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Events, August 21-22, 2014

Ed Ahead and calendar listings of anticipated news releases, media advisories, upcoming visits by Superintendent Torlakson, and other newsworthy announcements.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson to Visit Career Technical Education Programs in Central Valley Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will visit two schools on Thursday and Friday during a trip to the region to meet with students, school administrators, and community partners showcasing career technical education programs. The two schools are grant recipients under California’s $250 million Career Pathways Trust program, designed to keep students in school and moving toward college and high-demand fields.

The first visit is to Avenal High School Paramount Agriculture Career Academy (PACA) in Avenal. This academy is a regional collaborative among Paramount Academy charter school in Delano, four school districts, three community colleges, six major agriculture production and processing companies, and Paramount Education Programs. PACA is designed to immerse students in a rigorous, integrated academic program of study with three agriculture-themed pathways—Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Mechanics, and Plant Science. The agriculture sector is the region's largest employer base.


Thursday, August 21, 2014


9:45 a.m.


Avenal High School, 601 Mariposa Street, Avenal

On the following day, Torlakson will visit Harmony Magnet Academy of Engineering (AOE) in Strathmore. The AOE provides students a four-year high school hands-on learning experience underscoring the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The engineering courses coupled with the college preparatory core courses present a unique opportunity for all students to develop the skills they need to be college- and career- ready upon graduation. Program course work is divided into eight key areas of focus: Introduction to Engineering Design; Principles of Engineering; Digital Electronics; Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Civil Engineering and Architecture; Engineering Design and Development; Aerospace Engineering; and Biotechnical Engineering.


Friday, August 22, 2014


9 a.m.


Harmony Magnet Academy, 19429 Road 228, Strathmore

Immediately following the tour at each school site, Torlakson, school administrators, and academy representatives will be available to meet with the media to discuss the positive work being done by the academies.

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