Sunday, July 6, 2014

DATA Thrives in the Coachella Valley

The Digital Arts Technology Academy is proud to share that two 2014 graduates were highlighted as the cover article in the summer issue of Thrive! magazine- focusing on career academies in the Coachella Valley. The article Jacob and Anthony's Excellent Digital Adventure, shares the story of the grads while emphasizing all the salient points that make the DATA program top notch.

In case you missed the print copy that went home in the Sunday edition of the Desert Sun, you can view the digital version right here!

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Skills Nationals

From June 23rd to the 28th, four DATA students and DI teacher/SkillsUSA advisor Matt Cauthron attended the 50th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO with more then 6,000 other members from across the U.S. (including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska).

Although they did not get on the winners podium this year, everyone learned a great deal, put forth their best effort, and are looking forward to being leaders and preparing for the 2014-15 season! Here is how they ranked amongst the rest of the United States

Audio / Radio Production
11th out of 18 Teams

Screen Printing Technology
15th out of 20 Individuals

Graphic Communications
20th out of 22 Individuals

The 50th anniversary strikes the end of the NLSC being held in downtown Kansas City.  The next 5 will be take place Louisville, Kentucky and should provide for an all new experience. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 DATA Grads

Congratulations to the 8th class of DATA graduates!

This class of 62 seniors was the largest group in the history of the program, boasted the largest number of students accepted to four-year schools, and earned over $72,000 in scholarships and awards. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Desert Theater League Design

Congratulations to sophomore Jadin Wash for his design being selected as the new logo for the Desert Theater League! His work was chosen from among 20 submissions created during the 2nd semester Media Literacy class and will be used online and in-print for the Coachella Valley non-profit.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sara Lopez Street Honored

Congratulations to DATA-SkillsUSA senior, CCHS Salutatorian and Golden Lion, Sara Lopez for having a street named in her honor at the corner of Date Palm and Dave Kelly Road!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

So Cal Film Fests

Congrats to the following DATA DI artistos for making the grade outside the classroom at several California student media festivals this Spring...

Honorable Mention, Fine Arts
Jonathan Serna
Give Me a Second

Best Producer: High School
Melissa Medina
On My Way

Jonathan Serna
Give Me a Second

Excellence in Editing
Jonathan Serna
Give Me a Second

AND for the 1st time, DATA films will show during the Palm Springs International ShortFest
as part of the DigiCom 2014 Live and Learn portion

On My Way by Melissa Medina
Me by Brandon Honaker
Sunnylands Etiquette by Clarissa Cisneros
Technology in Education by Donielle Gerrell
I Am Human by Marissa Cruz
Bleeding Yellow by Jarelle Balanzat
Give Me A Second by Jonathan Serna

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

UCR Sold!

Congratulations to DI students Norma Vazquez, Jazmin Acevedo, and Sara Lopez for their Dia de Los Muertos prints selling from the PSUSD Showcase Art exhibition at UCR, Palm Desert! The work was purchased by Michelle Gonzales, Special Projects Manager at UCR for her personal collection and as gifts in appreciation for her USC doctoral professors.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2014 Golden Lions

Congratulations to the following DATA students for receiving Cathedral City High School Golden Lion awards!

Jason Bullen - Digital Arts
Melissa Medina - CSF, Social Science, Mathematics, and Digital Arts
Sara Lopez - CSF, English, Science, and The Golden Lion
Jarelle Balanzat - Social Sciences
Zaira Garcia - Digital Arts
Jonathan Serna (not pictured) - Digital Arts

Thursday, May 8, 2014


The 2014 DigiCom Film Festival was an amazing success! Schools from throughout PSUSD were represented in celebration of digital storytelling through critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. The Digital Arts Technology Academy made a return with 17 student films from DATA Digital Storytelling in addition to the DATA DI + Rio Vista Elementary collaboration, On My Way

DATA sincerly appreciates DigiCom and NBC Universal for supporting the talent of its students with nearly $18,000 this year!

DATA-SkillsUSA $4,500
The DI + Rio Vista Collaboration $2,000
and individual student awards
Jarelle Balanzat (UCLA) $2,500
Sara Lopez (UC Berkeley) $2,500
Melissa Medina (UC Santa Barbara) $2,500
Clarissa Cisneros (CSU Dominguez Hills) $1,500
Genevieve Knight (CSU San Bernardino) $1,000
Gabrielle Knight (CSU San Bernardino) $1,000

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Mentor Lost

The DATA program will truly miss one of it's most amazing community partners and mentors, Chas Allen.

Chas was the co-owner of Photo Colorgraphix, a career photographer, large-scale printing specialist, and aficionado of chilis from Hatch, New Mexico. He originally connected with the DI program during the Earth Through a Lens environmental photography series and hosted many visits to his shop in Palm Desert providing excellent hands-on learning experiences to students preparing for SkillsUSA. In 2013, he joined the DATA mentoring program and had a strong impact on his four student mentees.