Engineering Magnet Program
Founded in the fall of 2013 by Dr. Jan Kilduff, this four-year program prepares students for an engineering curriculum in college and potential future careers in engineering. Dr. Kilduff's extensive background in the sciences and engineering (including employment at Lockheed Martin, NASA, Westinghouse, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency) has led him to emphasize hands-on laboratory experiments and project-based learning in his classes.
Students will be exposed to a variety of engineering specializations, such as aerospace, chemical, industrial, civil, chemical, and electrical engineering, so they are able to make informed decisions about whether to enter the engineering field.
The Engineering Magnet course sequence exposes students to hands-on, real-world problem-solving. Students learn and apply the design process using a 3D CAD software called "AutoDesk Professional" in their freshman year, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.
How do you know if you have a child who might like engineering? Dr. Kilduff says it’s relatively easy to identify a future engineer:
"If your child loves to build things or take them apart, you might have an engineer on your hands. If they love to make something more intricate and complex just because they're fascinated by the process, they're an engineer. These traits are not restricted only to boys — the opportunities for women in engineering are tremendous, and all female students should feel encouraged to explore engineering if they display those traits. The field of engineering is so broad that there is plenty of room for inquisitive minds to do great things and achieve success!"
PLTW DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
JSerra Catholic High School is recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW. It is one of just 64 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.