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Career and Academies Pathways
At Elk Grove Unified, our goal goes beyond the classroom and reaches into the future of our students. We strive to guide each student toward a college or career. Through small learning academies and career pathways, we offer our students the ability to specialize in a number of career fields – including public service, business, health, engineering, green technology, ag-science, auto-technology, and media. These career learning opportunities are possible as a result of relationships Elk Grove Unified has with local businesses and community members who provide our students with real world training.
Career academies and pathways share many components. They are small learning communities that encompass a broad-based industry area, which includes careers from technical learning through professional levels. They serve to promote student/employer engagement through workplace experience and provide industry certifications (when applicable). Most importantly, they prepare students for post-secondary pursuits, both for college and the workplace.
Specifically, a career pathway is a recommended sequence of general and career technical courses related to a career focus area. Career pathways include an introductory and an intermediate career technical education course. Additionally, enrollment in a related Regional Occupation Program (ROP) is encouraged for students who participate in a career pathway.
Career academies include additional criteria. Students in career academies are assigned to a team of teachers and participate in integrated academic and career/technical courses related to a career focus area. A career academic sequence includes not only exposure to the world of work but also the opportunity to earn a certificate recognized by business and industry. A career academy is flexible, but is structured with a 9-12 grade sequenced, integrated course of study with performance based projects. Employers are engaged in the academy process through mentoring, job shadowing, and participation in advisory meetings.
If you would like to participate in our career pathways and academies, please contact the Career Technical Education department at (916) 686-7709.
The following Academies and Career Pathways are offered at different high schools throughout our district:
Cosumnes Oaks High School
Culinary Arts ACADEMY
The Culinary Arts Academy students will receive a four-year sequenced curriculum that prepares them for National Restaurant Certification. Students will learn nutrition science, restaurant management, food chemistry, and culinary skills to prepare them for employment in the hospitality, tourism or recreation industry.
Green Architectural Design and Engineering ACADEMY
This interdisciplinary program provides students with the opportunity to
explore the complex worlds of architecture, construction and urban planning,
with the emphasis on “green” technology. The program will culminate
with students completing an internship at a local business, government
agency or non-profit organization.
Visual and Performing Arts CAREER PATHWAY
This program provides students with advanced coursework in music, theatre arts, dance, video production, photography, two and three dimensional art, stagecraft and design.
Elk Grove High School
Sustainable Agriculture and Green Education ACADEMY
The SAGE Academy prepares students for the 21st century agricultural industry in California. Students will learn the sciences and technologies necessary to understand sustainability and to produce food and fiber in a sustainable and energy efficient manner.
Technology and Digital Arts ACADEMY
This academy is designed for students interested in media advertising
and entertainment industries can learn filmmaking, photography
and digital design in the Technology and Digital Arts
Florin High School
Ag TECH ACADEMY
The Ag TECH Academy provides students with training in floriculture, agriculture technology, and related sciences. This academy also has a four-year academic curriculum that combines graduation requirements, on-site laboratory experiences, workplace partnerships, study programs, and a two-plus-two college opportunity. This is a district-certified academy.
Law and the World Academy
The LAW Academy is a four-year course of study which combines core academic classes that emphasize legal, justice and world language curriculum for students interested in pursuing a career in law related fields.
Auto Technology CAREER PATHWAY
Students learn skills to obtain an entry-level job in the automotive services industry. Topics discussed include: engine operation, electrical systems, fuel injection, computer systems, brakes, and basic engine repair.Students will receive certification.
Business and Technology ACADEMY
Through this three-year academy, students learn valuable job skills related to computer technology. They also work with adult mentors from business and professional communities. This is a district certified academy.
Franklin High School
Green Renewable Energy Engineering Network
The Green Academy is a four-year course of study which gives students
the opportunity to explore a variety of fields based on green and clean technology,
including those in wind, solar energy, hydroelectricity and bio fuel.
School of Technology, Engineering, and Media ACADEMY
The School of Technology, Engineering and Media allows students to explore computer technology, industrial engineering, and media communications careers.This is a district certified academy.
Laguna Creek High School
Manufacturing Production Technology ACADEMY
The Manufacturing Production Technology Academy specializes in training students with hands-on mastery of virtually every aspect of modern-day production and manufacturing. Students will be prepared to enter college and/or careers in manufacturing, engineering, and skilled trades. This is a Connect Ed and district certified academy.
Business CAREERS PATHWAY
Students interested in careers in banking, finance, and related financial industries have the opportunity to explore these fields in depth through the Business Careers Pathway.
Green Energy Technology ACADEMY
The Green Energy Technology Academy is designed for students interested in the energy industry. They will learn about solar energy, wind turbines, photovoltaics, biodiesel, hydroelectricity, and hydrogen fuel cells.
Sports Careers ACADEMY
Students learn skills in athletic training, physical therapy, and fitness instruction. They will receive a background in anatomy and physiology, ethical and legal issues involved in medicine, and medical terminology.
Monterey Trail High School
Design and Technology ACADEMY
The Design and Technology Academy provides students the chance to learn about computers and engineering, transportation technology, and interior and landscape design. This is a district certified academy.
Pleasant Grove High School
Digital Media CAREER PATHWAY
This four-year pathway in video production allows students the opportunity to learn and participate in all aspects of video production: editing, camera work, script-writing, storyboarding, producing and directing using the school's television studio.
Green CADD ACADEMY
This academy prepares students for careers in clean technology and renewable energy. Areas of study include energy, water and natural resource conservation, clean vehicle technology, construction and maintenance of energy-efficient technologies, energy-efficient buildings and research and maintenance of geothermal, biomass, fuel cells, solar, wind and biodiesel power.
Public Service ACADEMY
The Public Service Academy gives students an opportunity to study and prepare for careers related to fire science, criminal justice, and health fields.
Sheldon High School
ARTSwork CAREER PATHWAY
With courses designed to be applicable to many professions, the ARTSwork Career Pathway prepares students for careers in graphic design, publicity, radio, movies, television, music, dancing, and drama.
Students in the Biotechnology Academy learn the process of genetic engineering and its application in agriculture, forensics, environment, and molecular biology. Curriculum includes analyzing their economic impact and evaluating the ethical implications of biotechnology.
Engineering CAREER PATHWAY
The Engineering Career Pathway combines theoretical training with hands-on projects. It prepares students for careers in architecture, engineering, city planning and more.
EQUITAS (Government/Public Policy) CAREER PATHWAY
The EQUITAS Career Pathway prepares students to enter many government related careers in justice, political campaigns, law, federal investigations, intelligence agencies, public assistance programs, teaching, and paralegal service.
Valley High School
Health TECH ACADEMY
Health TECH (Tomorrow’s Employees in Careers in Health) is an innovative four-year program that combines advanced technology, student work place experience, and direct contact with local health officials to create a unique educational experience for all students interested in any health-related occupation. This is a district certified academy.
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