When Businesses and Education Intersect

“American Canyon High School is hosting Community Learning Walks for business and community members so locals can see our campus, experience our programs, and meet staff. We believe that building a bridge between our community and school will inspire opportunities for our students and businesses to work together on a regular basis.” Says Beth Goff, American Canyon High School Teacher/ ACCC Board Member/ Napa Valley College Board of Trustees.

The first of a series of four Community Learning Walks was held on Wednesday, April 2nd. Our group included representatives from Recology, G3 Enterprises, Valley Wine Warehouse, American Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Nelson Staffing.

Nelson Staffing

“It was great to see American Canyon High School teaching skills such as resume writing and budget planning as standard curriculum items, in addition to the computer-based e-learning. As stated during the walk, teachers and staff are providing the students opportunities in school that mimic the working world they will soon be exposed to once they leave the protected classrooms. These skills will provide them the confidence and skills to sit and present well in an interview and provide a foundation for employers to build upon. Seeing several classes where the students were working in small teams to achieve a goal is very exciting to see. I enjoyed the very tasty lunch the Culinary Club prepared for us, as well as the “Tiny Home” being constructed in the Construction Career Technical Education Class, and the Robotics Class. All these are very specific skills that not only help them with a potential career but even help them planning their own household budgets once they leave home and be ready to make some home repairs if they chose to be home owners.” Damien Sapien, G3 Enterprises

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Our tour began with lunch with a few students and administration. Lunch was provided by the American Canyon High School Culinary Club. It included a beef stew, Cornish hen and strawberry shortcake for dessert. The food was fantastic! Beth Goff gave an overview presentation of the high school, which included a background of the technology that is behind the scenes from smart lights to solar panels.

After lunch, Beth began our tour in the theater where we observed a class in action and even caught some students practicing for the upcoming play! Then we entered the band room and enjoyed music played by the chamber orchestra. We took a sneak peek at the biotechnology laboratory and ceramics class. Then we landed in the Construction Career Technical Education Class and were able to explore the tiny house the class is working on. From there we watched the Chemistry Class explode some sodium for us and toured the Athletic Training Career Technical Education Classroom while the students worked on their projects. Our group also spoke with some of the students in a Humanities 11 class. After seeing the library and NVC classrooms, we ended our tour in the Digital Media/ Robotics Classroom just missing the Digital Media Class!

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“I am always amazed at the level of community and the maturity of the students at the American Canyon High School. I and Nelson Staffing have always been welcomed with open arms at the school and my colleagues and I always enjoy our time there whatever the event!” – Chris Allen, Nelson Staffing & ACCC Board Member

We can be change makers. We can influence this generation and help them choose a career path to follow. We can show them what our businesses offer and the opportunities they have in their hometown. It all begins with exposure. Our students and many residents are not aware of the businesses in town, other than those along the HWY 29 corridor. Pop into a class as a guest speaker, host a booth at the ACHS Career Day, or judge a Business Plan Competition. When we enter their world, we leave traces of us and our influence behind. By showing them our businesses and career opportunities, we open their minds to the possibilities of their future.

There are three more Community Learning Walks – April 24th, May 1st, and May 15th. We encourage everyone to sign up for this opportunity. You won’t be disappointed!

Mandy Le
President/CEO
American Canyon Chamber of Commerce