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Nea Charter Adds Career Training to High School Curriculum

ACLC and Nea’s location at 1900 Third Street. (File Photo. Collage by Robert Cassard)

ACLC and Nea’s location at 1900 Third Street. (File Photo. Collage by Robert Cassard)

Nea Community Learning Center (Nea) plans to expand its high school curriculum to include career and technical education (CTE), creating what it says is the first and only modern CTE program among Alameda high schools, the public charter school has announced.

According to a media release provided to Action Alameda News, Nea is partnering with the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (EAROP) to offer programs in the areas of Industrial Technology, Health & Services and Business & Technology.

Classes will be offered at the EAROP Center in Hayward, which is a joint effort by the Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo school districts.

“Offering career and technical training gives our learners exciting new options,” said Nea Lead Facilitator (principal), Annalisa Moore. “Not only will they learn valuable job skills, they will have an opportunity to explore career interests and potential majors prior to exiting high school. And, CTE adds real world experience to their personal narratives for college applications,” said Moore.

All EAROP classes qualify for high school credits, but many also offer college credits and meet University of California A-G requirements. Only high school juniors and seniors are eligible, with preference in the new program given to students already enrolled at Nea. There is no cost for the courses running three hours daily (8am to 11am, or 12:30pm to 3:30pm), and vans will transport Nea students to and from the Hayward Center.

The Industrial Technology pathway includes training in the fields of construction, CAD drafting, automotive repair, welding and metal fabrication. The Health & Services pathway preps students for additional schooling or careers in education, culinary arts, corrections, dentistry and medicine. And the Business & Technology pathway offers options in marketing, merchandising, floral design, computer graphics, or computer repair and maintenance.

Nea officials say that over 300 Alameda county businesses participate on EAROP Advisory Committees to keep the program current with industry standards, and many classes offer internships at local businesses. The partnership with local employers also helps EAROP graduates get hired thanks to relevant skill sets and direct on-the-job training.

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