Health TECH Academy at Valley High School earns Golden Bell Award from CSBA
October 20, 2009
Valley High School’s Health TECH Academy has received the Golden Bell Award in the Wellness category from the California School Boards Association (CSBA).
Valley’s Health TECH Academy (Tomorrow’s Employees in Careers in Health) is an innovative four-year program that combines advanced technology, student work place experience and direct contact with local health officials to create a unique educational experience for all students interested in any health-related occupation.
The Health TECH Academy has also partnered with Kaiser Permanente to create Cultural Awareness Community Health Education (CACHE), a program that allows academy students the opportunity to research more about their own cultural group through mentoring with Kaiser Permanente doctors and to make presentations on key public health problems that affect their cultural group.
Valley will receive the award at a ceremony in December.
“Valley’s Health TECH Academy is a perfect example of schools partnering with businesses to provide not only a quality education, but a service to the community,” said Keven MacDonald, principal at Valley. “We are pleased that Kaiser Permanente has been a dedicated partner in providing experiences that extend far beyond the classroom and into the workplace. We are very proud of the teachers, counselors and students associated with the Health TECH Academy.”
The Golden Bell Awards program, now in its 30th year, promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs necessary to address students’ changing needs.
For more information on CBSA and the Golden Bell Award, please visit http://www.csba.org/TrainingAndEvents/Events/GoldenBell.aspx.