Tonawanda News — The Ken-Ton Career Academies were recently recognized with the Distinguished School District award in recognition of their programs by the Phi Delta Kappa Buffalo-Niagara Chapter 0047 at its awards banquet at the Niagara Falls Country Club.
In addition, the Erie County Association of School Boards will present the Career Academies the Hodgson Russ award for Excellence in Collaboration on June 12 at its 36th annual dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.
“Our teachers, Nancy Pray and Joel Maerten, with the support of Superintendent Mark Mondanaro and former assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Janet Gillmeister, went above and beyond to create a Career Academies program that provides our students with opportunity to grow and learn in meaningful and relevant fields of study,” Todd Potter Jr., trustee for the K-TT board of education, said.
The Career Academies offer programs to students at Kenmore East and Kenmore West high schools that include computer networking and technology, information technology, pre-engineering, and virtual enterprise and finance.
Courses are open to all students who may choose to take a class as an elective or opt to follow a sequence of study in their field of interest.
“We are completing our second cohort this year with just under 300 students enrolled in an academy program,” Maerten, curriculum learning specialist, said.
Graduates of the academy programs receive a Career and Technical Education endorsed high school diploma indicating that they are prepared to pursue further education and employment in their field of study.
Academy students are eligible to receive integrated credit, participate in work-based learning opportunities, and earn college credit through agreements with postsecondary institutions including Buffalo State College, Erie Community College and RIT.
Students enrolled in the program participate in a sequence of study developed through a thorough planning process approved by the board of education and the state department of education.