Middle College Renamed to Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy
The Board of Education unanimously approved the renaming of the Caldwell Career Center Middle College to the Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy.
“After a process of engaging all stakeholders, the name reflects what we are doing there now and in the future,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald Phipps.
The primary emphasis of the school since its opening in 1999 has been career and workforce development. “Careers are changing, and we try to be very deliberate in meeting the needs of an evolving workforce,” said Principal Andy Puhl. “The new name is a more accurate representation of the partnership with Caldwell Community College and the new opportunities available for students to complete an associate’s degree in science and mathematics.”
Three new academies will be available to students this fall in the areas of biomedical, advanced technologies and engineering, each accompanied with an associate degree completion outline. Administration from both the school and the community college worked together to streamline course offerings into these three career fields.
“Getting an associate’s degree is now more the rule, than the exception,” said Puhl. “Our students will graduate with an associate’s degree and it may be used to go into a four-year degree program or students will have the credentials to go immediately into the workforce. Our degree programs are degrees that you can take to work.”
About the Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy
The Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy is an innovative high school located on the campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. The school opened in 1999 as a half-day program teaching specific career-technical courses directly tied to the local and regional economy. When it opened, the Career Center was the first high school in North Carolina on a college campus. In 2006, the Caldwell Career Center Middle College became a full-day program offering high school students the opportunity to complete a course of study, declare a technical major, earn national industry standard credentials, prepare for postsecondary study, and graduate in four years with a high school diploma and as much as one year of college credit toward a two-year degree. Beginning in the fall of 2019, the school will offer three academies in applied sciences that will culminate in an associate’s degree after four years.