Officials in a Wyoming school district are consulting with area businesses on how best to teach academics as well as jobs skills at a new high school.

Students enrolled in the school will be placed in an academy focused on a career path, which may change and will determine students’ classes and school work.

The goal, officials say, is for academic lessons to be taught with consideration of students’ career interests, ranging from photography and engineering to agriculture and geography. 

Suggestions from local businesses and industries will help define the curriculum for a planned new high school system in the Natrona County School District.

School district faculty and professionals from business and industry met last week to discuss how the new system will teach practical career skills along with academic knowledge. Discussion covered the skills students should have when they graduate and sequences of courses needed to reach those goals.

District officials plan to incorporate the business and industry input into the curriculum.

“We actually had industry change our thinking today,” said Kelly Hornby, NCSD executive director of curriculum and instruction.

Students will choose a study focus based in one of four academies that concentrate on possible career areas. They will start early in high school preparing for advanced classes at a shared high school, the Center for Advanced and Professional Studies, that will be built as part of the district’s massive high school construction/renovation project.

Continue reading: Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.)

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