Career / Technical Education


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Welcome to the world of  Career Technical Education

 

Clovis Unified School District Career Technical Education Vision and Mission statements were recently created by a team of teachers, counselors, and administration.

Our Vision - To strive to be America's leader in exemplary Career Technical Education.

Our Mission - Clovis Unified School District provides innovative Career Technical Education through high quality, rigorous educational pathways developed in partnership with business and industry allowing students to pursue their passions while becoming college and career ready.


What is Career Technical Education? 

Career Technical Education are educational pathways that focus on a specific industry field.  Students take all the required courses necessary for graduation and/or college entrance, but their electives focus on an industry field that they have an interest in possibly working as a career.  In these classes, students learn real life technical skills based on industry standards.  Courses are project based and can be very rigorous while at the same time exciting and fun. Several classes take field trips to the industry they are studying.  Students earn industry certifications in most of the pathways, work in community classrooms (meaning out of school in a professional field), and in some courses earn college credit.  

Buchanan currently offers other CTE courses that are not currently in a pathway.  They still are project based courses and teaches real world skills that can be used in securing employment after high school.  These courses include Basic Auto, Basic Woodworking & Intermediate Woodworking.

Buchanan's goal is to see that all pathways will in the near future earn some type of college credit in their pathway.

 

What is a Pathway and which ones are offered at Buchanan?

There are 15 Sectors in CTE (Career Technical Education) and within each Sector are different Pathways.  A Pathway will have an introductory class, a concentrator course (more detail), and a capstone course (which includes community classroom, internships, high level skill development, & certifications).  

Pathways at Buchanan include:

Patient Care - Focus on Sports Medicine, Athletic Training & we are currently writing an intro course Allied Health.

Production and Managerial Arts - Videography and film production

Food Service and Hospitality - Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Education - Courses developed to grow new teachers

Environmental Engineering  - Biological Links to Energy and Environment, Chemistry/Environmental Engineering-Water, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principals of Engineering

Environmental Resources -  Biological Links to Energy and Environment, Chemistry/Environmental Engineering-Water, Environmental Sustainability, Energy Technology 1

Pathways under construction include:

Entrepreneurship - Marketing, Business Finance, Entrepreneurship

Media and Design Arts - Digital Photography, Journalism & Production, Yearbook Publication

 

CTE Teachers with and the Pathways they are involved:

Patient Care - Kelly Bettencourt      kellybettencourt@cusd.com                website

Kelly Bettencourt is a Certified Athletic Trainer who received her degree from California State University Fresno  in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. She earned her credential from Fresno Pacific University. Kelly was certified as an Athletic Trainer in 1999.   She worked in physical therapy for a couple of years, then worked for OmniMotion (a durable medical company) for 6 years before opening her own athletic training business and running it 2005 to 2014. Her passion is teaching juniors/seniors all aspects of the sports medicine fields so they can decide if they want to pursue a career in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Fitness. Real life skills. She is married and has three kids, Jake 13, Chris 10, and Allyson 8.

Production and Managerial Arts - Dan Pearce   danielpearce@cusd.com                   website

Dan Pearce graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television.  He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and had a twenty year career in film and tv as an editor at Technicolor Creative Services in Hollywood. There he worked on a variety of shows over the years like That 70’s Show, CSI Miami and Big Bang Theory, to name just a few. Now entering his fifth year as a teacher and having the time of his life as he guides and tries to inspire some very creative students here at Buchanan. After a lifetime worth of very cool jobs, he considers this to be the best and most rewarding job of all. Additionally, he has been married for 21 years and has two children that attend school here at the Buchanan Educational Center. 

Food Service and Hospitality - George Bonanno      georgebonanno@cusd.com           

George Bonanno has his B.A. in Social Science from ASU. He has a Masters in Higher Education from Ashford University and a Masters in Teaching from National University. He worked in the food service and hospitality industry for over twenty years. He has owned three restaurants and a catering company. He also has a Real Estate License and purchases investment properties part time. He has been coaching high school football for twenty eight years and is enjoying his second career as an educator. He looks forward to working with his students and considers his teaching career as the most fulfilling job he has ever had. He is starting his fourth year at Buchanan and looks forward to twenty more.

Education - Sara Hanson       sarahanson@cusd.com            website

Sara Hanson loves being a teacher and her favorite aspect of the job is hearing the new and exciting perspectives of her students as they delve into learning about the field of education. Her passion for teaching began when she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University and was solidified in the completion of her credential and Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction at Fresno State University. In addition to her classroom duties, Mrs. Hanson is also the English department chair, a BTSA support provider, the teacher leader for the Teaching Pathway, as well as the yearbook adviser. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband who is also an educator and competing in horse shows. 

Entrepreneurship - Linda Bone       lindabone@cusd.com

Linda Bone is a graduate of Clovis West and Fresno State.  She earned a B.S. in business with an option in marketing and has a Masters in educational administration.  Linda is inspired by her students who have taught her that everyone has strengths, and considers it her job to tap into those strengths, and equip them to achieve. She believes that the greatest gift in teaching is having a front row seat when a student discovers a new found passion, works hard, and achieves beyond their imagination.  Linda has been married over 20 years with a daughter in 11th grade and a son in 6th grade.

