Several educators from Jordan High School’s Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy recently participated in a five-day teacher externship hosted by the Port of Long Beach.
The participating staff from the Long Beach Unified School District gained valuable hands-on experience to help them contextualize the academic content they teach and create learning experiences that will engage students in their futures.
Eleven LBUSD staff members, including six teachers, participated in the program, consisting of three days on-site at the Port and two days of collaborative planning at Jordan High School to create cross-curricular projects based on their experiences.
The summer externship gave LBUSD staff an opportunity to learn about the Port and its Communication, Human Resources, Harbor Patrol, Environmental Sustainability and Engineering departments.
Some key events included sessions with industry leaders to discuss workforce and existing employment needs, and tours around Long Beach, such as a harbor tour of the Port and its extensive rail system. Other key events included a tour of the Long Beach City College (LBCC) campus, information sessions with LBCC instructors, and presentations from the Engineering department and industry apprenticeship programs at California State University, Long Beach.
LBUSD staff concluded the program with a better understanding on how to enrich the learning opportunities available for ACE Academy students who may want to pursue future careers in port-related industries.