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 9th grade students(Current 10th grade students who have completed Drafting 1 are eligible for the inaugural year).
About The Academy
The academy will prepare students for the many diverse career opportunities in today’s growing technology and advanced manufacturing fields. Students will be equipped with the personal, analytical, technical, teamwork and communication skills necessary to be successful in college and today’s workforce. Academy students will be given unique learning experiences that provide them access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals.
All students will be supported to ensure academic success by having their technology, engineering and/or manufacturing courses together, as well as their core classes. View what an academy student's schedule might look like. ATAM will use interdisciplinary and teamwork projects to emphasize the importance of developing presentation, communication, teamwork, technology, and employability skills.
The learning environment will be collaborative and fun. Cary High School has invested in state-of-the-art machinery and robotics that will give students hands-on experience in the classroom. There will also be a robust offering of technical courses in technology, design, and engineering. ATAM will be partnering with local businesses for apprenticeships, internships, and job shadowing opportunities. There will also be multiple fieldtrips each year to local businesses as well as to ropes courses and other team-building activities.
The program is designed for students to be well prepared to enter the workforce, participate in an apprenticeship and/or pursue higher education upon graduation.
The academy is only open to Cary High School students. The Academy will have an open and equitable student recruitment process that results in a student body that reflects the demographics of the school community. More information about the application process will be shared in early 2022.