A Primer on College & Career Academies of Akron

How it Works
Posted on 04/30/2018
Image of College & Career Academies Logo(courtesy Theresa Cottom, Ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

When the freshman academies roll out in Akron Public Schools next fall, kids will spend the year exploring their interests and deciding on a pathway to head down once the full College & Career Academies are implemented in the 2019-20 school year.

Here’s a closer look at a four-year education under the Akron College and Career Academies model:
  • Freshman year: Students will work with teachers to explore opportunities and align them with their strengths, skills and interests. They will take a freshman seminar to explore different pathways, research skills needed to succeed, and participate in team-building activities and leadership development. Students also will participate in two exploration events: a visit to a college campus, or training opportunity, and a career fair to further explore possible options. Freshmen will select their pathway in January.
  • Sophomore year: Students will take one introductory career course and other increasingly focused coursework. Every student will participate in a field trip to explore pathways in a certain industry.
  • Junior year: Students will take one career-related course. They also will participate in one-on-one or small-group job shadowing to experience a day in the life of being on the job.
  • Senior year: Students will take two career-related courses. They also will complete a capstone project, which could include an internship, research project or extended job shadow. Seniors will take an end-of-course exam that will help them prepare for industry-recognized certifications and licenses.
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