National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Engineering (AOE)
NAF Academies providing Engineering pathways answers an acute need for engineers in this country by educating high school students in the principles of engineering and providing content in the expanding fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. From 2012-2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 180,000 new engineering jobs will be created. Women make up just 13% of the engineering workforce. Additionally, African American and Latino workers represent 29% of the general workforce population, but only 12% of the engineering workforce (US News 2015). NAF is working to recruit a diverse student body in engineering academies to fill this gap.
The NAF - Northridge High School STEM Academy Engineering Endorsement was established in the Fall of 2012. The sequence of coursework for the Engineering Endorsement is listed below. In addition to the courses identified, students may elect to pursue a variety of related District 6 electives, industry certifications^, and concurrent enrollment options available through Aims Community College*.
NAF Academy of Engineering Course Sequence:
9th Grade Introduction to Engineering
10th Grade 3D Modeling/Aims CAD 255 SolidWorks*^
11th Grade Principles of Engineering
12th Grade Architectural Design/Aims CAD 224 REVIT*
David Isley - Engineering Instructor
Kristie Julien - Mathematics
Brenda Rangel - STEM Academy Coordinator