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4 CUSD Students Selected for Summer NAF Future Ready Scholars Program at UC Berkeley

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Four Compton Unified NAF 9th Grade scholars have been accepted to NAF Future Ready Scholars Program at UC Berkeley this summer. The four scholars – Centennial High School’s Tyson Devers and Dayanara Perez, and Compton High School’s Rodrigo Garcia and Alexander Contreras – will experience a free, STEAM-focused college and career access program for students located in California NAF Academy high schools.

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The program consists of two main components – a residential program at UC Berkeley Campus during the summer and participation in virtual workshops / events throughout the school year.

During the summer residential program, NAF Future Ready Scholars @ UC Berkeley provides accelerated classes rooted in solving real-world problems and exposure to STEM fields. The academic rigor is alloyed with a strong community experience. Scholars stay on UC Berkeley’s campus from July 13 to July 17.

Scholars are also provided with College Success programming. This component ensures students are intentionally supported with their college and career exploration, preparation, and goals. The “College Success Workshops” are led by CEP staff. During these workshops, scholars take career inventories and use these inventories to explore occupations and career clusters. Students are also provided information on A-G requirements, college planning by grade level, and an overview of post-secondary options.

NAF is a national education non-profit that brings schools and businesses together to better prepare students of all backgrounds. Compton Unified School District, along with aerospace and defense company RTX and NAF, opened three NAF Academies of Engineering at the beginning of this year at Centennial, Dominguez High School, and Compton High School. Nearly 200 students participate in career-focused curricula focused in computer science, aerospace, and general engineering that creates new career pathways for the students.