ACME featured in the OC Register
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Henri Brownell, an ACME mentor at Valley High, said his goal is to give students an idea of what will be expected of them as working professionals.
“The kids are getting a chance to learn public speaking, vocabulary, writing skills, job skills, plus a specific skill that’s going to help them with their career,” Brownell said.
J. Gonzalez, ACME’s director of special projects, said schools are becoming increasingly focused on preparing students for potential careers as well as higher education.
“One of the things for kids that’s key is making education relevant,” Gonzalez said, “Everybody talks about rigorous, and nobody is going to dispute the importance of rigor, but relevant seems to be a moving target that’s hard for everybody to identify.”
Jose Garcia, who teaches in all three levels of Valley’s animation program, graduated from Valley High School in 1999. At the time, he said, graphic design and animation weren’t offered as classes, so he got involved through an after-school club.
Said Garcia: “My goal for them is when they leave high school they know about social media, they know about marketing, they know about web design. We have units embedded into our curriculum where it’s not just animation. We show them how to promote themselves and how to be employable.”
Senior Jonathan Gomez prefers drawing to 3D animation, but regardless of what career he goes into, he said, the program has helped assure him that there are career paths that fit his interests.
“There are many opportunities out there because design is everywhere and art will always be there,” Gomez said.
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