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Future Ready Institutes add two high schools and four career focus programs
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Monday, April 30, 2018
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April 30, 2018
Future Ready Institutes add two high schools and four career focus programs
Future Ready Institutes of Hamilton County Schools continues to add options for high school students this fall.  The innovative learning concept unveiled at The Howard School in March added two more high schools and four more institute programs to the mix.  Central High School and Lookout Valley High School joined the list of high schools with an institute for next year and Hixson High, and Ooltewah High added programs for this fall. 
“Future Ready Institutes are dynamic by design and will continue to evolve and grow as we move forward,” said Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes for Hamilton County Schools. “The application process continues for upcoming ninth-grade students in our high schools, and we are pleased to add these options for our incoming freshmen.”
The new institutes are:
Central High School
The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics will open in the fall at Central High with a focus on the design and maintenance of automated robotic equipment.  The program’s career focus will be on mechatronics professionals and engineering in the manufacturing process.
Hixson High School
Hixson High will add the Institute for Future Business Leaders and Owners to the two institutes announced in March.  The entrepreneurial program will join the Institute for Integrative Agriculture and the Institute for Health Careers and Medical Advancement in the lineup of offerings at Hixson.  The program will provide a background in business for students interested in becoming an entrepreneur after graduation.   
Lookout Valley High School
The Institute of Digital Media Production will open in the fall at Lookout Valley.  The program will provide experience in digital media and audio/video production.  Possible careers include TV or radio producer, TV anchor, reporter, director, editor, radio personality, talk show host, broadcast traffic manager, or social media manager.  The program will also offer industry certifications in Adobe ACE Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X, Apple Certified Professional – Final Cut Pro X 10.3.
Ooltewah High School
The Institute of Architecture and Engineering Design will join the Institute of International Baccalaureate Studies at Ooltewah High.  The new institute will focus on industrial, mechanical, environmental, electrical, nuclear, and civil engineering.  The program will also introduce architecture, surveying, and mapping. 
Future Ready Institutes will challenge the traditional approach to education in high schools by developing career-themed small learning communities.  Themes will include medicine, robotics, forensic science, engineering, hospitality, technology and more.  Teachers of all content areas including English, math, science and social studies will work closely with the career theme teacher to provide classroom instruction through the lens of a career.  The goal is for students to understand why a lesson is important and how they will use the information in the future. Dual enrollment college opportunities and the ability to earn college credit will also be a vital part of the Future Ready Institutes. 
The institutes are also teaming up with community partners to provide real-world experience and a career perspective from professionals actively involved in the work.  Erlanger Health System has partnered with The Howard School in the Erlanger Institute for Healthcare and Innovation.  The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is partnering with Tyner High to offer the Institute of Teaching and Learning.  Unum is providing training for teacher and instructor training, and JP Morgan Chase provided a grant to fund a portion of the director position for Future Ready Institutes.
“Producing graduates who are post-secondary ready and prepared to succeed in college or a career is vital for our children, Hamilton County Schools, and the community,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “The Future Ready Institutes will continue to grow and provide opportunities and possibilities for a foundation of success for our graduates and their families.”

Future Ready Institutes will begin with current eighth-graders who will be a freshman in the fall.  Schools are accepting applications for the Institutes through Friday, May 4, 2018.  Future Ready Institute 
applications are available online. Applicants accepted to an institute will be notified between May 16 and May 22, 2018.  The Institutes will add another class for the following three years to fill out a full four-year program.

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