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May Alhambra High School Principal's Message

May 01, 2017 12:20PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Hello Bulldog Community,

Tom Doppe, Principal, Alhambra High School

As I mentioned in my last column, I want to highlight our different career pathways. This month I’ll share the great work in our health and medicine pathway, but first I want to share with you the impressive news related to SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is an organization that partners with industry and schools to support technical education career programs and competitions. After a recent regional competition, 19 Alhambra students qualified to compete in the state competition in San Diego April 21 – 23. Alhambra has competed at Skills USA since 2014, and we have always placed well; last year, in fact, we had a student go on to the national competition.

On to our health and medicine pathway... the current sequence of courses students take include: medical biology, medical chemistry, and public health. In the first two courses, students cover biology and chemistry standards through the lens of health and medicine while also getting early exposure to college and career experiences (guest speakers, college trips, etc.). In the capstone course, public health, students start to get real world, work-based experiences. 

Starting in the second semester, students have a job placement one day a week at a public health organization in the local community. This year we have students working at the Contra Costa Crisis Center, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, C.O.P.E. (Family Support Center for Counseling Options and Parent Education,) Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County, WIC of Contra Costa County, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa County. We are so appreciative of our community partners and could not do it without them, but we could use even more. As interest in the class continues to grow, so does our need for internships; so if you or your employer think there is a potential for an internship in the field of public health, please feel free to contact me directly.

As always, thank you for your support.

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