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Career Academies

Battle Creek Central High School Career Academies


What Are Career Academies?

Career Academies are “schools within a school” grouped by interest area. All ninth graders participate in Freshman Academy, and at the end of ninth grade, students will choose a career-focused pathway. Once on their pathway, students will benefit from tailored coursework, experiential learning, internship opportunities and more, ensuring every Bearcat graduates career, college and community ready!


BCCHS Career Academies student will benefit from experiences such as:


  • Career Exploration: Students will have the opportunity to talk to industry professionals from many different career areas y participating in a Career Exploration Fair, interacting with panelists from a wide range of career fields and more.

  • College & Industry Field Trips: Students will attend college visits and industry field trips to confirm or reevaluate academy choices through real-world experiences.

  • Job Shadowing: Students will gain insight into the daily realities of their professions of interest. Students complete a one-day job shadowing experience where they observe professionals in a career area related to their academy.

  • Internships & Capstone Projects: Students will obtain hands-on experience where they can “live” the importance of their studies and form valuable connections with industry professionals.

Learn more about our vision for every Battle Creek Central High School Career Academies graduate.


Announcing the Career Academy & Pathway Options

The academies and pathways were chosen by a community working group that put their minds together to make selections based on what students and parents want for their future, and the biggest needs in the economy and workforce.

Battle Creek Central High School is comprised of two Career Academies, each of which will house four career pathways for students to select from as their area of focus:

Academy of Business, Engineering and
Industrial Technology

Academy of Health and Human Services

Information Technology
Health Care
Public Safety                                    
 Engineering & Skilled Trades* Education     

*(Includes CAD, Autotech, Robotics, Power Equipment, Electricity & Electronics, Machining, Aviation, Construction Tech, Welding, Collision & Repair, HVAC, Pipefitting)


Join us as a BCCHS Career Academies Partner

The Academies will bridge the gap between classroom experiences and career expectations, empowering students to excel in school, the workforce, and beyond.

We believe Battle Creek Public Schools is the foundation of economic and talent development in our region. Through the BCCHS Career Academies, local employers will gain access to a new pool of local talent leaving high school ready to work, learn and grow like never before. 

Exciting things are happening and excellence is on the rise — for both Battle Creek Public Schools and the Battle Creek community. We hope you will consider joining us as a Career Academies partner to shape the future for our graduates, your future workforce and our local economy. To learn more, check out the brochure below:

Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland, Inc.

Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland is serving as the Convening Organization for the BCCHS Career Academies. Goodwill plays an important role by connecting local businesses with the Academies and helping them build a pipeline for their future workforce. 

For more information about becoming a BCCHS Career Academies partner, contact:

Sarah Kerry, Community Engagement Specialist
Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland
269-788-6500 ext. 2028