The Long Beach Unified School District and Port of Long Beach recently launched a new pathway partnership at Jordan High School’s ACE Academy (Advanced Manufacturing, Construction and Engineering).
In partnership with the Port, Jordan’s ACE Academy will serve more than 450 students and provide work-based learning experiences to prepare them for future careers in advanced manufacturing, construction and engineering. The four-year pathway will bring real-world experiences to the classroom with maritime industry presenters, field trips and scholarships.
“We’re so excited to welcome the Port of Long Beach to the ACE Academy family,” Jordan High School Principal Keisha Irving-Holder said. “Partnering with the Port’s many industry professionals provides invaluable opportunities to make school more relevant and engaging for the next generation of engineers and manufacturing experts.”
“We have a responsibility to help educate the goods movement workforce of the future, and we'd like to see our Long Beach-area students have every opportunity to be part of that,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal. “We’re delighted to partner with LBUSD right here in North Long Beach to broaden horizons for young people who want to be part of the industry.”
This is the second pathway partnership between the Port and LBUSD. In 2016, the Port launched the Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School, a four-year, “linked learning” pathway of about 470 students bringing together college prep academics, demanding technical education and work-based training opportunities that prepare students for success in college, their careers and life.
During the first four years of the program, the percentage of students with 100% attendance nearly doubled, and all other metrics for the program show positive increases with grade point averages, Advanced Placement courses and graduation rates continuing to move higher.
“We deeply appreciate the Port’s exemplary support of Jordan High School’s ACE pathway,” LBUSD Superintendent Jill A. Baker said. “This partnership is a prime example of how businesses can connect with our students, providing key resources including real-world experiences in preparation for rewarding careers.”
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $200 billion in trade annually, supporting more than 575,000 Southern California jobs.