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Diversified Career Preparation Class - May 2008


While traditional education is the basis for success, today's business world increasingly demands experience as an important quality in employees. By offering a program through which students can obtain invaluable workplace experience, the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning is providing that opportunity. In AACAL's Diversified Career Preparation class, students participate in nonpaid internships in the fields of engineering, computer science, and animal science in addition to their regular high school coursework. As a group, these students have also completed over 400 hours of community service, and have learned the importance of giving back. Teacher Katie Smith comments that these students have developed "leadership, integrity, and a great work ethic," traits that will surely aid them in the business world. At the cutting edge of education in the Panhandle, Principal Karen Tomlinson denotes these kids as "exceptional." Congratulations!

Photo by Micheal Lemmons / Amarillo Globe-News
Accompanied by Celebrate Education Partners, members of the AACAL - or Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning - Diversified Career Prep class are the Amarillo Globe-News' Class Act for May 2008. Participants are, from left,
First row: Marcus Smith, PRPC; Becky Zenor, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; Dana Olmstead, WTAMU; Andrea McClintock, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; Diane McClish, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; Henrietta Bond, Education Credit Union; Jill Dana, McDonald's; Charlotte Rhodes, Amarillo Area Foundation; Nancy Smith, Baptist St. Anthony's.
Second row: Amanda Storlie; Dashia Burk; Caitlin Kelley; Elizabeth Perkins; Colby Kitchens; Gene Wheeler; Carl Martin; Jee Sun Yi; Lauren Garcia; Les Simpson, Amarillo Globe-News; Katie Smith, AACAL teacher; Karen Tomlinson, AACAL principal.
Third row: Ande Ragsdale, AQHA; Jay Ricci, KVII Television; David Lewis; Barbara Croft; Ethan Reddoch; Sara Venable; Ronnie Anderle; Justin Faghih; Lucas Longan; Austin Fielding; Tobe Brofft; Taylor Carroll; Oscar Camorlinga; Spencer Lynch; Britain Brewer, United Supermarkets; Wallace Hill, Xcel Energy.

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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