Trevecca has signed its third “academy partnership” with Overton High School. Its most recent partnership is with Overton’s Music Performance Academy, for which Trevecca’s Department of Music will lead. David Diehl, chair of Trevecca’s Department of Music, is the sponsoring faculty member for this partnership.
The Academies of Nashville, an innovative program that pairs local businesses and universities with high school students in smaller learning communities focused on students’ expressed interests. Trevecca’s other partnerships are the following:
• Overton’s Engineering Academy Trevecca Urban Farm—Jason Adkins, Trevecca’s environmental projects coordinator directs this partnership.
• Overton’s Information Technology Academy is the partner of Trevecca’s Skinner School of Business and Technology. Professor Mike Leih, chair of the Trevecca’s Department of Information Technology, is in charge of this partnership.
“This partnership is a win-win—for both high school students and Trevecca,” says Professor Leih, who serves on the IT Advisory Council at Overton. The Council advises the high school about courses curriculum and helps students prepare for college studies in IT and for careers in IT, and Leih hosts students from the IT Academy for two annual visits to Trevecca.
Students in the Urban Agriculture division of the Engineering Academy have worked in Trevecca’s aqauponics project, helped with its heirloom chickens, and learned the basics of vegetable gardening through University’s urban garden project. Many students from the academy returned in the summer to continue their work on these projects.
Started by Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) in 2006, The Academies provide students with education that is “project-based, applied, and integrated” with exposure to “career opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers.” MNPS has five types of academies: Arts, Media & Communications; Business, Marketing & Information Technology; Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology; Health & Public Services; Hospitality & Tourism. MNPS reports that The Academies have helped raise test scores and the number of high school students who go on to college has increased. The academy coach at Overton is Mary York.