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Welcome to WAVE JTED—Western Arizona Vocational Education Joint Technical District

WAVE is a Joint Technical Education District with five partner high schools across two counties...read more

News:

WAVE is presented the "Business and Education Leader" award by The Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce! Read article in Lake Havasu News-Herald.

WAVE JTED has new superintendent: Kingman Daily Miner.

See the new WAVE "Fire Science" video! View other WAVE videos and more on the Concurrent Enrollment page.

Visit the new Central Culinary Arts & Business Campus webpage HERE.

The next regular Board Meeting will be July 1 at 5:30pm.

Western Arizona Vocational Education
Joint Technical Education District
“State of the District” Superintendent’s report
June 2015

The Western Arizona Vocational Education JTED has issued its third and final payment for the 2014-2015 school year. Total payments to the satellite districts this year were $1,721,478. The Joint Technical Education District comprises the high schools in Kingman, Bullhead City, Parker, and Lake Havasu. Intergovernmental agreements allow for the schools to receive three payments per year. The WAVE is in the sixth year of operation. Our operating budget this past year was $3,258,785.

Schools receive payments based on the number of students enrolled in career and technical education classes and the students who are members of specialized student competition organizations. This year the directors submitted zero based budget requests and worked from those figures, allowing for mid-year revisions if necessary. Payments received throughout the year were as follows: Lake Havasu: $536,212, Kingman: $477,876, CRUHSD: $499,940, and Parker: $207,050. In addition to these amounts the schools also collected Classroom Site Fund dollars totaling $206,000 to be shared among the partner districts.

This was a groundbreaking year for WAVE JTED as we opened a central campus in a building we own and operate in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The building houses a culinary arts and a business school. Students from all over the area can attend daytime and nighttime classes in the facility. The WAVE was able to purchase the building with accumulated capital funds and the remodel and equipment cost is financed through Mohave State Bank. The site is over 5,000 square feet and has been well received by the community. A partnership is forming with Mohave Community College. The building is beautiful.

WAVE was proud to aid in the funding for sending over 60 students to national competitions in three different states. These students had all earned the honor of competing by placing first and a gold medal at the state level of competition. With the state of the economy on everyone's mind, JTEDs have emerged as one of the most promising prospects for Arizona students and employers. At a time when jobs are relatively scarce for graduates of four year colleges and opportunities very limited for unskilled workers, there is an abundance of well paying "get ahead" jobs for people with technical skills and training.

The Governing Board and staff of WAVE continue to strive to improve and expand programs which prepare students for jobs of the future. In partnership with Mohave Community College, and Arizona Western College, a growing number of programs are designed not only to provide students with an industry certification, but an associate degree as well. These certificates are transferable to other regions of the country and the associate degrees are recognized by colleges and universities throughout the nation. Total tuition expenses this year were $141,533.

Examples of college courses funded by WAVE JTED include Computer Information Systems, Early Childhood Education, Certified Production Technician, Automotive Technology, Nursing Assistant, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Welding, Fire Sciences, Law and Public Safety, Culinary Arts, and Visual Arts. The goal is for students to receive recognized industry certifications and enable them to obtain an Associate of Arts or bachelor's degree in the future.

With these varied credentials, the employability of students who complete our programs is excellent. Not only does this afford them with a well paying job upon leaving high school, but also serves as a means to continue their education if desired.

The working budget is expected to be $4,831,784 for the 15-16 school year.

Amy West will be the new superintendent. I retire June 24. It has been a supreme pleasure to serve this district. Sincerely, Betsy Parker, WAVE Superintendent

The Western Arizona Vocational Education public meeting notices are physically posted at 700 W. Beale, Kingman Arizona in the front lobby of the Mohave County Building, main floor. This website will host the information also. Meeting notice information and agendas are also sent to the partner high school district superintendents. The district offices of KUSD #20, CRUHSD #2, LHUSD # 1, and PUHSD # 27 can all provide access to the information.