West Career and Technical Academy

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West Career and Technical Academy
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Location
11945 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Information
School type Magnet public high school
Established 2010
School district Clark County School District
Principal Amy Dockter-Rozar
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,399 (as of 2014–2015)[1]
Website

West Career and Technical Academy (WCTA, West Tech) is a magnet high school located in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The school opened in 2010 as the first magnet school in Summerlin, a community in the western Las Vegas Valley.[2] It is administered by the Clark County School District. West Tech offers nine programs to prepare students for a career in the field selected.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

After one and a half years of construction costing $83.5 million, West Tech opened to students on August 30, 2010. It is the last high school built under a 1998 bond program to revitalize schools in the Clark County School District (CCSD), which involved the construction, replacement, and rehabilitation of more than 100 schools.[2][3] For its first year of operation, West Tech admitted 750 freshmen and sophomores.[2][4]

In December 2014, student Angelique Clark applied to begin a pro-life club at the school; however, the administration denied her application, claiming the subject was too controversial.[5] She proceeded to send two demand letters to CCSD, but when she failed to receive a response, she sued West Tech in August 2015. The following month, the school agreed to the formation of the club.[6]

Facilities[edit]

WCTA campus

The school is built on 42 acres (17 ha) of land at the foothills of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The buildings of the school occupy 224,884 square feet (20,892 m2).[2]

A rotating solar panel and a ground heat source exchange system help to power the campus. There is also a computerized weather station and four greenhouses, which are used to facilitate students' learning in horticulture, biotechnology, and other fields.[4] West Tech also includes multiple computer labs and a student WiFi system.[2][3]

Academics[edit]

West Tech offers the following nine programs: Biomedical sciences, Biotechnology, Nursing, Sports Medicine, Environmental Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Business Management, Digital Arts & Media, and Information Technology.[2][3][4] Students select one of these programs to study throughout high school, designed to assist them in future studies and a career in the field.[4]

West Tech utilizes the Google Apps for Education, which grant each student a free e-mail account, access to Google Sites, and other services.[4]

Clubs and activities[edit]

The school offers several career and technical student organizations (CTSOs), including DECA, FBLA, Skills USA, and HOSA. There are no NIAA sports teams.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Career and Technical Academy: 2014-2015 School Accountability Report" (PDF). Nevada Department of Education: Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "West Career and Technical Academy opens in Summerlin". Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 4, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Takahashi, Paul (August 30, 2010). "Summerlin magnet school welcomes 750 students". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "About Us". West Career and Technical Academy. Archived from the original on March 8, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Morton, Neal (August 13, 2015). "Student sues CCSD for banning formation of anti-abortion club". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Morell, Casey; Schoenmann, Joe (September 9, 2015). "CCSD Student Talks About Pro-Life Club". Nevada Public Radio. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 

Coordinates: 36°11′N 115°20′W / 36.183°N 115.333°W / 36.183; -115.333

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