Career Academy

Students have a variety of options to take college-level courses and elective curriculums to enhance their career developments.

Important information

BlueSky Career Academies

BlueSky offers the opportunity for students to enhance their career development by offering elective curriculum in an academy format. Students are not required to participate in the academies, but many will find the model useful in schedule planning and career preparation and exploration. Upon successful completion of one or more Career Academies, students will receive a diploma seal and green cord in recognition at graduation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Each academy must have at least 1.5 credits earned
  • At least 1.0 credits from BlueSky, may include PSEO alternative courses
  • Students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA within the Career Academy

And one of the following:

  • Composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT or ACT Plus Writing
  • Meets or Exceeds on both Reading and Math MCA tests
  • College level placement in Reading Accuplacer and minimum Algebra placement for Math
  • Career certificate NCRC Silver or Higher – ACT WorkKeys
  • The WorkKeys assessment is available at MN WorkForce Centers

Health Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required —

  • Health Careers (0.5 cr.)

Electives (at least 1.0 credits of the following) —

  • Accounting I (0.5 cr.)
  • Computer Applications I (0.5 cr.)
  • Computer Applications II (0.5 cr.)
  • Entrepreneurship (0.5 cr.)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Applications (0.5 cr.)

Business Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required —

  • Career Exploration (0.5 cr.) OR
  • Personal Finance (0.5 cr.)

Electives (at least 1.0 credits of the following) —

  • Accounting I (0.5 cr.)
  • Computer Applications I (0.5 cr.)
  • Computer Applications II (0.5 cr.)
  • Entrepreneurship (0.5 cr.)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Applications (0.5 cr.)

Visual Communications

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Visual Communications Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required —

  • Art Appreciation (0.5 cr.)
  • Introduction to Visual Communications (0.5 cr.)
  • Graphic Design (0.5 cr.)
  • Digital Photography (0.5 cr.)

Fine Arts Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required —

  • Art Appreciation (0.5 cr.)

Electives (at least 1.0 credits of the following) —

  • Modern Art (0.5 cr.)
  • Cross Cultural Art Project (0.5 cr.)
  • Made in China (0.5 cr.)
  • Digital Photography (0.5 cr.)
  • Independent Art Project (0.5 cr.)

Music Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required —

  • Music Appreciation (0.5 cr.)

Electives (at least 1.0 credits of the following) —

  • World Music (0.5 cr.)
  • Music Lessons (0.5 cr. per semester/can be repeated)
  • Songwriting & Music Production (0.5 cr.)

Culinary Arts Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required —

  • Culinary Arts I/II (1.0 cr.)

Electives (at least 1.0 credits of the following) —

  • Hospitality (0.5 cr.)
  • Accounting I* (0.5 cr.)

*recommended for those who wish to start their own business/manage a restaurant

World Languages

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World Language Career Academy

Total credits: 3.0

Required —

  • Language I (1.0 cr.)
  • Language II (1.0 cr.)
  • Language III (1.0 cr.)

Computer Science

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Computer Science Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required —

  • Computer Applications I (0.5 cr.)
  • Principles of Computer Science I (0.5 cr.)
  • Principles of Computer Science II (0.5 cr.)

Law & Order

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Law & Order Career Academy

Total credits: 1.5

Required (at least 1.5 credits of the following)

  • Criminal Justice (0.5 cr.)
  • Forensic Science (0.5 cr.)
  • Psychology (0.5 cr.)
  • Service Learning or English 3B Service Learning (0.5 cr.) [Not offered 2019-2020.]