JHS Holds Academy Day for Students

“I am a paramedic and I will be talking to you today about being an EMT or Emergency Medical Technician,” said Alstar EMT Vanessa Baldwin. “EMTs are clinicians trained to respond to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes.”

Ms. Baldwin gave a presentation about her profession to Jamestown High School students in the Academy of Pre-Medicine, Health & Sciences during a recent Academy Day. Ms. Baldwin was just one of many local business people and organizations who opened their doors to Jamestown High School students to help them learn about, and choose, a career path.

The six JHS Academies: Academy of Business, Management, Marketing & Technology, Academy of Natural Science & Resource Management, Academy of Pre-Law & Human Services, Academy of Communication, Performing, & Visual Arts, Academy of Pre-Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology and Academy of Pre-Medicine & Health Sciences each planned a day with various activities both off-site and at JHS for 10th through 12th students. Activities included: field trips to Jamestown Community College, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Northwest Arena, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown Business College and SUNY Fredonia Music/Art Departments. Speakers at JHS included:  JHS Alum Terrance DeJesus on Cyber Security and Networking, Micah Meredith from Empire Development on construction management and CPR Training from Shawn Tibbetts of the Jamestown Fire Department.

“We do the Academy Days four times a year,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “We know that students are not locked into a career but ask them to choose a career path and have some experiences related to that path while they are at JHS so they are better informed as they work their way through school and when they graduate from high school. We appreciate all of the local businesses, organizations and individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to help Jamestown High School students learn more about potential career paths.”

During the 2013-14 school year, Jamestown High School rolled out their academy approach as a means to increase student engagement and better define academic and career pathways for students. What began as a discussion among Shared Decision-Making Team members became a reality with the creation of the six academic academies. Each academy offers a theme or focus that is designed to give students an opportunity to explore a special interest, gift, talent or skill.  Career Academies are a time-tested model for improving academic achievement and readying students for life beyond high school.

posted on 03/17/2017 - filed under: Academics, Community, JHS, Spotlight, Students