Freshmen Explore Career-Related Study Options

Freshmen Explore Career-Related Study Options
Posted on 02/14/2020
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Our 9th grade students attended a Career Fair yesterday, hosted by staff members and 11th-12th grade students who are part of each career-related study offered at the HSWCHS. They completed a survey at the end of the experience to select their top three choices, which will be used by administrators and counselors to make choices about course offerings and scheduling in the 2020-2021 school year. Career-related studies are part of the Career Academies model at the HSWCHS, which helps to ensure that our students are as prepared as possible for whatever their path is after graduation. 

A Career Academies model allows us to offer more career-based electives so that students are more likely to not only graduate, but to have as many options, certifications, career knowledge, hands-on experiences, and/or college credit as possible when they graduate. Career Academies accomplish the following for our students: 1) they allow students to experience career themes in a smaller, more focused learning environment, 2) receive college-prep or career-prep sequential curriculum within a career theme (to include college courses, apprenticeships, internships, certifications,  hands-on training and demonstrations, service projects, personal interaction with employers, etc.) so that they are already building skills and requirements for a pathway after graduation; 3) benefit from a Career Academy team that forges partnerships with public and private partners to allow for the career-prep opportunities above.

Various electives and required courses are tied to each career-related study, some of which are taught at HSWCHS and others that are taught at National Park College, at industry specific sites, vocational institutions, medical facilities, and other professional or academic sites. Each career-related study offered at HSWCHS is part of one of the three Career Academies as follows: Liberal Studies (which includes International Baccalaureate Programme opportunities), Business and Industrial Technologies, and Education and Healthcare. Students in 9th grade spend time in what we call “Freshman Academy” studying the opportunities and careers unique to each academy and career-related study, and take time to inventory their own talents and interests. Students in 10th-12th grade take courses within a Career Academy until they graduate.  Current career academies and career-related studies are listed below:



-Pathway to Engineering (NPTC)

-Wood Technology (NPTC)

-Automotive Service Technology (NPTC)

-Machine Tool Technology (NPTC)

-Hospitality and Tourism Management 



-Orientation to Teaching

-Medical Professions Education (NPTC)



-Visual Arts

-Performing Arts: Theater

-Performing Arts: Dance

-Performing Arts: Band

-Performing Arts: Orchestra

-Performing Arts: Choir

-NJROTC (Leadership and Service)

-International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


*NPTC classes are available at National Park Technical Center. NPTC classes are available to students in grades 11 and 12. Students must apply to National Park College and must have Accuplacer or ACT scores that meet admissions standards. HSSD provides transportation to/from NPTC campus three times daily. While at NPTC, students must maintain collegiate academic and behavioral benchmarks.


*International Baccalaureate Career-Related Program is a combination of IB classes (college prep) and a career-related study. 



2020 Career Fair (for HSSD Freshmen Students)




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