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In fall 2020, the Rapid City Area School District launched a pathways approach that provides all students with access to career-connected learning experiences. The graduating class of 2024 is the inaugural class within the RCAS Academies with all 9th grade students beginning their journey in the Freshman Academy. Explore below to learn more the about the RCAS Academies & Pathways model with a complete explanation of the student experience at the bottom of the page.
Freshman Academy
Freshman Academy
Students will explore each of the six RCAS Academies and engage with content in digital citizenship, computer applications, and workplace skills.
Elevate Rapid City Academy of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Hospitality
Elevate Rapid City Academy of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Hospitality
Pathways include: Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Finance & Accounting, and Hospitality & Culinary Arts.
Midco Academy of Computer Arts & Sciences
Midco Academy of Computer Arts & Sciences
Pathways include: Media & Design and Computer Science.
Scull Construction Academy of Construction & Technical Trades
Scull Construction Academy of Construction & Technical Trades
Pathways include: Construction, Technical Trades, and Architecture & Design.
Monument Health Academy of Health Services
Monument Health Academy of Health Services
Pathways include: Pre-Health Professional and Allied Health.
Academy of Human Services & Education
Academy of Human Services & Education
Pathways include: Education as a Profession, Public Service, Social & Mental Health Services, and Life & Workplace Readiness.
RAMA Academy of Science & Engineering
RAMA Academy of Science & Engineering
Pathways include: Engineering, Natural Resources, Animal Science, and Plant & Environmental Science.

Rapid City Pathway Approach

The Rapid City Pathways Approach (RCPA) is the effort underway (launched in 2018) to bring career pathways into RCAS schools, as well as build strong connections to employers, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations.

The purpose of the RCPA is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to explore career options in high school.  This approach will help students develop a plan that leads graduates to a successful transition beyond high school including postsecondary education and training, careers, and life responsibilities.

The RCPA entails three areas of work:

  1. Building strong connections with employers, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, and families; 
  2. Creating a K-12 approach to career awareness and exploration;
  3. Enhancing our course offerings by developing pathways programs for our students.

 

For a list of frequently asked questions about the RCAS Academies & Pathways, click here.

What is a Career Pathway?

An academy is a small learning community offering multiple pathways.

A pathway is a course of study housed within one of six academies (high school graduation requirements will be embedded) offered in our high schools or in partnership with institutions of higher education. When fully developed, each career pathway will include two or three courses organized around a career theme and offered in a planned sequence of courses that move from general knowledge to deeper skills.

Identifying Student Career Interest

In our RCPA, during elementary and middle school, each student will be learning about a full range of careers, and during their 8th grade year, will identify a “career interest” to guide further exploration.  This career interest will be revisited each school year and can evolve or shift.  The student’s career interest will influence their choice of career academies, career pathways, work-based learning experiences, postsecondary education and training, and employment opportunities.

Student Experience

The academy and pathways system is designed to support career exploration as well as the development of a college, career, and life readiness plan to ensure student’s graduate high school ready to thrive in their future.

 

To learn more about the student experience in the RCAS Academies model, click here.

 

To learn more about how to support your student in their career development, click here.