Here is a quick look at how students across the
Antelope Valley are making strides in STEM:
Across the Greater Antelope Valley
The Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) is proud to see continued growth in its STEM-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across all high schools in the district. These programs provide students skills that can be transferred across any industry sector.
Among several new programs begun in the AVUHSD this year, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has chartered “SWENext” clubs at Antelope Valley and Highland High Schools, which involve young women in STEM workshops with female engineer mentors. Many students within the district and region overall were also able to attend the SWE Convention in Anaheim in early November to gain further college and career direction.
Additionally, Chapter 661 of the Medical Explorers, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, continues to thrive, with numerous students at Eastside High and other sites. Exploring is a career education program for students between 14 and 20-years-old. Kaiser’s Antelope Valley physicians and employees volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for the explorers and help them gain practical knowledge in the medical field through a variety of activities. As a youth-led program, students organize monthly meetings including hands-on learning presentations, a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Offices and Kaiser Permanente Regional Lab, community service projects, CPR training, and a final educational field trip.
Ten student teams from Antelope Valley, Eastside, Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill and Knight High Schools, plus Eagle Robotics Team 399, are slated to compete in the Aerospace Robotics Competition in the spring of 2020, hosted by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Palmdale. The goal of this year-long, mentored design-build activity is to “create a relevant, challenging, and exciting high school competition . . . involving autonomous and semi-autonomous drones (quadcopters), . . . utilizing basic aerospace principles in a hands-on flight environment.” (Lockheed Martin ARC Briefing) Drone and robotics courses offered at school sites across the AVUHSD will support this effort.
Academies of the Antelope Valley’s online high school component, the Virtual Academy, in its Information Technology pathway, has embarked upon efforts to support the national initiative for a secure nation by increasing awareness and opportunities in cybersecurity. New courses leading to industry certifications in the CompTIA A+ (computer repair) and CompTIA Network+ (network administrator) are offered to students with the potential for hire into IT careers out of high school, as well as more advanced training in the field (Security+ will be offered in 2020-2021 school year). In addition, working as a partnership with Antelope Valley College and the Air Force Research Lab at Edwards Air Force Base, the AV CyberHub was created as a centralized location for the greater Antelope Valley where students will be exposed monthly to all things cybersecurity from training, courses, competitions, professional mentors, and field trips. These efforts have resulted in an increased Antelope Valley presence in CyberPatriot competitions.
The Academies of the Antelope Valley has also been selected as one of only 25 schools nationally as a Fellow for the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) to develop and implement competitive video games as the next tool for academic and STEM learning. The pilot will be implemented within the Academy Prep Junior High Schools at SOAR Prep and Palmdale Prep through a grant from the Air Force Research Lab’s ENSIPRE program. NASEF partners with UC Irvine; there are over 20 colleges nationally with eSports scholarship programs, and eSports has a global audience estimated to be larger than that of the Super Bowl.
Ninth grade future engineers at Antelope Valley High School’s Engineering Academy built scale models of collapsible green houses to be sent to Mars. The premise is that, in order to inhabit the Red Planet sometime in the future, there needs to be a food source to feed the inhabitants. This project required to students to ”think outside the box” and innovate ideas for food sources from another planet.
The Eastside High School Biomedical Science Academy was only one of 12 schools in the nation to achieve Gold Certification status from the Linked Learning Alliance. Linked Learning is an approach to educational reform that combines rigorous academics, demanding career and technical education, realworld experience, and integrated student supports. Currently, there are more than 600 registered Linked Learning pathways nationwide, that serve over 250, 000, and Eastside is proud to be Gold Certified. The Biomedical Science Academy students are able to take certification exams in various areas of the health field while in high school. Many of the students become CPR certified and get to work on the field during sports games as part of the Sports Medicine program. The Academy’s short-term goal for the near future is to continue to grow the Sports Medicine program, and maintain the premier goal of preparing students for success in both college and career.
