LAS VEGAS -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Walter Bracken STEAM Academy and East Career and Technical Academy (ECTA) on Wednesday, December 4.
Secretary Duncan spotlighted efforts to make college more affordable, promote high academic standards and strengthen career-technical education.
Secretary Duncan's schedule included classroom visits, a roundtable discussion with principals from throughout the school district and a town hall meeting on career and technical education.
The two schools hosting Secretary Duncan's visit are among the best in the CCSD.
In addition to being a U.S. Department of Education designated Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Achieving School, Bracken STEAM Academy also has a Five-Star ranking from the Nevada School Performance Framework, the highest designation possible.
The school engages students by placing an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Principal Katie Decker was also named Magnet Schools of America's National Principal of the Year for 2013.
ECTA also received a Five-Star designation from the Nevada School Performance Framework and allows students to pursue coursework in education, medical professions, culinary arts, marketing and hospitality, automotive mechanical technology, information technology systems, construction management and electronic engineering technology.
In 2013 it received a National Award of Merit from the Magnet Schools of America.