‘Linked Learning’ gives high school students hands-on, real-world career training

Under the watchful eye of Marin County prosecutor Otis Bruce, Jr., De Anza High School senior Angelina Quilic, 18, stepped confidently to the podium in her law academy class and fired questions at her witness, classmate Kofi Asante, 17.

Bruce coached Angelina on her line of questioning, reminding her to get to the point quickly.

“Then, bam,” he said. “No further questions.”

The Law Academy at De Anza High in Richmond is one of hundreds of programs throughout the state providing high school students with hands-on, real-world career training that ties in with what they’re learning in classes. So-called linked learning academies allow students to explore careers in law, health care, information technology, engineering, construction, education, the arts and more, before they graduate.