CiTi’s 1st Annual Military Day a ‘Success,’ Highlights Transferable Skill Opportunities


Students in the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s (CiTi’s) Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs recently had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with U.S. Armed Forces members from several branches to discuss career opportunities.


One of those who attended CiTi’s first annual Military Day was Jonathon Burgess, a CTE Computer Coding student from Phoenix. Burgess said he was drawn to the U.S. Air Force and the Marines for the opportunity to use his skills to help operate unmanned aircraft.


“All the drones that are unmanned need coding and there’s good money there,” he said. “There are a lot of students at CiTi who would enjoy going into the military and fighting for their country and this gives them the perfect opportunity to learn about the different branches.”


CTE Principal Michael Thurlow said the first event of its kind for CiTi was planned to have a connection between the military and each CTE class offered.


“Our focus is to prepare students to build their futures,” Thurlow said. “This means that the skills students obtain here are easily transferred to a military career or any other viable career option.”


U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Theresa Deleon, one of the 130 military personnel who attended Military Day, said the event was “definitely successful” and enjoyed showing what her branch has to offer.


“A lot of these students haven’t seen the branches together at the same time and knowing they have different options is good for them,” she said.