Top 10 Highlights -#10 – High schools open six new Future Ready Institutes
Posted on 05/12/2020
Photo: Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, joins UTC Chancellor Steven Angle, Ph.D., to sign a partnership agreement with Future Ready Institutes.We are reviewing the Top #10 highlights of the 2019-2020 school year as we wind down to the end of a very unusual but successful school year. The highlight kicking-off our review is #10 – Six new Future Ready Institutes opened in our high schools, and school programs added exciting new branded community partners.

Six new Future Ready Institutes opened in Hamilton County Schools with the start of the new school year last August. Future Ready Institutes are providing more options for students in our schools, which come to us with varied interests, hopes, and dreams. Future Ready Institutes began their second year of operation this year as the first-year students move up to become the sophomore class at each school while the programs welcomed a new freshman class. Future Ready Institutes provide students with a unique learning environment that tailors their education to career-themed subjects. Each institute has its unique curriculum with career teachers working hand-in-hand with academic subject teachers to make learning meaningful for each participant. Students also have opportunities for college credits and industry-based certifications. The goal of Future Ready Institutes is to help high school students jump-start their college education, collaborate with local business professionals, and work toward a future career.

New institutes for the 2019-2020 school year:
• Institute of Entrepreneurship opening at Brainerd High
• Institute of Leadership at East Ridge High School,
• Institute of Robotics and Welding at The Howard School
• Institute of Architecture and Construction at The Howard School
• Institute of Automotive Maintenance and Manufacturing at Lookout Valley Middle/High
• Institute of Health Sciences at Tyner Academy.

Seven organizations joined the program as “branded partners” the first year with Unum providing support for teacher professional development and externships. Bryan College, BlueCross, Erlanger, EPB, See Rock City, and UTC added their name to six of the individual institutes and provided expertise and resources in business and marketing, healthcare and innovation, technology and networking, and teaching and learning.

This year, more of the communities top organizations signed on to help develop the future in our schools today. The BlueCross Technology Academy was added at Soddy Daisy High, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Education and Honors College signed on with the Future Ready Institutes of International Baccalaureate (IB) at Ooltewah High and Signal Mountain Middle/High, and the CHI Memorial Institute of Healthcare and Medical Careers at Hixson High School was born.

EPB Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner Academy High School started its second year with a completely refurbished and equipped high-tech learning laboratory thanks to EPB. The new learning laboratory includes a glass-walled area with computer server racks for project-based learning, a smartboard that can show information on large-screen displays throughout the classroom, and a place where students can use their Chromebooks for coding. Every element is designed to support students as they work to join Chattanooga’s next generation of IT and networking professionals with the help of Hamilton County educators and EPB Technology experts.

In total, over 50 organizations, businesses, college programs, and nonprofits serve on advisory boards to provide real-world expertise to the institutes. The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce works with Future Ready Institutes to develop industry councils to advise the work and development of the institutes.

Two existing programs also relocated this year to provide more access to students in the district. The programs from Ooltewah High and Central High moved to a new home at the Harrison Bay Future Ready Center. Ooltewah and Central students now have access to both programs.

It was an excellent year for Future Ready Institutes, but even more is planned for the future. Sale Creek High has a new Future Ready Institute scheduled to open this fall, and more branded partners are looking to join in the effort to prepare graduates of Hamilton County Schools for success after high school.

Top 10 for 2019-2020
#10 – Six new Future Ready Institutes added along with new branded community partners

Photo: Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, joins UTC Chancellor Steven Angle, Ph.D., to sign a partnership agreement with Future Ready Institutes.