El Dorado Union High School District isn’t standing pat. The latest advance by the district with four comprehensive high schools is to add an engineering curriculum to Union Mine High School in El Dorado.
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It is a gradual process in completing the curriculum. It started by applying for and being accepted to Project Lead the Way, a nationwide network of leading corporations and philanthropic organizations and 50 postsecondary and research institutions. This Project Lead the Way provides curriculum and teacher professional development for 5,000 schools in 50 states.
Following curriculum development and teacher training, the high school will have a minimum of three engineering courses ready for the 2014-2015 school year’s freshman class.
Another coup for Union Mine is obtaining a $100,000 grant from the regional network for Project Lead the Way. This grant will be used to add a state-of-the-art computer lab, intensive teacher and staff training and support materials.
The courses Union Mine will start out with next academic year will include Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development.
The curriculum sounds downright exciting. We expect a lot of young brainiacs will find these courses not only challenging but exciting.
Our compliments to the high school district and high school board for jumping at this opportunity. We especially single out Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille, who obviously played a major role in nailing this program down.
“Our school has been searching for a while to find the right career technical program to add to our course offerings. The timing was perfect,” said DeVille in a press release from the district superintendent’s office. “When the opportunity arrived at the district to become a PLTW school, we were very fortunate to have been selected to house such a world-class program.”
To make the most of this and add more excitement and inspiration for the students, we suggest visits and mini-internships with local engineering shops. The El Dorado Irrigation District has a number of talented civil engineers with varying areas of expertise. There are at least two local consulting engineering businesses in El Dorado County, as well as software development businesses in El Dorado Hills.
We would also suggest visits to leading businesses in Palo Alto.
This makes Union Mine the third high school in the district with an engineering program.
Congratulations to Union Mine High School. We have no doubt it was a team effort there along with DeVille. And congratulations to the El Dorado Union High School District, also a key part of the development team for this engineering program.