Designing Careers

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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!

AOAT Hosts Samueli Academy

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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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Learning by Doing

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We closed out the busy fall semester with our annual senior class tradition: all students worked on a real design assignment for an outside client. This year they created fliers for Gaspar Insurance sales teams or designed a logo, business card and brochure for Donna Hill’s new hypnotherapy practice. The deadlines were real, and students had to print their projects and present them during the 2-hour final. Clients scored their designs, and will be able to reproduce the materials when all revisions are finalized. Way to go Seniors! Only one more semester until graduation…

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Shirt Design Competition

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Each year we kick off fall semester with a creative challenge: Seniors must design an Academy shirt they would be proud to wear – and be willing to purchase! This year the styles of shirts were as varied as the graphics they display. Some students want baseball jerseys, some basic Ts, some prefer long vs. short sleeve crews. Now the hard part – narrowing down the options for a general student vote. Any shirt printers out there want to support AOAT with super discounted prices??Bill.Back.T

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

The most unusual graphics were also the seniors’ top pick. “Bill’s Got My Back” is a tribute to our teacher Bill Diebold who truly supports whatever the kids need with generosity and love.