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Aug. 21, 2002
DH 02 TK053
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Gary Wood
LA Harbor College
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Unique Teacher Preparation Academy Set To Begin

Wilmington, CA
- A unique new public high school, a cooperative venture between several levels of public education, is about to open its doors for the first time in the harbor area.

The innovative new educational entity is Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, high school located on the campus of Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington.

The new academy is the result of a collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the Los Angeles Community College District and California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and derives from a need to turn out more qualified teachers for public schools.

A special event marking the opening of the first new high school in the harbor area in nearly 40 years will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5, in front of the new academy's location near the main campus quadrangle area at Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place. Starting time is 10 a.m. and the public is invited to attend; parking is free on campus that day.

Officials from LAUSD, LACCD and CSUDH will be on hand for the special ceremony. Officials from all three educational entities have expressed the hope that many, if not most, of the students who complete the program and become qualified teachers will want to teach in schools.

Students enrolled in the academy, who must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average in their previous schoolwork, will take regular high school and college classes with a special academic focus on elementary school teacher preparation.

The new high school will become a reality when fall semester begins Sept. 3 with approximately 75 ninth grade students, growing to 400 students in grades nine through twelve by 2003. In addition to their high school classes, the students will enroll in at least one college course each semester while working toward a two-year associate degree from Harbor College simultaneously with earning a high school diploma.

The coursework completed by the students will qualify them for acceptance into CSUDH's Blended Liberal Studies/Teacher Education Option, a five-semester program that leads to a bachelor's degree and a teaching credential.

The Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy/Middle College High School is the first new LAUSD school established in the harbor area since Carson High School opened in 1963. It is also the LAUSD's first high school-college collaboration for a specific field of study, and is believed to be the first teacher preparation academy of its kind in the nation.

Mike Lansing, member of the LAUSD Board of Education, said that there is a "great synergy" between the LAUSD, Harbor College and CSUDH. "This new effort will keep students on the right track and will keep them focused by exposing them to a college atmosphere," he said.

"This program is in keeping with our commitment to build a strong 'communiversity' relationship with our partners in education throughout the region," said James E. Lyons, Sr., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

California State University, Dominguez Hills takes pride in offering a 'World of Opportunity' to everyone who desires a quality higher education. Visit the university website at for complete information on campus curriculum and activities.


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