The Academy of Technology & Advanced Manufacturing (ATAM)
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, 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(Current 10th grade students who have completed TED(Technology Engineering and Design will not be eligible as they will be out of sequence).
About The Academy
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. View what an academy student's schedule might look like.
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 field trips each year to local businesses as well as to 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, and other activities to prepare them for success after high school.
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More Information About ATAM
Application to the academy will open on February 1st. The application window will run from February 1- April 15th. For more information on applying, see our "How to Apply" page.
If you have additional questions regarding the Academy of Technology and Advanced Manufacturing, please contact John Evans: email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (919)460-3549 Ext. 21832 and/or click the links below.
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