The Kennedy IT Academy students have a plethora of work-based learning opportunities. These include:
- Attending a variety of field trips to Pandora, Google, AT&T, the Tech Museum, Computer Museum, and much more. These trips help the students to see what the IT industry is doing now and these companies’ plans for the future. They learn what they need to continue in the IT field, whether it is producing music, networking, programming, or web design. Students connect with professionals by seeing that they came from almost the same background as themselves.
- Students have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certificates, such as CISCO and Adobe certifications.
- The Kennedy IT Academy has various speakers visit classes, including Veli Waller from EdFund, Brian Chee from Cabled Observatory in Hawaii, Sherice Torres from Google, Nestor Paraiso from Junior Achievement, and Beena Agarwal, Co-founder, and CEO of Taiko Labs.
- As we all know, there is a large gap in the technical and computing industry between men and women. There are many organizations out there that would like to change that and get more women in this man-domineering industry. The Kennedy IT Academy has connected with Girls Who Code and had 10 female students attend workshops after school for a month. Kennedy High School’s goal is to get more girls interested in the tech industry and connecting with Girls Who Code is a great way to do that.
- The Kennedy IT Academy is working with Girls Who Code to employ up to 3 students for their summer camp. In 2016, another student was placed with the WCCUSD IT department for an internship as well.
- Students participate in G.R.O.W. (Growing Real Opportunities in the Workforce), a non-profit organization that comes to the schools and works with students to get college- and career-ready. This organization helps students discover their passions and skills, find an ideal career fit, engage in school and work, gain confidence, and much more.