Tomorrow is an exciting day at Career Magnet Academy because it is the first day of Pathway Wednesdays! We are particularly excited about our pathway sessions this year because we have some new partners in education who have agreed to host our field experiences. We also have sophomore pathways this year where our tenth-grade scholars will spend the entire school year working on a pathway-specific PBL.
Thanks to Our Hosts and Helpers!
During their freshmen year, our scholars are exposed to each of our four career pathways during five-week rotations. Each rotation culminates in a field experience which allows the freshmen the opportunity to see the pathways in action. After they have cycled through each of the four pathways, our freshmen are better able to make an informed choice for their pathway of focus come February 24th. Here are the field experiences every freshmen will have:
- Homeland Security: Our homeland security group will get a tour of the Knox County Jail and get to visit either the federal court or the criminal court, depending on which field experience they attend Knox County Jail, federal court, criminal court
- Advanced Manufacturing: Tour and Q&A at ProNova Solutions and Pro Nova Center for Proton Therapy.
- Teaching As a Profession: College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at UT, sit in on an education class, Q&A with education majors and dean of the school
- Sustainable Living: Beardsley Community Farm tour and workday, OR King’s Hydrofarm & Greenhouse tour, Q&A, depending on which field experience they attend
Each pathway also has guest speakers who come to share more information about their pathway and their particular work experiences. We are happy also to have Keurig Green Mountain on board in this capacity. After our freshmen declare their pathway of focus on February 18th, they will join the sophomore pathways to work on a pathway-specific PBL for the remainder of the year in preparation for our Pathway Showcase on April 21st. Stay tuned for pictures and information as our pathways progress!
Homeland Security: Our homeland security sophomores will be working with Mrs. Blevins and Mrs. Black to design an emergency response plan from the perspective of their homeland security career choice. Students will design and build a model of the segment of their city that is in distress and present and defend their response plans at the Pathway Showcase on April 21st. Both our sophomore and freshman homeland security pathways will have the honor of working with industry representatives from Sword & Shield Enterprise Security and from the Smoky Mountain Chapter of The American Society for Industrial Security.
Advanced Manufacturing: Our advanced manufacturing sophomores will work with Mrs. Rose on a number of projects. First, they will complete a ten-hour, online General Industry Safety Training to become OSHA certified and create a safety video to present to our freshmen advanced manufacturing pathway groups. Next, our advanced manufacturing scholars will work with East Tennessee Technology Access Center to modify toys for young people with disabilities.
Teaching As a Profession: Our teaching as a profession scholars will be visiting schools in the Knoxville area that are representative of a variety of educational approaches and philosophies including, but limited to, Montessori schools, charter schools, and Paideia schools. Our teaching as a profession scholars will get to meet and learn from experts in the field of education such as Dr. John Rysewyk, founding principal of Emerald Charter Schools and Buzz Thomas, president of Great Schools Partnership. For a culminating project, our teaching as a profession scholars will design their own school and classroom that is representative of their own educational philosophy.
Sustainable Living: Our sustainable living scholars will be leading a service learning PBL that addresses the driving question “How can we enhance the campus of PSCC and CMA to accomplish two goals: 1) Increase biological diversity 2) Create a place that encourages and inspires staff representatives and scholars?” We are looking forward to our scholars’ proposed solutions, and we cannot wait to see what they build on our campus! Stay tuned for pictures.