Championing Career Academies
Metro Schools was recognized by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) for being a champion of the career academy model, marked by small learning communities, college-prep curriculum with career themes and partnerships with local employers, higher education institutions and the community. Several schools as well as community partners were honored at the NCAC conference held in Tampa earlier this month.
McGavock High School Receives Jeffrey N. Stein Award
The Jeffrey N. Stein Award recognizes a school with career academies that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to and passion for career academies as catalysts for helping all students, and especially disadvantaged students, according to Susan Katzman, recent past-president of the National Career Academy Coalition.
“I had the pleasure of knowing Jeffrey Stein for many years, and as a businessman and an educator, he exemplified passion, commitment and the pursuit of excellence. He did not do anything if he could not do it well. His widow Judy and a former executive director of NCAC wanted to create an award in his honor for schools that exhibit the same qualities,” said Katzman. “I am pleased to present this year’s award to McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee. They began the career academy process in 2008 and perfected their work over the next eight years. They have model academies, numerous business partners and successful students. You cannot google McGavock without seeing a YouTube video of President Obama visiting and speaking at the school in 2013.”
Meharry Medical College and Bridgestone Americas Receive Partnership Awards
Also recognized at the NCAC conference were Meharry Medical College and Bridgestone Americas, which both received the Henk Koning Exemplary Partnership Award for their continued support and partnerships with academies in Metro Schools.
Dr. Susan DeRiemer, a professor at Meharry Medical College has led Meharry’s partnership with the Glencliff High School Academy of Medical Science & Research (AMSR) almost since its beginning. Meharry, founded in 1876, is one of the oldest and largest historically black medical colleges in the United States that has always focused on training talented individuals from challenging socio-economic backgrounds and prepared them to go into underserved areas to work. Highlights of the partnership includes:
- Externships for the academy teachers;
- Curricular support throughout the course of the school year to carry out the project based learning endeavors;
- Medical Interpreting pathway (started in 2014) that was co-written by Dr. DeRiemer and members of the AMSR faculty. This curriculum is the first of its kind in the nation and has been adopted by the Tennessee Department of Education as an approved pathway.
Bridgestone Americas has embraced the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, even exposing the students to international business leaders from Japan and South America, supporting students to develop beyond basic mechanic skills and become potential corporate executives. Highlights of the partnership with Maplewood High School include:
- Transforming Maplewood’s high school automotive shop into a one-of-a-kind automotive training center in cooperation with Firestone Complete Auto Care. This included building an official Customer Service Center inside the school and providing students with access to and training on the proprietary software used in the Firestone organization;
- Enhancing course offerings by encouraging all students to take at least one course in Marketing and Management;
- Investing more than $300,000 in building the Firestone training center, the organization provides 2 to 3 staff members on a regular basis every couple of weeks to provide industry training to students.
Thirteen Metro Schools Receive NCAC Accreditation
In addition, the following Metro schools officially received NCAC Accreditation during the conference:
- Cane Ridge High School – Academy of Health Management
- Glencliff High School – Academy of Medical Science and Research
- Hillsboro High School – Academy of Global Health and Science
- Hillwood High School – Academy of Health Science
- Hillwood High School – Academy of Business and Hospitality
- Hillwood High School – Academy of Art, Design, and Communication
- Maplewood High School – Academy of Energy and Power
- McGavock High School – US Community Credit Union/ Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality and Finance
- McGavock High School – CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication
- McGavock High School – Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Life Science and Law
- McGavock High School – Academy of Aviation and Transportation
- Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School – Academy of Entertainment Management
- Whites Creek High School – Academy of Education and Law
For more information on the National Career Academy Coalition, visit http://www.ncacinc.com.