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  • Get your tickets now to AEF's July 4th VIP Celebration. Your ticket supports students!
  • AEF was “Backyard Bound” with local DC middle schools, hosting the first trip with Johnson Middle School Media Academy.
  • Get Involved: Sign up to host a high school Advanced Intern next school year at no cost to your company.
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Join AEF for the annual VIP rooftop celebration on July 4th from 7-10 p.m. at the American Pharmacists Association. Your ticket supports scholarships for DC high school students.

  • Enjoy great food, drinks and family-friendly fun
  • Experience DC’s spectacular fireworks from a private rooftop
  • Sponsor the event to show your company’s support
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Last month, AEF partnered with Johnson Middle School’s Mass Media Academy to explore careers in media, theater and museums across DC. Thank you to our partners:

  • I.M.P. and the Anthem
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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Career and Technical Education programs across DC Public Schools are continuing to bridge the gap between school and career options. In middle schools, students learn early skills they take with them to high school.

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Help create meaningful opportunities for high school seniors in the Academies of Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media throughout the year as they seek to gain experience in the hospitality industry. Through the Advanced Internship Program (AIP), interns are paid through the city so there is no cost to your company. Internships are 8-12 hours per week and run from Nov. 4, 2024 – May 23, 2025.

Sign Up by Aug. 9
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Columbia Heights Educational Campus’ Academy of Hospitality & Tourism welcomed 16 students from Rikuzentakata, Japan this past March. During their week in DC, the students explored how hospitality and tourism drives economic development and how communities rebuild after natural and man-made disasters. Ben’s Chili Bowl was their first stop to hear how the business has remained resilient in the Washington, DC community for over 65 years.

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DC Academies are headed to SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference to compete for the first time. The local qualifiers were held in April during the DC Career and Technical Student Organizations State Leadership Conference. Over 600 CTE students and staff explored career opportunities, participated in workshops and competed for spots in national-level events.

Root for DC's 12 competing Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media scholars from Ballou, Coolidge, Roosevelt and Maya Angelou high schools this June at SkillsUSA.

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