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The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Career Academy was initiated at Worthing High School (WHS) in the Houston (Texas) Independent School District at the beginning of the 1994-95 school year. The career-oriented program operated as a "school-within-a-school" program and was designed to meet the needs of students at risk of dropping out of school who lacked the skills needed for employment. The academy focused on academics and vocational education in the fields of health, biotechnology, and leadership. Of the 59 ninth-graders originally enrolled in the program, 54 remained in the program at the year's end. The students were divided into 2 platoons of 25-30 students each, and the program's staff consisted of a coordinator, assistant, and 6 teachers. Plans call for enrolling an additional 50 ninth-graders each year. The career academy's first year was evaluated by comparing students' and teachers' responses to beginning-of-the-year and end-of-the-year surveys and by comparing the grades and attendance rates of the program participants to those of a similar group of ninth-graders enrolled in WHS' regular JROTC program. The career academy was deemed a success based on the students' and teachers' comments and the participating students' attendance rates and course grades. (The student and teacher end-of-year surveys are included.) (MN)

Descriptors: Academic Education, Allied Health Occupations Education, Biotechnology, Career Academies, Career Education, Comparative Analysis, Health Education, High Risk Students, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Leadership, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes

Autor: Stevens, Carla J.; And Others


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