What is a College and Career Academy?
The Rockford Public School District has launched five new initiatives called Readiness Rocks to create a school district that is first class in achievement and pride. College and Career Readiness is the first of those five initiatives to be implemented. Redesigning the high school experience will help ensure that graduating students are better prepared for either college or the workforce. The plan involves creating academies or small learning communities within each high school.
1. Small learning communities
2. College and career prep curriculum for all
3. Integration with business/civic/postsecondary/cultural communities
Students chart their unique “pathway” during eighth and ninth grade, exploring career choices. They select one of the following academies to enter during their sophomore year:
• Business, Arts, Marketing and Information
• Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial and
Trades Technology (EMITT)
• Health Sciences (HS)
• Human and Public Services (HPS)
Academies are small learning communities that provide real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace. Regular coursework, including Core Curriculum, Global Electives, and College and Career
Pathways, is presented within the context of the academy’s focus.
Jefferson, East, Auburn and Guilford will use the academy model, but Auburn’s Creative and Performing Arts program, gifted academy and ROTC programs remain intact. The academy model was introduced at Jefferson High School in the 2012-2013 school year and the program will expand to the other schools in 2013-2014.
Click here to watch a video on academies.
Career Choices: www.careerchoices.com
My 10 Year Plan: www.my10yearplan.com
Career Cruising: http://public.careercruising.com/us/en
National Career Academy Coalition: www.ncacinc.com
Career Academy Support Network: http://casn.berkeley.edu/
Online Illinois College Programs: www.onlineschools.org/guides/illionis
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