On June 14, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s (PYLUSD) Adult Transition Program, known as Venture Academy, held its annual graduation ceremony in honor of the Class of 2021. The event took place at Nathan Shapell Memorial Stadium.
Following the graduates’ procession, Principal Kelli McFedries welcomed the dignitaries in attendance and also acknowledged the families, staff members, and most importantly, the school’s 14 graduates attending the ceremony.
McFedries also discussed how proud she was of the 14 graduates’ accomplishments working at local businesses. She noted how many students also had the opportunity to create personal portfolios, participated in mock job interviews, and completed job applications during their time in the Academy. In addition to work skills, the students were also taught valuable life skills such as using public transportation, making simple purchases, and enjoying activities in the community.
Board of Education Clerk Marilyn Anderson then accepted Venture Academy’s Class of 2021 as having completed all mandatory program requirements. She also offered sincere words of encouragement and praise to the young adults.
To conclude the ceremony, Venture Academy teachers presented each graduate with their certificate of completion. One student also received a scholarship on behalf of the Placentia-Linda Unified Managers (PLUM) to help with their college or career following Venture Academy.
Congratulations, graduates! To view Venture Academy’s ceremony, visit the district’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/wMdcjtxdayg.