Nueva High School works diligently to prepare each student for a successful transition whether entering the workforce, or pursing other post-secondary pursuits.
Quest for Success
Qualifying students can be enrolled in a Quest for Success (Q4S) job training program which is administered on Nueva’s campus through the district’s Career Resource Department and paid for with district LCAP funds. Students attend an after school class 6 hours per week for six weeks receiving instruction on job skills, workplace expectations, employee expectations, and more. Students obtain miscellaneous credits and are paid minimum wage for attending class.
Quest for Success students have been placed at the Arvin School District, Lamont School District, Lamont Auto Repair, Super Winnie and Winnie Express, Bear Mountain Pizza, Vineland School District, La Mina, Marie’s Flowers and Gifts, Lamont Library, C & T Automotive, and the Lamont Boys and Girls Club.
College and Career Fairs
Nueva hosts two college/career fairs and two health fairs each school year and relies on the support of many local non-profit and for profit organizations for these events to be successful. Past college/career fairs have included Bakersfield Barber College, America’s Job Center, the California Highway Patrol, Bakersfield and Taft Jr. Colleges, a barber college, various private colleges, the Kern County Probation Department, the Kern County Sheriff's Department, the Bakersfield Adult School, the Regional Occupational Center, Career Resource Department Health Careers, Lamont Resource Center, and others.
Bakersfield College Dual Enrollment
Nueva was the first continuation school in the KHSD to offer a course for dual college credit. Students who are enrolled in Nueva’s Career Tech class are able to earn dual credit, as long as they complete necessary steps and requirements of the course. Bakersfield College and the Kern High School District have partnered to offer dual enrollment courses as long as teachers are qualified to teach at the junior college level.
Field Trips/Career Opportunities
Students at Nueva have many opportunities to take part in field trips to private and public colleges, career oriented programs, and to participate in on-campus career fairs. The staff at Nueva is committed to seeing students develop a post-secondary plan. Nueva feels students must be committed to some course of action when they leave Nueva. The staff will either take them to the opportunities or we will bring the opportunities to them. Field trips this year have included, or will include, Bakersfield College, Taft College, Santa Barbara Business College, Regional Occupational Center, Bakersfield Adult School, F Street Health Careers, USC, California State University, Fresno, California State University, Northridge, University of California at Channel Islands, and others.
Regional Occupational Center:
Qualifying Nueva students have the opportunity to participate in one of the 29 programs offered through the ROC (Regional Occupation Program). Students must be a junior or senior, and have an interest in attending one of the programs, and have reasonable attendance and minor discipline issues. Students attend classes at Nueva in the AM or PM and attend classes around the ROC schedule. Bus transportation is available. The vocational education experience with the ROC is a valuable experience for the students at Nueva because the experience they receive is practical and gives the students a background in a career of their choice. Several students have turned their certificates into full time jobs. ROP has been generous in its placements of alternative education students in its programs the last two school years. While Nueva has experienced an increase in the number of students successfully completing ROP courses, it is necessary for Nueva to continue to show students the advantages of attending the ROP program. For the past two school years, Nueva has invited an ROP counselor to Nueva to present information on the program to interested juniors. Also, Nueva has participated in ROC student tours. Nueva will continue to encourage students to attend ROP and will improve efforts to have a larger number of students tour the facility.