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Originally shared by Ford Next Generation Learning. 

With relatives living all the way in Jamaica, Shakarah transformed her academy network into her family. Through her Alternative Energy production class she developed meaningful relationships with her peers that are sure to last a lifetime.

Join Shakarah as she introduces us to the world class, and famous Alternative Energy program at Whites Creek High School. Unlock the power of the network here.

 

 

What Is Our Story?

From state take-over to national model. 

During the 2006-2007 school year, the Academies of Nashville was only a dream– an ambitious, high school transformation effort that would bring together families, educators, and the community to improve our schools.

Ten years later, that dream has come to fruition. Graduation rates have increased. Student attendance is at an all-time high. Discipline referrals have significantly dropped. Business engagement in the school system has never been stronger and more powerful.

But there is much more to this success than the statistics along. It is the stories that touch our hearts. This past month, the Academies of Nashville were able to celebrate their ten year anniversary at Nissan Stadium with 300 of its closest friends and partners. Partners were also able to sign a recommitment statement with PENCIL to commit to the work ahead in the next ten years. Academies of Nashville graduates Shakarah Nelson, Katherine Hernandez, and Ben Zolkower shared their stories of how their high school education impacted their future.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event, and the past ten years, a success. We specifically want to thank our founding partners Alignment Nashville, Ford NGL, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, PENCIL, and the Ford Hub. We appreciate you.

To see and hear more about the event, check out the coverage by WSMV here.

 

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Academy Coaches from the past ten years pose with a commemorative Hatch Show Print. Academy Coaches act as the business partner liaison for schools in the Academy model.

 

Microsoft displayed some of its newest technology to assist partners in recommitting to the work of the Academies of Nashville.

Microsoft displayed some of its newest technology to assist partners in recommitting to the work of the Academies of Nashville.

 

Every business partner and school employee in attendance received a commemorative Hatch Show Print to recognize the work of the past decade in the Academies of Nashville.

Every business partner and school employee in attendance received a commemorative Hatch Show Print to recognize the work of the past decade in the Academies of Nashville.

 

Academies graduates shared their stories of how the Academies of Nashville impacted their education. Throughout the evening, Jody Lenz recorded their inspiring messages through graphic listening.

Academies of Nashville graduates shared their stories of how the Academies of Nashville impacted their education. Throughout the evening, Jody Lenz recorded their inspiring messages through graphic listening.

The National Emmy Awards: Laith Emmy Award

The awards have been piling up for Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School student, Laith Emanuel, including the prestigious honor for receiving a National Student Emmy Award at 16-years-old. Congratulations Laith!

See Laith and Mr. Anthony Young’s acceptance speech from the awards ceremony.

See the entire Citizen Laith documentary.

Cheers, Tears, and Celebrating Ten Years

This year is the Academies of Nashville 10-Year Anniversary!

While we will be celebrating all year long, we hosted a special presentation at the December Administrative and Supervisory Meeting last week. Hear from students from each of the Academies of Nashville schools on how the academies have helped their pursue their college and career goals.

Nnadozie Ibe, Antioch High School, Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance

 

Jarad McCray, Cane Ridge High School, Academy of Law

Reanas Saleh, Glencliff High School, Hands On Nashville Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning

Olivia Zavitson, Hillsboro High School, US Community Credit Union Academy of International Business and Communication

Tevion Turner, Hillwood High School, Academy of Health Sciences

Alanna Brown, Hunters Lane High School, Academy of International Baccalaureate

BreeAnna Collins, Maplewood High School, Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness

Victor Ochoa, McGavock High School, Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality

Khai Hardin, Overton High School, Academy of Information Technology

Jacob Graham, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, Academy of Entertainment Communication

Jack Utley, Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Academy of Science and Engineering

Jacob Williams, Whites Creek High School, Academy of Community Health

Championing Career Academies

Metro Schools was recognized by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) for being a champion of the career academy model, marked by small learning communities, college-prep curriculum with career themes and partnerships with local employers, higher education institutions and the community. Several schools as well as community partners were honored at the NCAC conference held in Tampa earlier this month.

McGavock High School Receives Jeffrey N. Stein Award

The Jeffrey N. Stein Award recognizes a school with career academies that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to and passion for career academies as catalysts for helping all students, and especially disadvantaged students, according to Susan Katzman, recent past-president of the National Career Academy Coalition.

