Magazine article Techniques

New Petrochemical Science and Technology Academy

Magazine article Techniques

New Petrochemical Science and Technology Academy

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Philadelphia Academies, Inc. is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the opening of a new academy.

In 1969, the first academy opened at Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. Called the Academy of Applied Electrical Science, the program was set up as an independent not-for-profit corporation with its own board of directors. Over the years, three more career areas-business, health and automotive-opened academies as independent entities.

In 1988, the individual academy programs relinquished their status as separate, tax-exempt, organizations and merged into the Philadelphia Academies, Inc., an intermediary organization that works in partnership with the Philadelphia School District and the private sector to bring student services to career academies and manage the academies' business partnerships.

This school year, the Philadelphia Academies, Inc.-now boasting 14 career areas, in 17 of Philadelphia's public high schools and three middle schools, and serving more than 8,000 students-will celebrate its 35-year anniversary with the opening of a new academy with longtime partner, Sunoco, Inc.

A supporter of the Automotive Academy, since its founding in 1974, Sunoco, Inc. initiated and funded the planning for a Petrochemical Science and Technology Academy. This new career offering opened in September at Bok Technical High School with an enrollment of 60 10th graders and will become the latest career offering by the Philadelphia Academies, Inc. This program fills a significant need in the petrochemical industry for entry-level workers at refineries and chemical plants.

For their first three years, students will benefit from a core menu of activities and services, including speakers and field trips, conducted by industry professionals and Academies, Inc. staff. Beginning in the fall of 2006, seniors will spend some part of their classroom time at a company worksite with business professionals who will reinforce the relevance of the math, science and technology curricula the students learn during regular school hours. …

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