AOAT is a Distinguished California Partnership Academy and Career Technical Education (CTE) Graphic Design pathway focused on college preparation and career readiness. Through its rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, AOAT offers connected and engaging academic courses that meet all A-G requirements along with Honors and Advanced Placement course options to all students.
According to the World Economic Forum, with advancements in technology, we are entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Through the use of technology, we can create opportunities for a positive human-centered future. With emphasis towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, AOAT prepares students with the transferable skills to be successful in high school and after graduation.
AOAT provides a small community environment that fosters teacher and student connections, nurturing student’s motivation and enhancing their ability to succeed in school and life.
All grade levels participate in college preparation workshops. Students research a wide range of colleges and universities to broaden their options. Activities include guest speakers (alumni and college representatives), FASFA and financial aid workshops, as well as visits to community colleges, private art schools, and universities. Each student collaborates on a personalized graduation plan with the AOAT counselor.
Beginning in the 10th grade, students complete an interest profiler and self-assessment survey that helps identify their interests and personalities in relation to the world of work and the different California industry sectors. In the 11th grade, students learn about the 4th Industrial Revolution skills through career workshops, write resumes, and visit businesses in the Design, Visual Media and Entertainment sector. In the 12th grade, students prepare for life post high school by creating digital portfolios through Portfolium.
Business partners and advisory board members meet with small groups of students to provide professional mentorship and advisement in different careers. Students meet with their mentors on a monthly basis in person or through virtual conferencing.
In the 11th grade, students choose and establish a one day, 6 hour, job shadowing experience within a career field of their interest. During their experience, students identify appropriate professional ethics and behavior, observe the daily operations of the workplace, and interview their job shadow host. In class, students will then share their experience with their peers.
The 11th grade students participate in virtual and in-person mock interviews with business partners and Advisory Board members; each 10 minute interview is tailored to the student’s career field interest and ends with a 15 minute group debrief. Students prepare a resume and practice with peers prior to the mock interviews.
SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
In the 6-week summer program, students are required to complete 120 hours at their job site. They will also attend a weekly two hour seminar that focuses on various 4th industrial professional skills. Students are placed in internships that align to their career interest. Business partners mentor students and provide college and career advisement. The summer program culminates with a celebration during which participants share their experiences, showcase their design projects and receive a certificate of completion. Students who complete the summer internship program receive 5 units of work experience credit towards their LAUSD high school diploma.
Coordinator & CTE Teacher