• The Academy of Technology & Advanced Manufacturing


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    About The Academy

    The Academy of Technology and Advanced Manufacturing(ATAM) is an immersive, smaller learning community within Cary High School. ATAM will focus on developing skills in technology, design, advanced manufacturing, and engineering. The program is a four-year course of study where students take core and technical classes together as a cohort. The program opens at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year to rising 9th and 10th grade students.

    The academy will prepare students for the many diverse career opportunities in today’s growing technology, engineering, and advanced manufacturing fields. Students will be equipped with the personal, analytical, technical, teamwork, communication, and employability skills necessary to be successful in college and today’s workforce.  ATAM students will be given unique learning experiences that provide them with access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. Principal Nolan Bryant said, “Our new Academy of Technology and Advanced Manufacturing will meet two significant needs in our community. It will help prepare our students for careers and programs of study in many engineering and technology fields. It will also generate a workforce, both immediate and long-term, for the many engineering and manufacturing companies that call RTP home.”

    The learning environment will be collaborative and fun. All students will be supported to ensure academic success as they progress through the four-year academy in grade level cohorts. Project-based learning, interdisciplinary projects, and STEM principles will be integrated across technical and core courses. Students will complete a minimum of four technical courses in one of two career specific tracks of technology or advanced manufacturing, as well as the NC Standard Course of Study. 

    Cary High School has invested over $100,000 in robotic, electronic, electrical, pneumatic/flow control and instrumentation equipment to ensure students are equipped with the latest technical skills.  There will be a robust offering of technical courses in advanced manufacturing, technology, design, and engineering. ATAM will be partnering with local businesses  to offer apprenticeships, internships, and job shadowing opportunities. There will also be multiple offsite learning activities each year with local businesses, educational institutions, as well as high and low rope courses and other team-building activities.

    Integral to the academy’s four-year course of study will be a comprehensive employability  and soft skills program. Academy students will participate in presentations, communication, team building, resume writing, mock interviews, networking events and other activities to prepare them for success after high school.

    Wake County Career Academies value leadership, supportiveness, empowerment, and community.


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    More Information About ATAM

    If you have additional questions regarding the Academy of Technology and Advanced Manufacturing, please contact John Evans: email: jevans3@wcpss.net; phone: (919)460-3549 Ext. 21832 and/or click the links below.


    Curriculum Night Presentation

    Academy Brochure 

    Folleto de la Academia

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    Academy Quick Facts

    Datos breves de la academia


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