Through the START (Safe Teen Accident Reduction Training) program, teens with a driver's license have an opportunity to attend a 5-hour class at the Tucson Police Academy, located at 10001 S. Wilmot Road, where the hands-on, behind-the-wheel training takes place on a state-of-the-art closed driving course. Classes are scheduled throughout the school year, between September and May. The classes are taught by Tucson Police Department officers who are professional driving instructors. Vehicles are provided by the Tucson Police Department and Jim Click Automotive.
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Arizona now mandates CPR certification as a graduation requirement. All Sky Islands juniors and seniors will be provided CPR training/certification on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. There is no cost to students.
Sky Islands will administer the ACT college entrance exam to all juniors on Tuesday,
The AzM2 tests will be given to all 10th graders. Language Arts will take place on Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, and Math will be given on Thursday, April 2.
AIMS Science testing for 10th graders will take place during the second week of April, date to be determined.
If you're considering JTED classes, it's not too soon to start planning for next year. Online enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will open on January 21, 2020.
The Pima County Joint Technical Education District offers tuition-free CTE programs to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For a list of locations and programs offered, visit pimajted.org, or call (520) 352-5833 for information.
As a career exploration tool, Sky Islands will administer the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) to 11th and 12th graders who choose to take it. The test date is Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Student test scores will not be released to the military (unless a student selects this option), and no recruiters will be on campus. Post-test interpretation sessions will also be scheduled to help students interpret their test scores, explore occupations in line with their interests and skills, and develop an effective strategy to realize their career and education goals. It's not just a military test!
For more information on the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, please visit www.asvabprogram.com. Watch for more details in December.
If you are a senior planning to enroll in college next year, now is the time to complete the 2020-21 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For the 2020-21 school year, the FAFSA filing season opens October 1. Visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to create your account and complete the application.
In order to access financial aid, students must file a FAFSA. The FAFSA is the gateway to all federal aid, including loans, work-study, and grants. Many scholarships also require that a FAFSA be on file.
The sooner you file, the better, as some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis or is awarded from programs with limited funds. So get in line for that aid and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible!