Academies of Louisville launches at Fern Creek High School

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CARAY: FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS,
JCPS HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTING
ACADEMIES OF LOUISVILLE IN
SCHOOLS ACROSS THE DISTRICT, AND
STUDENTS LIKE TIM HERE GET AN
OPPORTUNITY TO DO MORE HANDS-ON LEARNING.>>OUR CENTRAL OFFICE TEAM AND
OUR STUDENTS ALL COME TOGETHER
TO MAKE SURE WE’RE PREPARING OUR
KIDS FOR THE NEXT STEP IN LIFE. THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. CARAY: THERE’S ROBOTICS AND
GRAPHIC DESIGN, OR CULINARY
SKILLS AND FIREFIGHTER, ALL
THESE CAREER PATHS FALL UNDER
ONE OF FERN CREEK HIGH SCHOOL’S
NEW ACADEMIES.>>IT’S MORE HANDS ON
ACTIVITIES. IT’S MORE TRIAL AND
ERROR INSTEAD OF SITTING IN A
CLASS AND LISTENING TO LECTURES. CARAY: DISTRICT LEADERS SAY THE
ACADEMIES ARE DESIGNED TO KEEP
STUDENTS ENGAGED IN THE LEARNING
PROCESS, ALLOWING THEM TO GET A
CLOSER LOOK AT THEIR POTENTIAL
CAREER PATHS BEFORE EVEN GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL
>>GRADUATION RATE INCREASES AS
A RESULT OF THE ACADEMIES OF
LOUISVILLE, AND SO DOES
TRANSITION READINESS. CARAY: THE CAREER ACADEMIES
INCLUDE ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER
SCIENCE, EDUCATION, COMMUNITY
AND SERVICE, AND COMMUNICATIONS. BRITTANY POTTER IS IN THE
COMMUNICATIONS ACADEMY LEARNING
ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN.>>WHAT I’M LEARNING NOW, HELPS
ME WITH COMPETITIONS I’M IN AND
THOSE COMPETITIONS ARE WHERE I
GET MY SCHOLARSHIP. CARAY: AND THE ACADEMIES
WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS. MAESER PLUMBING, MARK’S FEED
STORE FERN CREEK, AND THE FERN
CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT ALL
SUPPORT THE PROGRA
>>ONE OF THE THINGS, WHEN I WAS
APPROACHED ABOUT THE PROGRAM, THAT REALLY INTRIGUED ME AND OUR
DEPARTMENT IS THE OPPORTUNITY IS
TO DEVELOP STUDENTS TO FURTHER
THEMSELVES AS THEY GRADUATE. CARAY: CARAY GRACE, WLKY NEW
VICKI: DISTRICT LEADERS SAY
ACADEMIES OF LOUISVILLE IS ABOUT
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A 2

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