Public schools hosting forum on academies
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Alachua County Public Schools is hosting its annual Career Academy Forum that will provide students and their parents with information about programs where a student can work on a career and become job ready while earning their high school diploma — and college credits, too.
CAREER ACADEMY FORUM
What: Career Academy Forum for rising ninth-graders, with information on high school academies.
When: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Buchholz High School, 5510 NW 27th Ave.
Information: Call 352-955-7600.
Shannon Ritter, teacher specialist for county schools, said the forum will provide a great opportunity for parents and students to learn about the school district's 11 career and technical education programs.
The forum will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Buchholz High School at 5510 NW 27th Ave.
Ritter said attending the forum is especially important for parents and eighth-grade students who will be heading to high school this fall. She also said all middle school students will benefit from attending the forum.
At the forum, Ritter said parents and their students will have an opportunity to learn about eligibility requirements and the application process for the following career academies:
—Academy of Agriscience at Santa Fe High School in Alachua.
—Academy of Automotive Technology at Professional Academies Magnet @ Loften High School.
—Academy of Criminal Justice at Newberry High School.
—Academy of Design & Technology at Loften.
Institute of Culinary Arts at Eastside High School.
—Academy of Early Childhood Education at Loften.
—Academy of Entrepreneurship at Buchholz.
—Academy of Finance at Buchholz.
—Academy of Fire & Emergency Medical Services at Loften.
—Academy of Health Professions at Gainesville High School.
Institute of Biotechnology at Santa Fe High.
Ritter said there will be displays for each of the programs and parents and students will have an opportunity for individual discussion with instructors. She said Santa Fe College also will be in attendance to discuss how students can earn college credits while attending the academies.
"They (parents and students) will have an opportunity to learn about the hands-on activities and labs offered in these programs," Ritter said. "Students can apply for more than one program."
Ritter said that by applying for more than one program, students can keep their options open. Applications will be available at the forum and at school guidance offices. She said applications must be postmarked by Feb. 8, with acceptance letters sent on Feb. 22. She said commitment letters from students must be postmarked by March 12.
Last year, 600 interested students and their parents attended the event.
For those who cannot make it to the forum, several academies will be hosting open house events. They are:
—Institute of Culinary Arts: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Jan. 16, Eastside High School, 1201 SE 45th Terrace.
—Academy of Finance and Academy of Entrepreneurship: 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Buchholz.
—Santa Fe High School: Biotech Expo, 4-6 p.m.; Academy of Agriscience, 6:30 p.m., both on Jan. 24, Santa Fe High.
—Career Expo Academies of Auto, Design, Early Childhood Education and Fire and Emergency Services: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 26, Loften, 3000 E. University Ave.
—Academy of Criminal Justice: 6 p.m. Jan. 28, Newberry High.
—Academy of Health Professions: 7-7:30 p.m., Jan. 30, Gainesville High, 1900 NW 13th St.
—Professional Academies Magnet @ Loften: Optional information/Q&A meeting, 6-7 p.m., Jan. 31 at the school.