Mobile County Public Schools Signature Academy Specialists spent a day this week at the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, learning about local job opportunities and upcoming expansions in the city of Mobile.
The Mobile Chamber and its Economic Development team help MCPSS Academies by linking them with business partnerships that help students craft and navigate a plan toward a rewarding career. These business partners also provide mentorship and internship opportunities, site visits and other opportunities that give students an inside look at the careers available to them and a head start on the skills they'll need to excel in them.
Many of these partnerships have resulted in MCPSS graduates moving right into high-paying, full-time jobs right out of high school, or into paying internships that are the first step toward careers with major manufacturers in the Mobile area.
MCPSS Signature Academies are career-focused learning communities within each of its 12 high schools. Each high school's Signature Academy features a different career focus, giving students an inside look and hands-on training in those careers. Students can apply to transfer into any of the 12 Academies within the system, regardless of their geographic school zone.
MCPSS Signature Academies are:
Baker High School: Advanced Careers & AP Capstone
Blount High School: Pre-Med, Medical & Health Careers
Alma Bryant High School: Coastal Studies
Citronelle High School: Manufacturing
Davidson High School: Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum (EPIC)
LeFlore Magnet High School: Law, Arts & Health Services
Mary G. Montgomery High School: Biomedical Science
Murphy High School: Murphy University Center
B.C. Rain High School: Aviation & Aerospace
Theodore High School: Industry & Engineering
Vigor High School: Advanced Information Technology
Williamson High School: Maritime, Engineering & Entrepreneurship
Mobile County Public Schools holds a Signature Academy Showcase each year to give eighth-graders and their parents (or ninth-graders at Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies) a chance to explore the opportunities at each Signature Academy. Check back here later this fall for an announcement of the date of this year's Showcase.