Int’l Baccalaureate authorizes first ‘Career-related Programme’

Career and technical education in Arkansas takes a leap forward with CP

IB-careerThe students at Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas will soon have another option to choose from when it comes to high-quality preparation for college and career readiness.

Hot Springs High School was recently authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate’s newest educational program, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme, or CP.

The CP meets the needs of schools seeking a technical or career-related studies option that combines career-related skills with a rigorous academic program to prepare students for success in career or post-secondary education.

Lloyd Jackson, Principal of Hot Springs High School said, “We have been offering the IB’s flagship Diploma Programme since 2004 and are excited to bring on the CP as a way to broaden opportunities for our students who are ready to specialize in a career-related track and want the flexibility of going directly into the work force or onto university studies. The CP fits our student profile perfectly.”

Hot Springs High School students will be able to choose from seven options in the Career-related Programme. These include photography, digital communications, medical professions, criminal justice, introduction to engineering, advertising and design.

Their career-related studies will be complemented by a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, as well a CP core that includes an approaches to learning course, community and service, language development and a reflective project.

The students will be able to choose from the following IB courses: IB Literature and Composition; Biology; History; Physics; Business Management; Information Technology for a Global Society; Math Studies; French and Spanish.

Hot Springs High School is the only high school in the Hot Springs school district. The staff at Hot Springs High School is highly committed to making sure all students have equal opportunities for learning the necessary skills and course materials. Hot Springs High School students are challenged in their learning and are held accountable for becoming successful, productive citizens in the learning environment and in society.

Drew Deutsch, Regional Director for IB Americas said, “We want to congratulate Hot Springs High School on its achievement of becoming the first IB World School in Arkansas to offer the Career-related Programme. We anticipate that the CP will become one of the IB’s most popular offerings because its flexibility allows schools to cater the programme to the needs, backgrounds and contexts of their students and their community.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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