Metro taking career academy applications

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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:00 am

To help teenagers eager to find a path toward their future, Metropolitan Community College offers a variety of career academies to explore potential careers.

Metro is currently accepting applications for its 16 different programs of study, such as auto collision technology and emergency medical technician.

“This is a good opportunity for high school students to find what it is to be in a career,” said Connie Eichhorn, director of secondary partnerships.

High school juniors and seniors will use their academic year going through the program, attending their regular high school classes and then going to their academies in the afternoon.

In this time, she said the students will see, experience and learn a broad view of the particular academy. Students may also discover new occupations, careers and employment opportunities.

“There’s a possibility of job shadowing; there’s a possibility of internships,” she said.

At the same time, students earn college credits and high school elective credits for half the cost of regular tuition.

Eichhorn said the academy programs also are great opportunities for high-schoolers to explore future career paths while they still are young enough to change their minds.

“Some students find out, ‘Yep, this is what I want to do,’” she said. “Others find out, ‘No way.’”

Applications for the program are available at mccneb.edu/secondary by clicking on the “Career Academy” link on the left of the screen.

A full list of the programs is also available. The deadline for the 2014-15 school year is March 3.

Eichhorn said she encourages high school students and families to visit the website and explore the programs.

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