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Gateway Community Charters is a Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH) organization. This year, three GCC schools were recognized as National CKH Showcase Schools. “When you have a child’s heart you can then educate their mind.” Shares Dr. Cindy Petersen, "Capturing hearts and creating relational capacity is powerful for all of our stakeholders." This initiative focuses attention on students from the superintendent, principals, teachers, secretaries, and custodians to show that administrators, educators, and st aff actively care about each student. Each of Gateway’s charter schools has a unique mission and vision, with a track record of helping students succeed academically. Three of Gateway’s campuses are International Baccalaureate schools (IB). IB is an internationally recognized program that institutes learner profiles and character traits that all global learners should have. When these students leave Gateway’s doors, they will be competitive in a global society. Some GCC schools have a vocational focus including Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (SAVA), which has ten pathways and sixteen courses articulated with local community colleges. This allows students to earn college credits while in high Functioning as independent public schools, charter schools are allowed to be more innovative and adaptable to the needs of students. Through these strong partnerships with parents, teachers, students, and the community, charter schools can create environments specially tailored for students. Parents are encouraged to be involved, teachers have the freedom to innovate, and students have the chance to learn. shadowing, and career exploration,” notes Sample. “We invite business leaders to come in, inspire our students and provide internship and job shadowing opportunities.” Learn more about how your business can become involved with Gateway Community Charters at Jason.Sample@gcccharters.org. school and graduate career ready. “We’re always seeking ways for our students to connect to the business world through internships, job GCCCHARTERS.ORG comstocksmag.com | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 89