Greater Lafayette Career Academy opens after years of planning

Tuesday, more than 200 high school students will begin the journey to finding their career.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 6:03 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 9:02 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Class is officially in session at the Greater Lafayette Career Academy. Tuesday, more than 200 high school students will begin the journey to finding their career.

The GLCA will benefit students from Lafayette Jeff, Harrison, McCutcheon, Oakland and West Lafayette High Schools. It will even be available to students from Benton Central.

Students will take core classes at their home school during their freshman and sophomore year. They can then register for one of the programs at the Greater Lafayatte Career Academy. They will then spend half of the school day at the academy during their junior and/or senior years.

Transportation is provided for students to get from their home school to the career academy, which is on 18th Street about a block away from Jefferson High School.

The programs last either one to two academic years. This allows students to receive dual credit, and some programs even give students the chance to earn certifications in their respected field.

Miranda Hutcheson said the GLCA is a great opportunity to get a head start on your career and learn what you're interested in. She also says it can help students learn what they're not interested in.

"One of the reasons that I think students should come here is to gain that experience," said Hutcheson. "For us, it's also a win to say 'this is not for me, this program is maybe not what I want to do.' That's a win, you figure that out about yourself."

Some of the programs offered include culinary arts, public safety, education, construction and architecture, engineering, health science and communications and TV/radio.

For students who are considering registering for a program at GLCA, it's never too early to start planning. Hutcheson said 8th graders can express their interests to school counselors and then start the process from there.

The public is invited for an open house and ribbon cutting on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.

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