Three work-based learning projects from Orange County high schools have been awarded ePrize education grants from Chapman University’s Attallah College of Educational Studies, in partnership with the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County.
The Tustin Unified School District’s summer internship course, Samueli Academy’s year-long business and finance career technical education (CTE) capstone course, and the Anaheim Union High School District’s healthcare career pathway were each announced as winners during an ePrize webinar on May 20.
The idea is that these pilot projects can serve as scalable models for the rest of the county, establishing work-based learning opportunities that contribute to career pipelines for high schoolers. The winning teams will get to work with UCI, CHOC Children’s and Pacific Investment Management Company.
Attallah College’s ePrize program was established as part of its Orange County Excellent Public Schools initiative, which seeks to boost high school and college graduation rates and close achievement gaps to support sustained economic growth. The awards are intended to spread innovative approaches through collaboration.
The first ePrize, awarded in 2017, funded a parent engagement initiative that included the Anaheim Union High School District, the Santa Ana Unified School District, and El Sol Science and Arts Academy, a charter school in Santa Ana.
Chapman University has more information on its website.