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Tomorrow’s Leaders give a glimpse of the future businesses at Student Expo

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visalia – What do 3D printers, organic lipstick, auto shop, construction blue prints, and gluten free baked goods all have in common? They are part of the many displays and student run companies highlighted at the first annual Leaders of Tomorrow Student Expo.
Students from the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) Career Pathways and Linked Learning Academies and the students from the Visalia Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) are hosting an expo to showcase the work they’ve completed the 2016-2017 school year.
The Leaders of Tomorrow Student Expo is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at Ridgeview Middle School, 3315 N. Akers St. in Visalia.
VUSD offers two approaches to Career Technical Education in Visalia; Pathways and Academies.  VUSD offers over 15 Career Pathways across the district.  Pathways are a four-year sequence of career themed courses aimed at providing technical skill development in students.
VUSD also offers 10 career themed Linked Learning Academies.  Academies offer a four-year sequence of courses, but with the addition of two or more academic courses that combine students to create a cohort of classes and a school within a school model for students.
These programs are focused on college and career readiness, depending on the needs and next steps of our students.
The students from the Visalia Chamber of Commerce YEA! program will sell products from their newly launched companies during the Expo. Be the first to purchase products from one of the five YEA! start-up companies during the Expo:
• Aeryal’s – all natural organic and gluten free baked goods
• Kalifornia Kisses – organic lipsticks
• VESPR Goods – athletic backpacks
• Unknown Apparel – branded street wear
• SlingShot – online hiring resource for teens
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a yearlong academic academy hosted by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, which teaches core entrepreneurial skills to middle and high school students.
Visalia Partners in Education, Visalia Unified School District and the Visalia Chamber of Commerce work in concert to ultimately prepare students to meet needs of the 21st Century and ensure that there is a qualified workforce to support Visalia and Tulare County in the future.

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