Inside look at the new Career Magnet Academy

Inside look at the new Career Magnet Academy

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Supervisor of Facilities and Construction Doug Dillingham says that even if construction on the new school is delayed, that will not keep them from opening for the first day of classes. Supervisor of Facilities and Construction Doug Dillingham says that even if construction on the new school is delayed, that will not keep them from opening for the first day of classes.
As seen here, the Magnet school is still far from being done. As seen here, the Magnet school is still far from being done.
The date of the school opening is set for August of this year. The date of the school opening is set for August of this year.

By Alexis Zotos

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Right now it's just a shell of a school, but in less than six months the halls of the Career Magnet Academy at the Pellissippi State Campus in Strawberry Plains will be filled with students.

Students that will have the opportunity to choose one of four career paths: advanced manufacturing, homeland security, sustainable living or teacher preparation.

"When a student comes in as a freshman they'll be able to explore all four pathways," future Principal John Faulconer said of the program. "And then they'll be asked at the beginning of their sophomore year to choose a path to continue until they graduate from high school."

The inaugural freshman class will be 125 students. So far they've already had more than 100 sign up.

"To know that these kids are jumping on that opportunity sight unseen, and to know they've just heard about it makes it as equally exciting," Faulconer said. 

The Career Magnet Academy is a first of its kind because it's being built on Pellissippi State's Campus. It will give students a unique opportunity for their future.

Upon graduation, students have the opportunity of re-enrolling in Pellissippi State Community College, and from there they will be anywhere from five to seven classes short of their Associates Degree.

Essentially, you have a student coming in as a freshman, graduating with a high school diploma and obtaining anywhere between 30 to 40 college credits under their belt.

The school will ultimately hold 500 students, and there will be 15 instructional spaces, including a media center and a health and fitness center.

Supervisor of Facilities and Construction Doug Dillingham says that even if construction on the new school is delayed, that will not keep them from opening for the first day of classes.

"Typically in any school project that we do, we may not be 100 percent complete when students begin," Dillingham said. "We will have contractors working, we anticipate that might be the situation as well."

The school plans to open its doors this coming August.

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