Lake Havasu High School’s Architectural Drafting and Design Program

Lake Havasu City, AZ | Submitted by Betsy Parker

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The Lake Havasu High School Architectural Drafting and Design Program is a Career and Technical Education class and a partner in the Western Arizona Vocational Education Joint Technical Education District.

The American Design and Drafting Association International (ADDA) is a nationally recognized organization that certifies everything from Architects to Mechanical Draftsman as well as Drafting textbooks and Drafting programs at the high school, technical school, and university level. They are the premier organization across the nation that has certified Lake Havasu High School drafting program, its instructor, and students that are successful in passing the certification examination.

They are one of only 12 certified ADDA programs in the nation. This program is the exemplary standard of excellence for our state and is being taught by Mr. Brian Aranguena, a nationally certified teacher at Lake Havasu High School. Brian’s drafting students have scored the highest state average and highest score on the State Architectural Assessment Test for 3 years.

In his 9 years as SkillsUSA adviser his teams have won 92 regional medals, and 71 state medals, in the areas of drafting, leadership, and job interview competitions. They won the board architecture and home design contests at state level for the past 9 years. In 2009, the students were the CAD Architecture National Champions.

Lake Havasu is not a large metropolitan area and often educational opportunities are limited. Students leave Brian’s class with real world skills for employment and post-secondary opportunities. His students consistently out perform all other high schools on the state assessments in his subject area. Brian works hard to involve his students in not only academic competitions and travel but encourages special community service projects.

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