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Academies of Greater Clark

The Academies of Greater Clark, designed utilizing the Ford Next Generation Learning framework, are small learning communities of students and teachers who are organized around labor market demand and areas of student interest. Students will have the opportunity to connect with others who have similar aspiration and with teachers who can make meaningful connects to their plans for the future. The Academies of Greater Clark will be implemented to the greatest extent possible at all three district high schools during the 2018-19 school year.

Business & Entrepreneurship Academy
1 – Finance and Accounting
2 – Information Technology
3 – Business and Non-Profit Management
4 – Communication and Marketing (Radio/TV-Journalism)

Health Services Academy
1 – Patient Care
2 – Dental Services
3 – Pharmacy
4 – Bio-Medical Science (Project Lead the Way)

Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing Academy
1 – Engineering (Project Lead the Way)
2 – Advanced Manufacturing (Conexus)
3 – Logistics Management
4 – Building and Skilled Trades

Public Service Academy
1 – Law and Public Safety
2 – Education
3 – Hospitality and Agricultural Science
4 – Civic Arts (Visual and Performing)

How will the Academies of Greater Clark work?
In 9th grade, students will enter the Freshman Academy, which will provide the necessary skills to transition to high school and provide additional time to explore career interests and opportunities. Students will then select an academy for their sophomore through senior year. Students will take required courses in their academy for the majority of their school day, and will still be able to take courses in other areas of interest.

What is the Freshman Academy?
Freshman Academy is for 9th grade students who will spend time discovering career opportunities and their own unique interests before choosing a home academy for their sophomore through senior year. The Freshman Academy will provide additional time to explore courses offered by the four academies.

Why the academy model?
One issue for students in a traditional high school is the lack of connection between elective courses and what they may pursue after graduation. The goal of the academies is to strengthen the connection between high school and post-secondary and career options by enabling students to explore areas of interest, find their passion and develop 21st century skills (critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration). The Academies of Greater Clark will align with projected employment needs in the region based upon research with existing area employers.

What is Ford Next Generation Learning?
Ford NGL is the philanthropic non-profit arm of Ford Motor Company, which has helped many districts over the past 20 years to successfully transform their high schools. Ford NGL will help us learn from others’ experiences and give us access to many resources, including: seminars, workshops and staff development; a proven planning process; and professional development opportunities. We are joining a collaborative network of districts all seeking to make the delivery of high school education more relevant, impactful and successful. We are fortunate to have been selected to become one of their partners, and their support will be funded primarily through business and organization sponsorships.

What is the Ford Next Generation Learning Framework?
Ford NGL mobilizes educators, employers, and community leaders to prepare a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life – prepared to compete successfully in the 21st century economy. Three distinct but interconnected strands comprise the ford NGL Framework, which enables whole communities to design and carry out a long-term plan for revitalizing education.

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