The typical day for a Career Academy student is split between a half-day in academic classes and a half-day in their prevocational shop program. The academic program offers core subject areas, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math, designed to meet the learning and educational needs of students. Two long- standing academic teaching teams work collaboratively to assess and instruct students in these subject areas. Additionally, 11th and 12th grade students have an opportunity to participate in a work experience program. The academic program is a solid yet flexible environment where learning is enhanced by technology and most importantly the teacher/student relationship.
The Career Academy offers a variety of prevocational classroom options, taught by very experienced teachers. Prevocational classroom options include culinary, childcare, technology shop, small engine repair, automotive shop, carpentry, horticulture, and exploratory/project shop. The culinary, child care and technology prevocational shop classrooms are located in the main building of CDC and the small engine repair, carpentry, automotive and exploratory/project shops are located on campus, just a three minute walk from the main building. Our horticulture program is located at CAT Brandywine, which is about a five-minute walk from the main building. Staff members escort students between buildings.
Placement in these prevocational shop programs is driven by shop availability and the age/grade of the student. Students who are closer to graduation get a preference in their requests over younger students. The Career Academy/Pre-vocational options are described further in this website. All educational decisions continue to be made through the IEP process and the student’s individual needs.
For more information, contact 610-383-7400