Early in her career as an educator, while teaching in the award winning Academy of Business (a Lighthouse California Partnership Academy) at Clairemont High School in San Diego, Elizabeth Rush heard one of her students ask: “Ms. Rush, why don’t all students at Clairemont have the opportunity to participate in an academy?” It was a good question, one to which she did not have a good answer.
Today, in her new role as Academy Coordinator for Clairemont High School, she does: “Now, everyone has a pathway!” Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to join district leaders, employer representatives, parents, teachers, students, postsecondary partners, and community advocates who came together to celebrate two outstanding accomplishments. First, they cut the ribbon on the official opening the new building housing the Academy of Business on the Clairemont campus. It’s a brand new, 10,500 square foot, state-of-the-art facility fully equipped with modern business advances including a mock stock trading floor, media technology classroom, media lab and broadcast sound studio, all offering real-world learning experiences that bring the world of business to life.