valley youth with kid-friendly outdoor activities https://www.icoe.org/news/children’s-fair-delights-valley-youth-kid-friendly-outdoor-activities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Children’s Fair delights Valley youth with kid-friendly outdoor activities</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/news%20photo.JPG" width="542" height="594" alt="Children&#039;s Fair " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/18/2016 - 13:54</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Isabella Gerardo, fourth-grader at Heber School, crafts a clay bowl at the 37th annual Children&#039;s Fair at Bucklin Park on Saturday. </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As many know, Kermit the Frog sings, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green” but Imperial County Child Abuse Prevention Council reminds residents, it is never easy being a parent and you are not alone.</p> <p>The CAP Council’s 37th annual Children’s Fair thrilled young and formerly young alike at Bucklin Park on Saturday. When launched by founders Peggy Calvin and Sue Talley there was just 12 vendors and 200 children but it has grown to 100 vendors and an attendance of 15,000, noted Yvette Garcia, CAP Council executive director.</p> <p>“What we want to do is help parents be effective communicators and disciplinarians without corporal punishment,” said Garcia. “This is a public awareness day to spread the mission of strengthening families.”</p> <p>Co-sponsor, Imperial County Office of Education, made it their mission to inform young people about the dangers of tobacco and asked youngsters to sign a pledge not to smoke, noted Brenda San Roman, ICOE prevention specialist and 15-year fair veteran.</p> <p>“What keeps me coming back, is every child matters and knowing that you make a difference to help children make healthy choices,” said San Roman.</p> <p>But of course the fair’s accent was accelerating the fun meter and helping gin up excitement was the Imperial Valley Desert Museum booth. There, children explored their artistic side crafting clay bowls.</p> <p>Isabella Gerardo, fourth-grader at Heber Elementary School was absorbed in kneading the clay dough like an artisanal master.</p> <p>“It’s really creative,” said Isabella. “We don’t get to do much crafts at school but at home I like to draw Mog the cat faces.”</p> <p>Jessica Sanchez, Isabella’s aunt was visiting from her home in Irvine but is from El Centro and thought the weather was perfect for the fair.</p> <p>“It’s (fair) really great for children in the Valley because it’s isolated and you usually have to drive over the mountain for kid’s attractions,” she said.</p> <p>Getting a grip at the steering wheel of a city fire truck was William Luevano, student at the Christian Child Care Pre-School. Although a bit of a stretch, William enjoyed exploring the dash accessories but he aspires to a medical career rather than an emergency response agency.</p> <p>“I’m going to be a doctor,” he said. “I want to fix the heart.”</p> <p>Parents Elizabeth and Marcus Luevano noted they are regulars at the fair.</p> <p>“The kids have a good time every year and it’s very family-friendly.” Said Elizabeth Luevano.</p> <p>Having fun at the event was Estrella Estrada, fifth-grader from the McCabe Elementary School.</p> <p>“It’s good because I get to do the hoola-hoop,” said Estrella. “At home I play with our dogs, Sam, Bruno and Buddy.”</p> <p>Estrella’s father, Miguel Noyala called the fair an awesome event.</p> <p>“I have four kids and any opportunity they can have to get away from the iPad and go outdoors is a great idea,” he said.</p> <p>Performing in their fearsome yet garishly colored masks was the Calexico Marshal Arts Academy. Leader David Sandoval put students through their paces as they completed a lion’s dance routine. Sandoval called the fair a good opportunity to open doors for the community to come together and support local civic groups.</p> <p>Francisco Lozano is a fifth-grader at the Duel Elementary School and is studying Kung Fu at the martial arts academy.</p> <p>“It was a great (the lion’s dance) opportunity to get outdoors and have some fun,” said Francisco.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>William Roller, Staff Writer<br /> Imperial Valley Press</em></p> </div> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:54:50 +0000 dresden.caston 229 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections April 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-april-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections April 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/ACSA_small.jpg" width="300" height="245" alt="ACSA Administrators of the Year for region 18" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/11/2016 - 13:44</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Congratulations to Danette Morell from Central Union High School District and Monalisa Vitela from Imperial County Office of Education for being recognized as ACSA Administrators of the Year for Region 18.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Click here for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLblJPZk8taVJrYWM" target="_blank">April 2016 </a>ICOEnnections Community Edition.<br /> In this issue, you'll learn more about the upcoming Higher Education Week II, the Imperial County Education Career Fair, our latest academic events, and much more!</p> </div> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:44:38 +0000 mmeza 219 at https://www.icoe.org Students with special needs discover potential career paths at Transition Fair https://www.icoe.org/news/students-special-needs-discover-potential-career-paths-transition-fair <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Students with special needs discover potential career paths at Transition Fair</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/Transition%20Fair.PNG" width="592" height="396" alt="2016 Transition Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 03/19/2016 - 13:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Students talk to a U.S. Navy representative during the Transition Fair at Imperial Valley College on Friday. </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">More than 400 students with </span></span> <span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">special needs </span></span> <span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">from local schools took part in the 10th annual Transition Fair on Friday morning on the Imperial Valley College campus.