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PXU’s Franklin Police & Fire High School Receives $40,000 Grant from Science Foundation Arizona


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For Immediate Release February 25, 2021 Contact: Richard Franco (602) 764-1530

PXU’s Franklin Police & Fire High School

Receives $40,000 Grant from Science Foundation Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ: PXU’s Franklin Police & Fire High School was recently awarded a $40,000 grant by  Science Foundation Arizona to support the purchase of a scenario-based Ti RECON Core Simulator. In  partnership with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, this grant will provide Franklin with the  opportunity to expand its public safety curriculum and give students industry-standard training coupled  with simulated, real-life scenarios created to enhance its already nationally recognized school.

Simulation training produces practical knowledge that improves the safety of schools, businesses, and  communities. The simulator, purchased with grant funds, will incorporate and test student response  protocols and tactics. Students will participate in up to 750 real-life scenarios designed to prepare our  students to respond compassionately to future challenges.

“With the help of this grant, Franklin will continue to provide our students the best possible educational  experience that will prepare them for a successful career in public safety,” said Principal Lorenzo  Cabrera.

“Phoenix Union is grateful for our partnership with Science Foundation Arizona and its generous grant  aimed to support our students at Franklin Police & Fire High School,” said PXU Superintendent Dr. Chad  Gestson. “Opportunities for our students to learn from real-life simulations will help them prepare for  future careers serving our community.”

“It’s excellent to see Franklin Police and Fire High School take advantage of digital learning tools to  enhance classroom curriculum and better prepare students for their careers,” said Sandra Watson,  President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority and Science Foundation Arizona Board Member. “This  partnership will bring benefits for our future public safety professionals and the larger community.”

A National Blue-Ribbon School, Franklin Police & Fire High School was the first of its kind in the nation  and continues to be one of the top high schools in the nation, as reported by US News and World  Report. Franklin provides a rigorous environment where students prepare, both academically and  physically, to be future leaders in public safety careers.


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