Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin Opens for Inaugural School Year

New online public school offers career and technical education to
Wisconsin high school students

MCFARLAND, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Destinations
Career Academy of Wisconsin
, a career and technical
education-focused online high school, welcomes students for the new
school year, which begins September 1, 2016. Destinations Career Academy
uses a curriculum that offers a comprehensive end-to-end approach
designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or pursue other
post-secondary options. The tuition-free online public charter school is
open to students statewide in grades 9-12 and serves full-time students
in addition to offering a part-time option through the Department of
Public Instruction’s Course
Options
, which allows students to
remain enrolled in their current school district while taking 1-2 online
courses with Destinations Career Academy.

“Destinations Career Academy prepares students to graduate and obtain a
living wage job with opportunity for career advancement,” said Nicholas
Sutherland, Head of School at Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin.
“Our students work toward their high school diploma while benefitting
from access to internship experience and preparation for industry
certification tests. The skills they learn will give them a step up as
they enter the workforce or post-secondary training programs after high
school.”

Students can choose from multiple versions of core online high school
courses and take CTE courses in one of four fields: Architecture and
Construction; Business Management and Administration; Health Science; or
Information Technology. These career pathways are designed to give
students a head start on their career goals by earning industry
certifications, college credits, and workplace experiences.

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin is the first career readiness
online high school to offer a construction pre-apprenticeship program in
partnership with industry leaders. What sets the school apart is a
unique Construction
Pathway
developed in conjunction with the International Union of
Operating Engineers Local 139 (Operating Engineers) and Fox Valley
Technical College. This unique “pre-apprenticeship” program directed by
the Operating Engineers will give students experience that can be
counted towards apprenticeship hours and prepare them to enter
apprenticeship training to become successful operating engineers – heavy
equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors – in the construction
industry.

Obtaining industry certifications opens the door to increased job
opportunities in high-demand and high-paying jobs. State-licensed
teachers provide Destinations Career Academy students with instruction
and support. Graduates receive a McFarland School District diploma.
Students receive preparation for the ACT National Career Readiness
Certificate(TM) (NCRC®) and the National Occupational Competency Testing
Institute (NOCTI®) exams, as well as a membership in a SkillsUSA® Career
and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) chapter for networking
purposes.

Families who meet one of the exceptions
outlined by the Department of Public Instruction policy
can
apply through the Open Enrollment Alternative Process for the upcoming
2016–2017 school year. For more information visit: http://widca.k12.com/how-enroll.html
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About Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin is a career and technical
education-focused online high school authorized by McFarland School
District. The tuition-free online public charter school is open to
students statewide in grades 9-12 and serves full-time students in
addition to offering a part-time option through the Department of Public
Instruction’s Course Options. Students receive access to
state-of-the-art digital learning platforms and technology provided by
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s largest provider of proprietary
curriculum and online education programs. For more information about
Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, visit http://widca.k12.com/.

Contacts

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin
Donna Savarese,
703-436-3273
dsavarese@k12.com