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Future Ready High Schools are Announced

Future Ready High Schools are Announced
Posted on 03/16/2018

Hamilton County Schools Unveils Future Ready Institutes

Career-themed high school programs to prepare graduates for success

The future of education was unveiled today as education, business, industry, and political leaders came together at The Howard School to share details about Future Ready Institutes coming to Hamilton County Schools this fall. The new “schools within a school” will have a career theme and connect lessons learned in the classroom with skills needed to be successful after graduation. The event held at 10 a.m. this morning included some of the areas top business executives and the mayors of Hamilton County and Chattanooga.

Future Ready Institutes will challenge the traditional approach to education in high schools by developing career-themed small learning communities. Themes will include medicine, robotics, forensic science, engineering, hospitality, technology and more. Teachers of all content areas including English, math, science and social studies will work closely with the career theme teacher to provide classroom instruction through the lens of a career. The goal is for students to clearly understand why a lesson is important and how they will use the information in the future.

Dr. Bryan Johnson shared the details of the first list of Future Ready Institutes with more to come before the end of school. The list of new programs and the schools to host them included:

Brainerd High School

  • The Institute of First Responders and Forensic Science
  • The Institute of Aviation

East Hamilton High School

  • The TIE Institute: Tinker, Innovate, Engineer
  • The CLIMB Institute: The Canes Leadership Institute of Marketing and Business

East Ridge High School

  • The Institute of Building and Design

Hixson High School

  • The Institute for Integrative Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources and Technology
  • The Institute for Health Careers and Medical Advancement
  • The Howard School

    • Erlanger Institute for Healthcare and Innovation
    • The Institute of Hospitality and Tourism

    Ooltewah High School

    • The Institute of International Baccalaureate Studies

    Red Bank High School

    • The Institute of Computer Sciences and Engineering

    Sequoyah High School

    • The Institute of Industrial Manufacturing
    • The Institute of Digital Arts, Design, and Production

    Tyner High School

  • The Institute of Technology and Security
  • The Institute of Teaching and Learning

Signal Mountain High School

  • The Institute of International Baccalaureate Studies

Soddy Daisy High School

  • The Institute of Tech Start-Ups and Web Design

Speakers at the event included Jan Keys, Erlanger senior vice president; Miles Huff, Unum community relations specialist; and Hamp Johnston, marketing executive for JP Morgan Chase. These leading companies in the Tennessee Valley have sign-on as partners in the launching of Future Ready Schools in Hamilton County. The goal of the programs will be to connect with businesses associated with the theme of the individual programs to provide expertise and learning opportunities for students in the programs.

Dual enrollment opportunities will also be a vital part of Future Ready Institutes. Dr. Rebecca Ashford, president of Chattanooga State Community College and Dr. Steven Angle, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga were on hand to show their support and talk about the importance of partnering with Hamilton County Schools in this exciting new program for students.

“It is vital that graduates of Hamilton County Schools are post-secondary ready and prepared to succeed in college or a career,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “The Future Ready Institutes, through partnerships with community leaders are the dawning of a new day filled with opportunity and possibilities for our graduates and their families.”

Future Ready Institutes will begin with current eighth-graders who will be a freshman in the fall. Schools will begin accepting applications for the Institutes April 2 with the deadline for applying on May 4, 2018. Applicants accepted to an institute will be notified between May 16 and May 22, 2018. The Institutes will add another class for the following three years to fill out a full four-year program.

“Collaboration is thriving across Hamilton County with industry leaders and educators coming together to ensure we are preparing our students for success after high school,” said Dr. Jared Bigham, director of Chattanooga 2.0. “It is exciting to see our community drive a bold, innovative model within high schools and set an example for the rest of our state and country in pathways leading to two-year and four-year degrees, as well as industry credentials, that have a market value in our region.”

A district-wide information night for current eighth-graders and their families will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at Unum located at 500 Walnut Street, Chattanooga. Parking will be available at the intersection of 5thStreet and Walnut Street. Individual information nights are also planned for each Future Ready Institute school site. Information on those events and more about Future Ready Institutes is available at www.hcde.org/futureready.

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