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What is Bond Wilson Technical Center?

Bond Wilson Technical Center is a bold, new district initiative to revamp the high school experience around students’ career interests and our local industry.  Innovative dual credit offerings combined with industry experiences will result in our students being ready to enter the workforce and the post-secondary setting. The objective of the center is to develop a new generation of globally competitive, skilled students that will support the evolving economic needs of the Navajo Nation and our surrounding communities.

BWTC offers students in the 10th through 12th grades, Six new guided post-secondary pathways in lieu of their traditional high school based elective offerings. Each pathway will result in the student attaining university credits and work-based learning opportunities. Students will complete all of their regular core classes at their home high school, and then attend Bond Wilson Technical Center for their higher education classes and coursework.

How did Bond Wilson get its name?

Bond Wilson Technical Center is housed within the former Grace B. Wilson Elementary School. The name Bond Wilson came from former elementary schools Grace B. Wilson and Ruth N. Bond. When Judy Nelson Elementary School opened in 2017, Grace B. Wilson Elementary was slated to be torn down. Rather than lose the building, Central Consolidated School District  requested permission from the State of New Mexico to re-open the building as a center for early college academy initiatives. The State of New Mexico agreed, and Bond Wilson was born.

What is Industry-Based Education?

Industry-Based Education gets its name from the "Place Based" education movement. Like Placed Based Education, Industry Based Education is an approach to learning that takes advantage of "Place" to create authentic, meaningful and engaging personalized learning for students.  With the help of local industry we have developed immersive curriculum, new course offerings and career experiences that will make our students ready for work and college.

For more information about our this educational philosophy please see the video below:


What programs are offered at Bond Wilson?

BWTC currently offers students in the 10th through 12th grades, six new guided post-secondary pathways in lieu of their traditional high school based elective offerings. Each Pathway will result in the student attaining university credits and an industry credential. Students will complete all of their regular core classes at their home high school, and then travel to attend Bond Wilson Technical Center for their higher education classes and coursework.

In collaboration with Navajo Technical University and our local industry partners, Raytheon, Arizona Public Service, Navajo Transitional Energy Company, & North American Coal- Bisti Fuels, we have developed six university pathways for the 2019-2020 school year.

The pathways are: Culinary Arts, Welding, Construction, Industrial Maintenance Operations, Healthcare (Pre-Nursing) and Mechatronics (Pre-Engineering/Comp-Sci.).

For a more specific year to year offerings please see the PDF here.

How can my child participate?

Any high school student (10th-12th) in Central Consolidated School District can participate in the early college initiatives hosted at Bond Wilson Technical Center. We are taking new students now! CCSD Students can apply now at this link. For more information please call us at 505-598-4580 or fill out a question here.

What is a College Academy?

To put it simply, a College Academy is a guided dual credit pathway for high school students. The College Academies at Bond Wilson Technical Center place our high school students in a work based learning pathway based on their career interests.  This model allows our students to still participate in activities and athletics at their local high school while providing them with additional opportunities for dual credit and skill attainment.

What High Schools can participate?

Students from all four high schools within Central Consolidated School District can participate.   This includes Kirtland Central High School, Shiprock High School, Career Prep High School and Newcomb High School (@ NHS). Students must be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2020-2021 school year. For additional requirements please see the application here.

We have had some interest from students and parents who reside outside of our school district.  If this is the case and you are interested in enrolling your student please contact us at 505-598-4580.

What is an Innovation Center & a Fab-Lab?

Central Consolidated School District and Navajo Technical University are developing a Fab-Lab at Bond Wilson Technical Center. The Fab-Lab will be a creative & instructional space that allows students to interact with the latest technology through project based learning.  In dual credit offering, students will be able to "create" using technologies like 3-D printing, Rapid Prototyping, Metalwork, Machining, & Woodworking.

How is this different than an Early College High School?

The College Academies at Bond Wilson Technical Center meets all requirements set by the New Mexico Public Educations Early College High School Initiative. BWTC has also received full designation status from the NMPED in 2018. For more information on our designation and to see other schools that have met this designation, please visit the NMPED ECHS website.

Bond Wilson Technical Center is little different than the traditional ECHS model and here's how:

  • Students are still part of their home high school and their home community. Students take all of their core classes at their home high school with their same teachers.
  • Students travel to BWTC in a morning or afternoon for dual credit sessions. All transportation is provided and students will continue to eat lunch at their home high school.
  • Students are free to participate in extracurricular activities and athletics at their home high school.  If your are a Shiprock Chieftain, and your family has always been a Shiprock Chieftain, you will stay a Shiprock Chieftain.
  • The College Academies are a cohort model.  You start with a group of high school students who have similar interests and you work together in the goal of attaining a college certificate by the time you graduate.
  • Dual Credit pathways create more elective opportunities for our students. With our industry partners, students will get to interact with professionals in the field, go on field-trips and have internship opportunities.  
  • College Academies embrace Career Technical Education programs such as Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, & Mechatronics. Students will leave Bond Wilson ready to be employed and ready to be successful in college.  

When are the Parent Nights?

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020: Application available
  • Monday, March 30, 2020: Parent Information Night at Bond Wilson Technical Center in Kirtland, NM at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Bond Wilson Preview Day Trip
  • Friday, April 3, 2020: Last day to submit applications to HS Counselors. All applications are due by 3:45pm.  
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020: Letters of acceptance mailed and hand delivered to student
* If you are unable to make one of the parent nights please contact us for more information.

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