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El Monte Union to Launch New Dual Enrollment, CTE Programs in 2019-20

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El Monte Union students can look forward to a host of new dual-enrollment programs and career technical education pathway offerings – from computer coding and stage production to public safety and education – when the 2019-20 school year begins Tuesday, Aug. 20.

“We are very excited to begin the new year with an expansion of course offerings that will be taught by highly trained and passionate educators, who are dedicated to boosting our students’ chances of success by providing them with practical experience, real-world training and preparation for the future,” Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said.

At Arroyo High, students can learn technical and stage production management in the new theater and stagecraft CTE pathway. Students in the food science and nutrition pathway may earn internships with the City of Hope and earn CTE class credit. Administrators are exploring a business law option for spring 2020 and plan to provide more articulated classes that will enable students to earn college credit with Rio Hondo College, Mt. SAC, Citrus College, Los Angeles Trade Tech or Fullerton College.

El Monte High School will offer three sections of Automotive 101 in the fall and Automotive 103 in the spring through Rio Hondo College, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology.

At Mountain View High, students in the financial services CTE pathway and who intern in the Union Bank branch on campus will earn CTE class credit. Administrators are working on articulation agreements for Mountain View’s new CTE pathways in education and theater with Rio Hondo or Citrus College. A Counseling 101 class from Rio Hondo may also be offered after school.

Rosemead High School will introduce its computer coding dual-enrollment CTE program in collaboration with Rio Hondo College, enabling students to earn free college credits that are transferable to UCs or CSUs. The school will also launch its new stagecraft pathway. The school’s business, finance and graphic arts pathways are articulating with Rio Hondo College, helping students to earn credit and save time and money.

South El Monte High is starting year two of its Early College Academy with Rio Hondo College. Course offerings will include Speech and American Sign Language, as well as Counseling 101 and Library for freshmen. The school will also start its new professional theater pathway, as well as a public safety dual-enrollment CTE program, with a Fire Tech Emergency Response class planned for the fall and an Administration of Justice and Fire Safety class planned for spring. Students in the manufacturing and business pathways will be offered internships.

“We are constantly finding new ways to build programs, offer college-level and career pathway courses and expand our higher education partnerships to ensure our students have every opportunity to explore a variety of career options and prepare for post-secondary success,” Zuniga said. “We look forward to expanding our programs and providing students the tools to achieve.”