MUSD’s be.tech seeks com­mu­nity help with pro­gram

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By ROSE AL­BANO RISSO

Man­teca Uni­fied’s Be.tech pro­gram is on the move.

Tonight, the dis­trict’s char­ter high school, be.tech, is hav­ing its first bi-an­nual Ad­vi­sory Board din­ner. Aptly demon­strat­ing the suc­cess thus far of this vo­ca­tional pro­gram is the role that one of vo­ca­tional pro-

gram’s cur­rent acad­e­mies is play­ing at the board’s din­ner events — the Culi­nary Arts. An­drew Griggs and his stu­dents are cater­ing the din­ner, some­thing that the class has done nu­mer­ous times since it opened six years ago at the launch­ing of be.tech academy.

The ad­vi­sory board’s role, as ex­plained by Prin­ci­pal Carey Si­moni, is “to help ad­vise be.tech with the spe­cific tech­ni­cal and soft skills the in­dus­try is look­ing for as well as to cre­ate per­sonal con­nec­tions for stu­dent in­tern­ships and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­hance stu­dent learn­ing.”

The suc­cess story of be.tech, to date, is man­i­fested by num­bers in the lat­est tally pro­vided by Si­moni, with to­tal number of grad­u­ates since 2012 now reach­ing nearly 200.

First, the vo­ca­tional pro­grams now avail­able to high school stu­dents who go this route earn­ing two diplo­mas, and not just one, when they grad­u­ate. There four that are now of­fered and their re­spec­tive cur­rent en­roll­ments: Culi­nary Arts (be.cui­sine, 40), First Re­spon­ders (be.first, 30), In­dus­tri­als (be. in­dus­trial, 30), and Com­puter and Game De­sign (be.next, 35).

Be.tech’s snap­shot by num­bers show the fol­low­ing suc­cess pic­ture as well.

▶ En­roll­ment to­tals by grade: 27 in ninth grade, 25 in tenth grade, 24 in eleventh grade, and 59 in twelfth grade. A stu­dent has to be in the ninth grade to en­roll in any of the be.tech classes avail­able. There is no tu­ition fee re­quired since this is a char­ter school.

▶Be.tech grad­u­ates since the academy opened: 20162017: in­cludes In­de­pen­dent Study (IS) and 5th year and did not in­clude be.next se­niors — 30; 2015-2016: grad­u­ates in­clude IS and 5th and be.Our­guest and be.next — 96; 2014-2015 — 13; 2013-2014 - 22.

▶To­tal number of grad­u­ates over the past four years (as of 2017) — 161.

▶ Em­ploy­ment fig­ures show the fol­low­ing: ap­prox­i­mately 52 grad­u­ate stu­dents are work­ing full time; five stu­dents are in the mil­i­tary; 38 stu­dents are go­ing to school full- and part-time; and, 18 stu­dents are work­ing part-time. These stu­dents are now gain­fully em­ployed as chefs, di­eti­tians, heavye­quip­ment op­er­a­tors, op­er­at­ing en­gi­neers, car­pen­ter union mem­bers, mill­wrights, EMTs, cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tants, au­to­body and re­pair, land­scape work­ers and work­ers in heat-and-air jobs. They have found em­ploy­ment at Home De­pot, Tesla, Ama­zon, and Delta A/C, among busi­nesses where they found work.

“Most of our stu­dents go to work within their field. For ex­am­ple we have stu­dents who go into the weld­ing in­dus­try ei­ther (in) pri­vate or in the union, at­tend­ing nurs­ing school, culi­nary school, EMT school and para­medic pro­gram,” Si­moni said.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from be.tech, some stu­dents have at­tended Azusa Pa­cific Univer­sity, Univer­sity of the Pa­cific, Chico State, Sacra­mento City Col­lege, Delta Col­lege, Modesto Junior Col­lege, Los Posi­tas Col­lege, John­son and Wales Univer­sity, New Eng­land Culi­nary In­sti­tute, Car­ring­ton Col­lege Vet Tech, Ceres Adult School EMT pro­gram, and the mil­i­tary,” added Si­moni.

Among those at­tend­ing the “part­ner­ship ad­vi­sory din­ner” are in­dus­try com­mu­nity mem­bers in­clud­ing Son­dra Ber­ch­told of Fa­gun­des Meats and Cater­ing, An­thony Risso for In­dus­trial Arts Academy, Man­teca Po­lice, and the Lathrop-Man­teca Fire Dis­trict.

ROSE AL­BANO RISSO/Bul­letin Cor­re­spon­dent

Be.tech Prin­ci­pal Carry Si­moni, left, wel­comes mem­bers of the in­dus­trial and business com­mu­nity to the ad­vi­sory board meet­ing held last fall at the Man­teca Uni­fied School Dis­trict.

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