West Career And Technical Academy
|West Career and Technical Academy|
|11945 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
|School type||Magnet public high school|
|School district||Clark County School District|
|Vice principal||Lisa Jackson
|Enrollment||1,311 (as of 2012-2013)|
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, an affluent master-planned community in the west of the Las Vegas valley. West Tech is a public school administered by the Clark County School District. Students attending the school select one of nine program areas to study in-depth throughout their high school career.
West Tech opened its doors to students on August 30, 2010, after 1.5 years of construction. It is the last high school built under a 1998 bond program to revitalize schools in the Clark County School District, which involved the construction, replacement, and rehabilitation of more than 100 schools. The school cost $83.5 million to build. The first school year welcomed 750 freshman and sophomore students; as of 2012-2013, West Tech houses its goal of around 1,350 students.
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. West Tech also includes multiple computer labs and a student WiFi system.
For each of their four years of high school, students focus on one of the nine program areas offered at the school, which are classified under either the Medical Science academy or the Environmental, Engineering, and Technical academy. West Tech offers the following programs: Veterinary and Medical Sciences, Biotechnology, Nursing, Sports Medicine, Environmental Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Business Management, Digital Media, and Information Technology.
The school emphasizes project-based learning. West Tech also focuses on providing a college and career preparatory education; each program is designed to prepare students for a career in the discipline being studied.
Clubs and activities
West Tech does not have NIAA sports teams, but students can play for the teams at their zoned school. The school offers a variety of after-school clubs, activities, and intramurals. These include DECA, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), HOSA, Key Club, and the National Honor Society.
- "West Career and Technical Academy opens in Summerlin", Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 4, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- Takahashi, Paul. "Summerlin magnet school welcomes 750 students", Las Vegas Sun, August 30, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "About Us" Retrieved July 22, 2014.