- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Vicksburg Warren School District will offer courses this fall to prepare students for college or careers in the fields of engineering and health.

Superintendent Chad Shealy tells The Vicksburg Post (https://bit.ly/167Z0kr ) that an Academy of Engineering and an Academy of Health Careers will be offered at both Vicksburg High School and Warren Central High School.

“There are a lot of jobs in both of these fields that are not necessarily engineers or doctors, so we’re going to have several strands within these academies,” he said.

Shealy said 60 percent of blue collar jobs within the next four years are going to be in science, technology, engineering and mathematics related fields.

“We want to make sure we’re preparing kids to be successful in their interests, but we also want to prepare them for the things they’re going to be able to immediately utilize. These two professions are going to provide opportunities for them, no doubt,” he said.



Shealy said the district hired a program director, Lucy DeRossette, to plan the academies.

He said the district has received support from the state Department of Education.

“I don’t know of any that are going to be like what we have,” he said. “It’s going to be tailored specifically for us, because we have a resource like no one else - there’s not an ERDC (U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center) sitting around in everybody’s backyard.”

Shealy said there are also talks with Alcorn State, Mississippi State, University of Mississippi, Delta State and Hinds Community College about adding more opportunities for students to get college credits.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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