Premier Innovations Career & Technical Education Center Ribbon Cutting Set July 30
By Space Coast Daily // July 30, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Premier Innovations Career Program is a response to the demand by government and business leaders that high school graduates be prepared both to enter the workforce and/or higher education immediately upon graduation.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Premier Innovations Career & Technical Education Center will host a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 30 at the Knowledge Exchange Auditorium, located at 5151 Babcock Street in Palm Bay.
The guest speaker will be Howard Drake, MBA, MS, of Polk State College.
Premier Innovations Career & Technical Education Center will be a tuition free, charter high school offering students between the ages of 14 and 24 a rigorous, comprehensive academic and vocational program that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to graduate with a diploma and industry-related certification in a field of their choice.
The Career and Technical Education curriculum will be specially designed to prepare students for successful transition to work and postsecondary learning.
“The input of businesses and community leaders is key in ensuring that our program is effective, successful and relevant to our students‘ lives and to the needs of our community; thus, collaboration with key industry partners will include working closely with our school to form the creation and structure of curricula,” said Paulette Coombs, Premier Innovations Career & Technical Education Center Administrator.
“Collaboration will foster a strong relationship between industry and Premier Innovations to aid in providing job shadowing, mentorships, internships and work-based learning for students.
“To this end our CTE curriculum though guided by the Career and Technical Education Frameworks by the Department of Education, it will be developed in collaboration with Manufacturing Talent Development Institute at Polk State College. our advisory board, and community industry partners,” said Coombs.
Premier Innovations Career Program is a response to the demand by government and business leaders that high school graduates be prepared both to enter the workforce and/or higher education immediately upon graduation.
There is a great need for entry-level skilled workers and many of our students graduate from high school with no marketable skill or they have little knowledge of the opportunities available to them in various industries.
Premier Innovations anticipates a charter approval by October, 2015 from the Brevard County School Board and will begin its planning year in October, to officially open its doors to a projected 250 students for the 2016- 2017 school year.
The school will begin with students in grades 9-10 and add one grade with 150 students each successive year.
The school’s initial focus areas will be manufacturing, automotive, construction technologies, health services and computer technology. These represent a cluster of courses, and students will chose from four to five courses under each cluster.
Thus, a manufacturing technology student may choose to pursue national certification as a Certified Production Technician from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. Other courses will be added with guidance from employers, Brevard Workforce, the Economic Development Commission and students.
A rigorous academic program using a blended approach – that is, in a regular classroom with a teacher and 24-hour online access – will be implemented to cater for a mixed group of learners; the low performers, the student performing at grade level and the college-bound student. All students will be placed on a career path upon admission.
Students will work towards obtaining one or more of the following:
• Registered apprenticeship certificates
• Occupational licenses (those that are typically awarded by state government agencies)
• Personnel certifications from industry or professional associations
• Other skill certificates for specific skill sets or competencies within one or more industries or occupations (electrical, mechanical, computer, robotics and automation skills sets.)
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