Media and Design Arts - Will Herring & Sara Hanson    williamherring@cusd.com   website    sarahanson@cusd.com    website

William Herring grew up in Sacramento, CA; after high school, he joined the US Army as a US Cavalry Scout. While in the military, he was stationed in Germany with the 1st ID, then in Fort Knox with a training unit. After the Army, he joined the National Guard as a Military Journalist and developed an interest in photography. He attended CSU Sacramento, majoring in Art Education, and furthered his education in photography, painting, and drawing. After college, Will worked for a tech firm in Cupertino, CA as a tech writer, graphic artist, and product photographer. Responsibilities included studio lighting techniques to photograph products, create graphics for manuals/ sales brochures, and use Photoshop to create an image for client proposals. He and his wife moved to Fresno after she took a job with the USDA. They have a young daughter that he photographs so often that when she sees a camera she either says, "No pictures" or "Mine, I take pictures!" 

Sara Hanson has been working with students for twenty years to make the Endeavor yearbook one of the best in the Valley. In addition to being an English teacher, she owns and operates a graphic design and editing business, Red Ink Designs, working with various organizations in Fresno County. Mrs. Hanson was the editor on Celebrating the Journey: 150 Years of Fresno County and Beyond which details the history of our local region and was a co-author/editor on The Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition which celebrates notable athletes from Fresno County. Editing, layout and design are her passions and she shares her expertise with students interested in graphic arts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, competing in horse shows, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Engineering Design - Kendia Herrington & Daniel Samarin  kendiaherrington@cusd.com     website     danielsamarin@cusd.com     

Kendia Herringtonattended CSU, Monterey Bay (so she is a fighting otter ) where she earned a  Bachelors’ of Science in Earth Systems Science & Policy (emphasis on chemistry and water law); credential in chemistry.  She currently is a MAVEN Educator Ambassador through UC Berkeley & NASA, and an educator volunteer with Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Kendia has been GPS Trimble Certified, Andrew Molera State Park volunteer, and did her senior thesis on Water Quality Analysis on Locke-Paddon Park Pond in Marina, CA.  Kendia has been in education for 14 years, 13 of which have been in the K-12 area and the remaining at the college level including college science for non-science majors and pre-service for teachers.  Her hobbies include: Travel, nature photography, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, bicycling

Daniel Samarin attended UC Santa Barbara where he graduated with a Bachelors’ of Science in Mechanical Engineering and credentialed in Physics. He worked in industry for several years. Having worked as a design engineer in the wine industry, consumer products, and technical support engineer in commercial HVAC. Daniel has been in education for 2 years at the high school level.  

Environmental Resources - Richard Kinney & Sasha Ludwig   richardkinney@cusd.com    website     sashaludwig@cusd.com    website

Sascha Ludwig teaches the Biological Links to Energy and the Environment. He grew up in Clovis and went to Buchanan High School, graduating class of 2009! After high school, he attended Fresno Pacific University, where he received his bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in environmental sustainability and chemistry. Sascha played water polo and swam during his time at Buchanan and Fresno Pacific. He is currently the Director of Sport for Girl’s Water Polo at Buchanan High School, and also help with swimming. He is in the process of getting my Masters in Environmental Policy through Kaplan University. Sascha shares that he loves what he does and is excited to be a Bear once again! Once a Bear always a Bear!!      

Richard Kinney has created, and helped develop, hundreds of science labs, projects, activities and is a long time presenter at the California Science Teachers Association Conferences, sharing the labs and activities he has created or modified.  He stresses the importance of bridging the gap between science and literacy, creating many reading assignments about current science and science history to aid in preparing students to become better readers.

Mr. Kinney received his BA degree in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Fresno and later received his teaching credential there as well. Richard was trained as electronics technician in his tour with the U.S. Navy-Reserve. Richard was CLS’s 2015 Region 7 High School Teacher of the Year and Selected as Fresno State University 2016 Kremen School of Education Noted Alumni

Mr. Kinney has taught middle school physical science for 24 years and High School for 5 years. During this time Mr. Kinney earned his Private Pilot Certificate and has been a member and newsletter editor of the Central Valley Astronomers club. Mr. Kinney has coached Science fair, Science Olympiad, Lego Robotics mentored the Buchanan High School FIRST Robotics team, and represents his colleagues as a Faculty Senator. Mr. Kinney has spent the past 6 summers working with NASA and Fresno State teaching STEM to future teachers.

In addition to his teaching schedule Richard was the coordinator for Clovis Unified School District’s Energy and Environmental Research Center at Buchannan High School from Fall of 2014-Spring of 2015.

His current focus is to incorporate the NASA’s Engineering Design Process and Reading Apprenticeship strategies into secondary education as we implement the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

      

CTE Courses that are non-pathway

Basic Auto, Basic Woodworking & Intermediate Woodworking - Scott January    scottjanuary@cusd.com    website

Scott January graduated from Clovis West High School and then attended Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo. He graduated with a BS Degree in Industrial Technology. He began working in the NHRA drag racing community where he campaigned a Top Fuel Dragster for two full seasons.  He worked for 3 years in the drag racing industry before beginning his teaching tenure at Buchanan High School in 1991. Scott has been married to Janet for 25 years and have one child Katie who is a senior in high school.