Similarly, Lancaster High School’s Multimedia and Engineering Academy is the other Antelope Valley school, again of only 12 schools in the nation, to receive Linked Learning Gold Certification. This is the highest level of certification available to Linked Learning programs. The outstanding accomplishment of these two AVUHSD academies was celebrated at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in October, attended by numerous civic and community leaders.
Likewise, at the Multimedia and Engineering Academy, students are working collaboratively with others for realworld solutions to real-world problems. These collaborative efforts are not only of students within a single classroom, but also of students from other classrooms working with teachers across the campus. This experience echoes current workforce situations where teams work together to achieve common goals, and reinforces the AVUHSD’s district-wide focus of preparing students for college, career and life. For the second year, 12th grade students provided evidence of their learning through Senior Defense presentations, with panels of teachers and community members presiding and providing feedback.
In October, teams from Knight High School traveled to Queensland, Australia for their sixth visit to the UAV Challenge. Teams use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver an Epipen with a monitor to measure impact pressure as close as possible to “Outback Joe” (a simulated lost hiker, suffering a medical emergency) to treat his anaphylaxis immediately while medical aid travels to reach him. The competition also includes a technical report and an oral presentation, followed by questioning from industry judges. Once again, students from Knight High School took first place in this competition, making them the top team in three of the last four years. This year’s winning team, The Mojave Hawks, piloted and engineered by Oscar Orellano and Matt Soto, both KHS seniors, earned the exciting victory by a margin of only half a point. Students from Palmdale High School, SOAR High School, Littlerock High School, and Lancaster High School also competed in this year’s Challenge.
Knight High is also home to the first-ever high school composites lab, which had a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening in August. Courses offered in this facility continue to supply students with foundational skills feeding into local postsecondary training and industry jobs.
Over the last year there have been several changes and positive growth within the Sustainable Agriculture Academy at Littlerock High School. Celebrating 30 years of service to agriculture students and the community last spring, students travelled to competitions and FFA events from Anaheim to Half Moon Bay, including competing in Forestry, Public Speaking, Creed, Job Interview and Leadership Development. The Littlerock Chapter of FFA was again recognized as a 2-Star National FFA chapter by the National Organization, a recognition that goes to less than 5% of chapters nationally. Junior Maria Corona was elected to serve on the High Desert Section FFA officer team.
Finally, Quartz Hill, along with Eastside High School, have added new Linked Learning academies on their campuses. In the QHTV Academy at Quartz Hill High School, students learn to utilize a myriad of technologies and numerous industrial disciplines, working together to achieve a greater goal of full, professional quality productions, along with their core education. Following the Linked Learning approach, the academy emphasizes leadership and teamwork in a multicultural, multi-disciplinary atmosphere.
The Antelope Valley Union High School District’s vision is that every student who graduates will be prepared to pursue college and any career to which he or she aspires. For more information on our programs and activities, visit AVDistrict.org
Antelope Valley Union High School District
College and Career Readiness The Mission of the Antelope Valley Adult Education is to meet the needs of the community by providing academic and career training opportunities for students to fulfill their personal and professional goals.
Career Tech Ed | Diploma Program | English as a 2nd Language | High School Equivalency
Career Tech Courses
- Administrative Secretary
- Computer Repair Technician
- Dental Assistant
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Billing and Coding
- Medical Secretary
- Patient Care Technician
- Personal Fitness Training
- Pharmacy Technician
- Phlebotomy Technician
Diane Walker, Director of Industry Liaison and Post-Secondary Partnerships, AVUHSD 661.575.1025
Steve Radford, PhD, Regional Director for College & Career Prep , 661.942.3042 AVAdultEd.org/programs/career-technicaleducation-programs
Mojave K-12 and Higher Education
Partnerships are the key to successfully serving adults in the high desert. The Mojave Unified School District (MUSD) has taken on the challenge of educating adults in the high desert by forming the Mojave Adult School (MAS). One stop shopping at MAS provides adults Career Technical Education in Welding, Computers and Allied Health. MAS provides English as a Second Language in two communities, and began a diploma track in November of 2018. MAS provides a smooth transition into post-secondary, and counseling close to home. MAS collaborates with Cerro Coso Community College (CCCC) in providing a cycle of IGETC courses in Mojave, which benefit both adults and high school students. MUSD, America’s Job center, CCCC and MAS work together to educate and provide jobs for the local population.
