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Press Release: Five College-Bound Students Awarded Linked Learning Scholarship

June 14, 2018 | Linked Learning Alliance

June 14, 2018

Hilary McLean, Executive Vice President | E:

Five college-bound students Awarded Linked Learning Scholarship

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Linked Learning Alliance has awarded its annual scholarship awards to five deserving high school seniors graduating from eligible Linked Learning pathways. The awardees hail from diverse pathways throughout California, from Kearny High School of Digital Media and Design in San Diego to Sacramento’s Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School. While their career goals vary, each scholar demonstrated a passion to learn and apply knowledge in the classroom and in employer-sponsored work based learning experiences.

“These scholarship winners are our future doctors, designers, engineers, educators, and scientists – each one well equipped as a lifelong learner and leader because of their Linked Learning experience,” said Anne B. Stanton, President of the Linked Learning Alliance. “These young people are resilient, self-determined, creative, persistent, and fully prepared to meet the challenges of the future of work.

“They inspire the Linked Learning field to double down and ensure that even more young people have these opportunities. I also congratulate educators, employers and partners in Sacramento, Fresno, Visalia, Los Angeles, and San Diego who have embraced high quality Linked Learning and made it a reality for these young people and many more. The positive impact of their hard work is being felt in communities across California and beyond.”

This year’s recipients are as follows:

Dmitri Caradja
Dmitri is a graduate from Linked Learning Silver Certified Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School at Sacramento City Unified. He recently worked at UC Davis’ Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and will be attending U.C. Davis to study Business (while taking pre-med courses) in the fall. Read his story here.

Cindy Carrillo
Cindy graduated from Linked Learning Silver certified Educational Careers Academy at Fresno Unified’s McLane High School. She recently finished hands-on training as a classroom assistant at the Fresno Unified Teacher Academy and intends to study liberal studies and psychology at Fresno State in the fall.

Benjamin Davis
Benjamin is a recent graduate of the Linked Learning Silver certified Academy of Engineering and Agriculture Manufacturing at Golden West High School at Visalia Unified. He recently gained technical training as an intern in the structural design office at Kaweah Container and hopes to continue his education as a petroleum engineering student at University of Oklahoma. Read his story here.

Corina Rasmussen
Corina recently graduated from the Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology pathway at Los Angeles Unified’s Carson High School. She completed practical training in administration and safety auditing with Ports America. Read her story here.

Rahma Hassan
Rahma is a recent graduate from Kearny High School of Digital Media and Design at San Diego Unified School District. She has recently completed work experience with CEO Lavada Jennings of HOFRCC in line with Linked Learning’s Digital Media and Design Pathway. Rahma plans to continue her education by studying interior design at the Art Institute of Orange County.

These annually awarded prizes are given to college-bound students who have exemplified the motivation and dedication at the core of Linked Learning’s mission. The opportunity to apply for the Linked Learning Scholarship is only available to students in Linked Learning pathways that have achieved Candidate level or above on Linked Learning Certification. Each scholarship is worth $1,000.

Linked Learning Certification is a platform that supports and provides recognition of continuous improvement and progress toward preparing all students for college, career, and life. Districts can use Linked Learning Certification to register pathways that provide or are aspiring to provide students a Linked Learning experience that integrates the four core components of Linked Learning: 1) college preparatory academics, 2) high-quality sequenced CTE courses, 3) work-based learning and 4) comprehensive support services for students.

Since the release of Linked Learning Certification at the beginning of this 2017, over 550 pathways have registered to participate in the certification process, including pathways in California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Kansas, India, and Canada.

For more information about Linked Learning Certification, visit


About Linked Learning Alliance
The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life. Established in May 2008, the Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning in California-an approach to high school that integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities in fields of engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more. |