SIATech Boyle Heights Receives California Career Pathways Trust Grant for the 2015-2017 Academic Years The California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) supports career pathway development through grants to partnerships with business entities and local educational agencies (LEAs), community college districts in order to better assist students in attaining successful futures. SIATech Boyle Heights will focus on creating and exposing opportunities for students in four distinct pathways: Automotive, ICT/Digital Media, Health and Energy. Throughout the course of the year, our Student Support Specialist, Ms. Elizabeth Chavez, will be working alongside the students and helping them identify their career interests, confirming career choices and exposing students to different career opportunities available in the distinct pathways. Fall’s 2015 semester brings exposure into each pathway thanks to the collaborative partnerships established by Ms. Chavez and various Los Angeles County business and organizations. Here is a sneak peek into the semester’s career trips: October’s kick-off event will include insight into an avenue of health which is too often stigmatized and misunderstood, mental health. The Volunteers of America has opened their doors to SIATech’s CCPT initiative and will grant students the opportunity to get a firsthand look into the invisible wounds that our beloved veterans carry. Depression, Anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are examples of some of the most common mental illnesses affecting veterans. These diagnoses’ often times make transition to civilian life challenging and painful for veterans and their families. Students will learn about the different careers available in this setting while also receive a tour of the facility and ending the day with an open Q&A session led by the center’s director, Jason Corrasco, LMFT. In November, students will delve into one of the many faces of the Digital Media world by visiting the Los Angeles KLCS television station. KLCS is the only PBS station based in Los Angeles with more than 8 million viewers, it is the second largest media market in the country. Students will be granted access to the studio and will meet with a variety of the station’s team members including; Editors, Directors, Producers, Camera Facilitators and Audio Engineers in efforts to demonstrate the different opportunities available in TV broadcasting and its relation to ICT/Digital Media. November finishes off with a visit to California State University Northridge. Students will discover CSUN’s 133 different majors and see what it is like to go from high school to college! December will bring a different spin on Digital Media with a tour of Los Angeles’ most popular Hip-Hop Radio Station, Power 106. Students will not only learn about the different ways in which technology and digital media are founded upon radio broadcasting but they will also witness live production of the Power 106’s noon segment. The last career trip for the semester will bring light to our Energy Pathway. Students will tour the City’s oldest and largest wastewater treatment facility. They will discover how Los Angeles recovers wastewater bio-resources that are used for energy generation and agricultural applications in efforts to spark interest into this growing work field. Tune into our online site for student testimonials, event descriptions and photographs as we begin to expose our youth into these pathways!