CONTRIBUTED CONTENTHemet High School was recognized for it overall academics and its automotive program. The school was ranked number 1,990 out of the top 2,500 schools in the country on a list put out by Newsweek magazine last month. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. The survey scores were weighted and calculated using several criteria, including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in advanced courses. Also, the Hemet High School Automotive Technology Program was announced as the top school in California when it comes to placing students in internships, according to Marvin Linville, regional manager for school automotive technology programs. Linville also said that California leads the country in automotive internship placement, topped by Hemet’s 25. Hemet High has placed a number of technicians with the Gosch Auto Group over the years. “I think about 25 percent of our techs have come out of the Hemet High program over the last 20 years,” Eric Gosch said. “(Instructor) Vance Bloom does a super job, and in this time of trying to create good-paying jobs this is a real success story, not just for Hemet High but for the whole valley economy.” The Hemet program also has been approved by Riverside County Office of Education as a Model of Excellence.
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