FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2019
Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Named ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce Las Vegas Fire and Rescue as the ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner. The Business-Education Partnership Award celebrates the contributions and achievements of schools and businesses that aid in the development and maintenance of partnerships supporting high-quality career and technical education (CTE).
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue works in conjunction with the Bonanza High School Fire Science Academy at Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV to help build a skilled and prepared workforce of high school students who are ready for entry into the fire service. The partnership helps train and mentor students, who leave the program with tangible skills, interview experience and valuable relationships. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue has also donated $2 million worth of equipment and resources to Bonanza High School’s Fire Academy.
The partnership began in 2010, when Las Vegas Fire and Rescue donated equipment and allowed many of its firefighters, captains and chiefs to guest teach and mentor students. With the help of the fire department, the Bonanza High School Fire Science Academy is one of the most popular CTE programs in the school district with multiple students each year entering into fire-related careers. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue also helps write the state fire standards used in the academy’s curriculum.
Since 2010, over 1200 students have graduated from the Bonanza Fire Science Academy with CPR, First Aid and FEMA national certifications. Students leave the program ready to pursue their careers, thanks in large part to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. Students also put their skills to use by helping in their communities, installing smoke detectors and participating in other community service activities.
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on December 4, 2019, at the annual ACTE Awards Gala during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 conference in Anaheim, CA. VISION is ACTE’s signature event, with more than 4,000 CTE professionals from across the country in attendance. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Gala, visit https://www.acteonline.org/awards.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.