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BCCHS Career Academies Student Brochure

The Career Academies are small learning communities within Battle Creek Central High School (BCCHS), where students experience projects and coursework tailored to their career field of interest. In these “schools within a school,” every student chooses an academy where they experience topic-based and hands-on learning to graduate career, college and community ready. The Career Academies combine traditional academic coursework with job and career learning to help you discover your passions and plan your future!

The Career Academies are small learning communities within Battle Creek Central High School (BCCHS), where students experience projects and coursework tailored to their career field of interest. In these “schools within a school,” every student chooses an academy where they experience topic-based and hands-on learning to graduate career, college and community ready. The Career Academies combine traditional academic coursework with job and career learning to help you discover your passions and plan your future!

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BATTLE CREEK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

CAREER ACADEMIES

Prepare for your future

with exciting experiences at BCCHS!

Enroll now at battlecreekpublicschools.org/enroll


WHAT ARE THE CAREER ACADEMIES?

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The Career Academies are small learning communities within Battle Creek Central High School (BCCHS), where students

experience projects and coursework tailored to their career field of interest. In these “schools within a school,” every student

chooses an academy where they experience topic-based and hands-on learning to graduate career, college and community

ready. BCCHS Career Academies combine traditional academic coursework with job and career learning to help

you discover your passions and plan your future!

HERE, YOU CAN EXPERIENCE:

Hands-on experiences

in your career focus area.

The opportunity to earn

college credit, an

industry-recognized

certification and

develop a plan for

after graduation.

“The Career Academies taught me about my career

options and shed more light on the types of things

that I want to do.

BCCHS student

Career exploration

opportunities to help

explore your interests

and set career goals.

Internships,

interview practice

and opportunities to

meet and network with

local employers and

experts.


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WHAT ARE THE BCCHS CAREER PATHWAYS?

BCCHS includes two Career Academies, each of which houses four career pathways for you to select

from as your area of focus.

Your high school experience begins with

Freshman Academy, where you’ll get mentorship

from upperclassmen to ease your transition to high

school. In Freshman Academy, students also get to

experience and sample what different academies

and career paths have to offer.

Freshman

Academy

Declaration Day

At the end of 9th grade, you

will choose an academy and

a career-focused pathway.

THE CAREER ACADEMIES JOURNEY

Academy of Health &

Human Services

In grades 10–12, your academy

education will focus on your

interests, making sure that what

you’re learning relates to your

future career. Your academy

experiences will include field trips

to local businesses, internships and

a capstone project during your

senior year.

Academy of Business,

Engineering &

Industrial Technology

PATHWAYS

Nursing

Health Care

Public Safety

Education

Information Technology

Finance

Business

Engineering & Skilled Trades

Career,

College and

Community

Signing Day

Graduation

“The Career Academies helped me find my perfect career.

BCCHS student


CAREER & COLLEGE READINESS

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Develop the skills necessary to excel in school,

the workforce and beyond!

“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.

BCCHS student

BCCHS CAREER ACADEMIES STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Career Exploration Fair

Explore the opportunities within

different career pathways by

interacting with organizations

and businesses 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 first-hand look at a typical

working environment in your

career pathway.

Mock Interviews

Work directly with potential

employers in a series of practice

interviews to develop the skills

necessary to demonstrate

your abilities.

Job Shadowing

Learn practical skills necessary

to succeed in a career on-site

at a pathway partner location.

Project-Based Learning

Collaborate with industry

professionals to solve real-world

problems using knowledge from

multiple content areas.

Career / Certification Mentors

Meet regularly with a mentor

from the community to learn

career-specific 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.


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STATE OF THE ART HEALTH CARE SIMULATION LAB

EXPERIENCE THE BEARCAT ADVANTAGE AT BCCHS

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Students in the Health Care or Nursing

pathways have access to BCCHS’s state of

the art health care simulation lab. The lab

gives you the tools and expertise you need

to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant or

Emergency Medical Technician certificate.

Here, you will learn real-life health care

career skills, using:

Early/Middle College and Dual Enrollment Opportunities

Take Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and Kellogg Community College (KCC) courses for

high school and college credit! Choose from select Dual Enrollment courses with GVSU and Dual

Enrollment or Early Middle College courses with KCC.

Information Technology

Finance

Nursing

Health Care

• Stretchers

Business

Public Safety

• Tables and lifts

Engineering & Skilled Trades

Education

• An ambulance replica

• A high-fidelity health care mannequin

• Other hospital and lab equipment

“The Career Academies helped me think

further, considering my interests to match

up with my financial goals.

BCCHS student

Link Crew

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

by assigning you to a junior or senior Link Leader as a mentor during your first year at BCCHS. 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. This

student will help guide you as you navigate your new school, making sure you’re comfortable.


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EXPERIENCE THE BEARCAT ADVANTAGE AT BCCHS

Athletics

Freshmen can take part in fall, winter

and spring sports. To remain eligible for

athletics, you must continue to meet the

academic requirements and have an

up-to-date sports physical on file.

• Arts (band,

orchestra,

choir, theater

and more)

• Baseball

• Basketball

• Bowling

• Cheerleading

• Football

• Softball

• Swimming

• Tennis

• Track

• Volleyball

• Wrestling

Clubs & Programs

BCCHS offers a wide range of extracurricular

clubs and programs for you to participate in:

• Art/Ceramics Club

• Dance Team

• Early Middle

College

• Forensics

• Genders and

Sexualities Alliance

• National

Honors Society

• Red Cross Club

• Slam Poetry Club

• Social Justice

Club

• Spanish Club

• Upward Bound

• 21st Century After

School Program

(Robotics)

• And More!


Become career, college and

community ready at BCCHS

ENROLL TODAY!

Learn more and enroll now at

battlecreekpublicschools.org/enroll

WEBSITE

battlecreekpublicschools.org/bcchs

FACEBOOK @BattleCreekCentralBearcats

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