Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, California recently got a big boost for their Manufacturing, Engineering, Robotics, and Industrial Technology (MERIT) Academy. At an event to celebrate the launch of the Alliance for the Linked Learning Academy, the Gene Haas Foundation presented the Rio Mesa MERIT Academy with a grant for $10,000. Haas Automation, Inc. a strong sponsor of manufacturing–based education, recently supported the program by donating a TM-1P vertical machining center and 15 control simulators to the school.
The event, sponsored by The Ventura County Civic Alliance, featured an address by the State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Torlakson, who offered his congratulations for the project and spoke about students’ educational needs for the future. The Alliance for Linked Learning is a collaborative effort of business and education to develop a stronger workforce for Ventura County. The Ventura County Civic Alliance serves as the business/education intermediary to recruit and manage employer and community involvement.
The Rio Mesa MERIT Academy is built on the Linked Learning Academy model, supported by the National Academy Foundation to provide school districts the most complete resources, curriculum, and professional development available. The Linked Learning system focuses on career transitions, hands-on learning, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles, with the objective of redesigning the high school experience for the 21st Century.