Two new academies have been added to the options for Goose Creek CISD eighth graders when considering their high school plans, and the deadline to make their selections is February 2, 2020. Students now have the option of choosing one of nine career academies; a dual credit cosmetology program, housed at Robert E. Lee High School; or IMPACT Early College High School.
Bus transportation is available for all students accepted to any of these options for high school. A help session In English and Spanish for students and parents needing assistance in completing the application, which is available online on the district’s web page, will be held January 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. when completing the application, but it must be submitted online by February 2, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. They will be notified if they are accepted February 14.
One of the new opportunities is the Information Technology Career Academy at Stuart Career Tech High School (SCTHS), a P-Tech early college high school. By applying and being accepted for this academy, students will learn the skills required to begin a successful career in the network and computer systems/support industry. Academic and technical classes combine information technology workplace knowledge and skills using industry-standard certifications and curriculum. Students can earn both high school credit and college credit through Lee College for many academic and technical courses. Four years with the Information Technology Academy will lead students to a Business and Industry endorsement, a college associate degree or certificate and a Performance Acknowledgment if they earn CompTIA A+, Network+ or CISCO certifications. Seniors may participate in internships, and scholarships are available to graduates.
Another new option is the Career Academy for Future Educators (CAFÉ) at Ross S. Sterling (RSS) High School, which prepares students for a career in education. Students engage in education curriculum, job shadowing, internships and college preparation activities. With a team of teachers at each grade level, students’ academic and technical classes integrate related education activities into their coursework and projects span across academy classes. Internship opportunities are available through business partners such as GCCISD elementary, junior and high school campuses, Bay Area Rehab Center and local daycare centers. Participation in Texas Association for Future Educators (TAFE) and Educators Rising (state and national organizations) allows student the opportunity to compete in education-related events. Academy students earn a Public Service Endorsement with Performance Acknowledgments by earning Microsoft Office Specialist, Google Suites, CPR and Education Aide certifications (after graduation).
RSS also offers the Health Science Academy, where students can choose from biomedical science, medical assistant, nurse assistant, pharmacy tech, EMT or personal trainer certification programs. As part of their classes, students will have opportunities to network with healthcare companies to experience a variety of high demand occupations in healthcare.
The Global Business Academy is housed at Goose Creek Memorial (GCM) High School. Students in this academy complete a four-year pathway in a rigorous High School of Business curriculum to prepare them to develop their own business or to continue the university pathway. Students can graduate from GCM prepared for a rigorous college business administration major with college credit and Microsoft Office certifications.
Robert E. Lee High School (REL) offers the STEM-Engineering Academy, which helps students learn the many different facets of engineering, robotics and instrumentation as they relate to the petrochemical, aerospace and environmental industries on the Gulf Coast. Students can also choose to earn a Lee College Instrumentation Technology certificate. Mentors from local industry assist students in deciding which type of engineering they want to pursue before they apply for college.
The Cosmetology program at REL provides students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit for their cosmetology classes. Through the program, students receive the technical background and experience necessary to develop the skills and theoretical knowledge required to pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Examination to become a licensed Cosmetology Operator and to gain employment in professional salons. Students also will earn a Lee College Cosmetology Certificate of Completion.
Besides the new Information Technology Academy, Stuart Career Tech High School offers eighth graders the option to apply to a career academy for Culinary Arts, earning dual credit through Lee College as well as industry certifications and an opportunity to earn an associate degree. Students will have the opportunity to work in Stuart Café, the restaurant that will open at SCTHS in two years.
The Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance Academy at SCTHS, offers pipefitting and welding programs. Students may earn NCCER and AWS credentials as well as the opportunity to earn a Lee College Welding Technology AAS.
SCTHS also offers the Agriculture Sciences Academy. Ag Science students will work with local veterinarians to gain the experience to earn their Vet Assistant certification. They will also take academic dual credit courses to graduate “core complete” to save time and money when transferring to four-year universities.
The Advanced Automotive Academy at SCTHS offers two programs of study: Automotive Technology and Collision Repair. Automotive Tech students complete the Lee College automotive Technician AAS and earn ASE certifications. Collision Repair students focus on earning ICAR credentials that are in high demand locally.
IMPACT Early College High School provides another option for prospective freshmen. At this nationally recognized school, students focus on academics with the goal of graduating with a high school diploma as well as an associate degree from Lee College or college hours to apply to a degree. IMPACT ECHS prepares students to be successful, independent college students by providing college-ready academic behavior and skills, college placement exam preparation (TSIA) and college course support.
Altogether, Goose Creek CISD eighth graders may choose among 40 programs of study in all five endorsement areas. Very few districts offer these diverse and specialized educational opportunities, so Goose Creek CISD eighth grade students should carefully consider their options as they create their graduation plans and begin their high school experience. Applications to the academies, Cosmetology program, Stuart Career Tech High School and IMPACT Early College High School are available on the Goose Creek CISD website at http://www.gccisd.net.