Congratulations AOAT Class of 2017! We wish you all the best as you complete one chapter in your journey, and embark on the next! Stay curious, motivated, and creative in your pursuit of your passions! And come visit your Academy family to inspire those who follow. We celebrate you, 2017 Graduates!
Another important part of the AOAT career preparation process is the annual Career Exploration Visit. This year’s hosts – Midnight Oil and Impress Communications – are two leading contenders in the high end design and printing fields. And both were extending this incredible opportunity to the students not for the first time – Midnight Oil was the host of our very first CEV six years ago, and Impress has hosted AOAT twice before! We cannot thank these generous companies enough for welcoming young people into their domains and opening their eyes to possible careers. Touring and learning about the many facets of – and specialties within – the field they are studying in school gives our students the awareness they need to visualize their own futures.
And we couldn’t have organized and carried out these trips without Mr. Diebold who called and followed up with the company contacts. And a shout out as well to our chaperones – alumni Marcy Saylor and Michael Trimarchi, student teacher Jesse Sosa, and Advisory Board members George Roberts and John Ford – thank-you!
In October, AOAT Seniors enjoyed a trip to Little Tokyo to tour the Geffen branch of MOCA, and had the added treat of a “curated” walk around the area’s blossoming street art scene, narrated by Ms. Prato. Students enjoyed the time with each other in an exciting part of our city, and teachers and volunteer chaperones got to relax away from the stresses of regular school days: a win-win!
Samueli Academy, a Public Charter High School in Santa Ana that focuses on engineering and design pathways, visited Cleveland High School to learn about AOAT, and how our California Partnership Academy operates. Our Student Ambassadors gave them a tour of our campus and provided them with an introduction to what our learning community is all about. Our Coordinators and Lead Teachers hosted a lunch session to answer questions and mentor their team in planning curriculum connections. Connecting with other schools also helps us think about ways to enhance AOAT.
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AOAT teachers express their love for art at GYO Media, a community print shop located in Atwater Village. They demonstrated their love for the arts by designing their own screen graphics and making multiple prints. From this fun experience, Ms. Rosillo wants to start a screen printing class here at CHS…How exciting!!!
This summer 28 rising seniors are working what is, for most, their first job, while earning school credit for Work Experience. And beyond expanding their skills and preparation for the real world, they are also having a great time! Interns are placed based on their career interests, and this summer there are students at hospitals, a law office, a youth center, a senior center, a fashion boutique, a real estate company, an insurance company, a chamber of commerce, a restaurant, a cupcake bakery, a fitness center…and of course at design companies (our academy career path)! Interns also attend the weekly seminar class at school where each session focuses on transferrable skills such as stress management, time management, job satisfaction, etc. Two weeks down, four to go, so “follow” this newsblog for more stories about our terrific group of young people and their summer journeys…
Dressed the part, our beaming grads receive their hard-won diplomas and bid farewell to friends and familiar territory. The next step begins now: college, jobs, independence, careers. Go forth and explore the world, dear Class of ’16, and come back to share your discoveries and inspire those that follow. We are very proud of you!!!