Student Work Experience
The education of our students has always been interwoven into the fabric of Fontana. When our students succeed, we as a community succeed. This is the reason the City has taken a proactive approach to collaborate with agencies that provide educational opportunities for our students.
The City of Fontana Community Services Department, Planning Department, and Police Department offer programs that enrich lives by engaging young minds and empowering students with the resources to become the C.E.O.s of their lives.
S.T.E.M. - Creating tomorrow's innovators
The City offers classes such as Video Game Design and Computer Coding. Classes can be found here. The Information Technology Department also frequently visits local schools to discuss a career in IT.
Public Safety - Creating safer communities
Explorer Academy. A Police Explorer is a young adult who has a desire to learn about law enforcement as a career through firsthand experience. An Explorer has the opportunity to learn all aspects and functions of the Police Department. The program offers experience in the records unit, front desk, detective unit, traffic enforcement, and a patrol officer's function through the ride-along program.
The City also offers classes such as Lifeguard Training, Water Safety, CPR, and First Aid. Classes can be found here.
Art and Music - Creating creative thinkers
The Community Services Department oversees classes such as:
- Arts - Pottery, Drawing, Theater, Theatrical Lighting and Sound, Imagination Studio
- Music - Guitar, Piano, Choreography and Voice Instruction
View and enroll in classes here. CSD also organizes artist workshops, cultural arts events, and Fontana arts summer camps.
Character Development - Creating leadership skills
The Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP) is a joint effort with the Fontana Unified School District. FLIP offers up to 140 high school students a year social services and mentoring to help them to improve their grades to graduate. The program has received the prestigious Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities for transforming young lives.
The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).is a group of teens dedicated to improving their City by creating programs that appeal to middle school and high school students. It gives participants the opportunity to have fun, make new friends and get involved in their Community. Members have a chance to get hands-on experience in local government by working with the City Council while learning leadership and organizational skills.
Businesses - Creating future entrepreneurs
The City offers classes such as Marketing 101, Developing Business Strategies, Writing a Business Plan, and Design Your Best Life. Classes can be found here.
The City of Fontana Planning Department offered the first Planning Academy in 2018. The four-week interactive course provided students from all high schools with an inside perspective on a career in planning. Students learned how growth and development shape a city, as well as urban planning and design concepts from around the world.
Healthy Living - Creating active lifestyles
Healthy Fontana is a community-based and award-winning program that promotes a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on four core components: nutrition, active living, smart growth and community partnerships. Healthy Fontana has been providing a wide variety of educational programs, resources and events, including an annual Let’s Move on the Trail event, Fontana Walks!, after-school activities, summer programs, Healthy Jr. Chef cooking classes, “For the Health of It” newsletter, and even a cooking show called “Eat Healthy, Fontana!”