Southern California Program

Lynwood Unified School District

Lynwood, CA
December 2019

The Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD) serves nearly 15,000 students at twelve elementary, three middle, and two high schools in southeast Los Angeles.  Its student body is 94% low-income and 36% are English language learners.  College & Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Programs are a core strategy the District uses to enhance the academic and career success of students.  At Firebaugh High School the Biomedical Science and Nursing and the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering pathway programs are sharing a single classroom due to a lack of space on the campus.  As a result, both programs turn away students and have had to reduce lab activities and projects that are part of the curricula.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support the construction of a new modular classroom/lab equipped for the Biomedical Science and Nursing Program, thereby freeing up space in the existing classroom, and enabling each program to serve an additional 90 students annually.  Students typically take a four-year sequence of classes that end with a capstone project and the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications prior to graduation.  Each program uses the Project Lead the Way design framework that includes: rigorous curricula aligned with national CTE standards; A-G courses required for admission to California state colleges and universities; work-based learning; and comprehensive professional development and support for teachers.

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