Greater Louisville Inc. and Jefferson County Public Schools will co-host a celebration of Academies of Louisville, the initiative designed to better prepare students for postsecondary education and career success, on Thursday, May 30.

The program, which was launched in 2017, offers high school students relevant learning experiences in the field to help them as they prepare to move into the workforce. It connects schools with business and other community partners to align workforce needs with education.

Many graduates who participated will leave high school with college credits, industry certifications, work experience and other skills. In short, the program is designed to give students a head start on integrating into the real world.

According to a news release, JCPS graduating seniors involved in Academies of Louisville have earned 865 industry certifications, ranging from Microsoft and Google certifications to the welding and automotive fields.

In addition, Academies students earned a total of 522 college credit hours — some of them even graduating with enough credit to receive an associate degree. Meanwhile, students who participated in work-based programs worked more than 300,000 hours and earned a total of $3.5 million.

The Academy is based on the framework of Ford Next Generation Learning, which enables communities to create and execute a sustainable, long-term plan for evolving education. It involves 14 JCPS high schools, 85 Louisville businesses and some 17,600 students.

Thursday’s celebration ceremony will be held at the University Club, University of Louisville Campus Location, 200 E. Brandeis Ave., at 4:30 p.m. and will involve not only students but Academies of Louisville partners, plus speakers such as Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio and others.

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