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Students use academies to learn new skills

Students residing in Millard who possess a keen interest in the medical field, education, or business have the chance to participate in specialized Academies. These programs offer students the opportunity to earn college credits before completing their high school education, though it’s important to note that these classes are distinct from the traditional AP or dual enrollment courses. Each Academy curriculum incorporates a blend of courses from both Metro Community College and University of Nebraska at Omaha, potentially allowing students to accelerate their path through college by up to a year upon successful completion of these classes.

The application process kicks off during the students’ sophomore year. It all starts with an informational presentation held in the school’s auditorium, where interested students receive a form to indicate their preferred Academy. A few weeks later, there’s a parent meeting, which parents are encouraged to attend for additional information. Subsequently, an open house is organized for each specific Academy, accompanied by an online form available on their website that applicants must complete. Upon submitting the application, students are provided with a card specifying the date and time of their interview.

Among the Academies, Health Sciences stands out as one of the most sought-after programs. Within this Academy, students gain valuable insights into the medical field, providing them with hands-on experience. During their time in the Health Sciences Academy, students have the chance to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification and participate in internships. One exciting opportunity involves accompanying EMTs in an ambulance to assist with patient care. The curriculum for this Academy includes courses such as Human Anatomy, Medical Law and Genetics.

“I’m not entirely certain about my specific career path within the medical field, but this opportunity will enable me to explore various aspects,” junior Jack Layden said. “Having spent a significant amount of time in the hospital due to my brother’s health issues in the past, I witnessed the dedicated efforts of doctors and nurses in assisting him. This experience inspired me to pursue a path where I can make a similar positive impact on the lives of others.”

Millard also provides an Entrepreneurship Academy, which imparts knowledge on business ownership, operations, marketing, financial management, procurement, and business sustainability. The courses within this Academy encompass Accounting, Introduction to Business and Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

“I enrolled in Millard’s Entrepreneurship Academy, and it’s been great for me,” senior Breck Vest said. “The courses on business ownership, operations, marketing, and financial management have given me the knowledge and skills I need to turn my dreams into reality.”

Another Academy available is the Education Academy, which provides students with the chance to delve into child development and the intricacies of classroom management. Students are offered the opportunity to select from a range of local elementary and middle schools for their internships, offering them firsthand experience in running a classroom. During their time in this Academy, students engage in projects designed to prepare them for the responsibilities of teaching. Some of the courses within this Academy include Child Development, Professional Speaking, and World Religions. 

There’s the Distribution and Logistics Academy, where students delve into the intricate processes of shipping and delivering materials to various businesses. They gain proficiency in managing inventory, monitoring stock levels, and identifying supply needs. As part of their educational journey, students have the opportunity to intern at notable organizations like Union Pacific, Fat Brain Toys, and Werner Express.

Students eagerly anticipate gaining fresh experiences and valuable insights that will further fuel her enthusiasm for future teaching endeavors.

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Nathan Delaney
Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
Nathan is a senior at Millard West and this is his second year on the CATalyst staff. He is taking Advanced Journalism, Broadcast Journalism and Yearbook this year. This summer he went to multiple journalism camps and went on a family vacation to Alaska. He also worked with the President of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Jim Timm, on the High School Radio Project. He is looking forward to expanding to new parts of journalism and furthering his skills this year.

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