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Mission Statement

At McDowell Academy for Innovation, every student will experience personalized education graduating ready for college and career with a network of connections and experiences preparing them for their role in a global economy.

Students at MAI will have:

  • Authentic and connected high school and college learning opportunities extending beyond the traditional high school campus that may include MTCC, NCSSM, service learning, job shadowing, externships and/or apprenticeships.
  • Flexible scheduling options
  • A voice in their learning environment where they are truly connected to professionals and their peers
  • Choices in their skill acquisition
  • Time to reflect and learn deeply, and self-assess for continuous improvement
  • High expectations for critical thought, design, and problem solving.

Academy for Innovation Vision:

Required Paperwork

  • Blue Enrollment Form: complete as much as possible

  • Yellow Student Health Update: complete entire form

  • McDowell Tech Application for Admission: complete in black ink, include student’s Social Security Number

  • Field Trip Permission Slip: complete entire form

  • Pink Calendar: important dates for 2019-2020 school year

What will I learn tonight?

MAI Logistics

High School Requirements

College Options

NC School of Science & Math course options

Unique Offerings to students at MAI – Innovation, Passion Projects, Academic Support, Career & College Trips

Integration of Technology

High Expectations of Students

Communication

MAI Logistics

Schedule

  • Traditional calendar for the year 2019-2020 school year
  • Semester schedule
    • Aug-Jan: first semester
    • Jan-June: second semester
    • 4-6 classes per semester
  • 8:15 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (earliest drop off 7:15 a.m, latest pick up 4:00 p.m.)

1:1 Chromebook: one time fee of $55

Breakfast (no cost for all students) & Lunch (at cost)

Transportation provided

9th graders on MAI campus all day

Summer Bridge

  • 6/12/2019 9:00-3:00
  • 7/29/2019 Paddy’s Creek @ Lake James State Park

Content Area

FUTURE-READY CORE

Course of Study Requirements

English

4 Credits

I, II, III*, IV*

Math

4 Credits

Math I, II, III, 4th* Math Course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans

Science

3 Credits

Earth/Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology,

Social Studies

4 Credits

World History, American History I* & II*, Civics and Economics

Health & PE

1 Credit

Health/Physical Education

Personal Finance

Local Requirement

*High school credit may be fulfilled by a MTCC course. College classes count as high school elective credit.

NC School of Science and Mathematics

Pilot partnership

Classes delivered via interactive video conferencing for students in grades 9-12

There are prerequisites (Ex: pass Math 3 with a B)

Classes offered the 2019-2020 school year:

Innovation Class

Exploration for college & career

  • CFNC – personality and skill inventories
  • Choose MTCC major
  • Career requirements and options

STEM Challenges

  • Electronics and circuitry
  • Building
  • Coding
  • Breakouts

Passion Projects

  • 1 day a week
  • Project of choice
  • Learn something new
  • Create a product
  • Presentation at the end

Prep for Student-Led Conferences

  • Understanding GPA
  • 4/5 Year Plans
  • Reflection on goals and progress

Integration of Technology

1:1 Chromebooks (One time $55.00 fee for all MCS high school students)

  • Chromebook distribution in August
  • $55 due at Chromebook distribution

Gmail & Google Drive

Learner Management Systems (LMS) – used to post and collect assignments:

  • Google Classroom – high school classes
  • Blackboard – MTCC classes
  • Canvas – NCSSM classes

PowerSchool

MTCC Degrees, Diplomas, & Certificates

Students take college courses beginning in 9th grade to earn MTCC degrees,

diplomas, or certificates in the following areas:

Career-Ready

Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

College Transfer Associate Degrees

Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology

Health Information Technology

Landscape Gardening

Associate in Engineering

Business Administration

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Nurse Aide

Associate in General Education Nursing

Computer Integrated Machining

Information Technology: Network Management

*Proposed Cybersecurity

Photographic Technology

Electrical Systems Technology

Information Technology: Software and Web Development

*Proposed

Applied Engineering

Technology

College

9th grade: PED 110 & ACA 122

Expectations: Good attendance (under 4 absences per semester) & appropriate behavior (no cell phone, no immature behavior, complete all HW and assignments on time)

