Frank Vander Horst, Chairman
Jeff Wassell, Clerk
Steve Pike, Member
Adam Thompson, Member
Leland Wieweck, Member
Bob Weir, Superintendent
Shawnna Patton, Business Manager/Board Secretary
Donna Green, Program Manager
Laurie Lozano, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator/Education Professions Instructor
Karen Amoscato, Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor
Travis Black, Construction Instructor
Steve Darby, Fire Service Instructor
Who We Are?
The Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (VACTE) was established in 2001 by approval of the citizens of the Verde Valley and Sedona. VACTE is one of fourteen Career and Technical Education Districts (CTEDs) in Arizona. Our member school districts are Camp Verde, Clarkdale/Jerome, Cottonwood/Oak Creek, Mingus Union, and Sedona Red/Rock.
Career and Technical Education Districts (CTEDs) are specialized school districts designed to deliver career and technical education (CTE) to high school students in cooperation with their member districts by providing a pathway for students to earn industry certification and college credit, as well as experience career-based learning, hands-on instruction, and leadership development through such organizations as Educators Rising, FBLA, FFA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA. VACTE supports 15 CTE programs, 20 instructors, and more than 1,700 CTE students at the three local high schools. These programs include agriculture, audio production, automotive, business, cabinetmaking, culinary arts, digital communications, digital photography, drafting, engineering, film and TV, graphic design, sports medicine, stagecraft, and welding.
VACTE has additionally established 7 CTE programs offered at locations throughout the Verde Valley which provide career training to students from the three high schools, area charter schools, and home schools. These programs include: certified nursing assistant, construction, culinary arts, fire science, medical assistant, phlebotomy, and teacher training.
A strong partnership with Yavapai College has been developed in providing dual or concurrent enrollment courses, whereby, high school students are able to earn both high school and college credits for the courses in which they are enrolled. VACTE pays for the college tuition, textbooks, and uniforms for these programs. VACTE courses also support several industry recognized licenses and certifications which the students may earn upon exit from the programs such as Arizona Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant Licensure and Arizona Firefighter I and II certification.
Our vision at VACTE is to develop a collaborative effort with all community stakeholders and work in conjunction with academic education to enhance career-based education and applied learning programs. Our goal is that all students will be inspired to make a successful transition from school-to-career and become contributing members of society.