County Commission approves partnership to create Schools of Choice focused on targeted industries
(MIAMI) – Miami-Dade County will be teaming up with the School Board to create several new industry-focused Schools of Choice under a plan aimed at developing tomorrow’s leaders in computer science entrepreneurship, international trade, the performing arts and conservation.
The County Commission adopted a resolution sponsored by County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to develop the partnership at the Commission’s July 16, 2013 meeting.
The partnership is designed to result in the creation of a tech entrepreneurial high school, a trade and logistics technical magnet school, a performing arts industry high school, and a science-based magnet high school in collaboration with Zoo Miami – targeting four industries identified in the Beacon Council’s One Community, One Goal plan.
“This initiative will prepare our youth to enter the workforce by meeting the needs of some of our key local industries, which will in turn fuel economic growth and strengthen Miami-Dade’s position as a cutting-edge community in science, trade and the arts,” said Chairwoman Sosa, who has been an educator for more than 30 years and is currently a teacher-trainer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “As a firm believer in the power of education, I am very excited about the incalculable benefits this partnership will bring to our community by building tomorrow’s leaders today.”
The Tech Entrepreneurship Acceleration Magnet (TEAM) High School will be the first of its kind, attracting top students in Miami-Dade County to develop specialized skills in computer science. The school district has demonstrated an interest in launching a TEAM internship program for the 2013-2014 school year in collaboration with Venture Hive, downtown Miami’s new entrepreneurial hub.
The Logistics and International Trade Magnet High School will capitalize on Miami-Dade’s standing as the Gateway to the Americas, as home to both Miami International Airport and PortMiami, which are among the world’s busiest airports and seaports. A curriculum would be developed to prepare students with the appropriate certifications to be qualified for entry level positions at the airport and seaport upon high school graduation.
The Performing Arts Industry High School will involve a partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center Trust and Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, the independent nonprofit devoted to the planning and development of the Arsht Center’s surrounding neighborhood.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet High School will expand the Science Zoo Magnet Program at Richmond Heights Middle School to include a high school featuring a conservation biology curriculum designed to provide integration of scientific research and technology using state-of-the-art tools to analyze and propose solutions for local and international conservation issues. The Science Zoo Magnet Program is a partnership of the school district, Zoo Miami, the Zoo Oversight Board and the Zoological Society of Florida.
For more information on Resolution #131446, please call Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.