Blackboard: Delivery model for college coursework

MTCC Gmail: Check daily and respond to MTCC professors

Transitioning to MTCC campus: 2nd semester of 10th grade year, via school bus

Encountering Struggles: Communicate, communicate, communicate

Entry Requirements for English & Math classes – GPA & test scores

College & Career Exploration

EXPO at MTCC

  • Hands-on exploration of careers

College Trips

  • Appalachian State University
  • Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences
  • University of North Carolina Asheville
  • MTCC

Career Trips

  • Baxter
  • Auria
  • WestRock
  • ABB
  • Mission Hospital
  • McDowell Family Medicine

Job Shadowing

  • ABB
  • EMS
  • ERA Realty

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

ATTENDANCE!!!

  • 6 unexcused absences in high school classes=loss of credit (FF)
  • 4 absences in a college class= failure in the college class
  • Attendance standards apply to online classes

GPA Matters

4 C’s: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication

Assignment Completion & Homework

High-quality work

Mandatory Student-led Conferences

Supports for struggling students

Communication

Parent Link: text & voice messages

PowerSchool: check progress in high school classes

School Website: https://mcdowell-mai.edlioschool.com/

Social Media:

  • Snapchat
  • Facebook
  • Instagram (under construction)
  • Twitter

School Contact

  • Office 828-652-1040
  • Tracey Widmann Cell 828-803-4486
  • tracey.widmann@mcdowell.k12.nc.us

The following slides contain more detailed information about the college degrees, diplomas, and certificates your student can obtain while at MAI.

FREQUENTLY USED COLLEGE TERMS:

Associate Degree – equivalent to 2 years as a full time college student

Diploma – roughly equivalent to 1 year as a full time college student

Certificate – roughly equivalent to 1 semester as a full time college student

Credit hours – roughly equivalent to the amount of seat time for a course, most courses are 3 credit hours

Career-Ready – degrees, diplomas, and certificates that will qualify someone for a career upon completion

College Transfer – courses designed to fulfill general education requirements (first 2 years) of a bachelor’s degree

Articulation agreement – UNC system schools and many private colleges in NC will take all credits from a college-transfer associate degree and apply them toward a bachelor’s degree

Curriculum – required coursework to earn a degree, diploma, or certificate

MTCC Degrees, Diplomas, & Certificates

Students take college courses beginning in 9th grade to earn MTCC degrees,

diplomas, or certificates in the following areas:

Career-Ready

Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

College Transfer Associate Degrees

Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology

Health Information Technology

Landscape Gardening

Associate in Engineering

Business Administration

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Nurse Aide

Associate in General Education Nursing

Computer Integrated Machining

Information Technology: Network Management

*Proposed Cybersecurity

Photographic Technology

Electrical Systems Technology

Information Technology: Software and Web Development

*Proposed

Applied Engineering

Technology

Associate in Engineering

This rigorous program is designed to allow students to complete coursework equivalent to the first two years of study required for a bachelor's degree. Classes in this program satisfy the articulation agreement with colleges in the UNC system and are eligible for transfer to a 4 year degree program.

Graduates usually transfer to a four year college/university with junior status.

Available College Options:

  • Associate Degree: 61 credit hours

Nursing

Nurse Aide- curriculum prepares individuals to work under supervision of licensed professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Associate in General Education Nursing- Designed for students who wish to begin their study towards the Associate in Nursing degree and a Baccalaureate degree in nursing. Graduates usually transfer to a four year college/university with junior status.

Available College Options:

  • Associate Degree: 60 credit hours

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC)

Curriculum provides basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work on residential and light commercial systems.

A diploma in this area covers air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, tools and instruments.

Graduates should be able to assist in the startup, prevention maintenance, service, repair and/or installation of residential and light commercial systems.

