Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count - (Page 13)

PRINCIPLE In Omaha, a Chance To Try Out a Career Career Exploration From zookeeping to transportation logistics, career classes at Bryan High School reflect real needs in the local economy. By Caralee J. Adams O The hope is that these students will find a passion and develop career-readiness skills that can lead graduates to high-paying jobs that feed the local economy or inspire them to enroll in a two- or four-year college. "Our students are coming from diverse backgrounds, and having that exposure to extended learning, visiting universities, or participating in conferences, it levels the playing field," said Principal Robert Aranda. As part of Bryan's nationally recognized program, students can choose from 16 career clusters and two pocket academies-one focused on urban agriculture and natural resources and another on transportation, distribution, and logistics-or TDL, for short. Other districts are using Bryan's urban agriculture program as a model and in 2015, the TDL academy was recognized with an award for excellence by the organization now known as Bryan High School senior Ashley Gomez, far left, shadows the zookeepers in the lemur exhibit at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha. Ashley says the school program spurred her interest in a zoology career. Photography by Ryan Henriksen for Education Week OMAHA, NEB. n some days, students here at Bryan High School are planting potatoes at a nearby farm or tending to chickens in a coop next to the parking lot. At other times, students might be touring Union Pacific Railroad's headquarters or helping to sort and ship packages at the school's fully operational bookdistribution center. All the learning going on outside the traditional classroom is part of the Omaha public school system's attempt to introduce its 1,700 students to a variety of careers, keep them engaged, and prepare them for life after graduation. Many of Bryan's students-nearly 85 percent of them live in poverty, and nearly 60 percent are Latino-have parents who never finished high school or college. Remaking High Schools | 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count

Education Week - Diplomas Count - June 2, 2016
For Better High Schools, Coherence May Be Key
Taking Students’ Voices to Heart
One Student’s Quest To Reshape Schools
Students in El Paso Get Leg Up On College
In Omaha, a Chance To Try Out a Career
Classroom and City Merge in Cleveland
Citizens Get a Say In Boston Redesign
A Bold Reinvention Gets a Rocky Start
Minn. High School Built for ‘Flexibility’
In Ark., Going Big On a Human Scale
U.S. Graduation Rate Reaches a New High

Education Week - June 2, 2016 - Diplomas Count