About JDS Creative Academy
JDSCA was founded in 2014 with a mission to inspire, educate and enhance education and training in the visual, performing and digital arts. JDSCA classes and programs fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) requirements, per the California Education Standard, and collaborate to enhance the CTE pathways to the home school, online school, traditional school, higher-ed schools, and trade school populations. By providing an opportunity to gain creative enrichment, self-confidence, leadership, and collaborative hands on job training skills, our students obtain expertise needed to advance to higher arts’ education and prosper in a competitive marketplace.
JDSCA serves over 750 people annually. Our facility is over 7,000 square feet in Temecula, CA and our target population is anyone looking for an education in the arts or enrichment in the STEM to STEAM model of education.
We serve many populations: foster, trauma, and autistic youth as well as autistic young adults, and the general population ages four to adult. In March 2017 we became a Video Production State Approved Apprenticeship program. This partnership with the Sate of California and Mt. San Jacinto College allows us to employ up to ten apprentices. We are also a full-service training vendor for Inland Regional Center, servicing up to 30 adults with developmental disabilities. Although other nonprofits serve this population with video production training, there are none in Riverside County, and we are the only program of this kind that will be producing a weekly news broadcast and interacting with the community.
We also work with VIP, Exceed, and the Department of Rehabilitation who send us disabled and autistic adults to whom we teach job skills. We collaborate with the Temecula Unified School’s CTE department and digital/video production instructors to provide hands-on learning and internship opportunities to their high school population.
In today’s new emerging workforce, an education in visual, performing, digital, and production arts is requirement to succeed in the future. Since many necessary vocational and arts programs have been reduced or eliminated, JDS Creative Academy is need now, more than ever, to fill that void. Our goal is to enhance the future of all youth, as well as the arts, engineering, and technological workforce, through visual and performing arts education, training, and apprenticeship.
About The Founders
In 2010, Scott and Diane Strand, the owners of JDS Video & Media Productions started a Drama Club program which launched in the Temecula Unified School District. There was such a huge response that they decided to create an Actors Studio for all ages to learn the technique and craft of Acting, which is now known as JDS Actors Studio.
The Strands felt that the Temecula Valley area would benefit from advanced education in all the Arts. In addition, they want to help home schooled and online students fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) requirement per the California Education Core Standard, and assist those looking for a career in the arts. To that end, they created the non-profit JDSCA and recruited a group of talented industry professionals training in the arts to make up the Board of Directors.