By Naomi Hatch
Six Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) Fire Science students competed in the Region 4 Skills USA competition recently, and did very well. Mariah Willis took second place, Daniel Grimsley came in third and Jeannine Clark was fourth. Also competing were Loren Claw, Dentrick Jones and Lane Turley.
Students took a written test and performed fire fighting skills such as carrying, positioning and raising a ladder, coupling, loading and dragging a hose, and firefighter drag or carry rescues.
Willis and Grimsley will be competing in state Skills USA April 14-17. The Fire Science program is offered to juniors and seniors at the Northern Arizona Training Center (NATC) in Taylor.
SHS was the fifth school in the White Mountains to join NAVIT and partner with Northland Pioneer College (NPC), which allows students to earn high school credits as well as credits from NPC, explained NAVIT Superintendent Matt Weber, who made a presentation to the Snowflake Unified School District Governing Board in March.
NAVIT is one of 13 joint technological education districts in Arizona, the second formed in the state and the first in a rural area.
The district covers 13,000 square miles in Apache, Gila and Navajo counties, and serves 11 public school districts, including Blue Ridge, Heber-Overgaard, Round Valley, Show Low, Snowflake, St. Johns, Holbrook, Joseph City, Winslow, Payson and Whiteriver. There are no brick and mortar buildings, because they found that money could be saved if existing facilities were used.
The two primary purposes of NAVIT are to provide an additional funding stream to individual high school satellite Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and to provide additional CTE program offerings at the community college hubs such as the White Mountain Campus in Show Low and the Silver Creek Campus in Snowflake.
NAVIT provides dual enrollment textbooks to SHS students, pays tuition and fees for dual courses, and pays $12,000 toward a career technician’s salary, as well as covering state certification.
Each Snowflake CTE student generates an extra .25 ADM (average daily membership), which is approximately $900 per student, and NAVIT pays 65 percent of maintenance and operations, and 40 percent of capital outlay funds to member districts, which is used toward the individual CTE satellite programs.
CTE programs offered in Snowflake include business, networking, media communications, graphics, construction and agriculture, and a total of 603 students enrolled in CTE the 2013 fiscal school year.
The NAVIT program offers cosmetology, nursing assistant, auto technician, welding, medical assistant and fire science.
For more information on NAVIT, go online to navitschool.org or call Weber at 536-6100.
By Naomi Hatch