Friday, September 19, 2014

US Joiner Partners with Welding Program at El Cajon Valley High School

El Cajon Valley High School welding students pictured with teacher Nick Williams on the final day of their internship at US Joiner, just prior to receiving offers of employment.
Strong business partnerships are vital to Career & Technical Education programs. Last school year, El Cajon Valley High School teacher Nick Williams met with several local businesses seeking to make connections to promote the El Cajon Valley High School welding facility and provide opportunities for our student welders. One company that was particularly receptive was US Joiner. US Joiner is a multinational ship repair and refit company with facilities across the United States, Europe and Asia.  US Joiner spoke to us of their aging workforce and the current global lack of skilled welding and fabrication candidates.

Representatives from US Joiner management worked with us to build a curriculum to augment the current welding and fabrication curriculum offered at El Cajon Valley High School to teach our student/welders the skills needed to be successful in the military ship repair industry.  Eight hard-working, highly-skilled seniors participated in the pilot year of what was essentially an on-campus internship.  Students worked with US Joiner welding documents to complete their welds to stringent military specifications. Following graduation, all eight students were invited to participate in a paid, ten-day internship at US Joiner's Lemon Grove facility.  Seven El Cajon graduates accepted the opportunity and all were offered (and accepted) full-time employment upon completion of the internship.  Their employment includes competitive entry-level salaries ($14-17 hourly), with full medical, retirement, leave and vacation benefits.

Monte Vista Launches Game Design and Development Pathway

The Monte Vista Game Design and Development Pathway team visit Sony Online Entertainment
Monte Vista High School is implementing a new Game Design and Development Pathway with a cohort of its tenth grade students. Pathways integrate rigorous academic instruction with a demanding technical curriculum and field-based learning. This Game Design and Development Pathway will be implemented with the Linked Learning approach, which includes students taking their Game Design and Development class together with English, World History and Biology classes as a cohort. Integrating technical and academic content ultimately deepens student understanding and makes learning more exciting and relevant.

The teacher team participated in a two-week Linked Learning Summer Institute where they designed interdisciplinary projects to engage students through authentic, client-driven, real-world challenges. 

The Monte Vista Game Design and Development Pathway team also visited Sony Online Entertainment here in San Diego for an industry tour. The team was able to meet with professionals from all aspects of the Game Design Industry including: Customer Service, Quality Assurance, Production, Design, Programming, Community, Marketing and Public Relations, and Art. The industry professionals shared specific skills needs in Game Design and Development, as well as the work readiness skills of effective communication and teamwork. Thank you to Sony Online Entertainment for arranging this tour and to the Monte Vista team who brought the pathway to fruition for our students. 

Santana Named 2013-14 Combined Sports School Champions

L: Santana Athletic Director John Bobof, Vice Principal Larry Oedewalt and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Theresa Kemper
At the September 16 Grossmont Athletic Conference meeting at the La Mesa Community Center, Santana High School was recognized as the Grossmont Athletic Conference 2013-14 Combined Sports School Champion.
This prestigious award is presented annually by the Conference to the GUHSD school that wins the most league championships in a given year. Santana High School won twelve championships, eight outright and four shared.
The awards were presented by Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Theresa Kemper and Conference President Brian Wilbur. Also present was the CIF-SDS Assistant Commissioner John Labeta. Santana representatives, Vice Principal Larry Oedewalt and Athletic Director John Bobof were present to accept the awards.
Click here to view all 2013-14 Grossmont Athletic Conference League Champions. Congratulations to the Santana Sultans on being named the 2013-14 Combined Sports Champion!

Save the Date: GOT PLANS? Career & College Fair on Oct. 11

In partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, we are hosting our eleventh annual Got Plans? Career & College Fair for high school students and parents on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Cuyamaca College, located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.

Students and parents will be able to interact with admissions representatives from public and private universities, community colleges, vocational schools, and the military.
Free workshops will review information on four-year universities, two-year colleges, financial aid and career opportunities. New workshops this year will update parents and students on changes to the SAT and ACT, as well as cover transfer options from two-year colleges to four-year universities. Some workshops will be offered in Spanish and Arabic.
More information will follow. In the meantime, please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public.