Entering the workforce with an advantage.
As a MicroSociety School for over 15 years, The Chiles Academy has grown to develop its own pre-professional program that focuses on community engagement and career readiness called Career Connections.
Each student enrolls in at least one Career Connections track designed to expose her to a profession aligned with her interests and life goals. Through experiential-based learning, students “try on” a job, a role, a position or a set of expectations that she might encounter throughout her career after she earns her high school diploma.
For every day of attendance in her track, a student earns Career Cash to be spent every Friday on Market Day or to be saved for the two major auctions at the end of each semester. On Market Day, students are welcome to use their Career Cash at the student-managed Thrifty Chic Boutique stocked with gently-used items, baby clothes, shoes, and toiletries. They can also purchase diapers and wipes every Friday.
TCA students are encouraged to enroll in the Health Care track if they are interested in pursuing a career in the health care profession, with particular focus on studying for and passing the certification test for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) license. Any student who completes at least one semester of the health care track is eligible to take the CNA test paid for by a scholarship provided by the Bonner Chiles Foundation. Students become CPR and First-Aid Certified through the American Safety & Health Institute. Participants benefit from Q&A sessions with visiting healthcare professionals and tour local healthcare facilities.
As a participant in the Child Care track, students are able to explore all aspects involved in becoming a professional child care teacher. In addition to hands-on experience working beside our highly qualified child care teachers, students also learn about fun things such as child-centered classroom design, crafts and planning meaningful early childhood curriculum. Students can earn their 40 hour DCF Certification.
The focus of the Community Organization and Social Justice track is to bring Chiles Academy citizens and community members together to learn about organizing, governance, and how decisions are made on small and large scales. Students will identify issues and implement solutions on the school-wide level and then look into ways to contribute to the neighborhoods where we live. Student Government Association members participate in and help organize Community Track curriculum.
Students in the Business track will learn valuable skills like resume writing, interview skills, workplace demeanor and problem-solving. In addition, students gain valuable knowledge in the areas of banking, finance, office skills, problem solving, networking and marketing. Those that participate in this track will be better skilled to handle business management decisions required in today’s workforce.