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    Mayor Foster, School Superintendent Steinhauser, Launch "Architecture, Construction & Engineering Academy" @ Jordan High

    (May 16, 2007) -- Following-through on a vocational education component he advocated during his 2006 Mayoral campaign, LB Mayor Bob Foster on May 16 announced the official creation of the "Long Beach Architecture, Construction & Engineering Academy" (ACE), based on NLB's Jordan High.

    Speaking on site amid wood framing, Mayor Foster said "ACE Academy is about choices and its about our future: its about giving students the choice of a career, not a series of one off jobs. And its about meeting the huge demand for highly skilled labor by training the next generation."

    Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor

    A release says ACE Academy is patterned on a program now in its fifth year at San Diego's Kearny High School...whose senior class achieved a 100% pass rate on the CA High School Exit Exam.

    Jordan's ACE Academy will accommodate roughly sixty 10th grade students this fall...with an additional class added each year until 2010-2011, when the Academy will reach a full enrollment of roughly 400 students in grades 9-12. The release says ACE will use "real-world applications of the standard high school curriculum to prepare students to pass the California exit exam and go on to college or enter into the workforce directly from high school."

    Photo courtesy the Office of the Mayor
    LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser said in the release, "We’re deeply grateful to Mayor Foster for bringing together the many partners that will make this academy a success..."

    Superintendent Steinhauser continued, "The Mayor is working earnestly to help break the cycle of poverty that many families face. We share his aim. Preparing students for success in high paying, high demand jobs is the best way to make that aim a reality. The ACE Academy is an important extension of our efforts to prepare kids for success in college and the working world."

    The ACE program at Jordan High is a collaborative effort involving LBUSD, the Teachers Ass'n of LB, local construction and architecture firms and trade unions...and 150 students have already expressed interest for the upcoming school year, the release said.

    Parents and students interested in learning more about ACE Academy should contact their school or LBUSD for further info.

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