It seems like he just graduated from Charter Oak (which he did), but Manuel Porras just landed a graphic design job with Western Graphics. Manuel was a BETA honor cord recipient last year and also took a graphic design class (specializing in the fashion design industry) at the Fairplex in Pomona. Even though he's very new to his job, Manuel just completed his first logo project for a construction client. This job will hopefully lead to Manuel's eventual dream of designing his own clothing brand. We are proud of you Manuel and who knows, maybe we'll see you at an upcoming Panel of Professionals Day!
Congratulations to the following Digital Arts students who have met the requirements for their honor cord in BETA. These students will be presented with their honor cords at their Senior Awards Night on Monday, May 18th at St. Louise Parrish Hall:
Mr. Parslow is so very proud of your accomplishments these past two years in BETA. Please join us in congratulating these students.
Earlier this spring, three more students took the Mobile Apps Certification Exam in which all three passed! Christian Bejec, Kadin Ortiz, and Jacob Wagner join the list of the other eight students that are now mobile apps industry certified (adding to the list of the first high school students in California to have this industry certification)! This spring, all eleven students were presented with their certificates from webprofessionals.org. Also beginning this year, a banner will be hung in Mr. Parslow's classroom listing the names of these students that passed the exam (see the picture to the left). Congratulations again to this special group!
On Thursday, April 23rd, BETA had its annual Panel of Professionals Day in the school library. This year, five professionals came out to discuss their careers in a variety of fields including banking, marketing, graphic design, and human resources. After a session where our student moderators asked a variety of questions to our panel members, students in our audience where given a chance to ask their own questions regarding internships, daily challenges in their activities, and how well college prepared them for where they are today. The final part of the day was a "working lunch" where students got to eat their lunch with a panel member to gain further knowledge on their careers and their company. A big thank you goes out to the following professionals that took time out of their busy schedules to come out and share their experiences with our students:
On Sunday, April 12, the Business Education students arrived at UCLA for the annual Project ECHO Competition. This is a business competition where students present "shark tank style" in an attempt to receive funding for their business concept. The senior Capstone class wrote a 50- page business plan including an in depth account of the business operations, industry research/analysis, financials, and marketing plan. Then, presented the concept on stage at UCLA to potential investors. For the seventh year in a row, Charter Oak was honored and awarded 1st Place and a $1,000 check to continue their business operations and increase the scope an scale for next year. A job well done!
What an amazing experience. The BETA students took a trip to Angels stadium to talk with professionals working in various business careers. They were given a VIP tour and and learned about business operations, finance, legal counsel, sales, and marketing within the Sports Marketing world. Students were also given advice on resume writing and tips for interviewing. It was an exciting and valuable day for our students.
As a participant in the BETA program various career related opportunities are made available to the students. Some acticitives include:
Participants in the BETA program are offered two field trips per year to assist with Career Development and Exploration. Students have a chance to network with industry professionals and see the reality of working in various careers. So far our field trips have taken us to:
In September of 2014, the Charter Oak Education Foundation (formerly Charter Oak Partners in Education...aka COPE) asked BETA to help create a new look. Mrs. Strycula and Mr. Parslow invited various academy students to take on the project. Several students attended a foundation board meeting to ask questions and get an idea of what the Foundation had in mind. The Foundation board members explained to the students that they wanted their ideas and opinions on the new name and logo since it is their education foundation and they wanted them to have ownership in the foundation as they are our future board of directors! The students came back with the name ‘Charter Oak Education Foundation’ with the idea that they should ‘tell it like it is’. Then, several students set about the task of designing logos which were then submitted to the board of directors. After much deliberation, and appreciation for the talent of these creative students, the directors chose the design created by Alyssa Fuentes, a senior in BETA who is currently in Mrs. Strycula's Capstone class (and a former student in Mr. Parslow's digital arts classes).
On December 19 and 20, students from Mr. Parslow's Mobile Apps Design class took their Mobile Apps Certification Industry Exam. For the first year that COHS offered the exam, the pass rate was incredible! Eight students passed the exam with a nearly 90% pass rate of those who took the exam! Those students include:
With this exam passed, these students will become industry certified in Mobile Apps Design. This will allow students to have a leg up on applying for a mobile apps design job after they graduate from COHS. The certification will also look great on their applications and resumes.
At the February 5th, Board of Education meeting, Mr. Parslow presented these students to the Board members and highlighted their accomplishments in passing this exam. The Board was so impressed with the pass rate that they offered to help pay for additional students to take the certification exam. As of this date, 9 additional students will be taking the exam (date/time to be announced).