By: Bill Schammert
The new Lincoln Public Schools' career academy officially has a name, the Capital Career Center. Endorsed by the Lincoln Board of Education earlier this year, the joint partnership between LPS and Southeast Community College is expected to open in August of 2015.
"It'll be good for the students at both schools," Assistant to the Superintendent, John Neal, said. "It'll impact the economic development not only in the city, but in the region."
Wednesday night it was announced that development will come from six pathways offered by the Capital Career Center.
Those pathways are:
- Agriculture/Food and Natural Resources
- Business, Marketing and Management
- Communication and Information Systems
- Health Services
- Skilled and Technical Sciences
- Human Sciences
Programs are designed for a variety of students, whether that individual wants to pursue a job immediately after high school, a two-year degree or a four-year degree.
"There are a variety of courses that offer only college credit," Vice President for Instruction at SCC, Dr. Dennis Headrick, said. "But, also some that will offer both college and high school credits so they'll be termed dual-credit courses."
Those college credits will still cost you college prices though. Transportation between high schools and the career center, which will be at SCC, is provided.
Those at the forefront of the new Capital Career Center say the research is overwhelming.
"Higher grade-point-average, higher graduation rate and a lower drop out rate at the high school level," Neal said. "And a higher G.P.A. and graduation rate in two and four year schools for students that have a career center-like experience."
In the future, LPS says it hopes the Capital Career Center will be home to 1,000 to 1,200 students.