Chino Valley Unified School District's Linked Learning Academies
Learning is transforming secondary education in Chino Valley USD into a personally relevant, wholly engaging experience for all levels of students, exposing them to previously unimagined college and career opportunities.
Linked Learning answers the question "Why do I need to learn
this?" by centering high school instruction around industry themes which inspires students to work harder, dream bigger and learn more
by exposing them to previously unimagined career opportunities.
Students graduate with the skills and confidence to succeed in college,
career and life.
Linked Learning encompasses four core components with are woven together in industry-themed academies:
- Rigorous Academics
- Core subjects that prepare all students for college, including the
a-g coursework required by California's public universities and aligned
to Common Core State Standards.
- Career-Based Learning in the Classroom
- Professional skills and industry-related knowledge woven into lessons
and projects to give students context for what they're learning.
- Work-Based Learning in Professional Settings
- A range of real-world experiences, from mentoring and job shadowing
to internships, that expose students to possible career paths.
- Integrated Student Supports
- Dedicated support services tailored to the needs of students, such as
counseling and supplemental instruction, that help ensure students are
successful in school and life.
academy is centered on one of California's 15 largest industries, such
as engineering, health care, performing arts, energy and law, ensuring
that students graduate with skills applicable to actual jobs.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Because agriculture is California’s most important economic industry,
California is often called the breadbasket of the world. If you love
nature, animals, or growing things, the Agriculture and Natural
Resources Sector may hold a great career for you.
A strong demand exists for well-trained, environmentally-sensitive
individuals to provide the state, nation, and world with food, fiber,and
a healthy environment. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Sector
provides a foundation for agriculture students in California. This
sector emphasizes real-world, occupationally-relevant experiences.
Classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural
experience, projects, leadership, and interpersonal skill development
activities prepare students for advanced training, higher education, and
entry to a career. Technology, Environment, Animal Medicine, Agriscience, and Agribusiness (TEAM A&A) Academy, Don Lugo High School
Arts, Media, and Entertainment
The Arts, Media, and Entertainment Sector offers a broad range of
employment opportunities. The variety of careers in this sector can
accommodate different personalities ranging from eccentric actresses and
professional gamers to multi-tasking managers. To be successful in
these careers, self-discipline is a must. Work is often project-based,
requiring time management skills with the ability to meet strict
deadlines. Academic studies are needed to understand and keep up with
changing technology used in this industry. A broad academic background,
and interpersonal skills are also valuable. Participating in the arts
promotes teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking, and
Energy and Utilities
Utilizing renewable energy and sustainable resources will impact our
future for generations to come. Hydroelectric, geothermal, and nuclear
power are part of the current resources, but what new energy technology
might the future hold? Doing more with less will likely be a focus of
future research and development. Pollution created by energy and utility
use poses a significant challenge for environmentalists and scientists
now and in the future. Improving the recycling of waste materials from
trash to sewage will offer many employment opportunities in the Energy
and Utilities Industry Sector.
Engineering and Design
The Engineering and Design Industry Sector is ideal for students who
have a strong understanding of mathematics and a creative drive to
design new ideas. If you are passionate about the environment and have
innovative ideas for renewable energy or water treatment, or you have
the next hit attraction for an amusement park in your head waiting to be
designed, this sector could be your path to success. Student attributes
for success in this sector include strong problem solving and
analytical skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and a strong
Finance and Business
Business relies on financial and personnel managers to keep companies
running smoothly. The pathways in the Finance and Business Sector are
key to successful business operations and offer a multitude of career
opportunities. Students will discover that accounting skills are highly
marketable and provide opportunities in many other career paths. Pathway
instruction includes basic accounting principles and procedures, as
well as computer applications, taxes, investments, and asset management.
Someone with an understanding and an affinity for mathematics would
thrive in the Finance and Business Sector.
Health Science and Medical Technology
Health care is one of the fastest growing career sectors. The Health
Science and Medical Technology Sector requires academic and technical
skills, as well as the related knowledge necessary for the field. These
careers range from entry level to management, including technical and
professional specialties. Workers in this field need the knowledge and
ability to contribute to the delivery of safe and effective health care.
Nearly half of the careers in this area require professional level
preparation. Students commonly need the academic background required for
entry into postsecondary education. Specific skill sets needed usually
include chemistry, physics, math, and biology plus communication,
problem solving and critical thinking skills. Many careers require state
certification or credentials.
Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Industry Sector encompasses
many different yet interrelated careers. If you enjoy working with
different people on a day-to-day basis this could be the career industry
for you. Students who follow this sector are eligible for positions
throughout the world with great potential for advancement. Whether you
have a passion for cooking, travel, sports, or nutrition, the following
career paths will give you the education and experience necessary to
Are you comfortable around computers? If you like working with computers
and other technology, this career sector could be for you. Information
technology careers involve the design, development, support, and
management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration
services. No other career sector offers as much diversity as information
technology. You can take the skills learned in these pathways and apply
them to any sector of our economy. With organizations continually
integrating sophisticated technology into their companies, the
employment opportunities for technology support specialists is expected
to grow faster than the average for all other occupations.
The Public Services Industry Sector provides a foundation for students
interested in being involved in their community and serving the public’s
interest. Careers in this sector often attract people who want to help
their fellow citizens and make improvements to the communities they
serve. Careers range from public safety to community outreach, and
everything in between. Because of heightened interest in homeland and
border security, employment growth in this sector is projected at over
20% in the near future.