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OC Pathways partners with OpTerra Energy Services, which will sponsor 10 paid STEM internships

We’ve received word this week that OC Pathways, the countywide initiative that’s working to expand career pathways for students from kindergarten through college, has a new partner. OpTerra Energy Services, a national leader in alternative energy solutions, is joining the effort by sponsoring 10 paid summer STEM internships for high school students in the Santa Ana Unified School District. It’s part of the company’s continued focus on building educational opportunities and workforce development strategies. [...]
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Education buzzwords and acronyms every parent should know

Every field has its fair share of jargon, but education seems to take it to a new level. Buzzwords are used frequently in the learning community and it's important to keep up with the lingo -- especially if you're a parent navigating through the ever-changing educational landscape. Test your knowledge of school terminology with these common buzzwords used in education today. [...]
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Graduation rates for Orange County and the rest of the state climb for the fifth straight year

High school graduation rates for California and Orange County have increased for the fifth year in a row, with English-learners accounting for the biggest overall spikes in 2014, according to data released this week. In Orange County, students who started high school in 2010-11 posted a graduation rate of 88.6 percent in 2014 -- up from 87.5 percent in 2013. That number has been climbing steadily. [...]
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Educators invited to register for OCDE’s ‘Equipping an Emerging Generation’ conference

Seats are still available for an upcoming education conference featuring a pair of highly influential academic leaders. “Equipping an Emerging Generation,” hosted by OCDE and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, will include presentations by renowned author and researcher Michael Fullan and College Board Senior Vice President Trevor Packer from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. [...]
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Workshop aims to help teens and families transition from high school to college

Educators and parents know high school students must be academically ready for college. But are you and your teen socially, emotionally and financially ready too? To help students and their families plan for the next step on their academic paths, the Orange County Department of Education will offer a “Transitioning to College” workshop on Wednesday, May 20 at the OCDE’s conference center in Costa Mesa. [...]
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OC students team with law enforcement to improve traffic safety and reduce underage drinking

Students participating in Friday Night Live programs at Bolsa Grande and Santiago high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District were invited to present youth-led traffic safety and underage drinking projects at the recent Orange County DUI Forum. Hosted by the Orange County DUI Task Force, the three-hour forum on Friday, April 24 focused on the issue of impaired driving by teens at the Clifton C. Miller Community Center in Tustin. [...]
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Orange County teachers look to merge core academic content with career technical education (video)

Last week, high school teachers from core subjects including history, math, science and English gathered with their counterparts in career technical education for three days of intense research and collaboration at National University. The group’s mission? To develop new secondary courses that combine real-world technical training with core academic subjects and meet UC and CSU admissions requirements. [...]
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OCDE conference to feature education experts Michael Fullan and Trevor Packer

Closing the rigor gap, increasing graduation rates, reducing college remediation and fortifying the American workforce will be the focus of a special conference for Orange County educators next month. Hosted by the Orange County Department of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, “Equipping an Emerging Generation” will feature presentations by renowned academic experts Michael Fullan and Trevor Packer. The conference will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. [...]