Students at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Students participating in summer JPL internship program featured on EdSource

In June, we told you about eight young men and women from high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District who were selected to be summer interns at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. It was an opportunity made possible through OCDE’s emerging OC Pathways project, along with generous community partners like OpTerra Energy Services, which contributed stipends for each student. [...]
Basketball coach talking to team

Student spotlight: OCDE alum goes from college basketball coach to tenure-track professor

Brendan Stern, a former student of OCDE’s Regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing program and a graduate of University High School in Irvine, recently resigned as head basketball coach at Washington, D.C.-based Gallaudet University -- but for a very good reason: He’s accepted a tenure-track position with Gallaudet’s Department of Government and Public Affairs. We reached out to Stern, 32, to talk about his work at Gallaudet, as well as his early days as an OC student.
A photo of Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares

Mijares: NBA star Stephen Curry demonstrates how to rebound from life’s setbacks

"Suffice to say, most young people will not play college basketball or pursue careers in the NBA," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools. "Yet there are lessons to be learned from those who have nurtured their natural abilities and shattered perceived limitations by way of an extraordinary work ethic." Click through to read the superintendent’s latest column.