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Career Academy Overview Parent and Community Meeting October 10, 2013

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  • Career Academy Overview

    Parent and Community MeetingOctober 10, 2013

  • Why Are We Here? (purpose)

    Last year, the Atlanta Board of Education voted to approve the districts

    recommendation to close Kennedy Middle School in May 2014.

    Also, the board approved the districts recommendation to repurpose the

    Kennedy Middle School facility into a career academy to open in 2015-16.

  • ProvideinformationandanoverviewofthedistrictsplantorepurposeKennedyMSintoacareeracademy



    Meeting Objectives

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  • What Is a Career Academy?

    Definition: An educational structure centered around career themes or career clusters

    APS YouTube Link for Career Academy Introductory Video:

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  • Vision

    APS envisions its career academy as a supplemental center of excellence that supports its network of small learning

    communities and small schools by offering in-depth post-secondary college planning and industry-led workforce development.

  • Mission

    APS career academy aims to provide all

    high school students with access to career-

    and technology-focused learning

    opportunities in partnership with

    community, government agencies, colleges,

    universities and technical schools.

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  • Benefits of Repurposing Kennedy MS Site

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    Benefits students Repurposes a closed school facility Creates a viable structure in the community Responds to community request for more technical educationMeets important requirements Centralized location Large facility Expansion capacity Classroom size and layoutAuditoriumDocks for delivery needs Close to Atlanta University Center

  • Historical Shift

    1983 1984 2006Nation at Risk, United States school reform recommended that computer literacy be a component of the high school curriculum

    Carl D. Perkins Legislation IV required that vocational education be referred to as career technical education

    The authorization of Carl D. Perkins legislation reformed comprehensive high schools, and components of the model were eliminated

  • Vocational vs. Career Technical Education

    Focuses on practical skills

    Ability to perform tasks related to a specific industry

    Students are prepared for manufacturing and construction related jobs

    Focuses on advanced technology and the developments made in computer and digital information

    More computer oriented

    Students are prepared for more technical related jobs

    Vocational Career Technical

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  • A Career Academy Is Designed to . . .

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  • A Career Academy Is Designed to . . .

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    AllowstudentstomaintainenrollmentintheirzonedhighschoolswithbroaderaccesstoparticipateincareerpathwayscurrentlynotofferedoncampusIncreaseopportunitiesforstudentstoparticipateindualenrollmentforexposuretocollegelevelcourseworkOfferstudentsexpandedopportunities tocompletecertificationprogramsinGeorgias17careerpathwaysandearnindustryrecognizedcredentials

  • Why a Career Academy? Growth Industries GA Statewide

    Source: Industries in Georgia, Key Sectors & Strengths,


    Aerospace Energy&Environment

















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  • Why a Career Academy?Growth Industries Metro Atlanta


    Bioscience & Health



    Clean Energy


    Global Commerce


    Corporate Operations


    Supply Chain




    Source: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 013 |

  • Career Pathways and Potential Partnerships

    Growth Industries & Occupations:Healthcare IT BiotechnologyDentistry Veterinary MedicineMedical Device Development NursingInfectious Disease Research Forensic ScienceHealthcare Insurance/Billing Robotics

    Bioscience & Healthcare IT Business Logistics & Services

    Clean Energy & Technology

    Growth Industries & Occupations:Information Systems EntrepreneurshipSupply Chain Management AvionicsFinancial Services & Insurance Global CommerceBusiness Process Optimization Accounting/AuditArchitecture & Engineering Marketing

    Growth Industries & Occupations:Clean Technology Renewable EnergySustainable Development UtilitiesEnergy Conservation Smart Grid TechnologiesSolar, Water & Wind Power Green EntrepreneurshipFuel Efficiency Clean Environmental Policy

    Potential Sponsors: Potential Sponsors:

    Potential Sponsors:

    Media & Entertainment

    Growth Industries & Occupations:Entertainment Law Film ProductionGraphic Design PhotographySound Engineering Digital MediaMusic Production JournalismBroadcast Communications Sports Management

    Potential Sponsors:

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  • Who Will Attend or Have Access to the Career Academy?

    High School Students

    A B C

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    Adult Education Students

    Parents, Business and Community


    The career academy will support the school community during day and evening hours. Our goal is 1,000 students.

  • Potential Career Clusters and Pathways

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    Architecture and Construction Electrical Emphasis Carpentry

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (Logistics) Distribution and


    Entertainment (TBD) Law Music Technicians

    Energy Energy Systems


    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (Automotive) Mechanical and Electrical

    Components Automobile Maintenance

    and Light Repair Painting and Refinishing

    Information Technology Programming

    Computer Science (as an Advanced Placement option)

    Health Information Technology

  • Potential Career Clusters and Pathways

    Agriculture Science Plant Science Plant Science and


    Personal Care Services Cosmetology Barbering Esthetics

    Culinary Arts

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    Graphic Design

    Healthcare Science Biotechnology Health Informatics

    Education Early Childhood Education Teaching as a Profession

  • Specialized Pathway Course Example

    Career Interest/Aspiration: Line Technician for Georgia Power

    First Course: Occupational Safety and Fundamentals (9th grade)

    Second Course: Introduction to Construction (10th grade)

    Third Course: Electrical I. (11th grade)

    Fourth Course: Dual Enrollment, Apprenticeship or Internship or Work-based Learning (12th grade)

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  • Daily Schedule of the Career Academy

    Proposed Option 1

    1st Period:Course at home school

    Travel to career academy

    2nd and 3rd Periods: Courses at the career academy

    Lunch at the career academy

    Travel to home school

    4th Period Course at home school

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  • Career Academy Model

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    The state has settled on the charter school model for all career academies in Georgia. The state uses this model because career academies need flexibility in order to offer innovative programming and set rigorous performance goals. Flexibility provides ability to hire industry experts to

    prepare students for their future careers. The career academy will have close ties with the

    district. Parents, community members, the business

    community, colleges and universities will have increased access and a greater voice in school governance through a school-level governing board.

  • Differences Between a Start-Up and Conversion Charter School

    Start-up charter schools are largely independent from the district. District only provides minimal oversight. The governing board is completely independent from APS. If a start-up school closes, it does not reopen.

    Conversion charter schools and the district are dependent upon one another. The school will be managed by the governing board, which includes the community, as well as APS representatives, business and higher education members. If a conversion charter closes, it reverts to a traditional school.

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  • Conversion Application Process

    Converting a school to a charter requires approval by a majority of staff members and parents from the converting school.

    Approval will not be linked to current staffing or other program specifics.

    Final approval will be granted by the Atlanta Board of Education and the State Board of Education. Public input is part of both of these processes.

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  • How Will My Vote Impact the Decision?

    A No VoteKennedy may become vacant until

    another use is found.If left vacant, the facility will no

    longer be a viable part of the community.

    The community will not benefit from opportunities to prepare students to become college and career ready through expanded offerings of a career academy.

    The Kennedy community may lose direct access to the services and amenities planned at the school.

    The jobs that would otherwise have been offered at the career academy will not be created.

    A Yes VoteThe final decision will need to be

    approved by the Atlanta Board of Education and then by the State Board. Public input is part of both of these processes.

    Students will have more opportunities for post-secondary preparation.

    The facility will be repurposed instead of closed.

    The academy addresses the community requests for more technical education.

    The facility will be close to the Atlanta University Center.

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  • Career Academy Overview