KCS working with PSCC to provide high school students with another option

11:04 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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Knox County students could soon have taking classes on a college campus instead of their traditional high school.

This district and Pellissippi State Community College are considering a partnership that would mean a new option for high school students.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said, "We believe every child will be successful. It's just a matter of finding the right pathway and the right options for them in order achieve that success."

The partnership would create a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Magnet High School. Students participating in the program would get to choose between four areas of study: advanced manufacturing (industrial maintenance), sustainable living, homeland security, and teacher preparation.

Students would be able to enter the CTE program their freshman year of high school and select a specialization within one of the four areas of study.

Dr. McIntyre said, "Students will be able to come as freshmen, identify which of the four magnet strands they're interested in, and begin some of that coursework almost right away."

What would make the program different for other CTE program currently being offered in Knox County Schools is students would learn on Pellissippi's Strawberry Plains campus, instead of the traditional high school classroom.

Also, those enrolled would have the opportunity for dual enrollment and earn dual credit which would allow the students to graduate high school with not only a diploma, but also a certificate or Associate Degree.

"We want our students, when they graduate from Knox County Schools, to be ready, to be prepared, to have the knowledge and skills and competencies that they need to be successful. And that's what this program is about," said Dr. McIntyre.

Work on the CTE program in partnership with Pellissippi State Community College is still underway. Organizers are planning to make an official proposal to the Knox County Board of Education in June 2013 for a vote.

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