“I had the pleasure of knowing Jeffrey Stein for many years, and as a businessman and an educator, he exemplified passion, commitment and the pursuit of excellence. He did not do anything if he could not do it well. His widow Judy and a former executive director of NCAC wanted to create an award in his honor for schools that exhibit the same qualities,” said Katzman. “I am pleased to present this year’s award to McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee. They began the career academy process in 2008 and perfected their work over the next eight years. They have model academies, numerous business partners and successful students. You cannot google McGavock without seeing a YouTube video of President Obama visiting and speaking at the school in 2013.”

Meharry Medical College and Bridgestone Americas Receive Partnership Awards

Also recognized at the NCAC conference were Meharry Medical College and Bridgestone Americas, which both received the Henk Koning Exemplary Partnership Award for their continued support and partnerships with academies in Metro Schools.

Dr. Susan DeRiemer, a professor at Meharry Medical College has led Meharry’s partnership with the Glencliff High School Academy of Medical Science & Research (AMSR) almost since its beginning. Meharry, founded in 1876, is one of the oldest and largest historically black medical colleges in the United States that has always focused on training talented individuals from challenging socio-economic backgrounds and prepared them to go into underserved areas to work. Highlights of the partnership includes:

  • Externships for the academy teachers;
  • Curricular support throughout the course of the school year to carry out the project based learning endeavors;
  • Medical Interpreting pathway (started in 2014) that was co-written by Dr. DeRiemer and members of the AMSR faculty. This curriculum is the first of its kind in the nation and has been adopted by the Tennessee Department of Education as an approved pathway.

Bridgestone Americas has embraced the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, even exposing the students to international business leaders from Japan and South America, supporting students to develop beyond basic mechanic skills and become potential corporate executives. Highlights of the partnership with Maplewood High School include:

  • Transforming Maplewood’s high school automotive shop into a one-of-a-kind automotive training center in cooperation with Firestone Complete Auto Care. This included building an official Customer Service Center inside the school and providing students with access to and training on the proprietary software used in the Firestone organization;
  • Enhancing course offerings by encouraging all students to take at least one course in Marketing and Management;
  • Investing more than $300,000 in building the Firestone training center, the organization provides 2 to 3 staff members on a regular basis every couple of weeks to provide industry training to students.

Thirteen Metro Schools Receive NCAC Accreditation

In addition, the following Metro schools officially received NCAC Accreditation during the conference:

  1. Cane Ridge High School – Academy of Health Management
  2. Glencliff High School – Academy of Medical Science and Research
  3. Hillsboro High School – Academy of Global Health and Science
  4. Hillwood High School – Academy of Health Science
  5. Hillwood High School – Academy of Business and Hospitality
  6. Hillwood High School – Academy of Art, Design, and Communication
  7. Maplewood High School – Academy of Energy and Power
  8. McGavock High School – US Community Credit Union/ Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality and Finance
  9. McGavock High School – CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication
  10. McGavock High School – Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Life Science and Law
  11. McGavock High School – Academy of Aviation and Transportation
  12. Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School – Academy of Entertainment Management
  13. Whites Creek High School – Academy of Education and Law

For more information on the National Career Academy Coalition, visit http://www.ncacinc.com.

Hispanic Heritage Month- Drawing Inspiration from Aspiring Engineers

By Rashed Fakhruddin, Engineering Supervisor, Nashville Electric Service

Through the Academies of Nashville, Metro Nashville Public Schools, in collaboration with the business community, works diligently to prepare students to graduate ready for post-secondary education and successful careers.

As an Academy business partner, Nashville Electric Service (NES) plays an important role in providing students with experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and job shadowing which assist future graduates with developing the necessary employability skills to be successful in their future careers.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I would like to highlight two students from John Overton High School who interned with NES’ Design Engineering department through Conexión Américas ‘Escalera: Taking Steps to Success’ program, which works with young adults who will be first generation college students in their families.

Juan Martinez and Eric Jaramillo made an impression on the employees of NES during their 40-hour internship last July. They exhibited great work ethics by interning with NES for half the day and then going straight to their construction jobs immediately following.

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These bright students got an overview of NES’ substation controls and communication designs. They learned about system protection and distribution planning. They visited both the test and system control departments and observed the very impressive SCADA operations center.

They were also active participants in our project meetings, including a conference call with a manufacturer that NES was working through several issues with. On the call, engineers with the manufacturer were speaking in English to us and in Spanish among themselves. Juan and Eric stepped in and translated the conversations to help clear up the previous miscommunication. Our interns became heroes overnight. This highlights the importance of speaking a second language, which is an asset of many students attending MNPS. Over 30 percent speak a second language at home and more than 100 languages are spoken by students from over 75 different countries.

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Although born in the U.S., Juan and Eric are of Mexican heritage, as is NES board member, Irma Paz-Bernstein. Upon completion of their internship, Irma invited them both to her business, Las Paletas, for a visit. The next day, Irma emailed me the following message:

 

Dear Rashed, 

I was happy to meet with Eric & Juan. The idea of inspiring young people always moves me. The interesting thing that happens is that something magical flips things around and I am the one that walks away different.

Listening to their hopes, their stories, their situations and how ready they are to be lifted, to fly, just made my heart grow. I thank you for the opportunity to be inspired and moved.

Peace, always,

Irma

 

As much as we try to inspire these young adults, many times we are the ones who are changed in the process.

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Tennessee Credit Union Welcomes Students to Main Branch

TTCU was excited to host 42 sophomores from Antioch High School Sept. 29. The students are from TTCU’s Academy of Business and Finance and all are in the Accounting pathway.

The students visited our Main Nashville Branch to learn about careers in Banking and Finance. We are proud to be able to help guide the students in their future careers by discussing the job responsibilities of various positions in the credit union and financial services industry, such as tellers, member service representatives, branch managers, fraud prevention specialists, IT professionals, marketing managers, and internal audit & accounting leaders.

Saint Thomas Health Scholars Program Puts Students on Career Path to Healthcare

Originally posted to Saint Thomas Health Beat

It was a night to shine. It was a night to celebrate. One hundred students from nine high schools with health & science academies in Metro Nashville were selected to the Saint Thomas Health Scholars Program. The program, one of the first of its kind in the nation, provides mentoring and hands-on experience in the healthcare field in hopes of paving a career path for these seniors once they graduate from high school. The program also prepares them to take the certification exam at the end of the school year to become a medical assistant. All this at no charge to the students and their families.

Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension, partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools for this inaugural program. A special event was held at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville to commission the students into the program.

The Story of a Student Athlete- Hillsboro High’s Darius Ferguson

By Rashed Fakhruddin

Darius Ferguson picStudent athlete Darius Ferguson has a game plan both on and off the basketball court. The Hillsboro High School varsity basketball player averages 11 points and six assists per game and helped lead his team to the state tournament two years in a row, but his priorities remain focused on academics and potential career opportunities.

 

A year ago, I was sitting next to Darius’ parents during one of his games at regionals. They mentioned he was interested in engineering and I offered the opportunity for him to shadow me on the job at Nashville Electric Service (NES).

 

During fall break, Darius took me up on the offer and spent the day at NES learning different engineering applications, asking questions and talking about career development. During our lunch break, the roles reversed and Darius taught me a few things on the basketball court over a couple of games at the nearby YMCA.

 

Earlier this month, I turned on the television to see Hillsboro playing Mt. Juliet. Darius had a monster fourth quarter advancing the team to state. The very next day, I received an email from Darius asking about the possibility of an NES internship this summer. I was so impressed! This senior just had one of the biggest games of his life and he still has his future in mind.

 

Darius Ferguson basketball picWe recently had a long phone conversation that was the highlight of my week. It topped my winning three-point buzzer beater for NES against the Nashville Fire Department in the Metro Parks Basketball League. It even meant more than a personal spotlight in Nashville Scene’s annual People’s issue.

 

It epitomizes the dream we have as business partners with Metro Nashville Public Schools to see our students motivated, challenged and prepared for college and careers.

Hospitality and Business Experiential Learning at McGavock High School

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Hospitality & Tourism students visit Gaylord Opryland Hotel every year. Here are some students during a job shadow. They shadow employees of the hotel gaining experience and insight to the world of hospitality. They learn about all aspects of the hotel such as the front desk and human resources, which are pictured.

 

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Banking and Finance students benefit from having the U.S. Community Credit Union as a business partner. Pictured are banking and finance students discussing marketing tactics with the head of marketing for the USCCU, J.R. Jerningan. McGavock has a fully functioning branch of the USCCU inside the school where students work gaining banking experience while other students have to ability to open accounts and learn about financial responsibility.

 

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Entrepreneurship students benefit from having Deloitte as a business partner. Betsy Oleska, the Senior Engagement Manager at Deloitte is a member of the advisory board for the Academy of Hospitality and Finance. She helped to facilitate the job shadow for the students. They learned about consulting and auditing while there.

 

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The culinary students help to prepare meals while at The Gaylord Opryland Hotel. They gain valuable experience in a real life culinary atmosphere. The students also create menus to serve to the staff at McGavock High School in their Bistro. Once a week, the teachers can go to the Bistro and enjoy a pre-fixed menu prepared and served by the students.

Personality comes with many names at McGavock HS CMT Academy of Digital Design and Technology

We’re the kids from McGavock’s Audio/Visual Production pathway. At least that’s what we think it’s called… It’s either that, or Broadcasting. We’re not sure… “Broadcasting” makes you think of old guys in suits reporting the Evening News, and we’re not really that.  And “A/V Production” makes you think about nerdy kids with pocket protectors. And we’re not really that either. Well, some of us are. Anyway, what we do know is that we learn how to make Television. How to write, produce, light, edit, and share video projects. Things like music videos, commercials, news programs, documentaries, web features, and short films. Some of the major projects we do every year are the DDC Awards Show, the Film Festival, and the Senior Showcase. We think our pathway is the best one in Nashville. And we’ve won awards that back up this claim. Now if we only knew what to call ourselves….

 

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Pearl-Cohn named to Grammy Foundation Signature Schools List

Screen-Shot-2016-03-17-at-8.55.33-AMThe Grammy Foundation announced 13 U.S. schools have been selected as Grammy Signature Schools for 2016 and have been awarded cash grants totaling $61,000. This program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Each of the 13 Grammy Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program.

Included this year is Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, which is awarded the Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award and will receive $5,500.

“We created the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Signature Schools initiative to highlight the excellent work being done through music programs at public high schools across the country, and since 1999, we have provided more than $1.3 million to close to 300 schools,” said Neil Portnow, President/ CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. “We are proud to offer these financial resources to augment what are often limited budgets, so that teachers may continue to provide the enriching and lasting benefits of a musical education to their students.”

For more information about the Foundation, visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

Signarama Visits Digital Arts and Design Classes at McGavock

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Mr. Hinchman’s Digital Arts and Design II students at McGavock High School had the pleasure of hearing Greta Miller, of Signarama, speak about the graphic design industry in October. Ms. Miller, the production manager of the company, passed along valuable firsthand information to the students about the field and what it takes to become not only a graphic designer, but a highly-successful graphic designer. She also talked about the different software she uses on a daily basis, which is the same software the students use, and the importance of building relationships with customers.

McGavock students “rock” at Rocketown

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A group of students from McGavock’s audio production class had the opportunity to visit the full studio at Rocketown on a scheduled experiential learning day. With the prior help of teacher, Mr. Oquendo, the students were able to run a full session from beginning to end with little instruction.

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They used production software, Logic Pro X, which they have been trained to use during class-time. All students involved helped write a script for a commercial that Rocketown will use in the future and on their website. Each student took a turn running Logic and being in the sound booth. Back at the full studio in McGavock, the students will finish their project by writing a jingle and editing what they produced.

Overton Student’s Work Featured in Two Science Publications

Overton High School senior Yasmin Alvarado-Rayo yasmin photois being published in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine and Young Scientist journal for her work on a modular robotics kit that can be used to support STEM education.

Yasmin, pictured right, is a student in the Overton Academy of Health Sciences.

As part of the team at The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, she will share publication honors for “eSMAC: an Affordable Modular Robotic Kit for Integrated STEM Education.”

The rest of the team members for the publication include include: Vanderbilt postdoctoral student Ekawahyu Susilo, Vanderbilt undergraduate student Jianing Liu, Vanderbilt undergraduate student Ashley Melissa Peck, Hume-Foggg teacher Justin Montenegro, local high school teacher Mark Gonyea,  and Vanderbilt engineering faculty member Dr. Pietro Valdastri.

Yasmin worked in Vanderbilt’s STORM lab with Dr. Pietro Valdastri and her SSMV mentor was Dr. Stephanie Weeden-Wright.

Click here to visit the Young Scientist journal website.

Click here to visit the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine website.

Congrats, Yasmin!