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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.
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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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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. [...]