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Jordan to Offer ACE Academy in Fall ’07

Jordan High School will offer students the opportunity to prepare for careers in architecture, construction and engineering as part of a new academy being launched in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and its mayor, Bob Foster. Modeled after a successful program at Kearny High School in San Diego, the Jordan Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy will serve about 60 students in tenth grade this fall. By the 2010-11 school year, as many as 400 students will participate. Already, 150 students have expressed interest. ACE will use real-world applications of the standard high school curriculum to prepare students to pass the California High School Exit Exam and to go on to college or enter into the workforce directly from high school. The program at Kearny High School, now in its fifth year, saw the senior class achieve 100 percent passage on the exit exam. The aim is to help prepare students for high-demand jobs that pay competitive salaries. Foster announced the partnership with the school district, local construction and architecture firms, and carpentry and electrical trade unions during his State of the City speech in January, when he committed to raising $500,000 in private start-up funds. “We’re deeply grateful to Mayor Foster for bringing together the many partners that will make this academy a success,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. “The mayor is working earnestly to help break the cycle of poverty that many families face. We share his aim,” Steinhauser said. “Preparing students for success in high paying, high demand jobs is the best way to make that aim a reality. The ACE Academy is an important extension of our efforts to prepare kids for success in college and the working world.” The academy will feature internships with employers while students concurrently enroll in Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach classes.