West Career and Technical Academy
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The West Career and Technical Academy (WCTA) will open in August of 2010 with approximately 675 9th and 10th grade students. At full capacity during the 2012-2013 school year, the WCTA will have approximately 1350 students in grades 9th through 12th. The school will have two academies: the Medical Science Academy and the Environmental, Engineering and Technical Academy. There are a total of nine programs at the WCTA. The Medical Science Academy contains Veterinary and Medical Sciences, Biotechnology, Nursing, and Sports Medicine. The Environmental, Engineering and Technical Academy contains five programs including Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Business Management & Health Care Administration, Computer Animation, and Management Information Systems (MIS).
Qualified students are selected during a district lottery process. These students attend the WCTA with or without transportation (see transportation zone on main page in documents). While the school does not have NIAA sports teams, there are extensive intramurals, clubs, and activities for WCTA students. School dances, assemblies, yearbooks, and other traditions will thrive at the school. Students can try out for NIAA sports teams at their home school (regular attendance zone).
The WCTA has the latest wireless technology and students will be encouraged to bring their laptops and netbooks to school. Teachers and students will employ project-based and scenario-based learning at the WCTA. This hands-on approach toward real-world learning will make learning enjoyable and relevant for today’s students.
The WCTA mission statement and learning outcomes are located in the documents section on this page. The WCTA mascot is the Wrangler (WCTA Wranglers). The school's colors are red, gold, and black. Green is occasionally used as an accent color. The informal name for the school is West Tech Academy.
Other important highlights of the new WCTA include:
-Four by four block schedule with four 85 minute periods per day
-Electronic portfolio development
-An emphasis on oral and written communication
-Extensive Advanced Placement (AP) Program
-Internships and senior projects
-Digital collaboration environment
-Field laboratory and outdoor educational experiences
-Small learning communities
-Extensive clubs and activities
(From school website)