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LifeTech Academy Partners with Businesses to Bring Real-World, Hands-On Education to its Learners

Tuesday, August 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
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LifeTech Academy Partners with Businesses to Bring Real-World, Hands-On Education to its Learners

LANSING, MI – LifeTech Academy, a blended-model cyber public charter school for grades 7-12 based in Lansing, Mich., hosted an open house on Thursday, Aug. 20. More than 150 prospective Learners and their families took part in fun, interactive activities led by LifeTech Academy’s 12 strategic partners. Learners will choose one or two partners for a real-world, hands-on, project-based learning experience this fall.

LifeTech Academy marries the business and K-12 sectors through the use of strategic partnerships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations so that Learners can learn based on their field of interest. Learners that spend time at one of the approved partner sites not only fulfill their academic requirements but they’ll develop relevant skills to make them career-ready.

In industries such as construction and insurance, their workforces are aging so the demand for jobs is growing. But the supply of skilled workers isn’t meeting the demand. This is why businesses like the Greater Michigan Construction Academy and Accident Fund Insurance Company of America are partnering with LifeTech Academy to help recruit the next generation of skilled workers.

“Learners can learn about construction in our core curriculum, which is a basic construction class. If they find that is what they want to do, then they can pick a trade and start learning in that trade and get a job even as a first-year apprentice,” said Kris
Henderson, education manager at Greater Michigan Construction Academy.

By working with Accident Fund, Learners get both high school and college credit towards a degree in the insurance industry, while also gaining valuable life experience.

“Learners will be at the Accident Fund two days a week where they will get to hear guest speakers from the industry, job shadow business professionals, learn what happens in the insurance industry and get exposed to different types of jobs,” said Lori Conarton, communications director for the Insurance Institute of Michigan. “It’s also a good opportunity for them to become better consumers, because we all have to buy insurance, so learning this information will be useful the rest of their lives.”

LifeTech Academy’s strategic partners include Accident Fund insurance Company of America, AKEA Web Solutions, Dale Carnegie Training, Douglas J Aveda Institute, Greater Michigan Construction Academy, Information Technology Empowerment Center, LAFCU, M3 Group, Potter Park Zoo, U.S. Marines, Omega Youth Empowerment and the Michigan State University Wharton Center for the Performing Arts.

LifeTech Academy is a year round school serving Learners throughout the state of Michigan. For more information about how to enroll your child at LifeTech Academy, email info@lifetechacademy.org or call (517) 325-5469.

LifeTech Academy is a blended-model cyber public charter school that utilizes strategic partnerships with businesses and nonprofits to make education relevant to each Learner’s interests. As the only 100 percent project-based learning school in the state of Michigan, Learners are given opportunities to experiment with their learning and develop at a pace that is appropriate for each individual. For more information, visit LifeTechacademy.org.


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