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Rollout of APS College and Career Academies
A year by year look at how College and Career Academies will work

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 and Career Academies are implemented in the 2019-2020 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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