FHS to Offer Career Academy Opportunities!
Aaron Becker, FHS Principal
Fairfield High School is excited to announce details about an opportunity that juniors and seniors will have to attend the Fairfield Area Career Academy during the 2012-2013 school year. The career academy is a consortium of Indian Hills Community College, Fairfield High School, Cardinal High School, and Harmony High School. Van Buren High School plans to join in 2013-2014, and MSAE has also explored sending students to the academy. The career academy will also have consulting partners in the local work force, business, and industry from the surrounding communities. The career strands and course offerings were decided upon by assessing the workforce needs of area business and industry as well as surveying student interest. The three strands not only address college and career readiness for students but also provide the opportunity for area business and industry to benefit from a well-trained work force, which will spark economic development.
The Fairfield Area Career Academy educational strands that will be offered will be the following: Industrial Maintenance, Business and Finance, and Health Occupations. Each career strand will be offered next year in the morning session from 8:45 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. The students who take classes in the morning at the career academy will then take classes in the afternoon at their home districts. In the afternoon, a second session of the Health Occupations strand will be offered due to initial student interest. The session will run from 12:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. If students enroll in this afternoon session, they will take classes at their home districts in the morning.
Students that enroll in the Fairfield Area Career Academy will receive both high school credit towards graduation along with college credit from IHCC at no cost to the student or family. Registration for 2012-2013 classes and specifically for a career strand in the Fairfield Area Career Academy will begin in the next few weeks at Fairfield High School. Interested students should contact their school counselors or principals. Information about registration will be shared with students, and they are encouraged to discuss future plans about course work with their parents.