News Release

November 9, 2012

DP Academy gets big check from Human Resources Club

The Human Resources Club at UCSB raised funds to provide a check for $2,250 to The Academy at Dos Pueblos High School, critical financial support coordinated by Partners In Education.

The Academy is a unique setting within Dos Pueblos, created to provide some of the community’s most vulnerable youth with individualized instruction and strong relationships with teachers and peers.

The Academy’s goal is to ensure that students will graduate despite complex socio-emotional, family, and financial challenges.

“We believe that every kid can learn and has a right to an environment that fosters success,” said teacher Kelly Choi. “The Academy's goal is to give students the personalized attention and support they need to be successful in school and in life. We will graduate productive and responsible citizens into our community who have a comprehensive life plan. We believe in student success by any means necessary,” he explained.

After last year’s academy president, Ali Shepherd, volunteered at Franklin School with Partners in Education, she said she knew that Partners would be able to connect her with a worthy cause for the Human Resources Club at UCSB to support, while members honed their project management and event-planning skills in preparation for employment after graduation. The Academy was a perfect fit for Shepherd’s goal of working to support a program near UCSB that was making a huge impact on students overcoming challenges.

The Human Resources Club at UCSB, affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management and Santa Barbara Human Resources Association, is open to all students. It provides an opportunity to learn about the workforce of an organization and the internal functions of a business by bringing in local HR professionals to speak on topics concerning the professional world. HR Club officers and members promote community outreach, increase awareness about the human resources field to local high schools, and contribute to local organizations by increasing club membership and promoting visibility of the club within the community through internships, activities, and other events.

More information about the success of The Academy and its students is available at While the results are dramatic, the student-centered approach is costly. With the support of the Human Resources Club, The Academy can continue to serve students who, with extra support, are making major changes in their lives.

Partners in Education is a program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

Check to Engineering Academy at Dos Pueblos High School There was a lot of excited pointing at the giant check made out to “The Academy.” Last year’s student club officers Ali Shepherd and Emma Merrick, now employed in the community, and advisor Brittany Manzer of UCSB Career Services, presented The Academy teacher Kelly Choi and sophomore students with the results of the Human Resources Club at UCSB fundraiser.