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Kearny High Showcases Linked Learning

— Linked Learning connects classwork to the work world. Students solve real-world problems in class projects and shadow professionals.

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Students at Kearny High's School of Digital Media and Design work on a project designing volunteer give-aways for a beach clean up during a visit from Broad Foundation researchers, May 22, 2013.

An event at Kearny Mesa High kicks off a statewide showcase of programs that connect high school students to career pathways.

California will spend $250 million next year to expand Linked Learning.

A statewide showcase of the programs kicked off at San Diego's Kearny High on Tuesday. The school's construction technology and digital media and design academies were the first programs to get the state’s Linked Learning certification.

Tom Torlakson, the state's superintendent of public instruction, said the programs are shown to keep students motivated.

“They’re constructive, confident. They’re not dropping out into drugs and gangs. But the other big positive is that our businesses, our economy are going to benefit from these rich internships and relationships,” he said.

Junior Travis Gooden said they have regular opportunities to build those relationships.

“Freshman year, we did this project with Billabong and people came in and told us about our project and how they work,” he said. "Professionals regularly review student presentations."

The San Diego, Carlsbad and Oceanside Unified School Districts and the Escondido Union, and Grossmont Union High School Districts got state pilot funding earlier this year to share Linked Learning best practices.

This story has been corrected. It previously called the Kearny High Education Complex Kearny Mesa High School.

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