WHAT: On Thursday, September 7 at 8:30 a.m., the Sacramento Fire Department’s Station 7 firefighters will visit Valley High School in their fire engines to officially meet and greet with the first class of Fire and Emergency Pathway students. Thanks to a partnership with the Sacramento Fire Department, an unprecedented 70 students signed up for the new pathway available only at Valley High School.
With a go get ’em attitude and a new program, these young Vikings will prepare for a career in the fire and emergency services industry. Once they complete this multi-year Career Connected Learning program, students will trade their horned helmets in for a firefighter’s helmet and climb their way up the ladder toward becoming a firefighter or emergency service responder. A special thanks also goes to the Cosumnes Community Service District’s Fire Department, who is donating a fire engine for the new Fire and Emergency Services Pathway program to provide students with real-life learning experiences with the program’s own fire engine.
During the morning-long event, 12 Station 7 firefighters will oversee six friendly competitions in which student “platoons” will participate. Each event replicates aspects of skills students will learn in the new pathway program.
Kathy Hamilton, director of College and Career Options, smiled and stated, “Our Career Connected Learning opportunities help students prepare for college and career. Offering a pathway like fire and emergency response shows our interest in partnering with the business community and demonstrates to our parents that we’re prioritizing high-demand industries. This is a win-win for our community, the public service industry and for our students.”
WHEN: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. PDT
WHERE: Valley High School, 6300 Ehrhardt Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95823; Please check-in at front office.
WHO: The Sacramento Fire Department and EGUSD launch a new Fire and Emergency Services Pathway at Valley High School.
WHY: EGUSD and Valley High School strive to provide students with Career Connected Learning opportunities within many different industries. The creation of the new Fire and Emergency Services Pathway through a partnership with the Sacramento Fire Department will provide Viking students with work-based learning opportunities such as fire station tours, job shadowing, mentoring, and ride-alongs. Additionally, the fire department will also speak to pathway students on the Valley campus and train the students to participate in events to educate the community about fire prevention and suppression.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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