CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – It's a question we all have to answer. What do I want to be when I grow up? Sometimes its not easy figuring it out. But there's one midstate school district helping students take some of the guesswork out of their future plans.
James Moore was helping his students at West Creek High School solve a mystery on Friday, figuring out who a set of fingerprints belongs to. The students were being shown how to use tools to dust crime scene evidence for prints. "If I'd had this back when I was in school it would have confirmed my career aspirations of going into the legal field," said Moore.
As his students try to figure out what they want to be, Clarksville/Montgomery County Schools' new college and career academies will help them out. "You don't have to take all these extra classes you know you're not going to use in the future, or you know you don't have an interest in" said Marcus Jones, a Junior at the school.
The academies are small learning communities like Moore's Criminal Justice class at each of the system's seven high schools. "It gives them the opportunity to be able to decide whether this is really the career field they want to go into," said Moore. "A lot of students take the first class and they decide this is not the career path they want."
By focusing on the kids' interests in the classroom, it's believed they'll be better prepared when they graduate, whether it's for college or the workforce. "I think it will be a great focus for students, because they're able to select the academy and apply to their academies of interest," said Dr. Tosha Diggs, Principal at West Creek High School. "So, they're not just relegated to the classes that are already offered at their high schools. They can apply to any of the seven academies in our district."
It all begins this fall for every incoming freshman and students do have to apply to get in.