Tennessee launches Polytechnic Academy to prepare students for workforce

Amelia Hamilton
Posted: Dec 14, 2016 3:30 PM

Students in Hamilton County, Tenn., now have a new option in gaining career skills while still in high school, the Mechatronics Akademie. Twenty-six high school juniors are now enrolled in the two-year program, which will see students graduating not only with a high-school diploma, but also 40 post-secondary credits. That puts them on track to earn an associate’s degree within a year. The school offers four programs: mechatronics, chemical, construction and computer information technology.

“The traditional school environment isn’t what all students need,” said Caleb Bagby, a teacher at the Mechatronics Akademie. “Some kids need to have a more hands-on education.”

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