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Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s annual Career Pathways Showcase highlights students’ career education and training experiences


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919


Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s annual Career Pathways Showcase highlights students’ career education and training experiences

Event promotes opportunity for business and community leaders to meet today’s educators and tomorrow’s creative workforce


WHAT:  Annual Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Career Pathway Showcase, providing an opportunity for business leaders and community members to meet with students and learn about their career pathway experiences and projects.


WHEN:  Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m.- 1 p.m.  The event is open to the community. Tickets are $30; registration is available online.


WHERE: John Muir Health Concord Campus, Concord I Conference Room, 2540 East St., Concord (Get Directions)


BACKGROUND: Career and technical education (CTE) can benefit students directly by providing earning advantages before and after graduation. Extensive research points to CTE experiences as essential to motivate students to get involved in their learning by engaging them in problem-solving activities that construct knowledge and by providing hands-on activities that enable them to apply knowledge; bring students and adults together in a setting of collaborative learning; and offer opportunities for students to interact with community members, potential employers, and students and teachers who share similar career/vocational interests.


As part of its focus to provide high school students with rigorous and relevant educational experiences and career-integrated academics, Mt. Diablo Unified offers students numerous academies and career pathways, and an extensive offering of rigorous Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework


MDUSD academies and pathways include:


College Park High School

  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) BioMedical Science
  • PLTW Computer Science
  • Sports Medicine
  • Art Design
  • Photography
  • Video Production

Concord High School

  • Human Services Academy
  • PLTW Engineering
  • Business
  • Construction Technology
  • Commercial Art
  • Photography

Mt. Diablo High School

  • Medical Biotechnology Academy (MBTA)
  • Digital Safari Academy (DSA) 
  • International Hospitality & Tourism Academy (IHTA)
  • Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing & Engineering Academy (ACME)

Northgate High School 

  • PLTW Engineering, Art Design
  • 2D Animation/3D Model Design
  • Computer Science
  • Photography
  • Sports Medicine

Ygnacio Valley High School

  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Education Academy
  • PLTW Engineering
  • Sports Medicine




11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Exhibits Open

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Speakers Program and Luncheon

Isabelle Fluery, Student, Digital Safari Academy, Mt. Diablo High School

Isabelle will speak about the value of internships for students, focusing the ability to practice what they are learning in their classrooms with a client, learning to collaborate with clients, and being responsive to clients’ needs.


  • Katalina Gallo, Teacher, Digital Safari Academy, Mt. Diablo High School

Katalina will speak about the value of having community partners work with her students, and how the partnerships bring relevancy to classroom instruction and make it more real.  She will also talk about the growth and maturity she sees in students when they work with clients.


Kristin Watson, Special Education Staff Training (SEST) Coordinator, Mt. Diablo Adult Education

Kristin will talk about the value of the relationship she has with students in the Digital Safari Academy, and the role they play in helping her with projects.


Carmen Perkins, Earn & Learn East Bay

Carmen will provide an update on Earn & Learn East Bay, a regional effort to connect students and community partners and to support meaningful work-based learning.  Specifically, Carmen will provide a demonstration of ELENA, the client management system developed to help support this initiative.


The event is co-sponsored by Mt. Diablo Unified, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, and John Muir Health. Day-of contact for media will be Heather Fontanilla, Career Pathways & Linked Learning administrator for MDUSD, at (925) 330-1392.



California Department of Education (CDE)

Career Technical Education - https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/


Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Career and Technical Education - http://www.mdusd.org/cte

Academies, CTE Pathways & Courses - http://www.mdusd.org/careeracademics


Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Career and Technical Education in High School: Does it Improve Student Outcomes?  http://edex.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/publication/pdfs/%282016.04.07%29%20Career%20and%20Technical%20Education%20in%20High%20School.pdf





About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:4/27/18
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