Southern Kern Unified School District
Rosamond High School is expanding its manufacturing program to include opportunities for welding certification, automotive repair, and an aerospace manufacturing training program. In an effort to support all learners, the school has added a STEM Prep course to increase student proficiency in STEM courses. A newly formed robotics team is making huge strides and creating amazing projects.
www.skusd.k12.ca.us/ | 661.256.5000
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy prepares its graduates for college and careers in the 21st century, aligned with workforce needs in the local area and beyond. The educational program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and views academics through the lens of aerospace. Challenging projects, hands-on activities and collaborative learning engage student interest to maximize learning potential.” As a charter school with almost 1,650 students, 100 teachers, 4 counselors, 6 administrators and 100 classified staff, we are entering our sixth year of operation and recently moved into our new state-of-the-art STEM.
www.tpaa.org/ | 661.273.3680
Tehachapi Unified School District
Tehachapi Unified School District elementary schools feature robotics and computer programming enrichment both during and after school. In partnership with the Air Force Research Labs, each elementary school now features two 3D Printers, enabling students to experience 21st Century technology. Our middle school features Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses, FIRST Lego League robotics teams, and a strong Science Olympiad team. The Project Lead the Way program continues into the comprehensive high school with Engineering and Biomedical pathways in addition to an Engineering and Manufacturing Academy. In partnership with the Arts, Science, and Technology Council of Tehachapi, fourth and fifth grade students participate in a district- wide model rocketry challenge and the high school campus features a STEAM Center for community access to enrichment programs and activities. STEAM Up in Tehachapi!
Antelope Valley College
At Antelope Valley College we take pride in providing a quality, comprehensive education for a wide variety of learners. We are committed to student success, offering value and opportunity for all members of our community.
AVC was founded in 1929 as a department of Antelope Valley Joint Union High School in Lancaster. Today AVC has a service area of 1,945 square miles with an annual unduplicated headcount of more than 18,000 and employs more than 850 people.
Antelope Valley College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges/ Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC). AVC’s most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was completed in Fall 2016. The college is up for its next accreditation reaffirmation in Fall 2023.
Corporate and Community Services is committed to providing lifelong learning experiences to our community through a variety of courses which provides shortterm, not-for-credit programs that offer the basic, technical and professional business courses designed to develop skills that can lead to employment, job advancement, enhancement and/or certification.
Cathy Hart, Dean,
661.722.6300 EXT. 6412
Job Recruitment Services - The Job Placement Center (JPC) is a resource and information center available to current students and alumni. The JPC assists students to become fully prepared to search for employment opportunities that are in line with their educational goals and career objectives. Students are encouraged to apply to employment opportunities, work experience programs or internships that will provide the skills and experience needed to secure permanent employment once they have graduated.
California State Long Beach - Antelope Valley
AV Engineering Program is a full time, highly structured, 2 ½ year program for transfer students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in either Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. The program is located at the Lancaster University Center Satellite Campus. Students are admitted and matriculated through CSULB. The program is a cohort based model, allowing students to proceed as a group through the program in a prescribed lock-step sequence. The cohort model emphasizes teamwork and collaboration among students and offers a strong support system as you progress through the program. Students complete 68 units of junior and senior level engineering, capstone General Education, and math coursework. The program takes approximately two and a half years to complete, including a Summer term.
For more information, please call: 661.723.6429