Winchester City

AP/Elective Fair Night

Categories: Winchester City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

We hosted an AP/Elective Fair Night before we begin our course registration process. A great opportunity for students & families to learn more about our electives we offer. We had over 500 in attendance and over 50 interactive tables displayed and managed by students and teachers. A powerful way to introduce electives and encourage enrollment.

Contact:

Amy Zimmerman
Director of Counselors/Student Services
zimmerman@wps.k12.va.us
540-662-3471


Building Teamwork and Enhancing Problems Solving Skills through Building BMX Bikes

Categories: Winchester City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Daniel Morgan Middle School initiated a program to promote teamwork and the enhancement of problem solving skills through the construction of BMX bikes. The program encourages teams of 2 or 3 to work together to build and test their very own BMX bike. Each team is provided the parts and tools needed to assemble and BMX while at school. Upon completion of the build, the scholars ride to nearby BMX track to test their bikes. They are encouraged to make adjustments and hypothesize what adjustments to different features of the bike will have on the controls of the bike. Scholars are able to personalize their bikes by adjusting the seat high, handlebar angle, tire pressure and more. This program promotes the college and career skills needed to work together to solve problems while simultaneously teaching scholars how to use hand tools. Scholars participated in the program during school in the fall and will participate as part of the after school program in the spring. We are also planning on implementing a program over the summer months.

Contact:

Jerry Putt
Principal
puttj@wps.k12.va.us
540.667.7171


Health Sciences

Categories: Winchester City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Winchester Public Schools (WPS) is proud to announce the addition of Medical Laboratory Technology to our Health Science Program. Medical Laboratory Technology was made possible by the generosity of the Claude Moore Foundation. WPS’s Medical Lab program is unique due to the instructor, Randall Gasper. On February 4th, Randall Gasper was approved by the American Medical Certification Association to be a testing proctor for Phlebotomy Technician. This groundbreaking initiative will enable high school students to take the nationally recognized examination that is traditionally associated with college programs. This is a positive for the Winchester Community whose demand for both medical laboratory assistants and phlebotomists is projected to grow 27% by 2022. Students who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to work in these critical shortage areas with medical industries such as our health-care partner Valley Health.

Contact:

James Robertson
Innovation, CTE & Business Partnerships Coordinator
robertsonj@wps.k12.va.us
540-398-8871