Summer Career Academies

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 What: Summer Career Academies expose SAISD’s incoming sophomores to careers, hands-on fun

When: The first of 30 academies to kick off this week (see below)

Where: Various SAISD high schools (see below)

While most area high-schoolers eagerly will be slipping into summer mode this week, hundreds of SAISD students are delaying the start of their summer break to take part in learning academies that could very well put them on a path to their future career. 

SAISD will launch the first of 30 Summer Career Academies to be held at various points throughout the summer for incoming 10th-graders, who are a part of the GEAR UP college readiness program. These free one- to two-week academies will provide hands-on, engaging experiences in a variety of career fields for students and will include college and/or workplace field trips. The academies will provide a balance of classroom theory and hands-on learning.

Teens may attend the academies of their choice, regardless of which District high school they attend.

Below are some suggested academies, along with dates and times when activities with visual appeal will be taking place.

Urban Gardening
Tuesday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.-3:00p.m., Burbank High School, 1002 Edwards St. 
Whether they embrace “green” living or enjoy the challenge of growing their own sustenance, students in this academy will learn about soil composition, chemical and organic gardening practices, plant growth cycles and more. During the above time, students will install a drip irrigation system at the school (lunch break at 11:30 a.m.). This academy will include visits to a soil farm, nursery and farmer’s market, among other trips.

Design Studio
Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave.
Students will research, create designs for and construct model 3D homes, complete with outdoor pools and drought-tolerant landscaping. This academy includes a visit to the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station.

CodeHS – Program It!
Wednesday, June 11, 10 a.m., Highlands High School, 3118 Elgin Ave.
Students in this academy will practice the high-demand skill of computer coding by working with professional program developers and computer science engineers to design games and develop websites, among other activities. This academy includes a visit to Rackspace to participate in a “Hackathon.” During the above time, students will sharpen their coding skills by During the above time, students will sharpen their coding skills by inputting code to command walking, talking, thinking Lego robots and also will have the opportunity to learn aboard the Geekbus, a mobile tech learning lab.

So You Want to Be a Chef!
Wednesday, June 11, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Lanier High School, 1514 W. César E. Chávez Blvd.
In addition to learning how to cook and bake, budding culinarians will learn proper sanitation practices, chopping skills, food preparation skills and will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Top Chop. This academy includes a visit to the local Culinary Institute of America. During the above time students will be honing their baking skills with preparation of various confections.

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