Fuquay-Varina High School
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CAREER ACADEMY
Fall 2021 Application Timeline:
February 25, 2021 - Application Window Opens
Application Window WILL REMAIN OPEN until April 2, 2021. Access the online application here:
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
Mrs. Beth Anderson
Mrs. Scott Hair
Mr. Blake Everette
Mrs. Heather Miller
Mrs. Allison Castle
Mr. David Hernandez
FVHS Administrative Representative:
Dr. Emily Jessee (temporary)
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.
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.
Secure career exploration opportunities
Secure job shadow hosts
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.