Weekly roundup: Anaheim prepares students for future careers with Disney, reflecting on Mendez v. Westminster, and more

Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock and AUHSD students
Twelve rising seniors from the Anaheim Union High School District who participated in a six-week summer internship posed for a photo with Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort. (Courtesy of Ken Potrock)

A group of rising seniors from the Anaheim Union High School District will start the new school year with work experience at the Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in Orange County.

Through a district-led program called AIME, short for Anaheim’s Innovative Mentoring Experience, which connects high school students to a network of more than 90 businesses and community partners, the 12 incoming seniors were exposed to career and work mentorship opportunities during the six-week internship program.

The resort paired cast members with students who supported them in building professional skills within a live working environment and opened their minds to the diverse range of career opportunities within the company.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for students,” said Khalyah, a Cypress High school student. “One of my favorite things about being here is meeting people who are in the field that I want to work in.”

Since 2015, the district has provided more than 16,250 students with skills and confidence through the AIME program to propel them in their college and career pursuits.

Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:

Former students of Hoover Elementary School
  • The Orange County Department of Education’s Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention program plans to expand outreach efforts in the 2023-24 school year. The program logged interactions with more than 1,600 students and over 1,700 parents and caregivers last year.
  • Students who spent months raising livestock through local Future Farmers of America and 4-H Club programs showcased their animals at the OC Fairgrounds.
Huntington Beach High School Principal Brenna Orr
  • After serving as an assistant principal overseeing guidance and curriculum, Brenna Orr has been named the new principal at Huntington Beach High School.
  • Shereen Walter, an Orange County resident and mother of three, has been named the president of the California State PTA for a two-year term.
  • The San Diego County Office of Education is reporting a 32 percent decrease in chronic absenteeism after it deployed multiple strategies to improve students’ connections to schools, as the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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