Anaheim’s Magnolia High to get high-tech upgrade with two new buildings – Orange County Register

A major renovation is expected to turn Anaheim’s Magnolia High School into a starting point for future-focused careers in computers and technology fields.

The project, which should start in late 2018, also includes a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Anaheim Union High School District and the Tesla Foundation, a Beverly Hills-based technology think tank.

Anaheim Union Superintendent Michael Matsuda recently unveiled the plans for Magnolia, the latest school in the 32,000-student district to benefit from upgrades funded by a 2014 local bond measure as well as grants and state education bond money.

An artist rendering of a cyber security classroom lab planned at Magnolia High School. (Courtesy of Anaheim Union High School District)

Many of the district’s 21 schools were built in the 1960s and some haven’t had any significant upgrades since then, so “We’re kind of going all in,” Matsuda said.

“There’s a need throughout the country, that K-12 schools need to do a better job creating future-ready kids.”

Here are some key details about the changes slated for Magnolia High.

New buildings

A 28,000-square-foot building called the Center for Excellence will hold offices and classrooms, including lab-style rooms where students can learn entrepreneurial and cyber security skills.

In a cube-shaped building known as the Project-Based Learning Center, students will do hands-on projects such as making and flying drones. The space also can be used for lectures.

Learning partners

The district’s cooperation with the Tesla Foundation, Cypress College and local businesses will allow Magnolia students to learn about a broad range of technology-related topics, take college courses in computer science and get career help through mentoring and summer internships.

The partnership is the Tesla Foundation’s first with a high school, CEO Keith Kaplan said. The think tank focuses on “all things autonomous,” such as smart appliances and self-driving cars, and…

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