</span></span></p> <p><span class="paragraph-1">The fair is held in partnership between Imperial Valley College, Imperial County Special Education Local Plan Area and the San Diego Regional Center.</span></p> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The transition fair began 10 years ago as an effort to give special education students in the Valley who are juniors or seniors in high school the opportunity to obtain information about adult and training programs available for them after high school.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“The goal is to get the students exposed to the IVC campus, help them see the different options that they have, the vocational training they can participate in and also agencies that can provide the support for them,” said Employment Developer for SELPA Sylvia Lemus.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Most of the students had the opportunity to take part in campus tours to get familiar with the IVC and the services available.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The students also had the opportunity to learn more about the services that IVC Disabled Student Programs and Services has at its disposal, financial aid and its process and vocational training opportunities with the Center for Employment Training.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“The breakout sessions are coordinated with the intention of letting students know what is available on and off campus,” Lemus said. “Our goal is to help them prepare for employment, be able to be prepared so that when they go to the workforce they can be successful.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The wealth of information that the students can get from the fair is something that teachers feel is extremely valuable as the student start to consider different possibilities for a career path.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“It is amazing the students get to meet with the agencies face to face. All of our needs are different and the students can at their leisure meet with the people they want to learn more about,” said Jarene Schneider, a special education teacher at Holtville High School. “Teachers can also get information for students needs and bring those agencies into the classroom. It really makes a difference.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Ernesto Hernandez, a junior from Southwest High School, took advantage of the fair to approach a representative of the U.S. Navy and was pleased to find out that they offered a career path that aligns with what he intends to do.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“I’m trying to get a career in welding, that’s why I’m here,” he said. “They (the Navy) have welding careers so I became interested in them.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In the 10 years since the fair has being held the amount of students and schools that participate has grown exponentially.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Lemus said that the first year the fair had 20 agencies, 42 students and two breakout sessions. This year the fair had more than 400 students and more than 40 agencies participating.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Schneider said that on top of the impressive growth of the event one of the things that she has observed is the enthusiasm from the students to take advantage of the opportunity.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“At the beginning of the school year they start asking when it is going to be,” Schneider said. “It’s an event they look forward to get information. It’s very rewarding to watch the students grow and get an idea of what they want to do after high school.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>After all the sessions and visit with the agencies the students anxiously awaited the drawing of prizes.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>A total of 61 prizes that were donated by members of the community, agencies and the college were given out to finish the day on a high note. Lemus said that last year 17 were given and said she was very thankful for the support from the community.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>She said such a large event requires a lot of effort and coordination between agencies, schools and teachers who do an outstanding job with the students.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“Teachers play an important role. We’re fortunate to have people who honestly care about their students and their futures,” Lemus said. “Without them we couldn’t do this, the Imperial Valley is very fortunate, our special education directors are excellent. The partnership with the school districts is essential in order to make this successful.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Staff Writer Edwin Delgado can be reached at <a href="mailto:edelgado@ivpressonline.com">edelgado@ivpressonline.com</a></p> </div> </div> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 20:57:06 +0000 mmeza 220 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections March 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-march-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections March 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-03/BEST2.PNG" width="402" height="218" alt="BEST Update" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/14/2016 - 09:53</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Click here for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLTl9tMGlBeTBObms" target="_blank">March 2016 </a>ICOEnnections Community Edition.<br /> In this issue, you'll learn more about our upcoming Education Career Fair, our latest academic events, and much more!</p> </div> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:53:26 +0000 mmeza 214 at https://www.icoe.org