Frequently Asked Questions
Aren't career academies just like the old vocational/technical programs?
No, career academies combine rigorous academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses with relevant industry practices that lead to college credit and industry certifications. Students have opportunities for internships, job shadowing, targeted field trips, industry mentors, professional certifications and more. Academy students are placed in some cohorts to provide a smaller learning community.
If I study in a career academy, doesn't that limit my opportunity to attend college?
No, students in career academies graduate from high school and enroll in college at a higher rate than other students. Most career academies offer dual enrollment which allows students to earn college credit while taking courses on their high school campus. The combination of academics and marketable skills provides a strong basis for additional post-secondary studies.
Do career academies emphasize finding students entry-level jobs?
One of the most powerful benefits that career academies provides students, along with a solid academic foundation, is real-world experience via varioius work-based learning events, such as the required academy internship. Students often enroll in college; however, there is an immediate opportunity to enter the workforce with a marketable skill.
Aren't career academies focused on students who are behind in their studies?
No, because an important benefit of the career academy is the opportunity of being in some cohorts that provide a smaller learning community. Thus, students learn with an integrated curriculum focused on a specific industry. Because academic courses are interwoven into the skills training, students of all learning styles and performance levels are able to achieve success.