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Pioneer High School Upgrades ACES Lab to Meet Learning Needs of the Future

Over the summer, not only did Pioneer High School’s Academy of Computer Engineering Sciences (ACES) move locations, the lab also received upgrades that will allow instructors to adapt teaching and learning as technology advances.

Over the summer, the new lab received upgraded electrical outlets, enhanced networking technology, new furniture, multiple fixed display screens and a portable large-screen monitor display.

“Over time, the ACES lab can evolve with technology and allows us to teach students leading-edge topics,” said ACES Lead Teacher David Bayne. “Everything is designed to be flexible and to encourage students to work collaboratively, just like they will in their future careers.”  

To highlight the new lab, Bayne and fellow PHS SkillsUSA Instructor Tara Althausen worked with ACES and SkillsUSA students to host an open house on Sept. 26, 2017.

Students, staff and community members who attended the event received tours of the space while enjoying appetizers and floral arrangements created by the school’s culinary and floral programs. In addition, ACES students demonstrated various techniques they learned in their classes, such as deconstructing a computer and creating computer networks. 

"I've never seen a computer lab like this before,” said ACES student Ryleigh Jebson. “It's more accessible and feels like an open experience with the room layout, screens, and computers."

Pioneer High’s ACES is a California Partnership Academy and offers students a 3-year course of study in Computer Engineering and Maintenance, as well as industry certifications. Last year, ACES student Fidel Castro took home a silver medal in the Information Technology Services competition at the 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier in the school year, several ACES students qualified to participate in regional SkillsUSA competitions.

For more information about the ACES lab, to schedule a tour or to become a community partner, please visit www.phs.wjusd.org/aces.