September 25, 2023

JTED @ The Bridges

3 p.m.




  • Gaw, Joseph, Dir. School Health Services
  • Nodine, Bryant, Operations Program Manager
  • Sanchez, Richard, Asst. Superintendent
  • Trujillo, Gabriel, Superintendent


  • Francis, Beth, Health Care Program Manager
  • Greenleaf, Patti, Chief Academic Officer
  • Peate, Dr. Wayne, Board Member
  • Prather, Kathy, Superintendent/CEO
  • Rankin, Dr. Cindy, Board Members
  • Rojas, Juan, Principal

Community Members/JTED

  • Struthers, M.D. Dr. Lynn, Med Dir. (Volunteer)

Pima Community College

  • Stewart, Brian, Campus Vice President and Chief Cultural Impact Officer

University of Arizona

  • Henderson, Craig, Vice President & Chief of Staff

1. Welcome and Introductions

Kathy Prather, Superintendent/CEO

Kathy Prather welcomed the group and introductions were conducted.

2. The Opportunity, The Needs, The Whys

Dr. Cindy Rankin, Dr. Wayne Peate

Kathy Prather acknowledged that the idea of this position came from Dr. Cindy Rankin, Dr. Wayne Peate, and Craig Henderson and turned the agenda topic over to them to talk about the needs and the whys.

Dr. Rankin stated:

  • She believes that this is another way to connect with students—as the lives of patients rely on everyone involved in their healthcare, not just the doctor, and that is the mission of this school.
  • To ensure that we have the full range of healthcare workers-whether it is Community Health Worker, Licensed Nursing Assistance, people working in hospice, Nurses, Veterinary Assistants working with pets with patient therapy.
  • The key piece is that as the school moves to the new building, there needs to be total integration with what happens in the high school and in the hands-on experience for the students. Getting students to see themselves in the medical world—how does their career fit in the larger area of the health world.
  • When thinking and talking about comprehension, English, writing there are things and experiences there are ways of sharing the information i.e. verbally/written that should address how you interact with people in the healthcare world.
  • Students need to leave with a full comprehension of how that fits in the clinical world.
  • For these reasons, she believes it is a good idea to add another team member to this group that can oversee and pull the pieces together because the current group involved today have huge responsibilities. We need someone to integrate the two campuses with a clinical- medical-academic experience.
  • This person will need to be the representative when out of state people call to learn about the integrated educational integration.
  • The group will need to determine the criteria for this person and what are the responsibilities for the team. How can we make it be the best of what we have?

Dr. Peate shared:

  • JTEDs are not allowed to use public funding for new buildings, the new building is here due to a public private partnership and public donors.
  • The new campus and programs are now in need of public/private resources in order to recruit and retain teachers.
  • Teachers in the private sector earn more money that public school teachers and it makes it difficult to retain them.
  • The new person will need to be able to be nimble, tell the story, and help build those resources.

Mr. Henderson:

  • Stated that the school is unique and impressive.
  • This group and the people that made this a full reality are not constrained by the past or by traditional constraints.
  • There is a need for people and programming to make the school a success that has been envisioned.
  • The new person would need to project increasing the resources, tell the story as see this school as the new national model.
  • The background of this person is important—a health background/medical field, experience, has to be in it to win it.
  • The role of this new person should be multi-faceted with part programming and curriculum with the experience in the medical field.
  • Added – that the DeBakey High School for Health Professions had a person in this role while also working at Baylor College of Medicine. Although, it may be someone who can remain active in their current medical field if they have the time and determination to make it work.

Dr. Rankin:

  • This person needs to surround himself or herself/benefit from an advisory committee.

Ms. Francis:

  • Commented that a conduit is needed—someone that can bring the high school and philosophies together—bringing the academics together so that it not the typical reading, writing, math and history, the evolution and foundation of healthcare and where the programs are going into the future.

Mr. Nodine:

  • Inquired about the term of the position.
  • Responses – long term, ever evolving.

Mr. Sanchez:

  • Not to exclude sharing this with the one Governing Body—the Arizona Department of Education as they will need to understand the programming, curriculum and philosophy. Need to be cognizant of that ask.
  • Can a “teacher” be found that can undertake that direction—to tweak the curriculum from a medical view and know it enough to teach it.

Dr. Rankin:

  • Added- that the person does need to know the high school curriculum, the Standards, and the healthcare overlay as well.

Mr. Rojas:

  • In the Construction program, i.e. there are the standards in math for the state and construction curriculum–students are able to earn those college credits.

Kathy Prather:

  • Believes that TUSD accepts as academic courses/credits from Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. If a student takes a U of A or PCC English class, it would be highly likely that the student can receive HS English credit.
  • Ms. Sanchez—confirmed, that the students receive dual college credit and if their teachers also work for PCC, they are able to receive credit for the college class, i.e. English 151.

Mr. Gaw:

  • At one time Pima Community College had “generalist pathways” for students who didn’t know what they wanted to do in healthcare.
  • Curriculum and College curriculum were aligned and gave room to focus on the outcome achievements and that the curriculum could be bridged. Dual credit has allowed the pathways to cross.
  • Need to ensure that the Carnegie high school units that are needed in the high school pathways is actually met within the 4 years.
  • Align the Carnegie units with the college level credits.
  • Awareness of modern healthcare technology integrations.

Mr. Nodine:

  • At first he thought–that it was a short-term position, glad to learn it is not.
  • The person would need to provide outreach, engage people, secondary education understanding, a medical background, use focus groups, community groups and then someone who is strategic planner, with support. Possibly, a full understanding of all the programs. Knowledgeable in fundraising.

Ms. Francis:

  • Sees this person – supportive of the vision and the growth.
  • Compatibility—that she/the team can work together.
  • Needs to be someone local, knows the community.

Ms. Prather:

  • The key is the support to Beth, Richard, Patti—the fidelity of the delivery.
  • Most importantly, is the understanding of the curricular, academic, and technical sides to build those bridges, i.e. ADE
  • Key is in the details—it will take time to get it where we need/want it to be.
  • Mr. Gaw – A people developer, establish goals, salary is #10—Number 1 is “why am I here”.

3. The Goals & Objectives of the Position


As discussed above.

4. Job Description and Credentials


The group agreed to work on a draft–asking all committee members to send their three main credentials, attributes and goals that should be at the heart of this position. Please send your three most important items to Dr. Wayne Peate by the end of the day, Monday, October 2nd.

Who should be at the table that is not here today? Future – Patti Hurley.

5. Next Steps, Meeting Cadence


6. Future Meeting Dates