Available College Options:

  • Associate Degree: Proposed
  • Diploma: 36 credit hours

Applied Engineering Technology (*pending final approval)

This course of study prepares the students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to solve technical problems in various types of industry. The course work emphasizes analytical and problem solving skills. The curriculum includes courses in safety, math, physics, electricity, engineering technology, and technology specific speciality areas.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a wide range of positions in research and development, manufacturing, sales, design, inspection, or maintenance.

Available College Options

  • Associate Degree: 67 or 68 credit hours

Business Administration

The curriculum is designed to educate individuals in the technical and managerial aspects of operations for manufacturing and service industries.

Graduates should qualify for leadership positions or enhance their professional skills in supervision, team leadership, operations planning quality assurance, manufacturing and service management, logistics/distribution, health and safety, human resources management, and inventory/materials management.

Available College Options:

  • Associate Degree: 71 credit hours
  • Certificate: 18 credit hours.

Computer Integrated Machining

This curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design development and production, resulting in a finished product.

Employment opportunities: machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing industries, speciality machine shops, fabrication industries, high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification exams.

Available College Options:

  • Associate Degree: 66 credit hours
  • Diploma: 36 credit hours

Cyber Crime Technology (*pending final approval)

This curriculum will prepare students to enter the field of computer crime investigations and private security.

Students completing this curriculum will be capable of investigating computer crimes, properly seize and recovery computer evidence and aid in the prosecution of cyber criminals.

Available College Options:

  • Associate Degree: 69 credit hours

Electrical Systems Technology

This curriculum is designed to provide training for persons interested in the installation and maintenance of electrical/electronic systems found in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in the electrical/electronics field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice, assisting in the layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical/electronics systems.

Available College Options

  • Associate Degree: 66 credit hours
  • Diploma: 36 credit hours

Health Information Technology

This curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician. Employment opportunities include hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, clinics, physicians offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

Available College Options

  • Associate Degree: 73 credit hours
  • Diploma: 47 credit hours
  • Certificates available: 17 or 18 credit hours

Information Technology (Network Management, Software & Web Development, Web Administration & Design)

IT curriculum prepares graduates for employment in the technology sector as designers, testers, support technicians, system administrators, developers, or programmers who use computer software and/or hardware to design, process, implement and manage info systems.

Graduates should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with business, educational systems, and governmental agencies which rely on computer systems to design and manage information.

Available College Options

  • Associate Degree: 66 credit hours
  • Diploma: 44 credit hours
  • Certificates available

Landscape Gardening

The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical lab applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the program.

Graduates are prepared to manage and maintain indoor/outdoor ornamental and recreational plants and groundcovers and related conceptual designs established by landscape architects, interior designers, owners/managers, and individual clients.

Available College Options

  • Associate Degree: 66 credit hours
  • Certificates available: 16 or 17 credit hours

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

The course of study prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills in developing and testing automated, servomechanical, and other electromechnaical systems.

Graduates should be qualified for employment in industrial maintenance and manufacturing including assembly, testing, startup, troubleshooting, repair, process improvement, and control systems. Graduates should qualify to sit for Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute or similar industry examinations.

Available College Options

  • Associate Degree: 66 credit hours

Nurse Aide

The curriculum prepares individuals to work under supervision of licensed professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Upon completion, the student may be eligible for listing as a Nurse Aide 1 and other selected Nurse Aide registries.

Available College Options

  • Certificate: 18 credit hours

Photographic Technology

This curriculum offers training in photographic techniques and their application in professional photographic disciplines.

Graduates should qualify for entry level jobs in the diverse photographic industry.

Available College Options

  • Associate Degree: 71 credit hours
  • Certificate: 16 credit hours

We are prepared to create a Future-Focused school culture with emphasis on the following Future-Focused job skills:

    • Cognitive Ability -- ability to process on the fly
    • Emergent Leadership -- a quality that develops with time and nurture
    • Humility -- ability to step back and say, “I don’t know,” embracing the better ideas of others.
    • Ownership -- ability to work together and own problems as well as successes.
    • Expertise -- job ready skills in their chosen field.

(Friedman, 2014. “How to Get a Job at Google,” The New York Times.)

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