On December 6, 2010, ESU #11 hosted a meeting for the area counselors. During this particular meeting, David Barnes from Central Community College spoke about Career Academies. Currently a Health Academy and a Business Academy are being offered to students in our area. Career Academies is successful because it helps students discover the skills that are necessary in these career fields. Students involved in Career Academies not only experience college classes that contain a higher level of rigor, but they also gain knowledge of the career field by participating in a job shadowing experience that is built into the program.
David also discussed several changes that will be made next year to improve the Career Academies. The courses will be provided online via Moodle instead of Blackboard. The steering committee is also exploring the possibility of allowing students to participate in job shadowing opportunities during the summer as well as during the school year.
Jane Moody, ESU #11 Director of Special Education, also provided information regarding the legalities of student 504 plans. She specifically talked about who is eligible for a 504 plan, when a 504 plan should be written, and common errors that are made with 504 plans.