In recognition of the Communities of Elk Grove Unified’s outstanding “EGUSD Explore“ career and technical education academies, pathways and partnerships, the Communities of Elk Grove Unified were designated on Thursday, January 14, 2016, as the nineteenth Ford NGL Community in the nation and the second in California. This achievement was celebrated in a special commentary by Superintendent Hoffman in the Elk Grove Citizen.
Ford NGL communities bring together educators, employers and community leaders to improve graduation rates and student workplace success. Ford NGL is part of the educational outreach of Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. To be designated a Ford NGL Community, the Communities of Elk Grove Unified, led by the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), have worked with Ford NGL for more than two years to develop a five-year master plan to increase the number of students learning in career academies and pathways in the District and broaden the reach in the Communities of Elk Grove Unified through affiliations with senior business, education and civic leaders.
EGUSD has for many years responded to area employers by establishing career-themed learning communities — specifically career academies and pathway programs — that provide a dynamic environment in which students can excel in their academic pursuits while developing rigorous technical skills and personal attributes that will equip them for future success. Ford NGL Community designation bolsters EGUSD’s commitment to enhance the community approach to improve student academic achievement for college, careers and life. It represents a hub of collaborative engagement that promises a better trained and motivated workforce that will support the regional economy and create greater community prosperity.
Following the recognition program, EGUSD held the Third Annual Map Your Future Exhibition, which featured booths representing many of the career and service academies and pathways from EGUSD schools that are aligned with key business and industry sectors. Hundreds of parents, students and interested citizens turned out to see in action everything from creative culinary students and a 3-D printer, to automotive displays, video production set ups, and graphic design programs.
A feature of the designation ceremony was to engage academy and pathway students as ambassadors, interviewers, media production crews, and storytellers. Several students were also on stage to speak of their experiences and do introductions as masters of ceremony.
In addition, Pleasant Grove High School Digital Media Academy (DMA) students and the Herman Leimbach Elementary School News Crew, with an assist by the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC), roamed the halls to report and record from the red carpet opening and throughout the event.
Check out a short video compiled by SECC with the help of Pleasant Grove High School DMA students:
Watch a nine-minute video created by fifth graders that attend Herman Leimbach Elementary School!