Education for the 21st Century in Camarillo

By Logan McFadden

The Camarillo City Council met on Wednesday, malady April 8th. A very professional presentation was given by Gabe Soumakian with the Alliance for Linked Learning. Linked Learning connects curriculum in the classroom to real world applications on the job. The Oxnard Union High School District was given a $6 million federal grant to establish an Academy to launch Linked Learning. Oxnard was one of four Districts receiving grants in Ventura County totaling $19.2 million out of the $250 million earmarked for this cutting edge education which integrates California Common Core standards with hands on high tech experience.

The four year program is designed to support creative thinking, innovation and produce young entrepreneurs prepared for a college education. The program integrates rigorous academics with real world tech skills, work-based learning and personalized support. The students are better prepared for college, career and life skills.

Rancho Campana High School (RCHS) is a new 700 student comprehensive academy high school for grades 9-12. RCHS will have the potential to expand to serve 1,000 students. The school is being built on a 28 acre site in Camarillo near the Camarillo Public Library.

The Academy will offer course work in Medical Science, Applied Engineering and Arts & Entertainment. The National Academy Foundation offers NAFTrack Certified Hiring. Graduates are guaranteed an interview with one or more major participating corporations. The graduates are likely to be offered employment at a higher salary. Internships are offered and lead to full time jobs.

The program is driven by business. The corporations want to hire and retain local graduates in the community versus hiring and boarding new employees from other areas in the United States. Local graduates are more likely to stay in the community and cost less in re-location expenses.

The Ventura County Civic Alliance has 22 academy’s which provide business executives to contribute to the classroom course work and provide internships, thus connecting the community with the school.

Councilmember Kevin Kildee stated he is thoroughly impressed and thrilled with this visionary program.

Councilmember Charlotte Craven recently toured the high school which is in construction. She said the Camarillo Public Library is expanding to provide a study group area. Vice Mayor Mike Morgan praised the internship program with high tech exposure. Mayor Little said the Academy has been developed over 4-5 years. He praised and congratulated Gabe Soumakian on the development of the RCHS Academy.

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Logan McFadden is a city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo. He volunteers for the Heritage Action Sentinel team and serves as the AMAC Delegate to the 26th Congressional District and a Convention of States District Captain.

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