Fuquay-Varina High School

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CAREER ACADEMY

Spring 2020 Application Timeline:

October 21, 2019 - Application Window Opens

November 26, 2019 - Application Window Closes

December 18, 2019 - Notification via Email

Access the online application here: https://forms.gle/4rDayiNyCtkSNn516

The Information Technology Career Academy is a small learning community within Fuquay-Varina High School. Designed as a four-year high school program, the Academy has an open and equitable student recruitment process that results in a student body that reflects the demographics of the community. However, students must be assigned to Fuquay-Varina High School as their base school in order to apply. Once accepted into the program students remain together throughout their high school years with a core group of specially trained teachers. The Academy model provides an environment for these teachers to develop interdisciplinary activities that makes learning relevant and captures the interest of students. Through real-world, hands-on experiences, the Academy exposes students to careers in Information Technology.

The Information Technology Career Academy at Fuquay-Varina High School started in Spring 2020 and is one of 20 Career Academies in the Wake County Public School System.

MISSION: The Mission of WCPSS Career Academies is to empower a diverse group of students to become collaborative leaders in a global community.

The Vision of Wake County Public School Academies is to create an inclusive, diverse group of future leaders who make a global difference to fill the skills gap and develop a talent pipeline. WCPSS Career Academies include high-tech classrooms and collaborative workspaces with cutting-edge technology that expose students to real world situations. Local, state, national, and worldwide business, industry, and government agencies commit, support, and sponsor career academies through consistent partnerships that provide the foundation of our programs.

Wake County Career Academies value leadership, supportiveness, empowerment, and community.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In compliance with federal law, Wake County Public School System administers all education programs employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.


2019-2020 Advisory Board

Post-Secondary Education Representatives:

  • Dr. Charlotte Russell Cox
  • Ms. Norene Kemp
  • Mrs. Nikki Zawol

Industry Representatives:

  • Mrs. Beth Anderson
  • Mrs. Scott Hair
  • Mr. Blake Everette
  • Mrs. Heather Miller

Parent Representatives:

  • Mrs. Allison Castle
  • Mr. David Hernandez

Community Representative:

  • Mr. Scott Clark

FVHS Administrative Representative:

Academy Coordinator

FVHS CTE Specialists Representatives:

  • Dr. Emily Jessee
  • Mrs. Debragail Smith

Information Technology Career Academy Advisory Board

The Career Academy Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Academy through the Wake County Public School System's School-to-Career initiative. The board makes recommendations and provides advice as needed regarding the existing operations and expansion of the academy, number of students in the program, curriculum, and teacher training. The board primarily assists with providing and helping secure work-based learning opportunities, including career exploration tours, job shadows, career round table discussions, business/industry speakers, and internships. The board is an integral part of the experiential learning activities for all academy students; bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace.

Objectives:

  • Preparing academy students through coursework and related experiential education for success in higher education, careers, and life.
  • Providing work-based learning opportunities, including career exploration tours, job shadows, speakers, and internships.
  • Providing training and professional development opportunities for teachers.
  • Enlisting the expertise of individuals in the industry to assist with development and evaluation of curriculum.
  • Advocating on behalf of the career academy.

Responsibilities:

  • Secure career exploration opportunities
  • Secure job shadow hosts
  • secure internships
  • Serve as consultants or judges for student projects
  • Participate in monthly meetings
  • Strengthen public relations and provide publicity for the academy
  • Assist in evaluating the rigot, relevance, and effectiveness of the overall program to meet the needs of industry, readiness for college, and preparation for life.
  • Provide professional assistance, as needed.