Knox County students could soon have taking classes on a college campus
instead of their traditional high school.
This district and Pellissippi State Community College are considering a
partnership that would mean a new option for high school students.
Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said, "We believe
every child will be successful. It's just a matter of finding the right pathway
and the right options for them in order achieve that success."
The partnership would create a new Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Magnet High School. Students participating in the program would get to choose
between four areas of study: advanced manufacturing (industrial maintenance),
sustainable living, homeland security, and teacher preparation.
Students would be
able to enter the CTE program their freshman year of high school and select a
specialization within one of the four areas of study.
Dr. McIntyre said, "Students will be able to come as freshmen, identify
which of the four magnet strands they're interested in, and begin some of that
coursework almost right away."
What would make the program different for other CTE program currently being
offered in Knox County Schools is students would learn on Pellissippi's
Strawberry Plains campus, instead of the traditional high school classroom.
Also, those enrolled would have the opportunity for dual enrollment and earn
dual credit which would allow the students to graduate high school with not
only a diploma, but also a certificate or Associate Degree.
"We want our students, when they graduate from Knox County Schools, to
be ready, to be prepared, to have the knowledge and skills and competencies
that they need to be successful. And that's what this program is about,"
said Dr. McIntyre.
Work on the CTE program in partnership with Pellissippi State Community
College is still underway. Organizers are planning to make an official proposal
to the Knox County Board of Education in June 2013 for a vote.