At Ignite College and Career Academy students can graduate high school with transferable college credit earned for free, up to and including certificates, diplomas and degrees, plus the skills they need to be successful in careers they choose.
Ignite is a “school within a school” at Sumter County High School. Any SCHS student may enroll at Ignite merely by registering for a course offered there, including all CTAE electives and dual enrollment with college or university partners.
If you are a student or a parent who needs more information about Ignite College and Career Academy, please call us at 229-931-8542 or talk to your high school guidance counselor. Regardless of your career or post-secondary education plans, Ignite is here for you!Infinite Campus Parent Portal
If you are a business, contact our CEO, Josh Drew for more information about how we can help train your workforce and involve you as an Ignite partner.
If you are an educator, call us to see for yourself how our model for seamless education and workforce development can help you.
All Sumter County students complete a six-year Individual Graduation Plan before entering high school. The district’s partnership with YouScience drives the development of those plans.
All Sumter County students take the YouScience assessment for free in 8th grade and as often as they want for the next ten years. The resulting 36-page report, combined with Ignite’s in-house counseling and volunteer career coaches from business and industry, encourages students to find a career they are interested in, learn how to qualify for that job, imagine what success will do for them, and “go for the prize.”
Ignite’s emphasis on work-based, project-based, and applied learning will turn on the “relevance factor” for students, as they take ownership of their own educations and plans for life.
Our career coaching program helps middle and high school counselors and students. 70 Ignite business partners have volunteered to support students through organized counseling and mentoring programs.
Career Technical Student Organizations provide opportunities to students to learn from each other, to learn from local businesses and industry, and to work on projects both together and individually. Career Technical Student Organizations at Ignite College and Career Academy include:
By definition, work ethic/soft skills are personal attributes that enable people to interact effectively and harmoniously together and excel and succeed as self-sufficient, productive citizens. These traits include:
Ignite College and Career Academy incorporates these skills into our curriculum in many ways. Each of our courses includes a soft skill grade that counts for 20% of each student’s overall grade. Our faculty teaches these work ethic skills by personally exhibiting each skill, as do our business partners. Students learn by example, and they also teach each other to be professional, positive, and focused on serving themselves by serving others.
Companies value such traits in workers because the capacity to speak and listen well, to understand other points of view, and to respond appropriately and in ways that consider others’ feelings ensure that people can work well together in teams. These skills also assure colleagues will be able to share ideas and respect each other in various work situations.
If anyone in the business community is interested in setting up a visit or being a part of our soft skill presentations, please contact us at: 229-931-8542.