Opportunity for the Washoe County Student

Interesting Facts

Jack will always come out of his box no matter how often he is pushed back in. The question begs when will Jack be prepared?

A 40% average of traditional high-school kids are prepared for college.

That is abysmal, how many are prepared for life after school?

In 2019 WCSD held a 17.9 ACT score, the State held a 17.6 and the National average was 20% plus.

There is no current information available.

Nevada public schools are ranked between 43rd and 49th in the Country 2019/2020

What are we missing?

Nationally, 95% of high school students say they want to go to college, but only 85% graduate.

Can we offer more options than college and motivate student potential and interests?

Opportunity for the Washoe County Student

Opportunity for the future K-12

Of course we need to teach children core curriculum, but there is more it doesn’t stop there! A child’s future, emotional and interpersonal growth is also very important. Older children need purpose, direction and helpful guidance towards their future.
By integrating into enrichment, home room and seminar courses two systems, we can achieve this. “Future Finder and “Student Focus”. “Future finder” which would incrementally help students identify their own unique strengths, abilities and future plan as well as guide them to it. “Student Focus” where in tandem this other critical student focused program would build the students emotional health, emotional intelligence, interpersonal growth, respect for themselves, for their teachers, and for others while helping them manage stress.

These initiatives will help students find traction and purpose, will help them believe in themselves and build empathy while curbing student emotional issues, reducing physical and cyber bullying by student self examination. Children built with solid direction can then propagate themselves from a foundation in a clear direction. With this better understanding of themselves, the student is informed well to decide if after graduation: further education, trade school, internships or certifications will work for them. It will also inform them which occupational or elective courses would serve them best along the way towards their goal.

Further, we could ask professionals, institutions and industries, to come into schools physically or virtually and meet with student groups with like-minded interests to help answer questions and help guide the students area of interest as identified. Using student, parent, teacher, counselor interactive software, together little by little, from k-12 we inquire, we identify, discover, encourage and reveal to the student their shining light as a beacon to know and unlock their potential and realize their inherent gifts. We will help them achieve their dreams and direction as they discover their future. 

Opportunity for the Washoe County Student

Technological advancement, security and privacy

As one who works in the IT field, I along with others in tech, realize the evolving need to simplify, safeguard and further develop technologies. There is an ever increasing opportunity and need for well trained IT personnel and many career options that are and will be made available locally. Our local economy continues to evolve and big tech businesses that continue to moves to TRIC and USA will need qualified personnel.

As development of technology continues, jobs in tech: ethics, consumer privacy, security, AI, identity misuse, theft and Cybersecurity are growing. There are many certificates achievable online and locally from local public and private companies, schools and universities that can integrate into our school system to start a student tech career. This will help interested students propel into great paying jobs right out of high school or start a rewarding higher learning program into schools that will pave the way into uncharted rewarding careers.

Additionally, these careers in tech not only assist in creating new innovations, but will safeguard our communities technical future. Developing technologies further open up the need for ethical boundaries and safety, to our online experience, user identity and homeland security. The various platforms we use everyday as consumers, businesses people or simply for fun and leisure will need innovative protection. There are various threats on the rise of attempts on our citizens everyday from criminals in our country and from abroad. These criminal threats include, scam calls, spamming, fishing and other grooming threats and tactics used to exploit unsuspecting children, adults and seniors of our community. Our trailblazing students of washoe county; working with, our government and law enforcement can lead the way towards defending our citizens, simplifying and developing the next platform. 

My acquaintances with others in information technology fields makes me an asset to the School Board as I understand how much technology is beneficial and how much is possibly detrimental to important human connections. I have studied BYOD technology which is similar to software programs needed to secure network access that which will need to be device deployed in distance learning plans using a platform from a vendor. In addition to distance learning strategy, if elected I will also partner with District IT and Engineers to review and enhance technology security and privacy strategy. I will be an advocate to the next generation of students wanting to pursue careers in tech, developing and safeguarding our virtual lives.

Children can be more than gamers…

There is more of a call on a kids life than that!