Jordan ACE Academy Awarded $316K

Jordan High School’s new Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy has earned a $316,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation. The grant will help the ACE Academy’s students to take courses at Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach while the students are still in high school. The two-year grant will fund summer math and science education camps for ACE students at CSULB. Funds also will go toward professional development for ACE teachers, who will work with instructors at LBCC and CSULB to prepare students for college coursework in architecture, construction and engineering. The college courses are free to the ACE students. The grant also will pay for college textbooks and city bus passes for the students. Modeled after a successful program at Kearny High School in San Diego, the Jordan ACE Academy began serving 50 students in tenth grade last fall. By the 2010-11 school year, as many as 400 students will participate.