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Jump Start on College, Careers for PCSSD Students

Academy format allows them to take regular courses along with electives in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering and math) or classes such as marketing, education and business.
MAUMELLE, AR - Students in the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) are getting a jump start on college and careers.

Maumelle High School was one of the first schools in the district to shift to an academy format this school year for incoming freshmen.

Students can take their regular courses along with electives in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering and math) or classes such as marketing, education and business.

"This gives students the chance to work with potentially future employers, experience and shadow if you will, careers and jobs that they are interested in now in high school," explains Dr. Laura Bednar, the PCSSD deputy superintendent.

The district hopes to move all of its schools to an academy format next year.

Each school will be able to choose which career classes it offers.

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