Peeking at the Real World

It’s been a busy week for students at John Muir High School Early College Magnet’s Engineering and Environmental Science Academy (EESA).

More than 200 EESA students are one step closer to beginning careers in the engineering world, as representatives of more than a dozen local businesses have descended on the Pasadena Campus for “Engineering Week,” which runs through Friday ,to discuss a wide range of career opportunities for students with engineering and STEM degrees.

Participating businesses include Northrop Grumman, Pankow Builders, Parsons, TetraTech, and the US Forest Service.

Career orientation events are extremely helpful to EESA students in expanding their horizons of professional opportunities and inspiring them in their pursuit of science and engineering careers.

“Experiences like Engineering Week show students firsthand the career opportunities that are available to them in STEM fields,” said Dr. Lawton Gray, principal at the early college high school. “Business partners are also impressed by our students and the advantages they are gaining in high school as they complete college courses prior to high school graduation.”

Students also benefit from resume reviews, mock interviews, reverse engineering breakdowns, and Senior Project coaching.

“This really points out the unique experience of this campus,” said Richard Rosa, site coordinator of the Early College Magnet grant. “We’re seeing the majority of our EESA students already declaring themselves as engineering majors as they apply for college,” based on their experiences at Muir.

EESA is one of three academies at John Muir High School Early College Magnet, along with Arts, Entertainment and Media (AEM), and Business & Entrepreneurship. All students at the school are enrolled in an Academy and the Early College Program. The next admissions lottery takes place online from March 16 th – 20th. School tours take place year round and are open to community members and prospective families.

John Muir High School Early College Magnet, 1905 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 396-5600 or visit







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