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Connecting Deeper Learning to Real World Experiences

(May 2016) -- Students and teachers have been hard at work partnering with industry professionals to acquire the real world knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Most recently, four Da Vinci Science juniors - Cindy Magana, Kelly Crabtree, Nabiha Khanqadri, and Anthony Landaverde - were selected through a rigorous application process to be a part of Boeing's prestigious national summer internship program. In addition to the Boeing internship, over 50 Da Vinci high school students will be participating in internships across Los Angeles this summer. Students will be interning at SpaceX, Quest Nutrition, Farmer Mark Farmers Markets, Habitat for Humanity, Michael Stars, El Segundo Animal Hospital, and About:Space interior design, and others. All students participating in internships will gain invaluable career exposure, workplace skills, and resume boosters.

In addition to going out into the field to learn workplace skills, students also have had working professionals come to them. On April 22nd and 29th, 21 industry professionals visited Da Vinci's three high schools to speak to over 650 students about their industries, roles, and pathways to success, while sharing career tips, and other insights into the working world beyond the classroom. We are extremely grateful to the professionals from the following companies who shared their insights with students: 530medialabs, About:Space, Accutherm Refrigeration, Ascend Learning, Avrett Free Ginsberg, Balfour Beatty Construction, BRKLY Studios, California State University: Dominguez Hills, Farmer Mark Farmers Markets, Fonuts Bakery, Fox Networks, Freelance production consultant, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Kokoro Exhibits, LA Galaxy Foundation, Mundo Films, Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP, Northrop Grumman, Roundhouse Aquarium, TimeWarner Sports, and USC Unruh Institute of Politics.

Students are not the only ones gaining valuable insights from industry professionals. Last month, 31 staff members from Da Vinci Design visited Guild, a creative agency that represents esteemed clients including Nike, Sprint, and Diane Von Furstenberg, to learn best practices in design and to collaborate with Guild team members about upcoming student projects. Art teacher Cari Werz shared that it was "enlightening and exciting to see what other artists are doing" while Biology teacher Helena Cheng was surprised to learn that "not all students need to be on the creative side of design, but design firms also need experts in finance, engineering, project management and building."

Community members and industry professionals participated in Sharefest's 13th Annual Community Workday sponsored by Balfour Beatty Construction. Over 100 volunteers planted vegetables in the gardens, built benches, repainted walls, and laid pavers. Da Vinci Design looks fantastic thanks to our community partners and volunteers!!


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