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MORENO VALLEY, CA- Our youth are the future of tomorrow, so whenever they are doing something great it is always a good thing to acknowledge what they are accomplishing. The Business Academy at Canyon Springs High School has been selected as one out of 15 programs for the Lighthouse Academy model programs throughout the State of California.

There are a total of three academies at Canyon Springs. The others are a Health Careers and Creative Technologies Academy. Moreno Valley Unified School District's Superintendent, Dr. Judy White, is very excited about the recent accomplishment of Canyon Springs:

“It is so fitting that the Canyon Spring's Business Academy would get the Lighthouse Academy award. They have been a lighthouse of best business processes, competition and entrepreneurship. The students are exceptional and have demonstrated the highest level of learning which is the application of that knowledge.

The Lighthouse Academy Schools were selected through a program created through The California Department of Education called California Partnership Academies. The program was created in order to promote to school districts the idea of vocational academies, and to assist them in creating programs of their own.

Willene Biere, director of the Business Careers Academy for Canyon Springs High School, stated why they applied to become a Lighthouse Academy:

We applied to become a Lighthouse Academy because we knew Canyon Springs High School has a program model that would benefit other school districts in California. This designation confirms the California Partnership Academies team wants to see more vocational academies like ours.

Students in Canyon Springs High School’s academies receive mentoring and other support from the Moreno Valley business community, as well as from the educators within the program. In turn, these students support their younger classmates, Biere explained. Seniors help sophomores and juniors, and graduates of the academies often return to Canyon Springs High School to help those now attending.

With its designation as a Lighthouse Academy, Canyon Springs High School has received a $10,000 stipend from the California Department of Education to help it carry out the responsibilities expected from Lighthouse Academies.

In academies, students take the same required academic courses as all others in their graduating class, but also must take a set of courses geared to their career plan. For instance, Business Academy students also take accounting as just one of the extra course requirements.

This differs from the traditional approach, where high school students choose from a smorgasbord of electives, and could have at least one course with any other student at their school. Whether a school has academies or not, a core of academic courses such as language arts, history and mathematics is required.

For more information about Career Technical programs in the Moreno Valley Unified School District please call 951-571-7560. For more information on the Moreno Valley Unified School District’s call the District office at 951-571-7500 or go to the website at



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