Teachers, business leaders discuss how to prepare students for future

Normally the classrooms at Jefferson City High School are packed with restless, high-spirited teenagers. On Wednesday morning, a new group of people was being schooled, and this time area business leaders and teachers had to answer the tough questions.

The event was another brick in the path school leaders are paving as part of their plan to create seven new “academies” at the high school. As envisioned, each academy would have a different professional theme — say, Business Management or Health Services — and would house 300 to 500 students.

In the room devoted to Industrial Engineering and Technology, more than two dozen people worked in small groups to answer two key questions:

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