Explore high school career academies


Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.

Alachua County Public School officials are encouraging students heading to high school this fall and their families to learn more about the district's wide variety of career academies by attending this year's Career Academy Forum.

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CAREER FORUM

What: Career Academy Forum to introduce parents and students to the 13 high school career/tech academies.

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Buchholz High School, 5510 NW 27th Ave.

Miscellaneous: Feb. 17 is the deadline to apply to programs.

Information: Call Nancy Iafrate at 352-955-7600 or visit www.sbac.edu.

The annual event, which attracted more than 600 participants last year, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Buchholz High School at 5510 NW 27th Ave. Students and their parents and/or guardians will be able to view displays and talk to teachers and current students involved in each of the school district's 13 career academies. They also can learn about the eligibility requirements and the application process.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for incoming high school freshman and their families to learn more about the many programs we offer," said Nancy Iafrate of the district's career and technical education department. "Those programs will help them get a head start on a lucrative career while they earn their high school diplomas."

More than 1,100 Alachua County high school students currently are enrolled in the career academies, which offer a rigorous curriculum in a wide range of fields, including health care, information technology, culinary arts, criminal justice, marketing and finance, and others.

Students in the programs have access to internships, and many will graduate from high school with state certification in their chosen fields, making them much more marketable when it is time to look for a job. Students also can earn college credits and scholarships while attending the academies.

"These programs are a terrific pathway into both post-secondary education and the job market," said Iafrate. "Students are developing skills in some of the fastest growing careers of the next decade."

Each career academy also will have its own open house later this month or in early February. A link to the complete open house schedule can be found on the school district website at www.sbac.edu. The link can be found under "Upcoming Calendar" on the right-hand side of the home page.

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