Hamilton County Schools is rewinding successes of the past year as it prepares for the announcement of progress in the school district this Wednesday with the release of state student achievement data. Future Ready Institutes are a success story from the past year, said officials.
The Future Ready Institutes were so successful in the first year that the program was awarded the Community Impact Award by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga. There will be a total of 27 Future Ready Institutes this year, providing more options for students with varied interests, hopes, and dreams.
Future Ready Institutes will begin their second year of operation, providing students with a unique learning environment that tailors their education to career-themed subjects. Each institute has its curriculum with career teachers working hand-in-hand with academic subject teachers to make learning meaningful for each participant, said officials. Students also have opportunities for college credits and industry-based certifications. The goals of Future Ready Institutes are to help high school students jump-start their college education, collaborate with local business professionals, and work toward a future career.
One-third of last year’s freshman class enrolled in a Future Ready Institute. Seven organizations joined the program as “branded partners” with Unum providing support for teacher professional development and externships. Bryan College, BlueCross, Erlanger, EPB, See Rock City, and UTC added their name to six of the individual institutes and provided expertise and resources in business and marketing, healthcare and innovation, technology and networking, and teaching and learning.
In total, over 50 organizations, businesses, college programs, and nonprofits assist with advisory boards to provide real-world expertise to the programs. The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce also worked with Future Ready Institutes to develop four industry councils to advise the work of the career programs.
Future Ready Institutes are helping the school district meet goals in Action Area 2: Future Ready Students in the five-year strategic plan Future Ready 2023 adopted last year. Future Ready Students has a focus of ensuring graduates are prepared for success after graduation.