About half a dozen school buses were pulling into the driveway around the Galaxy Theater on Monday where about 900 eight grade students from Bartlett, Pioneer, and Sequoia Middle Schools were gathered, as well as students from Porterville Military Academy who waited to be admitted to the Galaxy Theater for annual Pathway Academy presentations.

Students were excited and had dressed up for this special outing, and they were interested and enthusiastic about the opportunities the Pathways programs that are available to them.

In the multiple theaters, the students were shown videos introducing each Pathways Academy, and then high school students would give them short verbal presentations about the academies and why they were so unique, interesting and fun, as well as challenging, and why they would help students succeed.

Before the presentations Leisa Navarro from the Law and Justice Pathway at Granite Hills High School said, “I think this is a great opportunity for all the 8th grade students to learn about each Pathway, and this is where they can make an educated decision for their future.”

Her colleague in the LJE Pathway, Jane Kisling, said, “This is fun, and this is my 10th year.”

Rich Lambie, with the Educational Pathway, said, “The best thing about this is creating opportunities that will change lives. And hopefully we’ll get some future teachers out of this group of students.”

A video about Digital Electronics at Harmony Magnet Academy was shown, and Paulina Cerro said while attending the Academy of Engineering at HMA, students can attend classes at Strathmore High School, they’re not required to only study engineering. The Academies offer fluidity in course work, or linked learning. There’s also design in the engineering field. During the presentation more girls were encouraged to enter the engineering pathway.

The next video was about the Performing Arts Pathway at Harmony Magnet Academy, and it was full of interest and excitement. The presentation covered how the pathway allows students to immerse themselves every day and encourage each other to be the best. Students in the presentation also stated the performing arts academy leads to more learning and growth.

At Porterville High School the Business Academy is the only academy with a student store and a credit union. The student presenters said at PBA you learn to be financially independent and students can be in business internships while still in school. They also visit 12 colleges during the school year. The said students who are interested in banking and finance, PBA is for them.

All of the high school students in various academies were trying to sell their ideas, the students of the Porterville High School Health Sciences even did a bit of a song and dance. (They mimed “Staying Alive,” with John Travolta) with a bit of drama, showing a student giving first aid, if someone falls down. The students said in the academy they learn to help others, especially during disasters, or any emergency. They all said, “Remember, don’t be afraid to help, if you join PAHS, you’ll always be on duty.” They got a bit of a laugh with the music and miming.

The agricultural pathway at Strathmore High School is the Academy of Emerging Agricultural Technology where students learn about Ag mechanics, entomology, production agriculture, marketing, and understanding the whole supply chain. Students at Strathmore are learning about hydroponics and aquaponics. Jacob Martinez said his favorite aspect of the academy is there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, as well as they have a farmers market at Strathmore High.

The next Academy , C.O.D.E., at Granite Hills High, is where the students said it’s really about working with computers and learning to solve problems. They all had internships at Qualcomm during the summer, and learned to program robots. 

At Monache High, the Manufacturing and Construction Technology Academy (MCTA) students said their project were real world projects. They learned about welding, building, and learned to design and read blueprints. They also learned about architecture, and learned construction and woodworking.

 

Porterville Military Academy students showed a high energy video with students and military in formation, but all wore uniforms with multiple decorations to the presentation. One of the young women students said she liked not being treated like a student, while the other young woman said PMA isn’t a military prep school, they just use the military style of discipline. She said the school is also not a boot camp.

 

AERO at Porterville High is the Academy of Energy and Resource Occupations where students learn about engineering, construction, and automotive engineering. When students leave the academy they already have certifications and training to go out into local businesses. They learn about solar energy and technology and other alternative energy uses.

The other pathways covered were Environmental Science Pathway, Academy of Careers in Education, the Multimedia and Technology Academy, and the Academy of Hospitality at Monache High School. 

The Academy of Hospitality at Monache covers both Culinary and Travel, so there are two separate areas. There are opportunities to earn a food management certification with hands-on cooking experience. One of the students said she enjoyed learning how to cook food from different cultures, and said the academy offered work experience and real life skills. The Hospitality area covers how to work with people and there were many field trips.

At Monache the Multimedia and Technology Academy students spoke about learning social skills and graphic arts, and said they were pursuing things they were passionate about. Creativity through media, but it’s also a lot of hard work, they said. They also have fun, but still work hard. They said they learned about making videos, but also learned how to work together and be involved with other people.

The Law and Justice Academy at Granite Hills allows students to learn about law enforcement and dealing with the law. They learn about people, and how to handle them. They also learn to think and analyze, and help others. They learn to work with local professionals in the community, and help solve crimes. Students will work with the Porterville Police Department, will learn about forensics, and “Will join the biggest family in town.” GHHS is the first High school in California to get its own Law and Justice Center, said the students.

At 5:30 p.m. PUSD Pathways Academies will be giving a presentation to Middle School students’ parents at the Galaxy Theaters

A student from Sequoia Middle School, Robert Ikeda, 14, said, “It gave us a demonstration for each pathway, and I’m interested in Performing Arts.”

