By ERIC SIMONI
Principal, Escalon High School
The mission of Escalon High School is to ensure all students are college or career ready. To emphasize this mission, EHS continues to provide students opportunities to explore and learn about the local industry job sector through various hands on learning experiences offered in Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways. EHS currently offers high quality CTE pathways in Agriculture Mechanics, Ornamental Horticulture, Agriculture Science, First Responder, and Information Technology. CTE programs provide students what is needed to succeed in the modern economy: technical skills, academic skills and employability skills. Most importantly, CTE pathways teach students how to connect what they are learning to future employment opportunities.
The EHS Information Technology pathway visited one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Tracy, Ca and learned how Amazon is able to ship products with excellent efficiency. Students enjoyed a guided tour that allowed for an up close viewership of their systematic automated processing capabilities. The Tracy facility processes 165 orders per second through a very fine tuned system where humans interact with automation and robots. Students were able to see the entire process the moment a customer clicks the mouse for merchandise purchases to the shipping of the product.
Students walked away from the visit enriching their educational experience by viewing, identifying, and connecting with computer programming employment opportunities that are directly related to the skills being taught on the EHS campus. Currently, EHS students are learning how to control small scaled robots through the composition of multiple computer code languages in the Information Technology pathway. The Information Technology pathway has similar educational experiences logged into the curriculum calendar related to the most recent Amazon visit and are looking for additional strategies and tools to construct the best pathway possible.
These experiences and others are illustrations of Escalon High School’s mission to prepare students for life after high school. If anyone has questions about upcoming events relating to the post high school experience, or interested in making a connection with the Information Technology pathway, contact the EHS administration office for more information.
Principally Speaking is a monthly article, contributed by principals from Escalon Unified School District sites, throughout the school year. It is designed to update the community on school events and activities.