Tech Prep Forum set for Thursday


Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 4:22 p.m.
Parents of Alachua County eighth grade students are invited to attend the College-Career Tech Prep Forum.
It will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Buchholz High School, 5510 NW 27th Ave. It is free and open to the public.
Representatives from each of the seven Alachua County high schools will be on hand to explain academic and career academy options for rising high school freshmen.
Santa Fe Community College and the School Board of Alachua County are co-sponsoring the forum to educate parents about high school programs that will enable their children to receive both real-world learning experiences and a chance to earn college credit while still in high school.
"Tech Prep is a program that links four years of high school with two or more years of post-secondary education, providing students with seamless transitions from high school to college and careers," said Priscilla Parker, the Tech Prep program coordinator at SFCC.
Representatives from SFCC's Technology and Applied Sciences programs also will be on hand and will offer an overview of the initiatives and benefits of Tech Prep.
Displays will provide information in the areas of business ownership, culinary arts, early childhood, construction technology, criminal justice, entrepreneurship, finance, fire and emergency services, health professions, information technology and veterinary science. Information on students' eligibility for the Florida Bright Futures Gold Seal Scholarship also will be provided.
The Tech Prep program allows students to choose career fields in high school and begin focusing on specific academic and technological skills to better prepare them for college and careers.
Students can also explore career fields in high school through simulated work settings, clinical placements and internships. Students also have the opportunity to earn college credit during their junior and senior years of high school by passing college examinations administered by SFCC. Parker said this option saves students time and money.
"We want parents to know this program is beneficial to most high school students, even those who plan to attend a four-year university," Parker said. "The program offers different entry and exit points along the way, but this is a unique opportunity that really allows students many career options.
For more information, call the Tech Prep office at (352) 395-5885, or e-mail priscilla.parker@sfcc.edu.

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