An architecture school tries to diversify a discipline

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), which is within walking distance of Boyle Heights, offers a summer program to expose high school students to design careers. Christopher Becerra, now enrolled at the Institute, says the summer program “inspired me to reimagine and reinvent the world.” Learn more about the Institute’s efforts to diversity the architecture profession, […]

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Heart2Heart trains future health leaders

Hundreds of Eastern Coachella Valley students earned their CPR certification at a health career event at Desert Mirage High School. The event, hosted by the Heart2Heart Foundation, connected students with dozens of health career representatives and was created to stoke confidence and a sense of adult responsibility. “Learning these life saving skills shows leadership and it gives you […]

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FACES – Building a future with Rady Children’s Hospital

Health providers in San Diego say their industry needs students from City Heights to train in the healthcare professions — a diverse workforce to serve a diverse patient population. FACES for the Future is a career mentorship program that seeks to do just that. “FACES was created to help inspire and support youth in succeeding academically, and to prepare youth for […]

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A tale of two schools

Fresno High School student Zyanna Maynard enrolled this year at the Center of Advanced Research and Technology, or CART, a program that combines rigorous academics with career and technical learning. Students in CART split their school days between there and their home school, which Zyanna says highlights the difference in environment. “[CART] treats its students with respect, like the young adults and budding […]

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Get DACA, pursue your dream job

Adriana Meza feared she wouldn’t be able to graduate college and pursue a teaching career in the United States. As an undocumented student, she lacked a social security number — required to declare her college major and pass a background check to work with children. She set out to get “DACAmented.” “Once Meza got DACA, her college career took off. She […]

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The next generation of Long Beach women in STEM

STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – account for some of the fastest-growing and most lucrative jobs. But those jobs remain stubbornly male-dominated. A mythology surrounds this discrepancy: girls and women excel at English and social sciences, while boys are traditionally better at math and science. A study released earlier this year – surveying 1.5 million […]

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Internships help teens find their niche in public health

Public Health Solutions is a training course that serves as an introduction to a career in public health by guiding the passions of teens towards the needs of the community. The program connects youth to internships in the local health care field, helping them find a place to practice what they love to do. “I always loved going to the doctor’s office. Even if I had to […]

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