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The Battle Creek Central High School Career Academies are small learning communities within the school that integrate traditional academic coursework with work-based opportunities. All Battle Creek Central students will be part of the Career Academies, turning the high school into a “wall-to-wall,” state of the art education experience. The Academies will bridge the gap between classroom experiences and career expectations, empowering students to excel in school, the workforce, and beyond. Every BCCHS Career Academies student will receive: • Career exploration opportunities to help them identify their passions and set career goals • Soft skills training that will translate to any career field • Hands-on experience in a purposeful area of career focus In addition to earning a high school diploma, every BCCHS Career Academies student will have the opportunity to graduate with either an industry-recognized credential or college credit.

The Battle Creek Central High School Career Academies are small learning communities within the
school that integrate traditional academic coursework with work-based opportunities. All Battle
Creek Central students will be part of the Career Academies, turning the high school into a “wall-to-wall,” state of the art education experience. The Academies will bridge the gap between classroom
experiences and career expectations, empowering students to excel in school, the workforce, and
beyond. Every BCCHS Career Academies student will receive:
• Career exploration opportunities to help them identify their passions and set career goals
• Soft skills training that will translate to any career field
• Hands-on experience in a purposeful area of career focus
In addition to earning a high school diploma, every BCCHS Career Academies student will have the
opportunity to graduate with either an industry-recognized credential or college credit.

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Join us as we prepare

the leaders of tomorrow.

BATTLE CREEK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL CAREER ACADEMIES

Every Bearcat Graduates Career, College & Community Ready.


WHAT ARE THE BCCHS CAREER ACADEMIES?

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The Battle Creek Central High School Career Academies are small learning communities within the

school that integrate traditional academic coursework with work-based opportunities. All Battle

Creek Central students will be part of the Career Academies, turning the high school into a “wall-towall,”

state of the art education experience. The Academies will bridge the gap between classroom

experiences and career expectations, empowering students to excel in school, the workforce, and

beyond. Every BCCHS Career Academies student will receive:

Career exploration opportunities to help them identify their passions and set career goals

• Soft skills training that will translate to any career field

• Hands-on experience in a purposeful area of career focus

In addition to earning a high school diploma, every BCCHS Career Academies student will have the

opportunity to graduate with either an industry-recognized credential or college credit.


THE CAREER ACADEMIES VISION

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Every Bearcat Graduates Career,

College & Community Ready.

For Battle Creek to remain regionally competitive, the community must establish an educational

foundation that builds a strong and sustainable workforce.

By fostering collaborative partnerships between Battle Creek Central High School and the

local business community, every Bearcat will graduate career, college and community ready,

resulting in a workforce that is able to support industry expansion and continued economic and

business development.


CAREER PATHWAYS FOR A THRIVING COMMUNITY

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Battle Creek Central High School is comprised of two Career Academies, each of which will house

four career pathways for students to select from as their area of focus.

Academy of Business, Engineering and Industrial Technology

Information Technology

Finance

Business

Engineering & Skilled Trades

Academy of Health and Human Services

Nursing

Health Care

Public Safety

Education


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Each pathway was selected through a

collaborative community effort to reflect

current industry needs and economic

growth trends in Battle Creek.

As a result, Career Academies graduates will

be equipped for high-demand, high-wage job

opportunities right here in our own community.


ACADEMY PARTNERSHIPS: THE KEY TO SUCCESS

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An engaged community is the cornerstone of effective, powerful Career Academies at Battle

Creek Central High School. Community partners are essential to helping students connect the

academic world to careers available in their own community through an array of collaborative

services, such as:

• An increased understanding of workforce trends and needs in order to effectively shape the

structure of career academy offerings

• Co-teaching and teacher externships to ensure cohesive learning material

• Hands-on learning career exploration, such as career-fair and panel participation,

company tours, job shadows, and student internships

These deep-level interactions help BCCHS graduates allow employers to build a workforce that

has the competencies and credentials needed to successfully sustain and grow local businesses.

“Extensive employer engagement will create a better prepared workforce to assist in building the

local talent pipeline and fulfilling the immediate hiring needs of employers.”

Ashley Iovieno, Business Services Coordinator

Michigan Works! Southwest



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“[We] are excited about intentionally joining

the academic and local business communities to

offer career exploration and guidance to BCPS

students. This coupling of education and business

will provide a wonderful opportunity for students

to transition to life beyond school successfully.”

