Education Briefs

Hoover students tour Qualcomm, explore career paths

San Diego-based Fortune 500 company Qualcomm Inc. recently hosted a group of students from the Hoover High School Academy of Information Technology, giving them the opportunity to job shadow executives and tour the facilities.

Students visited Qualcomm’s data storage room, IT Communication/Customer Service Center, and its new museum showcasing the company’s history of innovation. They also learned about employees’ daily work and responsibilities.

During lunch, presenters discussed careers in computer technology and shared their own career path stories, in addition to offering students the opportunity to network and talk with mentors in small groups.

Truancy awareness campaign launched countywide

In conjunction with judicial and law enforcement officials, the San Diego County Office of Education has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the chronic problem of truancy and seek the public’s help in reporting truant children to the authorities.

According to County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward, truancy is widespread in the region: one in 10 local students misses at least 10 percent of the school year due to unexcused absences. Educators say truancy can eventually lead to dropping out, criminal behavior, and other problems.

As part of the anti-truancy campaign, fliers will be distributed to urge residents and merchants to notify their local school districts or the police when they see children hanging out in public places during school hours.

More locally-grown produce served in school cafeterias

Under the San Diego Unified School District’s Farm to School Program, tons of certified locally-grown fruits and vegetables are being served in school cafeterias, and the items, often organic, have proven to be popular with students.

The Farm to School Program partners with growers who are located within 25- to 250-mile radius of the district’s food services distribution center and farms that are no larger than 1,000 acres. Currently, the district is working with more than 10 family farms and serves at least one local food item sourced from these farms each month. The featured item for January was Kabocha squash from Suzie’s Farm in the South Bay, appearing each Thursday in school salad bars.

School choice applications due on Feb. 15

Feb. 15 is the deadline for parents to submit an application for their children to attend magnet, charter or other school choice programs in the San Diego Unified School District.

The district offers a wide range of specialized academic programs, such as International Baccalaureate Studies and dual-language immersion, and parents have the option of sending their children to programs of their choice based on space availability and other factors.

School choice applications must be submitted online. Paper or faxed applications will not be accepted. To review the district’s Enrollment Options Catalog and fill out an application, visit