In school academies are giving high school students real world training for professional careers.
For example law academy students at De Anza High School have the benefit of personal instruction from Marin County prosecutor Otis Bruce, Jr.
Recently Bruce coached 18 year old Angelina Quilic on her line of questioning of a witness, her classmate Kofi Asante, 17. He reminded her to get to the point quickly.
“Then, bam,” he said. “No further questions.”
The Law Academy at De Anza High School is one of hundreds of programs throughout California that offer real world career training tied into what they learn in class. These are known as linked learning academies, and they allow students to explore careers in health care, law, information technology, engineering, the arts, and more before graduation.
“Students who participate in linked learning academies attend classes at higher rates, they receive a higher GPA, they feel more connected, parents are more involved and the teachers express a higher satisfaction in their work than they do when teaching individual classes,” said Antioch school district Superintendent Donald Gill.