Ford Motor Company partners with Chamber, Metro Schools on career academies

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 12:32am
Staff report

The Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, will announce its support of Nashville’s career academies efforts Tuesday at Pearl-Cohn High School.

The program that prepares students for 21st century workforce through the development of high school career academies, which combine college-preparatory academics with technical training and career exploration, currently have 9th and 10th graders enrolled in it at Pearl-Cohn.

Mayor Karl Dean and Dr. Jesse Register, director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will be on hand at the 11 a.m. announcement, as will Cheryl Carrier, program director, 21st Century Education Programs, Ford Motor
Company Fund.

Students and teachers from Freshman Academy at Pearl-Cohn High School will be available to talk about their experiences with career academies at Pearl-Cohn, 904 26th Ave..

Next year, Pearl-Cohn will house three academies — a Freshman Academy, the Academy of Education and Human Services, and the Academy of Business and Technology.

Career Academies, along with Thematic Academies and Freshman Academies, are currently being phased into all 12 comprehensive high schools under a district-wide redesign initiative based on the Smaller Learning Communities model.