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Pima County Joint Technical Education District teaches workforce skills to students who are still in high school. Some graduates get jobs in the fields that they love while continuing to go to college.

"You have to have a really tough skin for the career path because there's always going to be people yelling at you, and I feel like I'm ready for it because I've been yelled at before and everything, and it hasn't stopped me from pursuing my dreams of being a chef," said JTED culinary graduate Luis Magallon.

"JTED has not only helped me with my education, but has helped me with the workforce," said JTED cosmetology graduate Esmeralda Rubi Carrasco.

From cosmetology graduates who have made connections for work while they also go to the U of A, to culinary graduates who can work at one of the premier destinations in Tucson while also going to Pima Community College, Pima County JTED is its own district that takes students from local high schools and offers them technical training in a variety of areas including medical fields, engineering, and law enforcement.  JTED says its high school graduation rate is 99 percent. The legislature recently increased the funding for JTED.  Each student used to bring in 91 percent of the funding that public school districts would receive per student, now, it will get 96 percent per student. That's worth an additional $700,000.

"The reality is these are great jobs and great kids, many of them use the skills to pay for college," said Rep. Ethan Orr, (R) Tucson.

"These are kids who have a clear vision of what they want to do and this is workforce investment. I mean, what you see here tonight is taxpayers money generating new employment for these kids," said Alan Storm, JTED superintendent.

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