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Encouraging their peers: Students become Pima JTED ambassadors to help guide other students

Pima JTED Innovative Learning Center at The Bridges
Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 28, 2023

Pima JTEDoffers career and technical education to high school students across the Tucson area. It is a public school district that students can attend on top of their traditional high school. Programs range from cosmetology to veterinary science.

On Sept. 28, about 90 of its students spent their day at Trail Dust Town. The all-day event aimed to improve students’ leadership skills and teach them how they can help other students from their own high school campuses who may also be interested in career and technical education.

Sunnyside High School senior Xiomara Hoyos Palafox is currently enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at Pima JTED and has plans to attend the University of Arizona next fall. She is excited to help and guide students who may also be considering going down a similar path and said she was learning how to do so at the event.

“I’m just learning how I can represent that through small talks and being like, ‘hey, you should join this program because it’s hands-on. If you learn visually this program is perfect for you or if you learn more from reading, this program is perfect for you.’I think it’s good to be able to encourage young minds,” Hoyos Palaofox said.

Hoyos Palafox also explained the importance of being a strong leader who is always willing to learn and help.

“One thing I’ve always believed is that I’m never better than someone. There is always someone who is going to know more, do more than I can. It’s good to be able to look at your team and say, ‘I stand with you, not in front of you.’ So through this leadership skill, I think I will be able to help other people.”

Madison Thomas joined KGUN 9 in July of 2023 as a multimedia journalist. She graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2023 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She has lived in Arizona her entire life and grew up in Douglas. Madison is thrilled to share the stories from the community she grew up in. Share your story ideas and important issues with Madison by emailing or by connecting on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.