Career Academies

Established more than 30 years ago, Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment. Typically serving between 150 and 200 students from grades 9 or 10 through grade 12, Career Academies are organized as small learning communities, combine academic and technical curricula around a career theme, and establish partnerships with local employers to provide work-based learning opportunities. There are estimated to be more than 2,500 Career Academies operating around the country.

Since 2012, seven Birmingham City Schools high schools have been participating in the Career Academies program. Within a year of its implementation in Birmingham, the RCB saw the potential for collaboration between Birmingham’s business and education communities that will provide students with new educational opportunities in high skill, high wage, and high demand careers. Now that RCB has committed to The Career Academy to help with interview and public speaking skills, we are continuing the conversations and conversions necessary to create an engaging and exciting place for students and the community.

To learn more about the program and the schools and businesses involved, please click on the link below.