Students can explore Career Academies at forum
Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.
Alachua County students who are heading to high school this fall are invited to explore their educational options at the school district’s annual Career Academy Forum on Thursday.
Students and their families can learn about the district’s career academies at the forum, which will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, 5510 NW 27th Ave.
The event typically attracts more than 500 people, who can look over displays and talk to teachers and current students of each of the district’s 11 career academies. They can also learn about the eligibility requirements and application process.
“We have so many opportunities for students to get a head start on their careers,” Nancy Iafrate, Career Pathways coordinator for Alachua County Public Schools, said in a news release. “The forum gives them and their families a chance to review all the options at one time.”
About 1,500 Alachua County high school students are now enrolled in the career academies, which include health care, law enforcement, culinary arts and biotechnology.
Students in the programs have access to internships and many will graduate from high school with certification in their chosen fields, making them much more marketable when it’s time to look for a job. Students can also earn college credits and scholarships while attending the academies.
Each academy will also have its own open house in January and early February. A link to the complete open house schedule is available on the district’s website at www.sbac.edu. The link can be found under ‘Upcoming Calendar’ on the right-hand side of the home page. More information is also available through the district’s Career and Technical Education office at (352) 955-7600.
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