Students from Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus embarked on a two-week business tour to the USA, where they visited business and innovation capitals of the world.
Across San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, the students were able to visit the headquarters of top companies, getting a uniquely close-up look at the inner workings of global brands such as Levi Strauss & Co., Apple Park, Googleplex, Disney Animation Studios, and Intel. They took campus tours of UC Berkeley, Stanford University and UCLA, giving food for thought as to what options are available to them after high school.
A workshop with state-of-the-art Autodesk software encouraged more hands-on learning, and everybody was left buzzing and inspired after hearing the advice and success stories from leading industry experts at Nike, Amazon, and Paypal. The students also met with several start-ups and entrepreneurs from Australia and New Zealand, bringing the evidence of determination, creative ideas and business success a little closer to home.
In between educational excursions they also managed to do plenty of sightseeing, with visits to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, Universal Studios Hollywood and Warner Bros. Studio. Iconic sights such as Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood Hills and Venice Beach, and attending an NHL Game, really rounded out the All-American experience.
The most priceless experience is often the opportunity of connection with local students, fostering international friendships and a better understanding of other cultures. The QACI students were able to participate in exchanges with Eagle Rock Senior High School and Phineas Banning Senior High School, and host students even came to see them off on the final day!
The level of engagement, thoughtful questions and mature behaviour demonstrated by the QACI students was a true testament of character, and made their Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus and Student Horizons proud.