Alexandra Gonzalez, 13, said, “I liked the Hospitality Pathways at Monache. It will benefit us in the future. We need to learn how to cook, and it sounds like something fun to do.”

Adalynn Marquez said, “I like how it explained all of the great opportunities that we can have for our future.”enter the Academy of Engineering, We’d like to see more girls enter this pathway.”

The next video was about the Performing Arts Pathway at Harmony Magnet Academy, and it was full of interest and excitement. The two students who presented were Briana and Kyla. They said we can immerse ourselves everyday and encourage each other to be the best. Briana is a student of animation and also a dancer, while Kyla is in orchestra, band and choir. They said you learn more and you grow in the performing arts academy.

 

At Porterville High School the Business Academy is the only academy with a student store and their own credit union. The student presenters said at PBA you learn to be financially independent and students can be in business internships while still in school. They also visit 12 colleges during the school year. “If you are interested in banking or finance the PBA academy,” is right for you, the students said.

 

All of the high school students in various academies were trying to sell their ideas, the students of the Porterville High School Health Sciences even did a bit of a song and dance. (They mimed “Staying Alive,” with John Travolta,) with a bit of drama, showing a student giving first aid, if someone falls down. The students said in the academy they learn to help others, especially during disasters, or any emergency. They all said, “Remember, don’t be afraid to help, if you join PAHS, you’ll always be on duty.” They got a bit of a laugh with the music and miming>”

 

One of the biggest money makers is agricultural science and the Pathway at Strathmore High School is the Academy of Emerging Agricultural Technology where students learn about Ag mechanics, entomology, production agriculture, marketing, and understanding the whole supply chain. Students at Strathmore are learning about hydroponics and aquaponics. Jacob Martinez said his favorite aspect of the academy is there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, as well as they have a farmer’s market at Strathmore High.

 

The next Academy  of C.O.D.E. at Granite Hills High, where the students said it is really about working with computers and learning to solve problems. They all had internships at Qualcomm during the summer, and learned to program robots. 

 

At Monache High, the Manufacturing and Construction Technology Academy (MCTA) students said their project were real world projects. They learned to welding, building, and learned to design and read blueprints. They learned about architecture, and learned construction and woodworking.

 

Porterville Military Academy students showed a high energy video showing students and military in formation, but all wore uniforms with multiple decorations to the presentation. One of the young women students said she liked not being treated like a student, while the other young woman said PMA is not a military prep school, they just use the military style of discipline. She said the school is also not a boot camp.

 

AERO at Porterville High, it is the Academy of Energy and Resource Occupations where students learn about engineering, construction, and automotive engineering. When students leave the academy they already have certifications and training to go out into local businesses. They learn about solar energy and technology and other alternative energy uses.

 

The other pathways covered were Environmental Science Pathway, Academy of Careers in Education, the Multimedia and Technology Academy, and the Academy of Hospitality at Monache High School. 

 

The Academy of Hospitality at Monache covers both Culinary and Travel, so there are two separate areas. There are opportunities to earn your food management certification with hands-on cooking experience. One of the students said she enjoyed learning how to cook food from different cultures, and said the academy offered work experience and real life skills. The Hospitality area you learned to work with people and there were many field trips.

 

At Monache the Multimedia and Technology Academy students spoke about learning social skills and graphic arts, and said they were pursuing things they were passionate about. Creativity through media, but it is also a lot of hard work, they said. They also have fun, but still a lot of hard work. They said they learned about making videos, but also learned how to work together and be involved with other people.

 

The Law and Justice Academy at Granite Hills allows students to learn about law enforcement and dealing with the law. They learn about people, and how to handle them. They also learn to think and analyze, and help others. They learn to work with local professionals in the community, and help solve crimes. Students will work with the Porterville Police Department, will learn about forensics, and “Will join the biggest family in town.” GHHS is the first High school in California to get it’s own Law and Justice Center, said the students.

 

Tuesday, October 29, at 5:30 p.m. PUSD Pathways Academies would be giving a presentation to Middle School student’s parents at the Galaxy Theaters

 

A student from Sequoia Middle School, Robert Ikeda, 14, said, “It gave us a demonstration for each pathway, and I’m interested in Performing Arts.”

 

Alexandra Gonzalez, 13, said, “I liked the Hospitality Pathways at Monache. It will benefit us in the future. We need to learn how to cook, and it sounds like something fun to do.”

 

Adalynn Marquez said, “I like how it explained all of the great opportunities that we can have for our future.”

 

 

 

Porterville High School

Academy of Energy and Resource Occupations (AERO)

Partnership Academy of Business (PAB)

Porterville Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS)

 

Monache High School

Academy of Hospitality (AH!)

Environmental Science Academy (ESA)

Manufacturing and Construction Technology Academy (MCTA)

Multimedia and Technology Academy (MTA)

 

Granite Hills High School

Academy of Careers in Education (ACE)

Computer Operations & Development Education (CODE)

Academy of Law, Justice and Ethics (LJE)

 

Harmony Magnet Academy

Academy of Engineering (AOE)

Academy of Performing Arts (APA)

 

Strathmore High School

Academy of Emerging Agricultural Technology (EAT)

 

Porterville Military Academy

Porterville Military Academy (PMA)

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