Calhoun County Career Academy: Career Readiness
The Calhoun County Career Academy is focusing on career readiness - using state provided money - that is helping to pay for student’s credentialing. That credentialing is leading many of their students straight to work and giving them the same certifications that some adults receive in the workforce. Career Academy Director Kevin Lockridge says all of the school’s programs - which include Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Cooperative Education, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Drafting and Design, Early Childhood Education, Health Science, Precision Machining, and Welding Technology - are growing wildly. The academy is an extension of the seven high schools in the Calhoun County School System - serving students in grades 10 through 12. All career technical programs are Business Industry Certified. Cosmetology Instructor Sherry Laster says two of her Senior students are already about to become licensed cosmetologists. The academy programs meet a rigorous standard and undergo intense evaluation - including, lesson plans, community, business and industry involvement, job placement and more. The Medical Prep program is teaching students the skills and knowledge to be successful in the health care industry. Culinary Arts Instructor Kasie Hairrell says her program enrollment has increased by 40-percent over the last year and she wants students to know that the program is not just Home Economics. She says Home Economics is not bad…But there’s so much more. If you are interested in attending Calhoun County Career Academy, visit your guidance counselor. Your counselor can provide you with information about the programs offered. Applications for the career academy are accepted each spring.