What are Career and Professional Education (CAPE) academies? Career and Professional academies are instructional programs within the high school course offerings where a student can enroll in career and technical education programs that lead to a high school diploma, industry certification, and provides opportunities for a student to earn articulated postsecondary credit. CAPE academies are designed to increase high school graduation rates and while preparing students for employment in the modern workforce. Research shows students who are enrolled in a CAPE academy are more likely to graduate, have an increase attendance rate and are considered "work ready" upon graduation from high school.
In 2007, the Florida Legislature passed the Career and Professional Education Act. The purpose of the act was to provide a statewide planning partnership between the business and education communities in order to attract, expand, and retain targeted, high-value industry and to sustain a strong, knowledge-based economy. This act outlined the following objectives designed to increase student achievement across all areas of education;
1. Provide rigorous and relevant curriculum opportunities designed to increase middle and high school academic performance;
2. Provide a clear pathway of rigorous and relevant career-themed courses that deliver opportunities to earn articulated postsecondary level course credits and lead to nationally recognized industry certifications.
3. Support local and regional stakeholders with economic development by providing a "work ready" employee upon graduation;
4. Meet Florida's critical shortage of workforce needed; and,
5. provide students with the opportunity to enter a high wage and high demand career.
Return on Investment
During this past Legislative Session, a provision within Chapter 2014-184 Laws of Florida was added that requires district school boards to notify the parent of a student earning an industry certification that articulates for postsecondary credit of estimated cost savings in terms of tuition and fees associated with the postsecondary credits. In addition, the student and the parent must be informed of any industry certifications available to the student.
For more information, please review the attached letters titled "ROI Memo 15-16" and "ROI Notification Memo"
District School Board of Madison County currently has seven CAPE academies which serve as small learning communities providing rigorous and relevant instruction that prepares the student for the workforce as well as college. Each academy provides quality instruction using an integrated curriculum which combines core academics with in-depth program instruction using face-to face and hands-on delivery of skills necessary to succeed within business and industry.
Our districts is continually striving to provide our students with career choices in a high wage, high skill and high demand work place. High school students can choose to enter one or more academies based on their preference. Currently, our district offers career development opportunities in seven very robust, rigorous and relevant academies that provide specialized skill development combining technical, leadership and 21st century skills necessary for success in today's workplace. Our academies are:
Academy of Agritechnology
Academy of Culinary arts
Academy of Early Childhood Education
Academy of Health Science
Academy of Industrial Biotechnology
Academy of Information Technology
Academy of Power and Energy
Note: To access our district's Career Academies, please click on the academy link provided under the "Additional pages" section.