Established more than 30 years ago by the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment. Academies are organized as small learning communities, combining academic and technical curricula around a career theme and establishing partnerships with local employers to provide work-based learning opportunities.
In 2013, seven NAF Career Academies were established at six DCPS high schools, providing students with exposure to the workforce and career opportunities in three high-growth sectors: hospitality, IT and engineering. FC2 embraced the initiative, believing the Academies provide a new career path for DCPS students.
Designed to be a personalized “school within a school”, FC2’s industry leaders work in partnership with DCPS to support high-wage / high-growth career-based programming. Today, more than 3,000 students are enrolled and 10 FC2 Trustees are serving on the Academies’ Industry Advisory Boards.