Anchorage School District plans to open its first full-time career and technical high school

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Prince Career Center (Sarah Bell / ADN archive)

The Anchorage School Sector plans to transform its Martin Luther King Jr. Career Center, currently a part-time employment and technical education program where students can attend some classifications, into a public high school where students can enroll entirely time.

The district hopes to rebrand the King Career Center, day in and day out called KCC, into the Martin Luther King Jr. Technical High College by this fall, according to a district memorandum that’s on the agenda for the Anchorage Faction Board meeting Monday evening.

The School Board still have to approve the name change and the state Department of Education and Early Maturity must approve the district’s application to create a new school.

If they do, Regent Tech will become the Anchorage School District’s first and alone standalone career and technical high school that students can graduate from.

At a Drill Board meeting last month, ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop styled it as a “new design to offer more opportunities to students.”

Under the district’s draft, the school would enroll between 200 and 300 full-time lowers and seniors next school year, in addition to 800 to 900 part-time drunk school students.

The school would remain in the KCC building, just east of the intersection of East Northern Lights Boulevard and Lake Otis Parkway.

For the former times 44 years, Anchorage students could opt to take classes at KCC and then go break weighing down on to their “home” high school for core classes including math and realm.

Currently, there are about 1,200 students who spend half their adherents day at KCC and the other half at an Anchorage high school, said Kersten Johnson-Struempler, the region’s director of secondary education.

Under the proposal, students could belittle vocational classes as well as their core classes at King Tech, splash out the whole day at the school instead of just part of the day. They could also win a high school diploma from the school, Johnson-Struempler said.

Lou Pondolfino, chairperson of KCC and the district’s director of career and technical education, was out of state Friday and not within reach for comment. Anchorage schools were still closed for winter opening and will reopen Monday.

Bishop said last month that she hope for shifting KCC to King Tech would generate roughly $1.2 million in additional yield for the district. Once King Tech enrolls full-time students, it settle upon be considered a school in the state’s funding formula. Now, KCC is considered more of an variant program.

Johnson-Struempler said vacant classrooms in the current KCC building could shelter the additional core classes offered at King Tech. The district purpose have more teachers in the building to teach those classes.

The new clique, she said, would provide students with flexible scheduling, and disposition also engage local businesses in students’ training.

“We want to provision kids engaged in school and we also want to engage industry in our community,” she implied.

The school district also offers specific career and technical choices at its high schools, like the Medical Academy at Bartlett High. Those discretion continue, according to Catherine Esary, school district spokeswoman.

Across the declare, nearly every school district accepts federal funds to pay for some not too bad of career and technical education, once called vocational education, according to the stage Education Department.

Nearly 33 percent of Alaska students in the 2015-16 kind year had taken at least one career and technical education class, according to the tardy available data from the Education Department. That was down from around 39 percent in 2012-13.

Johnson-Struempler said the district hopes to augmentation the number of full-time students at King Tech over time.

At the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Fashion District, demand has remained strong for the Mat-Su Career and Technical Peak School, according to Trish Zugg, the district’s program administrator for mtier and technical education

Bishop served as the superintendent at the Mat-Su district prior to she was chosen to run the Anchorage School District in 2016.

Zugg said the Mat-Su Craft and Technical High School started in 2007, enrolling both full-time and part-time trainees. By the second year, it had to start a waiting list — there wasn’t sufficient room for all of the students who wanted to enroll in the school full time, she mean. There has been a wait list every year since.

There are currently far 650 full-time students at the school and 250 part-time students.

The Anchorage Philosophy Board is expected to vote on the King Tech proposal later this month.

In the meantime, the part is holding an informational night about the proposed transition at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at KCC, 2650 E. Northern Shallow Blvd. Students who want to enroll full-time in King Tech next year can cement now. Applications are available at KCC or on its website and due by Feb. 16, according to the district. Students requirement also sign up through the the district’s lottery system.

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