Female graduates of AVUHSD schools enrolled in California State Polytechnic University, Pomona's School of Engineering have returned to offer advice on postsecondary life.
At the same time, AVUHSD sites continue to offer special assemblies to girls at feeder schools that highlight their STEM coursework and extracurricular activities.
Lastly, the Senior Math Acceleration Program, a one-year articulated computer-based course offered at five AVUHSD high schools, aims to prepare seniors for college-level math while they receive course credit at AVC.
According to the AVUHSD Perkins E-1 database for the 2014-2015, 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 school years, within those and other STEM-related pathways in the AVUHSD alone, female participation rates have increased over the last three years: 3 percent in agriculture; 55 percent in engineering; 229 percent in health/medical; and a fledgling information communications technology pathway increasing from 0 to 45 females.
Walker is the AVUHSD director of industry liaison and postsecondary partnerships.
Along with its single-district Regional Occupational Program (ROP), AVUHSD offers more than 75 CTE courses (some online) in 10 industry sectors and 16 career pathways at eight comprehensive high schools, one early-college high school, and two continuation high school campuses throughout the Antelope Valley (AV).
AVUHSD began its century-long commitment to vocational programs with agriculture and trades courses that fueled local businesses' needs for skilled workers.
Working closely with the AVUHSD and providing more specific educational opportunities to create "home-grown" engineers and technicians, the hope was that more students would stay to permanently staff open STEM positions, thereby contributing to local economic prosperity.
T]hrough our partnership with the AVUHSD and the ROP program, we have a way to reach high school seniors and help prepare them by giving them real-world experiences and hopefully get them interested in a career with Northrop Grumman.