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Energy and Utilities Career Academy

What is the Energy and Utilities Career Academy?

Academy Model

California Partnership Academy is a 3-year program for grades 10-12 designed to infuse Career Technical Education into their academic curriculum such that students are engaged in school-to-career preparation while meeting their A-G requirements. Independence High School accomplishes this through partnerships between the California Department of Education,PG&E, various Industry partners, and post-secondary education institutions as well. 
Career Focus 
Local businesses have pledged their support through curriculum development, lessons, mentoring, field trips, and possible senior internships to help prepare students with life-long skills in workforce readiness. The focus will be on Energy and Utilities and the pathway Energy and Environmental Technology.  In the electrical power industry, Bakersfield and Kern County have several cogeneration facilities and wind farms that employ technicians, operators, and engineers.  In addition to the major oil producers and refineries, we have a network of companies that support both the agriculture and petroleum industries.  The areas of instrumentation, automation, process control, maintenance, fabrication of control systems, petroleum engineering, and process control engineering are all understaffed.
IHS EUCA Business Partners
AERA Energy
AWE (Alliance for Women in Energy)
Business Entrepreneurship Center (BEC)
Berry Petroleum
Chamber of Commerce
Diversified Utilities
Hathaway LLC
Kern Economic Development Corporation
Kern Wind and Energy Association
Odell Cross
PLC’s International
PXP Company
Rain for Rent
Robin’s Enviroserv
SC Communications
Sempra Energy Utility/The Gas Company
Solar World America

Academy Participants

Students who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college and/or desire to be prepared for a career in a technical job and
  • Have an interest in energy and energy conservation
  • Are willing to commit themselves to good attendance, good work habits, good grades, and appropriate behavior
  • And, have the desire to enroll in a rigorous academic and career technical college preparatory sequence of courses.
Students will
  • Meet the A-G requirements, graduate at a rate higher than 90%, and be prepared for four-year colleges and universities.
  • Maintain a 90% or better attendance rate.
  • Maintain a 2.2 GPA or better.
  • Complete integrated academic projects in math, English, science, and the career course related to energy, energy conservation, and/or energy technology.
  • Demonstrate employment knowledge from entry-level jobs to jobs needing advanced degrees.
  • Become involved in their community through projects, presentations, mentorships, internships, job shadowing, and their CTE coursework.
  • Prepare a portfolio including college applications, resumes, a letter of purpose, and letters of recommendation under the guidance of a 3-year mentoring program whereby students meet monthly over 3 years.