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Four new signature academies in the Mobile County Public School System, focused on preparing students for various careers as well as college, began operating at the start of the new school year in August.
Students in grades 10 – 12 can participate in the academies aimed at giving students real world, hands-on experiences that are a part of a specific career theme. The academies are designed to give students college- and career-ready opportunities such as paid and unpaid internships, job shadowing, workplace tours, worksite training, business mentors and more. All 12 MCPSS high schools are now operating with signature academy programs.
The new academies are:
Baker High School – The Academies of Advanced Careers will provide students in Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone an opportunity to engage in scholarly practice of core academic skills. Baker is one of only three schools in Alabama offering this program, and offers two dozen AP classes.
Davidson High School – The Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum (EPIC) is a specialized math and science program geared to prepare students for engineering, medicine, geological, physical, meteorological, information technology and environmental fields. Students can choose one of four pathways:
LeFlore Magnet High School – The Academy of Law, Arts and Health Sciences is designed to enable students to develop skills in communication as well as critical thinking. The Academy of Law gives students the skills needed for careers in criminal and civil law and legal research/writing. The Academy of Arts exposes performing and visual arts and technical skills in graphic arts, television production and commercial photography. The Academy of Health Science will provide students with the skills necessary for a career in Health Sciences.
Vigor High School – Information Technology is designed to develop IT technicians via three pathways.
To learn more about the academies, go to www.mcpss.com.
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