Many high schools across the country and here in North Carolina are adopting an education model, known as “Career Academies,” which integrates rigorous academics with career technical education and real world work-based learning experiences. These multi-year programs are developed around a particular industry theme so the classes are taught through the lens of that industry sector and allow students to gain hands-on experience in that field. These programs do not require students to choose a “college track” or a “career track.” Rather, they allow students to prepare for both.
Here in Charlotte, we have the Academy of Engineering program in five high schools – the highest concentration in the country. They learn in the classroom how core subjects, such as algebra, are used in the engineering field. And they then see those “academics” in action in the real world through internships and job shadowing.
Via Lou Salza