The Triunfo Academy is designed to serve at-risk students who have not passed the California High School Exit Exam or for those who need to catch up on credits so that they can earn their high school diploma. Students earned their credits by completing online Cyber High and Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program that helps Migrant Education students meet graduation requirements by allowing them to work semi-independently through correspondent study.
David Ramos, Special Programs Counselor at Hueneme High, said students also worked on writing skills, focusing on resume writing, letter of intent, personal statements, career research, university research and writing formal letters.
Another goal of the Triunfo Academy, Ramos added, is to “plant a seed” in Migrant Education students’ minds that they can attend a four-year college or university and obtain professional degrees. To that end, students went on field trips to college campuses throughout Southern California. This summer they visited UCLA, USC and UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and CSU Northridge.
Also, students completing the Triunfo Academy are eligible to enroll in courses at Oxnard College.
Celina Zacarias, Director of Development for Community and Government Relations at CSU Channel Islands, was keynote speaker at the July 23 ceremony held in the Channel Islands High cafeteria. She urged students to continue their education after high school and become active in their community.
“Don’t be afraid to be great,” she told them.
OUHSD Superintendent Bob Carter and Hueneme High Principal Oscar Hernandez also spoke, urging students to think past high school and become lifetime learners.