Baldwin Park Unified this fall is expanding its partnership with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s premier provider of instructional programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Baldwin Park High, which launched a PLTW freshman-engineering class in 2014-15, will add a sophomore-year course; Holland Middle School and Santa Fe School will add PLTW Gateway, an engineering program aimed at middle school students; Santa Fe will also add robotics curriculum to its fifth-grade science classes. The district is partnering with Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering, which provides teacher training and certification. Students who complete the engineering course pathway will move to the front of the registration line for Cal Poly's engineering program. School begins Monday, Aug. 17.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Adult and Community Education (BPACE) is offering free enrollment for the first quarter of a new Home Care Aide Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, which trains students in providing basic at-home care and support to clients. For a limited time, BPACE is waiving both the course fee for the first quarter and the Student Accident Insurance fee – a standard requirement for all students enrolled in CTE courses. The 40-hour course will focus on safety principles for client mobility and transport, personal hygiene care, home safety management and nutrition.
Baldwin Park Unified is encouraging water conservation and sustainability through a long-standing partnership with the Valley County Water District and its water bottle fill station program. The program, also made possible by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, saw the installation of 18 water bottle fill stations on Baldwin Park Unified campuses before the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Margaret Heath Elementary and Olive Middle School were recognized with gold-level awards by the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coalition for outstanding implementation of the PBIS program. Both schools will have their names displayed at the Sixth Annual California PBIS Conference in Sacramento from Monday, Sept. 13 to Wednesday, Sept. 15, in honor of their accomplishment.