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Thursday's  program was offered by our own member, Bre Zientarski,  who chairs our club's Vocational Service Committee.  Vocational Service is one of the five Rotary  areas of service.  Bre discussed: "Empowering Our Community: The Vital Role of Trades in the Copper Corridor."  Bre is passionate about this topic as she aims to create a positive impact in the lives of individuals in the Copper Corridor by lifting people out of poverty towards a better life for them & their families. 
The presentation concluded with a view of a Career Path Award program developed by Vocational Committee member Bill Olfert.  We were enthralled with Bill's innovative idea and look forward to supporting Bill and Bre.
Career Path Award
Saddlebrooke Rotary Announces  a New Career Path Award Program Coming in 2025 to the Copper Corridor!
The latest innovative program being introduced at the San Manuel High School as a pilot program this year will focus upon Career and Technical students.

Outstanding Graduating CTE Student

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke would like to recognize the achievements of outstanding Career and Technical (CTE) students who will be graduating from San
Manuel High School this school year. This Career Path Award program is designed specifically for graduating high school seniors residing in the 'Copper Corridor' who typically would not be eligible for, or plan to attend a four-year institution.
Student Eligibility Criteria:

• Must be under 21 years of age, attending high school, and will graduate on completion of State and local course credit requirements.

• Upon graduation, must have earned a minimum of one or more credits in one approved* Career and Technical Education program. (Examples: Ag
Science, Auto Tech., Bioscience Culinary Arts, Business, Construction Technology, Electronics, Graphic Design, Software & App Design, Welding,

• Be able to articulate a desired career path for their future after high school which includes obtaining a specific industry certification, completion of an
apprenticeship or state licensure program, private or public-school technical major, or gaining an Associates of Arts (AA) or Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree. 

• Have an identifiable financial need.

Number of Grants: Three. $2,500 grant awards annually.
A great thank you to Rotarian Bill Olfert whose expertise and dedication has made this a reality.
This week, we will celebrate and congratulate two women who we honor for their service and accomplishments.  Our club will be awarding our Teacher of the Year Award to Darlene Rowe who has been teaching for 31 years - 27 of those years at Coronado K-8 School.
Above:  Darlene Rowe
  In addition, we will hear from one of our Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) Vocational Scholarship recipients, Elizabeth Warner, who has completed her nursing education.  It will be gratifying to hear about the impact we have made in her life.