Target: John Swett High School
Goal: Commend John Swett High School for giving students the opportunity to gain work experience
Since 2002, John Swett High School in Crockett, California has provided its students with valuable vocational experience through its Career Academy, and its program is continuing to grow. While many schools tend to focus singly on academic courses and testing, John Swett High School has recently obtained a $200,000 state grant intended for expanding its computer design career program.
Students at John Swett have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers. They can take computer-aided design, electrical engineering, journalism, and machine technology, learning to create multimedia content with computer software or constructing pizza cutters and barbecues and selling them at auctions. In addition, these vocational opportunities exist on various levels—students can participate in craft apprenticeship programs, vocational programs at community colleges, or programs at four-year universities.
300 out of 480 students at John Swett take courses through the Career Academy. Through this program, they learn to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems and discover their interests in different fields. The program has proven to be a good experience for students of all types, from students aspiring to attend a 4-year university to students who plan to work during or immediately after high school.
Sign the petition to commend John Swett High School for giving students valuable vocational experiences.
Dear John Swett High School,
Since 2002, your Career Academy has provided many students with the opportunity to explore different occupations and to gain valuable vocational experiences.
I want to thank you for continuing to put efforts and funds toward maintaining this program. While many schools are focusing solely on academic instruction, John Swett has taught students to be more well-rounded and worldly by teaching them skills and experiences necessary for the workplace.
I believe that as your program continues to expand and improve, more and more students will be better prepared for their future endeavors, be it college, work, or other opportunities.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr