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Hunters Lane Announces Griffin Academy of Design and Technology

Today, Hunters Lane High School and Griffin Technology are proud to announce the rebranding of the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology within Metro Nashville Public Schools. Nashville-based Griffin Technology partnered with The Academies of Nashville as part of their commitment to fostering technology in education. Over the past year, Griffin has committed nearly 1,000 man-hours to mentoring teachers and students along with outfitting the Hunters Lane High School programming lab with new Mac minis and Griffin product.

Dr. Jay Steele, Chief Academic Officer at Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Hunters Lane Academy Coach, Brad Meyers, joined Dr. Susan Kessler, Executive Principal at Hunters Lane, in recognizing Griffin Technology’s commitment to Hunters Lane High School at a ceremony held in the school’s auditorium today.

“The students in the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology are the future leaders of the tech industry,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Griffin is proud to stand with the students, teachers and principals of Hunters Lane and The Academies of Nashville to provide the essential tools, education and inspiration needed to ensure students’ success in an increasingly technological world.”

The Academy’s new name honors Griffin Technology’s generous donation to the Hunters Lane High School programming lab along with job-shadow days for students and a summer externship for teachers from the Academy. Griffin also spent the past year working closely with teachers to develop their first iOS programming curriculum and other technology-focused coursework for the Academy. The iOS curriculum teaches students the processes involved in developing apps for iPhones and iPads from start to finish.

“We’re thrilled to announce the naming of the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology,” Steele said. “We are so appreciative of Griffin and other Nashville-area businesses for their contributions to our Academies program. With their help, we’re setting ourselves apart as a national example of exemplary, high-quality education.”

The Academies of Nashville is a program developed through a partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Alignment Nashville, Ford Next Generation Learning, the PENCIL Foundation, and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to bridge the gap between education and the real world by pairing businesses and nonprofit organizations with schools to enhance students’ education.

For more information about The Academies of Nashville visit www.academiesofnashville.org.
For more information about Griffin Technology’s work in education visit http://griffintechnology.com/education.

About Griffin Technology
Griffin Technology Inc. is one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, education and personal technology. Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Collaborating with educators to create tomorrow’s digital-native workforce, Griffin offers advanced technology solutions for the classroom, including Survivor, MultiDock, PowerDock 5, AirStrap, Wired Keyboard and much more. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs for the connected classroom at www.griffintechnology.com/education. Keep up with the latest Griffin products for education on Twitter @GriffinTechEd and Facebook.com/griffintech.

Metro Nashville Public Schools
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is the nation’s 42nd largest district, preparing more than 83,000 students to excel in higher education, work and life with the goal of being the first choice for Nashville’s families. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body.

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2014 Academy Video Awards

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All zoned high schools and the MNPS Virtual School are invited to participate in a district-wide competition to create marketing videos that focus the unique aspects offered through the Academies of Nashville. Videos will be shared with the broader community to tell your school’s Academy story and raise awareness about the Academies of Nashville.

We need your help to determine the winner of the Community Favorite award! Watch the nominees and cast your vote to decide which Academy will win!

Videos can be seen here.

Which Academy Video is your favorite?

  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies 2014 Academy Commercial (47%, 41,303 Votes)
  • Whites Creek High School- Academy of Education and Law 2014 Academy Commercial (37%, 33,029 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School Academy of International Business and Communication 2014 Academy Commercial (6%, 5,431 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 2014 Academy Commercial (2%, 2,049 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Design and Technology 2014 Academy Commercial (2%, 1,819 Votes)
  • Whites Creek High School- Academy of Education and Law 2014 Student Story (1%, 1,202 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Academy of Global Health and Science 2014 PBL (1%, 683 Votes)
  • Overton High School- Academy of Information Technology 2014 Academy Commercial (1%, 535 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Academy of Health Science and Law 2014 PBL (0%, 421 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 277 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of International Baccalaureate 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 276 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies 2014 Student Story (0%, 245 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 214 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Health and Human Services 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 208 Votes)
  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School- Academy of Entertainment Communication 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 154 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering 2014 PBL (0%, 105 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 104 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Academy of International Business and Communication 2014 Student Story (0%, 104 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Hospitality 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 100 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 79 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering 2014 Student Story (0%, 70 Votes)
  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School- Academy of Entertainment Management 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 69 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 64 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 58 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering "I Can" Commercial (0%, 44 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science "I Can" Video (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Marketing and Business 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Art, Design, and Communication "I Can" Video (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Commercial (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science 2014 Student Story (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 10 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Academy of Avitation and Transportation 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 4 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Glencliff High School- Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning 2014 "I Can" Video (0%, 3 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 2 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication 2014 Student Story (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Glencliff High School- Academy of Medical Science and Research 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 2 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/ USCCU Academy of Business and Finance 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 1 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/ USCCU Academy of Business and Finance 2014 PBL (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 88,770

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2014 Academies of Nashville Awards

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the finalists for the 2014 Academies of Nashville Awards, sponsored by Altria. Each year, the Chamber organizes a group of teachers, administrators, and community partners to select the best that the Academies of Nashville have to offer. MNPS employees and Academy Partners nominated people and programs for awards in fifteen categories. These nominations were based on the National Career Academy Coalition‘s National Standards of PracticeMNPS administrators and executive staff, school board members, teachers, and community partners will have the opportunity to vote in order to determine the winners, which will be announced on May 12, 2014 at a special event held at Rocketown. Congratulations to all of the finalists for your outstanding work during the 2013–2014 school year!

Academy Teacher of the Year (CTE of Thematic Pathway) – presented by Deloitte

  • James Anderson, Academy of Automotive Technology, Antioch High School
  • Rebecca Banaszak, Academy of International Business and Communication, Hillsboro High School
  • Lauren Beck, Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Cedric Caldwell, Academy of Entertainment Management, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
  • Jeremiah Davis, Academy of Education and Law, Whites Creek High School

Academy Teacher of the Year (General Education) – presented by Dollar General

  • Paul Beavers, Freshman Academy, Hillsboro High School
  • Nekesha Burnette, Freshman Academy, Antioch High School
  • Marci Garner, Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness, Maplewood High School
  • Cheryl Jolley, Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Laura Vignon, CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication, McGavock High School

Academy Team Leader of the Year

  • Tobey Green, Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies, Stratford STEM Magnet High School
  • LaSheryl Jones-Hall, Academy of Entertainment Management, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
  • Tripp (John) Nicholson, Academy of Business and Hospitality, Hillwood High School
  • Marrkus Marshall, Academy of Community Health, Whites Creek High School
  • Sarah Wolf, Academy of Engineering, Overton High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Arts, Media, and Communications

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and the Academy of Arts and Communication, Cane Ridge High School
  • The Parthenon and the Academy of Art, Design, and Communication, Hillwood High School
  • Warner Music Nashville and the Academy of Entertainment Communication, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Business, Marketing, and Information Technology

  • Deloitte and the Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Fifth Third Bank and the Academy of Business and Consumer Services, Maplewood High School
  • US Community Credit Union and the US Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance, McGavock High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology

  • Earl Swensson (ESA) and the Academy of Environment and Urban Planning, Glencliff High School
  • Trevecca- Nazarene University and the Academy of Engineering, Overton High School
  • Universal Robotics and the Academy of Science and Engineering, Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Health and Public Services

  • Aegis Sciences Corporation and the Academy of Health Science and Law, McGavock High School
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School
  • Southern Hills Medical Center and the Academy of Health Sciences, Overton High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Hospitality and Tourism

  • Event Logistics and the Academy of Hospitality, Hunters Lane High School
  • Holiday Inn at Vanderbilt and the Academy of Business and Hospitality, Hillwood High School
  • Nashville Opera and the Academy of Hospitality, Antioch High School

Academy Coach of the Year

  • Jennifer Berry, Stratford STEM Magnet High School
  • Emily Hughes, Hillwood High School
  • Sonya Mansfield, Maplewood High School

Externship Project of the Year- presented by the Memorial Foundation

  • Nashville Shakespeare Festival/ Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art/ Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies and the Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Hillsboro High School
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Academy of Science and Engineering, Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Academy Assistant Principal of the Year- presented by Altria

  • Shatrina Cathey, Academy of Health Science and Law, McGavock High School
  • Melissa Harkreader, Academy of Global Health and Science, Hillsboro High School
  • Darren Kennedy, Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability, and Logistics/ Academy of Education and Law, Whites Creek High School
  • Jill Pittman, Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Janet Wallace, Academy of Science and Engineering, Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Executive Principal of the Year- presented by Altria

  • Adrienne Koger, Antioch High School
  • Clint Wilson, Glencliff High School
  • Ron Woodard, Maplewood High School

Academy Counselor of the Year

  • Meri Kock, Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Hillsboro High School
  • Susan Murphy, Academy of Business and Consumer Services, Maplewood High School
  • Ashley Shaver, Academy of Art, Design, and Communication, Hillwood High School

Freshman Academy of the Year

  • Antioch High School Freshman Academy
  • Maplewood High School Freshman Academy
  • Whites Creek High School Freshman Academy

Academy of the Year

  • Academy of Architecture and Construction, Cane Ridge High School
  • Academy of Marketing and Business, Hunters Lane High School
  • Academy of Health Science and Law, McGavock High School
  • Academy of Engineering, Overton High School

NPT American Graduate Community Town Hall

In January 2014, Nashville Public Television brought community members to their studios to speak on education in middle Tennessee as a part of CPB’s American Graduate program. In this town hall meeting, parents, students, teachers, administrators, and business partners speak about the Academies of Nashville, school choice, standardized testing, and other topics.

Proud Partners

 

Griffin Technology has been a driving force at Hunters Lane High School this year. Through donating equipment and technology to providing guest lecturers in class, Griffin is paving the way for students to learn innovative skills on modern day equipment. In celebration of their partnership, Griffin recently posted a blog about their enthusiasm and excitement for the new partnership. Check out their blog post here. To find out more information on how to become an Academy Partner, like Griffin, take a look here.

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It’s finally here…

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What’s finally here? The Academies of Nashville Parent Ambassador Program!

Last night, parents from throughout the Academies of Nashville came together for the first ever Parent Ambassador Orientation where they learned more about the academies, ambassador responsibilities, and how to advocate for their schools. In a study conducted by Enterprise City Schools, more than 85% of the general public believes that support from parents is the most important way to improve the schools.

The parent ambassador program encourages schools and academies to partner with parents to communication the direction, evaluation, and purpose of the Academies of Nashville as well as provide a forum for parents to have a voice in education. Parent Ambassadors will become school advocates to promote community support, increase parent participation, and communicate the message of the Academies of Nashville. Stay tuned to this blog to view their inaugural postings and introductions in the coming weeks.

Thanks to all of our 2013-2014 Parent Ambassadors!

Antioch High School

  • Tara Williams
  • Tina Walker

Cane Ridge High School

  • Linda Dean

Glencliff High School

  • Andrea Sanchez

Hillsboro High School

  • Sherry Koty

Hillwood High School

  • Sandy Murabito

Hunters Lane High School

  • Sherry Donaghey

Maplewood High School

  • Gloria Whitley

McGavock High School

  • Bernette Shaw-Wakeman

Overton High School

  • Kimberly Jackson
  • Kim Jones
  • Karen Hensley

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

  • Kia Williams

Stratford STEM Magnet High School

  • Tracy Utley

Whites Creek High School

  • Angela Blakely

To get involved in the Academies or Nashville or find out more information about the Parent Ambassador Program, please contact your school’s Academy Coach.

Presidential Visit to the Academies of Nashville

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On Thursday, Jan. 31, President Barack Obama visited McGavock High School and praised the Academies of Nashville, students, teachers, business partners, and parents. In fact, the President spent a large portion of this speech discussing the Academies of Nashville, saying:

“It’s working. Over the past nine years, the graduation rate here has gone up 22 percent- 22 percent. Last year, attendance across the district, which includes 12 academy high schools, was higher than ever. Thousands of students are getting a head start on their future years before many of their peers do. And it’s great for businesses because they’re developing a pool of workers who already have the skills that they’re looking for.

Now, every community is different, with different needs, different approaches. But if Nashville can bring schools and teachers and businesses and parents together for the sake of our kids, then other places can. That’s why my administration is already running a competition to redesign high schools through employer partnerships that combine a quality education with real-world skills and hands-on learning.

I want to encourage more high schools to do what you are doing.”

However, the highlight of the event was when the President shared the story of a recent McGavock High School and Academy graduate Sara Santiago and broadcasting teacher Barclay Randall:

“When Sara was in Mr. Randall’s class, he helped her discover this passion for film making.  And pretty soon, Sara’s grades started to improve. She won the school’s “Best Editing” award. Then she got an internship with Country Music Television- one of your business partners. And then she was accepted to the prestigious Savanna College of Art and Design. And she gives credit to Mr. Randall for this. She says, ‘Mr. Randall gave me a second change. He saw things I never saw in myself. He’s the person who helped me change’.”

 

Read the full transcript of President Obama’s speech here.

Academy Showcase Schedule

Metro zoned high schools are showing families what they have to offer (hint: something for everyone) at the Academies of Nashville Showcases.

These days, Metro’s zoned high schools offer students complete high school experiences in fields like medicine, marketing, business, alternative energy, digital design and more.

Come take a peek at what our zoned high schools can do for you and your family. Here’s the schedule:

  • Antioch High School – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 5:30pm
  • Cane Ridge High School – Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6pm
  • Glencliff High School – Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6pm
  • Hillsboro High School – Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6pm
  • Hillwood High School – Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6pm
  • Hunters Lane High School – Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6pm
  • Maplewood High School – Monday, Jan, 27 at 6:30pm
  • McGavock High School – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6pm
  • Overton High School – Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6pm
  • Pearl-Cohn High School – Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6pm
  • Stratford High School – Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30pm
  • Whites Creek High School – Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6pm

Academies of Nashville Winter Leadership Retreat

 

Educators and business partners are working together at the annual Academies of Nashville Winter leadership retreat.

Educators and business partners are working together at the annual Academies of Nashville Winter leadership retreat.

It’s that time of year again. Students are preparing for final exams, teachers are working to record grades, and everyone is eagerly awaiting Winter break. While many schools throughout country are buried in number two pencils and bubble sheets, educators in Metro Nashville Public Schools are using this time to discuss how to make their schools better for the Spring semester.

CMT presenting to educators about effective business engagement at the Winter Leadership Retreat.

CMT presenting to educators about effective business engagement at the Winter Leadership Retreat.

Principals, assistant principals, academy coaches, and business partners for each school within the Academies of Nashville have come together for the annual Winter leadership retreat today at the Martin Professional Development Center thanks, in part, to a generous donation from the Ford Motor Company Fund and Alignment Nashville. The focus of this year’s Winter Leadership retreat is for educators to :

Teams from each school are working to deconstruct the different standards of practice to better prepare their individual academies for the accreditation process through the National Career Academy Coalition. Through this process, every school is uncovering what is unique about the Academies of Nashville including experiential learning, teacher teaming, business engagement, and much more!

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Studying Tips from Students

December marks the end of the semester here in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Along with the excitement buzzing for potential snow days and the upcoming holidays, students work during this time of year to complete their end of the semester exams. Mika C., a student at Hunters Lane High School, offers the following studying tips for students who are about to begin the last minute cram for exams. Good luck everyone!

I know exams will be coming up soon and a lot of students are worried about their grades. No worries! We can get you prepared for these exams so that you will be well on your way to scoring highly! Take a look at the following tips:

Exam tips

  • To all students taking the ACT on Saturday: I wish you all good luck! Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep before testing time and eat a nutritious dinner and breakfast! Make sure that you aim for your targeted score and to at least get a 21 in order to receive the HOPE scholarship for college.

  • To all students taking exams: study, study, study! I believe you all will do great and make sure that your grades are where they need to be before we go on Winter Break!

  • During testing time: relax and make sure that you wear comfortable clothing.

  • Always bring two pencils, an eraser, and a hand held pencil sharpener just in case!

  • After you are finished with your test, double check your answers!

  • Most importantly, read the directions and questions thoroughly.

  • Use the internet. Don’t be afraid to look up helpful videos on any topic you need help with.

  • Create your own study habits such as

-Notecards (topic on front side, answers on back side)

                             -Study sessions with your friends (quiz each other)

                            -Type your notes on a computer or handheld device to help with remembering notes.

                            -Don’t cram for your test the night before. Start studying at least one week before!

Good luck on your exams!

            

 

Career Exploration: A student perspective

Wow! It’s almost 2014, which means the current high school seniors will be graduating soon and all freshmen students will be a quarter through their high school journey! That being said, on October 30th, 2013, all freshman students (that being 5000+ freshmen) in the district attended the 5th Annual  Shoney’s My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair! At this fair, students were able to meet with business representatives in a variety of career fields such as the Police Force, Emergency Medical Technicians, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Nursing, Hospitality, Hotel Management, Tourism, Applied Technology, Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center and several more! Students were given a booklet in their freshman seminar class in which they had to record information learned in their interviews that they had with the business professionals.

During the career fair, Hunters Lane Academy Student Ambassadors, Kendra and myself , were able to give a tour to a group of international Vanderbilt Representatives in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, Mayor Karl Dean, and CEO of Shoney’s, David Davoudpour! We were able to give insight into how our academy system works here in Nashville and how the career fair is very useful for freshman considering their pathways in high school. Pathways give students the chance to take courses pertaining to the specific career field they would like to join.

The career fair gave students the opportunity to learn in-depth about a variety of career fields while also getting to complete hands-on activities while they were there. Students were able to ask questions and learn about things they can do to prepare for the career field of their choice. The S.W.A.T. team, Forensics Lab, Sheriffs Department, and Metro Police brought along their high-tech vehicles for students to interact inside of! How cool is it that students got the chance to not only learn about these vehicles and when/where they are used, but actually getting the opportunity to explore the inside of them!?

Besides the police field, Belmont University had an on-site DNA extraction lab for students to try. Did you know that when you extract DNA from a fruit, like a strawberry, it looks like white filmy substance in the bottom of the test tube? LEE Company held cup competitions and gave away fun prizes. Nashville Sounds had a baseball helmet  inflatable for students to aim for the glove with the baseballs for a prize! Students interested in pre-health fields were able to see a life-like training mannequins on a gurney and learn about the nursing and EMT careers. Also, for students interested in the aquatic studies, the Aquarium and the Nashville Zoo brought along a couple of their reptile friends- both living and preserved. To freshmen students, if you’re interested, the Nashville Zoo has several internship opportunities for you to join.

Shoney’s also made delicious smoothies and light refreshments for students to taste. Several representatives who work in the Shoney’s business were also available to discuss their job roles in-depth in student-friendly booths.

I hope that all freshmen in the district gained insight into the career that they would love to join in the future. Before they know it, college will be right around the corner. Good luck with all of your future endeavors Class of 2018!

 

-Mika Carr
Hunters Lane High School
Academy of International Baccalaureate
Academies of Nashville Marketing Intern

2013 My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair

When it comes to experiential learning, the Freshman Class of 2013-2014 took part in a day they will never forget!

On October 30, nearly 6,000 students from 20 different MNPS High Schools packed into the Music City Center for the 4th Annual Career Exploration Fair. More than 130 businesses from throughout Middle Tennessee spent the day answering students questions about their careers, educational requirements, work styles, and technical skills needed to work in a specific industry. Students will take this information back to the classroom to make plans for their future education and career paths, as well as their Academy selection for their sophomore through senior year.

What might this look like you ask? Well, a picture is worth 1,000 words! Check out the fantastic photos below from the event. Thank you to all of the business partners and volunteers that made this event possible and a special thanks to Shoney’s for sponsoring the My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair again this year.

Every industry competes to be the "Best in Show." Congratulations to the Health and Public Services Partnership Council for being this year's winner!

Every industry competes to be the “Best in Show.” Congratulations to the Health and Public Services Partnership Council for being this year’s winner!

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Students interview professionals to learn more about a specific career or industry.

Many businesses allow students to experience the job by providing real world scenarios such as a live television interview while at the Career Exploration Fair.

Many businesses allow students to experience the job by providing real world scenarios such as a live television interview while at the Career Exploration Fair.

A bird's eye view of the Music City Center shows the vast number of careers and interactive exhibits available for students at the Career Exploration Fair.

A bird’s eye view of the Music City Center shows the vast number of careers and interactive exhibits available for students at the Career Exploration Fair.

For more photos of the event, check out photos from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hunters Lane prepare students for college and careers

This week has been a very engaging week for all of our Hunters Lane Warriors who are preparing for their careers.

#FirstCamp2013
On October 25th, we had a group of Hunters Lane students who were given the opportunity to attend #FirstCamp2013 at the Martin Center. In #FirstCamp2013, students were able to learn about the process of identifying and assessing concepts that are discussed in regards to a company, a product being sold, a specific brand, and individuals that is often seen on the Internet. Also, #FirstCamp2013 is beneficial for those of you tech wiz’s out there that would love to understand the developing applications used in products like the iPhone, Blackberry, Windows, and Android all thanks to Metova. Did you know that any career field requires a command of technology whether it’s medicine, law, business, education, or finance? Statistics have shown that Information Technology (IT) will be the fastest growing career over the next 10 years! IT offers multiple career paths for any of you that would love to explore the career of technology!

My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair
Besides #FirstCamp2013, Hunters Lane’s Freshman Seminar classes are taking a trip to the Annual Freshmen Career Exploration Fair next week! The career fair will allow students to receive hands on experience in a variety of professions like the medical field, applied technology, early childhood education, hospitality, EMT, and many more!

Parents: Did you know that Freshman Seminar is a class that allows your students to have the opportunity to begin thinking about the area of study or pathway that they would like to study throughout high school? It also provides an easy and efficient way for students to transition into high school.

Students: Did you know that it takes about 7 seconds to make a first impression?

  • Always keep in mind that dress code, speech, and poise are a few of the many aspects many business professionals take into account.
  • Don’t forget these helpful interview and first impression tips:
  • Shake hands in a firm, but not too firm, grip.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Interact professionally.
  • Listen to your speakers. You’ll learn a ton of valuable info about your career choices!
  • Engage in conversation (Don’t be afraid to ask questions and comments!)

Most importantly, don’t forget to SMILE.

My Future, My Way!

 

– Mika Carr
Hunters Lane High School
Academy of International Baccalaureate
Academies of Nashville Social Media Intern

Academies of Nashville see success and growth at NCAC Conference

Metro high schools really wowed the crowds and impressed educators from across America at the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) national conference on Nov. 7 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Metro Schools held court in 24 sessions, with students, teachers, counselors, assistant principals, principals, central office staff and community partners at PENCIL and the Chamber of Commerce all taking part.

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jay Steele and four McGavock High School Ambassadors were the conference’s keynote speakers.

Then came the honors…

McGavock High School was one of two national high schools featured as a model school with special break out sessions and a virtua tour, and four academies were awarded model status: The Academy of Aviation and Transportation and the Academy of Health Science and Law from McGavock, the Academy of Architecture and Construction from Cane Ridge and the Academy of Engineering from Overton. Principls were each given a $500 check and a banner to hang in their schools.

Academy business partner Deloitte won the Exemplar National Business Partner Award – the second year in a row for a Nashville business.

Then, in a surprise announcement, Dr. Steele also won the Sisyphus Award for perseverance in the support of academies.

From NCAC:

“We felt Jay deserved this award because of the leadership he exhibited in both Jacksonville and especially in Nashville to create a national career academy model for a city to emulate. This model highlights the critical role of collaborative work among a school district, the Chamber and business community, the college community and the Mayor’s Office to forge a relationship with career academies as the foundation towards high school graduation, academic attainment, economic and workforce development. It took a vision, hard work and persistence for this model to develop and be sustainable. The fact that people are coming from all over to learn how to do it, speaks volumes.

The Sisyphus Award is given every few years by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) to professionals who have contributed on behalf of career academies, often in challenging or difficult circumstances. Generally, we have given this award to people in the national arena who have spearheaded the career academy movement. One award winner authored a major national assessment of career academies after a ten-year study; another has been seen as a national leader and the prime author of the National Standards of Practice.”

What a great conference for our schools! Thank you to all the students who took part and shared their incredible Academy stories with the rest of the country.