Paramount Unified held its second annual Young Women’s Empowerment Conference on Nov. 3 at the Paramount High School Senior Campus. The event featured guest speakers, entertainment, and workshops that cover mental health, social media, college awareness and other critical topics.
Students at Paramount Unified’s Odyssey STEM Academy are learning from successful professionals at hospitals, in city government buildings and at schools through a six-week internship program that immerses them in real-world careers. Students are spending two days per week in their fields of study from Jan. 14 to March 8. Students were required to seek out their own mentors and apply for the internships through job fairs and personal visits. Students will continue with new internships throughout their four years to learn new skills and career possibilities before they graduate.
Paramount High School students are learning to program robots and build their own apps in a computer science pathway launched this fall. The District added computer science to its career technical education (CTE) pathway programs, which prepare students for success in college and career in specific areas of study. About 40 students are enrolled in the beginning course. The District will add advanced courses each of the next three years to complete the four-year program.
Zamboni Middle School welcomed Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith for a visit on January 17 to inspire students in music, visual arts and dance classes. Smith, who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will serve as a Turnaround Artist mentor to Zamboni as part of the Turnaround Arts: California program, which provides support for arts in select schools.