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Val Tech Program

What is Val Tech?

Val Tech is for students with a special interest in and aptitude for technology. The Val Tech Program offers three different technology pathways: Arts & Communication, Business, and Computer Science, and Science & Technology (Engineering). Click here for a visual representation of these pathways.

For additional information, please view our Val Tech video on YouTube, Val Tech Information Book, online Val Tech Program Overview, and Val Tech Description.

Why should a student enter the Val Tech program?

  • To earn a Tech Diploma
  • To acquire advanced technology skills
  • To prepare for continued education in
  • To prepare for specialized technology high-level college and university courses certificate programs
 

What are the Val Tech program requirements?

The Val Tech Program requires 240 credits for graduation including a minimum of 50 credits in technology from the prescribed pathways, each of which incorporates a 150-hour/10-credit internship. The internship can be done during the summer between the junior and senior year or during the senior year. It will culminate in a research project and oral presentation. To be eligible for a tech diploma, a student will have to complete these requirements as well as develop an electronic portfolio.
 
Val Tech students must also meet district graduation requirements. These students are also able to fulfill both University of California and California State University entrance requirements.
 
Academy Registration Middle School Timeline:
 
Academy Registration November to February
Middle School Timeline: Applications are due February
 
 
Mr. Stanley - IB Counselor
(714)996-4970 Ext. 10024
 
Mrs. Bahner- Val Tech Counselor
tbahner@pylusd.orgtbahner@pylusd.org
(714) 996-4970 Ext. 10027
 
Val Tech and Cyber Defense/Security
Valencia Academy
Description
Cyber Security and Cyber Defense means acting in anticipation to oppose an attack against computers
and networks. High schools and universities are in the process of developing cyber security pathways
and degrees in response to the growth of career opportunities in cybersecurity.

U.S. News and World Report (May, 2016) stated that the profession is growing at a rate of 36.5%
through 2022. Many information security analysts enter the job market with a bachelor’s degree in
computer science with an ICT or cybersecurity specialty, programming or engineering. 
Download complete information using the file below.
 
Parent Testimonials About The Val Tech Program!

The technology requirements are:
 9th Grade:
Computer Technology 1A/1B
Health* (Zero period or summer school)
Academic Studies & Career Planning*
(Zero period, summer school, or Directed Studies)

10th Grade:
Elective from prescribed pathway
(Some required sophomore courses may be offered Zero period)

11th Grade:
Up to four (4) semesters of technology classes from prescribed pathways.
Attendance at a pre-internship training seminar during the second semester.
 
12th Grade:
Up to four (4) semesters of technology classes, including a 150-hour/10-credit internship culminating in the presentation of the research project and an electronic portfolio before the Val Tech Internship Committee.
*Semester class
 
Val Tech Internship Program

The Val Tech Internship Program (V-TIP) is the capstone of Valencia High School's four-year Val Tech program. The purpose of V-TIP is to allow students to gain valuable experience and advanced technological skills as they explore potential career opportunities of interest to them. Each student—working with parents, the Val Tech Coordinator, and the V-TIP committee—will design, schedule, and complete a 150-hour internship program compatible with their career interests. This program is intended for highly self-disciplined students who can and will take responsibility for developing, planning, and successfully completing the Val Tech Internship Program.

To Get Started Download The Internship Book Now!

The Val Tech Internship book provides an overview of the entire Val Tech Internship program. Specific forms shown in the Internship book and the links in the table below can be downloaded from the student's Canvas site.
Evaluation Forms
First Evaluation Internship Host Agreement
Hours Log 1 to 50 hours Internship Application
Second Evaluation Student's Evaluation of Organization
Hours Log 51 to 100 hours Parent Acknowledgement
Third Evaluation Pre-Approval
Hours Log 101 to 150 hours Organization's Evaluation of Student
Letters Other Forms
Overview DMV Student Driver Registration Form
Val Tech Interest Form Waiver of Liability From
Potential Host Emergency Medical Waiver Form
Goals & Objectives  
Rubrics Other
Electronic Portfolio Research Paper Style Guide
Internship Timeline for Completing V-TIP
Oral Presentation Check-Off List
PowerPoint EP and Senior Year Check-Off List
Research Paper
Reflective Essay

Valencia Academy Recommendation Forms and Applications

Please complete the 2016-2017 Academy Application and submit to Valencia High School.

Print a hard copy or email an online copy to Linda Gaunt


CONTACT INFO
Hector Vasquez
Principal
(714) 996-4970 x10001
Nancy Watkins
Asst. Principal
(714) 996-4970 x10003
Mike Guest
Val Tech Coordinator
(714) 996-4970 x10045


Click here for the listing of courses and instructors