District 4 School Board Member Pam Gould met with Workforce Advantage Academy leaders, a teacher and a student while on a fact-finding visit to learn more about the charter school.
“Focused charter schools like this are innovative and fill a specific need,” Gould said. “Educators, elected officials and parents need to continue to work together to develop the right blend of educational options to ensure all children can be successful.”
Junior Jesus Sanchez shared with Gould his experience at the school, how he was able to significantly bring up his grades while working at Premier Cinema at Fashion Square Mall. He explained how he has become more confident. He also told her that he wants to join the military and serve as a medic and in a combat zone. He then asked if she would hire him, and she said that earning his high school diploma would be a critical consideration, but that he would have an advantage over other applicants due to his on-the-job experience working with people.
“Career path programs like this are essential,” Gould said. “If young people do not have a skill set, businesses cannot hire them.”
English teacher Derek Cavilla discussed his business career and switch to education, first at Nap Ford Charter School and now teaching older students. He discussed how he finds creative ways to motivate students so they want to read and learn new things.