Career Readiness

HCS Career Academies

Preparing students for College and Career Readiness

Career Academies are located in each of our high schools and the Huntsville Center for Technology.  The Huntsville Center for Technology provides skill training on an itinerate basis to all Huntsville City Schools high school students.  By fall of 2017, the remaining programs housed at the Huntsville Center for Technology will relocate to our newly constructed high schools. All students have access to a number of highly technical skills training offered at our schools:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Academy: This program is designed for students interested in engineering and related advanced manufacturing fields. Students will gain valuable knowledge and development marketable skills that will greatly benefit them in a future engineering or manufacturing profession. Students also have the opportunity to work in “world class” advanced manufacturing labs and participate in the exciting Greenpower racing program.


  • Building Science Academy: This career academy is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career in the construction field. The program offers students a wide introduction to all areas of the construction trades. Students will learn safety procedures, blueprint comprehension, tool usage, and carpentry knowledge.


  • Culinary Arts Academy: This career academy prepares students for a variety of career in culinary arts and the hospitality industry. The school-based laboratory for the Culinary Arts Academy is a food service kitchen with a food serving and dining area. Formal presentations and portfolios are developed to showcase student’s work. Students also have the opportunity to participate in competition events and earn industry recognized certifications.


  • Cyber Security Academy: The Huntsville City Schools Cyber Academy, recognized as AFA CyberPatriot Center of Excellence, introduces student to the broad field of Cyber Security. Students learn multiple numbering systems, become familiar with Microsoft Windows, and LINUX operating systems. Students learn networking, vulnerability assessment, and cyber forensics. Students participate in the national CyberPatriot competition and opportunities exist for student internships and industry recognized certifications.


  • Esthetics and Spa Management Academy: This career academy provides students with the opportunity to participate in programs that prepare students for careers in the Esthetics and Spa Management pathway. This academy aims to prepare student for the workforce, offering them a curriculum that provides hands-on experience and certification opportunities in Esthetics and Spa Management.


  • Entertainment Technology Academy: This career academy provides students with the opportunity to learn the elements of game design and how games reflect the social, economic, and political elements of a culture. Students learn storyboarding and character animation and have the opportunity to create digital games and mobile game apps.


  • Law & Public Safety Academy: Jemison’s Law Magnet Academy provides students with opportunities for imagination, creativity, and curiosity with classes in Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties taught by an experience lawyer, along with guest speakers that include local judges. Students discuss how the law affects them as citizens, both as students and as future global leaders. Mock trials in Jemison’s courtroom provide opportunities for student to serve as lawyers, witnesses, and judges.


  • Microsoft IT Academy: This career academy provides students with the opportunity to improve skills with self-paced, interactive, and engaging online training. It will provide students with the technology skills necessary to acquire industry recognized certification and be competitive in today’s rapidly evolving workplace.


  • Biomedical Science/Health Science Academy: The rigorous and relevant Biomedical Science Academy allows student to investigate the roles of health science and biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.


  • PLTW Engineering Academy: This career academy provides students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on project based learning with real life application. Students learn the engineering design process, computer assisted design, and technical documentation. Students work collaboratively to solve open ended engineering challenges.


  • Precision Machine Technology Academy: This career academy provides specialized classroom and laboratory experiences for students who are entering the field of manufacturing and engineering technology. Instruction is provided in the areas of blueprint reading, safety, bench work, lathe work, millwork, grinding, drill press, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming. Particular emphasis is given to the use of precision measuring tools and gauges. Students also have the opportunity to obtain industry recognized certifications.


  • Television Production Academy: This academy at Lee High School provides students with a variety of real-world learning opportunities through laboratory experiences in television writing, producing, performing, advertising design, shooting video, and editing.


  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics Academy: This career academy provides students with the opportunity to obtain hands-on training through the use of simulators in the following areas: grading, landscaping, excavation, tractor operation, bulldozer operation, backhoe operation, crane operation, and forklift operation. Students will also learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and small business management.


  • Welding Technology Academy: This career academy provides students with a fundamental understanding of blueprint reading weld symbols and weld joints, rules for safety, and identification of shop equipment. Students acquire knowledge for safe operation of oxy-fuel cutting and shielded metal arc welding processes. Students also have the opportunity to obtain industry recognized certifications.


Partnerships with J.F. Drake State Technical College and Calhoun Community College give students the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credit and articulated credit. Night courses from both post-secondary institutions are offered in the evening at the Huntsville Center for Technology. Work-Based Learning also gives our students the opportunity to participate in apprenticeships, internships, and paid employment in their chosen career pathway.

Career preparedness planning is also available for middle school students and Freshman Academy students. Students who complete Career Academy programs are eligible to test and earn industry recognized credentials in their chosen career pathway. All seniors are assessed each spring using the ACT WorkKeys assessment. Career Academy opportunities offered to Huntsville City Schools’ students are constantly evolving to meet Regional workforce needs.

For information on the sixteen career clusters and the pathways to college and career readiness, please click this link CareerClusterBrochure.pdf .

Our Student Information page offers more information about student credentialing and student organizations related to the Career Academy. 

Career Academies Director

Shelton Cobb

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