Friday, September 25, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

GOT PLANS? Career & College Fair on Oct. 10

The East County Education Alliance is hosting the twelfth annual Got Plans? Career & College Fair for high school students and parents on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Grossmont College in El Cajon.

The annual event awakens students to the many opportunities available to them after high school, both locally and across the country. Once they make contact with college and career representatives at Got Plans?, students begin to think more seriously about their options after high school.

At the event, 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 be presented on topics including financial aid and career opportunities. Additional information will be available regarding NCAA eligibility for student-athletes, updates and changes to the SAT and ACT tests, transfer options and more.

Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. 

GUHSD Receives Generous Grant for Health Pathways Program

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently awarded the Grossmont Union High School District with a grant of $168,000 for the Health Pathways Program.

The grant will benefit more than 2,000 Health Pathway students at six GUHSD high schools who are pursuing careers in healthcare including: El Cajon Valley, Mount Miguel, Granite Hills, Santana, West Hills, and Valhalla.

The GHD grant will help pay for specialty prepared curriculum materials for biology and chemistry classes, including medically-oriented laboratory experiments and medical case studies, as well as field trips to medical facilities, summer internships, lesson preparation time for teachers and salary for a program coordinator.

The grant also will help support the Health-Careers Exploration Summer Institute (HESI), a program featuring career exploration activities, including summertime community service learning projects and an internship program at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.

Founded in 2002, GUHSD’s Health Pathways Program promotes development of a future-qualified healthcare workforce by strengthening students’ performance in science classes and offering opportunities and experiences that prepare students for a variety of health careers.

High Tech Fair on Oct. 14: Share the Wonder of Science

Students learn about green-screen technology at last year's High Tech Fair
Parents can connect with their children and learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the upcoming High Tech Fair.

The San Diego Science Alliance and the San Diego County Office of Education are organizing this free event, which features hands-on, interactive exhibits from local businesses and organizations. The event is intended for students in middle and high school.

The High Tech Fair will be held in Bing Crosby Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar. A student-parent evening event on October 14, is free and open to the public from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Online registration is encouraged. More details are available here.

The High Tech Fair is an opportunity for businesses, organizations, research institutions and college programs to showcase their work and inspire students to pursue STEM careers and become the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The interactive demonstrations reinforce the concepts students are learning in school and provide them with important insight into possible college majors and careers related to STEM subjects.

The event has grown in the past 17 years to include more than 60 exhibitors, more than 4,000 students, teachers, and parents, and more than 50 schools from across 25 districts. During that time, an estimated 50,000 students from throughout the county have attended and found inspiration.

The High Tech Fair is made possible through the support of corporate sponsors, community partners, and exhibitors. 

Superintendent Ralf Swenson