RESEDA -- Aspiring newscaster Ciana Graham didn't have even a moment to prepare for her interview Tuesday with state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson, who plunked down beside her in the production studio at Cleveland High School.The two chatted about Cleveland's state-of-the-art Media Academy, and how it's helping Ciana and her classmates prepare for college or an entry-level job in their chosen career.
"I'm in this class by surprise," said Graham, who is also taking rigorous college-prep courses through Cleveland's School for Advanced Studies. "I knew I liked acting so I signed up to learn film production. Now, I want to go to BYU and be a broadcast journalist."
It's seeing the fulfillment of dreams like
State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson, center, meets with and Academy of Arts and Technology student Roberto Fonseca, left, and yearbook advisor Gabriela Rosillo on Oct. 31, 2012, at Cleveland High School in Reseda. (David Crane/Staff Photographer)
Ciana's that has taken Torlakson on a monthlong tour of career-technical