NCAC will be offering seven high school career academy tours on Monday, November 5th prior to the opening of the conference. Sign up early as space in each academy tour is limited and they sell out fast.
Tour #1 Stuart Career Tech Early College High School
Goose Creek CISD
Tour #2 Goose Creek Memorial High School, Global Business Career Academy
Goose Creek CISD
The Global Business Career Academy is a pocket career academy at Goose Creek Memorial (GCM), a campus of approximately 2,200 students. This academy offers students engaging business and finance curriculum, job shadowing and internships, career certifications and preparation for college and the business world. Academy students choose between the Business Administration or Finance Programs of Study and complete a highly rigorous business coherent sequence of courses that they often supplement with additional career courses in a specific area of interest. Business partners such as Aramark, Beacon Credit Union, and Chevron-Phillips provide opportunities to learn about the business and finance world. Students even have an opportunity to work in the Beacon Credit Union or at the Aramark Patriot Express Coffee Shop located at GCM as part of their senior year experience. Academy students earn a Business & Industry Endorsement with Performance Acknowledgements by earning Microsoft Office Specialist and Quickbooks certifications along with other finance certifications.
Tour #3 Robert E. Lee High School, STEM Career Academy
Goose Creek CISD
Lee High School, home of approximately 1,600 students, hosts the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Academy for Goose Creek CISD, which has earned a Texas Education Agency T-STEM Designation. Students in this pocket academy are engaged in at least one Project Lead the Way engineering class per year, with the options of Engineering, Robotics, Process Technology or Instrumentation Programs of Study. Business partners such as ExxonMobil, ChevronPhillips, and Covestro provide opportunities to learn about the engineering world, and Lee College offers dual credit classes for the students to graduate with academic and technical college credits. Academy students earn a STEM Endorsement with Performance Acknowledgements by earning Microsoft Office Specialist certifications along with other software-related certifications. Students enjoy a well-rounded education with site-based industry field trips, robotics competitions, guest speakers, internships, job shadowing and college visits.
Tour #4 Ross S. Sterling High School, Health Science Career Academy
Goose Creek CISD
Ross Sterling HS, a campus of approximately 2,400 students, hosts Goose Creek CISD’s Health Science Academy. Students in this pocket academy complete the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Program of Study, frequently supplemented with courses from the General Health Science Program of Study. Partnerships with Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital and many other local health care facilities provide opportunities for students to experience diverse health care occupations through job shadowing and clinical rotations. Biomedical Science students are inspired to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges. Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn-in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication. Academy students earn a Public Services Endorsement with Performance Acknowledgements by earning Microsoft Office Specialist, CNA, CCMA, Pharmacy Technician, EKG and Phlebotomy certifications.
Tour #5 Carl Wunsche Sr. High School
Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, a career academy in Spring ISD, opened in August 2006. The 273,000 square-foot building replaced an older school that was built and dedicated in 1939 on land donated by the family of Carl Wunsche Sr. The innovative campus is designed around three academies – Professional, Technology and Medical – in which academics are integrated with career exploration and college preparation in a wireless learning environment. Students have the option to follow coherent sequences from the following career pathways: Systems Engineering, Computer Technology, Construction Management, Culinary & Pastry Arts, Oil and Gas Production, Veterinary Studies, Welding, Criminal Justice, Dentistry, Emergency Medical Technician, Hospitality Administration, Nursing, and Pre-Law.
The mission of Carl Wunsche Sr. High School is to prepare students for lifelong learning and achievement by focusing on student career interest. The campus vision is that when students graduate from Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, they will be confident in their abilities, that they will have a competitive edge and that they will exemplify the profile of a Spring ISD graduate.
Tour #6 César E. Chavez High School
Chavez Programs offers students a broader access to emerging fields in Engineering, Information Technology, Health Science and Environmental Science that will provide experience to those entering prevalent and highly competitive majors, and in turn qualify them for scholarships and careers in those areas.
Currently, the Environmental Science Pathway is partnering with the Houston Zoo, to build a relationship that is symbiotic for both Chavez High School and the Houston Zoo. Students will acquire hands-on experience, while creating a curriculum to be implemented for educational purpose via the Houston Zoo.
Tour #7 Jones Futures Academy High School
Jones Futures Academy (JFA) is part of the Houston Independent School District offering an Academy of Architecture & Construction Technology and an Academy of Allied Health to District students. The school has established partnerships and affiliations with Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing, Prairie View A&M University School of Engineering, Houston Community College and Harris Health System.
JFA is a dual enrollment model that enables students to fulfill high school graduation requirements while simultaneously earning industry certifications, college credits, and/or an Associate of Arts by the end of their senior year. The Academy of Architecture & Construction Technology and The Academy of Allied Health prepare students for real-world career opportunities. Additionally, industry partnerships are established to create a learning environment which ties classroom experiences to the workforce. Some industry partnerships include: Greater Houston Builders Association and ARUP. Through these industry partnerships, students receive scholarship money as well as internships.