Forum to provide information about magnet school in Chambersburg

January 17, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg Area School District families that want to learn more about a new career magnet school in the district can attend a forum Thursday evening.

The forum is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in Chambersburg Area Senior High School’s auditorium.

Serving grades nine through 12, the career magnet school is being built on the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center campus off Loop Road. Construction on 21 classrooms, which will serve 500 students, is expected to be completed in July.

The career magnet school will open for the 2012-13 academic year.

Career-minded students will find smaller class sizes, tailored schedules, possible early graduation and teachers who serve as mentors, according to Mark Long, principal/director of career and technology education.

Chambersburg’s career magnet school students will share a cafeteria and other resources with the career center. They can talk to career center teachers for advice.

“We’re really partnering together,” Long said.

Initially, the career magnet school will have a special focus on science, technology, engineering and math programs. However, Long said students pursuing other career fields could benefit from enrollment as well.

The career magnet school will have specialized programs instead of a “one-size-fits-all” approach, Long said. That concept is a developing educational trend in parts of the nation, he said.

Representatives of Volvo and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce will be available at the forum to talk about careers in the region.

If you go

What: Career magnet school informational session
Where: Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
For more information: Call 717-263-9033.

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