Contributor: Seth Beute, Phoenix Coding Academy Principal
I’m proud to announce that Phoenix Coding Academy is becoming an ElevateEdAZ Education Partner.
ElevateEdAZ prepares individuals for college and career through stronger alignment between education, business, and the community. The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (Foundation) is matching businesses to schools to connect educators with employers, who will provide time and talent to help students graduate better prepared for college and career.
Becoming an ElevateEdAZ Education Partner will support Phoenix Union High School District’s mission to prepare every student for success in college, career, and life.
Phoenix Coding Academy is a learning community engaging students in computer science pathways and innovative academic experiences that empower them to make confident decisions about their life’s journey. This small, innovative, specialty school is focused on computer coding and multiple technology pathways through inquiry-based instructional design and is one of the first public high schools of its kind.
While inquiry design and project-based learning provide the instructional framework, the focus is on innovation and computer science with academic courses integrated to offer a dynamic, student-centered academic experience. A wonderful aspect of the school is the sense of community where all students know each other, and the teachers are able to have a positive impact on every single student by the time they graduate. There’s a collective sense of curiosity, creativity, respect, and a balance of work and play that bonds our students and staff.
ElevateEdAZ will be working with us to adjust learning to support college and career pathways, create work-based learning options, and increase our students’ exposure to college opportunities and career pathways.
As the needs of industry and workforce constantly change, our students will be prepared to enter college and a job market where technology and computer science skills are a basic requirement. Employment opportunities in technology-related careers are growing at a faster rate than other industries.
This partnership will also better support our teachers and equip them to integrate industry into the classroom!
We look forward to ElevateEdAZ’s College and Career coach connecting us with business and industry partnerships to facilitate workshops, field trips, mentors and job shadowing, and internships for students and staff. Students are even more engaged in school when they see and experience the relevance of what they are learning and how it connects to their lives and dreams for their futures.
I’m excited for Phoenix Coding Academy’s partnership with ElevateEdAZ and how this will help our students reach new heights and be better prepared for life after high school.
I look forward to students learning skills at school and applying those skills with successful people in the field. Working with and learning from people in business and industry can be a powerful experience. Students will build their resumes and professional networks, which is valuable for college, scholarships, and job opportunities.
By working with local leaders and industry professionals, we will create a better support system for students!
I’m excited to start our new school year with our new partner, and I can’t wait for us all to learn and grow with ElevateEdAZ.