A recent end-of-the-year celebration honored students from Nogales and Rio Rico high schools who earned industry certifications through the College and Career Readiness and Educational Opportunities (CREO) program.

The CREO program involves a two-year elective course which features the MetroMatematicas hands-on, measurement-based math curriculum and Six Sigma Practicum, a business-based technique that focuses on process improvement.

A total of 60 students at the schools earned certificates for completing the MetroMatematicas course and the project requirements for the Lean Six Sigma White Belt, the Santa Cruz County Superintendent of School’s Office said in a news release.

The celebration at the Santa Cruz Center on May 15 also honored CREO math program teachers Tom Maddock of RRHS, and Jigar Mehta and Chaitanya Mekala of NHS.

Present to congratulate the students was creator of the course curriculum, Nahum Correa, and training consultants from Zigma Consulting, Carlos and Brenda Valdes.

The program was funded through a Youth CareerConnect Grant from the U. S. Department of Labor, and while the grant funding is coming to an end, both high schools will continue to offer and develop the curriculum, the superintendent’s office said.

(From a news release submitted by Maya Donnelly of the Santa Cruz County Superintendent of School’s Office.)

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