UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- Thanks to a Midway ISD program named Academies of Study, middle and high school students can explore possible career paths early on by choosing from a variety of college introductory courses.
"It's a way of really giving some relevance to what kids do, um, and the courses that they take and really beginning to plan, and start early," said Jennifer Allison, Midway Middle School Principal.
"Students who may know what they'd be interested in, in pursuing after high school can go ahead and see how the pieces really work together and how we are bridging what's happening as early as seventh grade," said Ashley Canuteson, the district coordinator for career and technical education.
And a 13 percent rise in science scores on the TAKS test and a 10 percent increase in completion rates of economically disadvantaged kids, prove the program is effective.
From mechanical engineering to marketing and finance, there's something for everyone.
"There's a wide variety of everything I mean, I'm really interested in the medical field and there's also anatomy and physiology that'll help me learn more about things that I want to do in the future," said Midway sophomore Allison Cooper.
"It's a great, great opportunity for them. I wish they would have had something like that when I was in school because I, I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do until basically it was time to, to register for college. So, this gives them a lot more time to think about it," said Maria Cooper, a Midway parent.