The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.
Today, we’re speaking with Dr. Rudy Cuevas, a principal who helps students with no chance of graduating from a normal high school get their diploma, and teaches them vital life skills along the way. Hear their project-based approach to teaching career skills and what challenges they’ve faced along the way.
About Dr. Rudy
Dr. Rudy Cuevas is the Principal and CCO at YouthBuild Charter School of California. In this role, Dr. Cuevas supervises over 100 teachers, counselors, and registrars to deploy engaging and project-based instruction to over 2,000 students across CA Dr. Cuevas oversees the curriculum, instruction, and academic operations by leading an administrative team of assistant principals, educational program directors, and instructional coaches.
About the School
YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC) holds a unique place in the landscape of California’s public charter schools. As a competency-based dropout recovery school, it seeks to provide a high school education that leads to a diploma for a distinct group of students. YCSC students, who are all between the ages of 16 to 24 years old, come from low-income families and underserved communities, and have previously left or been pushed out of the traditional school system without a diploma. They enroll at YouthBuild programs over-aged, under-credited, or both, in order to receive vocational training, counseling, leadership development and an education.
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