COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) - Broward County’s newest technical school is working on their finishing touches to welcome their freshman class to a new magnet program for the first day of school.
The new school year will bring new opportunities for students at Coconut Creek High School. The school is set to kick off their new magnet program called Creek Technical Academy.
“There’s a school surrounded by specialty schools,” said Coconut Creek High’s principal Scott Fiske. “We just want to be in the game.”
The magnet program will offer 33 career and dual enrollment programs in fields such as business management and health science in an effort to better prepare students for the real world.
“They’re gonna achieve a college-ready high school diploma with an honors or merit distinction,” Fiske said. “They’re gonna achieve an industry certification in some field that they choose to study to enable them and give them a leg up when they go to college and enter the work force. It gives them additional quality points toward their grade point average, just like a student is taking an advanced placement course or a traditional dual enrollment course at Broward College or FIU. It also gives them an articulated college credit.”
Fiske said getting the program together was a three-year process, but it was well worth the wait. For years, the school lost students to other schools for their magnet programs in Broward County.
School officials are hoping that the new program will be the high school of choice for many students. “Thanks to the division and the wisdom of the school board and the district staff and their hard work, we’ve been given the opportunity to compete, and that’s all we asked for,” Fiske said. “The opportunity to compete and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got something to come here and spend time with us,’ and the response has been overwhelming from the community.”
The program is being offered to 150 incoming freshman.
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