Jordan High School’s Media and Communication (JMAC) program has earned Linked Learning Certification, meaning that it meets rigorous standards for combining strong academics, demanding technical education and real-world experience in a pathway centered on an industry theme.
JMAC is led by teachers Jodi Irish and Matt Hedley, who with a team of teachers plan lessons that cross over their curricular areas so students can see the relevance of what they are learning. Students discover how world history, for instance, is associated with biology, which is associated with English.
The centerpiece of JMAC is a full television station setup. Housed under the auditorium stage, the setup includes a green screen and a bank of TV monitors, along with an army of students who film events on campus. JMAC students write editorials and scripts for news broadcasts, perform in front of the camera, conduct interviews and edit film. Twice a week, JMAC students broadcast a school-wide news program.
To achieve certification, a pathway or academy must meet rigorous criteria developed by representatives from Linked Learning partner organizations, including the National Academy Foundation, the National Career Academy Coalition, the Career Academy Support Network, The Education Trust-West, ConnectEd, business and industry, and other organizations interested in Linked Learning.
In 2010, the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy at Jordan became the first of two programs statewide to earn the certification. There are now 28 certified pathways in California. In LBUSD, certified pathways include the two programs at Jordan along with the COMPASS and PEACE academies at Millikan High School, and the California Academy of Mathematics and Science.