Kenneth C. Bauer, President / CEO

Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s

Heartland, Inc.

Our schools need to train our kids in

the skills that [local] companies need

to hire...basic life skills as well as job

specific skills for all levels. We, as

employers, need to do our part to ensure

the schools understand what we need

now and in the future.

“Battle Creek’s business leaders see today’s

students as the professionals and entrepreneurs

of the future. We are excited to have the Career

Academies to help get more young people

pursuing careers in Battle Creek and being part of

a bright economic future for our city.”

Shabaka Gibson, Vice President

Battle Creek Unlimited

As skills shift and new technologies are

introduced, we need to work together

as a community to ensure the supply of

talent and skills meets the demand. Being

involved ensures that Rosler and other

companies have the workforce available

to grow our businesses in Battle Creek.

Bernhard Kerschbaum, CEO

Rosler Metal Finishings


CAREER, COLLEGE & COMMUNITY READINESS

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BCCHS CAREER ACADEMIES STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Career Exploration Fair:

Explore the opportunities

within different careers

pathways by interacting

with organizations and

business from Battle Creek

and beyond.

Career Panels & Guest

Speakers: Learn from

professionals from a variety

of careers connected to the

BCCHS pathways.

• Industry Tours: Get a

firsthand look at a typical

working environment in the

career pathway chosen by

the student.

• Mock Interviews:

Students work directly with

potential employers in a

series of practice interviews

to develop the skills

necessary to demonstrate

their abilities.

• Job Shadowing: Learn

practical skills necessary to

succeed in a career on-site at

a pathway partner location.

• Project-Based Learning:

Teachers collaborate with

industry professionals on

learning experiences where

students solve real-world

problems using knowledge

from multiple content areas.

Career / Certification

Mentors: Meet regularly

with a mentor from the

community to learn careerspecific

skills and prepare

for industry exams.

• Academy Internship:

Complete an internship

experience at a job

location in the community

• Capstone Experience:

Explore a career of

personal or professional

interest and address the

latest trends or issues

through focused study and

applied research.


EXPERIENCE THE BEARCAT ADVANTAGE

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Freshman Academy

BCCHS Freshman Academy offers a special, smaller learning environment to help students make

a smooth transition into high school, to bond with each other as a community and to begin their

journey in the Career Academies. In Freshman Academy, students receive instruction through a

core team of teachers who share students to provide supports for student achievement.

Athletics

• Bowling

• Football

• Soccer

• Swimming

• Tennis

• Volleyball

• Basketball

• Wrestling

• Baseball

• Softball

• Track

• Cheerleading

Clubs & Programs

• Upward Bound

• Early Middle College

• 21st Century After School

Program (Robotics)

• National Honors Society

• Gay/Straight Alliance

• Red Cross Club

• Slam Poetry Club

• Art Ceramics Club

• Spanish Club

• Social Justice Club

• Dance Team

• And More!

Link Crew

The Link Crew freshman orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support

freshmen by assigning them a junior or senior Link Leader as a mentor during this first year. This Link

Leader is a responsible older student who was hand-selected from a large pool of applicants and

has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader on our campus.

HEALTH CENTER

Grace Health School-based Health Centers (SBHCs) are staffed with a nurse practitioner, social

worker and support staff. The Health Center’s nurse practitioner can be your child’s regular

provider or can support your child’s regular provider/pediatrician. Services include routine wellchild

exams with immunizations, school and sports physicals, preventative care, urgent care and

behavioral/mental health services.


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“WHAT STUDENTS

ARE SAYING:

The Career Academies taught me about my career

options and shed more light on the types of things that I do

and don't want to do.”

They are showing me

different opportunities

that I have and how I can

accomplish them.

The Career Academies are showing

me what it looks like to work in

the real world and how to be

responsible, like how to write

resumes and resignation letters.

It helped me think further, considering my interests to match up with my financial goals.

It helped

me find my

perfect

career.

WHAT FAMILIES

ARE SAYING:

My son is excited for his future goals.

The pathway my daughter chose has her taking

specific classes to make her college-ready and

once she graduates she will have experience in the

profession she chooses.

I think career academies are

excellent for the kids and it will

definitely help with their future.


Battle Creek Public Schools

Battle Creek, Michigan

BATTLE CREEK CENTRAL HIGH

SCHOOL CAREER ACADEMIES

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