Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Career Academies Growing Rapidly

Pasco’s high school career academies are thriving! New academies this school year include the Academy of Energy at Anclote High School, the Academy of Engineering at River Ridge High School, the Building Technologies Academy and the Academy of Health at Pasco High School, and Wesley Chapel High School’s Academy of Automotive Service Technology. Enrollment at the academies is growing, with students at River Ridge registering for the Academy of Engineering in numbers significantly higher than expected. More than 80 students at the Academy of Health at Gulf, Pasco, Zephyrhills, Mitchell, and Ridgewood High Schools are ready to take the upcoming Certified Nursing Assistant Exam, which when passed, will position them for employment opportunities after graduation. Expansion plans for the next school year include adding a teacher at the Engineering and the Building Technologies Academies and refurbishing an additional classroom for Ridgewood’s Academy of Health. The District’s Career and Technical Education, Curriculum and Instructional Services, Transportation and Student Services departments will continue to collaborate so that Pasco high school students have high-quality educational choices through Career Academies.