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High Honors Magnet

Law and Justice

Homeland Security

Broadcasting/Video Production

Graphic Communications

Interactive Media

Honors Magnet and Law Enforcement

Albany High School Honors, Law, and Multimedia Center of Excellence is designed to offer students a rigorous college preparatory course of study, preparing them for admission to either a university or a technical college.  Teachers employ educational techniques following the Paideia philosophy, a teaching method which emphasizes not only instruction of factual information but also intellectual coaching of skills and seminar discussion of ideas, concepts, and values.   At the same time, every student will graduate with the basics to successfully pursue a career either in mass media, public safety, or law.  Students are encouraged to participate in every aspect of Albany High School, including athletics, music, clubs and organizations, and student government.  This involvement, along with field trips, community service, and academics will encourage the development of students into adults who will excel in the college or career of their choice and become productive and contributing citizens of their community.

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High Honors Magnet

Students qualify for the Albany High School Honors Magnet based on the following criteria:
A “B” or better average in core courses
Recommendations from a teacher, a counselor, and/or an administrator
A satisfactory disciplinary record
An ability to communicate as demonstrated by an appropriate score on a reading comprehension test
An ability to demonstrate competency in writing skills in the form of an essay
A composite score of 70 percent or better in reading and mathematics on the eighth grade achievement test
Students who are accepted into the Honors Magnet may also pursue a course of study in the Law or Multimedia Program

        Curriculum for Honors Magnet

  • Emphasis is on a rigorous college preparatory program, including honors and AP classes
  • Freshman participate in Foundations, a class which includes study skills, organization, research, oral and written communication, test taking skills, vocabulary development, and introduction to Humanities and Mythology.
  • Appropriate field trips, including community and cultural events, are arranged for students to enrich and supplement classroom instruction.
  • Honors Magnet students are required to complete twenty hours of volunteer service each year, teaching them an appreciation for their community and increasing their understanding and empathy for others.
  • Senior magnet students participate in a senior project class in which extensive research is carried out concerning a career field or other topic of interest.  This class expands student knowledge, writing skills, and oral presentation ability.

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Government and Public Safety

LAW & JUSTICE

The U.S. legal and justice system is composed of many layers.  Every day courts throughout the United States render decisions that affect individuals, businesses, and government activities.  Lawyers are the backbone of this system as they act as advocates and advisors in American society.  As advocates, they represent individuals in criminal and civil trials during which they present evidence and arguments to support their clients.  As advisors, lawyers give expert advice to their clients about legal matters, recommending courses of action in business and personal matters.
Lawyers work as public defenders, judges, trial attorneys, and professors.   They may specialize in various areas, such as criminal, probate, bankruptcy, insurance, or environmental law.  A growing field of specialty is the area of intellectual property, for example claims to copyrights, artwork, product designs, and computer programs.  Lawyers supervise other legal employees such as legal assistants, law clerks, paralegals, legal secretaries, and first-year lawyers.  To cut costs, many companies have begun hiring more paralegals to perform tasks that lawyers have done in the past.
Formal requirements to become a lawyer include earning a 4-year college degree and 3-year law degree plus passing a written bar examination.  Competition for admission to law school and for job openings is keen because of the large number of students desiring to enter and subsequently graduating from law school each year.
Judges and magistrates apply the law and supervise the legal process in courts.  All judicial workers must ensure that trials and hearings are conducted fairly and that the legal rights of all parties are protected.
Correctional officers, also known as detention officers, are responsible for overseeing persons who are either awaiting trial or who have been convicted and sentenced to serve time in a jail, reformatory, or penitentiary.  They maintain safe environments for inmates and are charged to prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Georgia Department of Education - Career Pathways
American Bar Association http://www.abanet.org


www.GAcollege411.org
www.dol.state.ga.us

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HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY SERVICES


The Department of Homeland Security encompasses different types of law enforcement officers who are employed by several agencies. Customs and Border Agents patrol and protect more than 8,000 miles of U.S. land and water boundaries.  Immigration Inspectors interview and review the credentials of people seeking entrance into the United States and its territories. Customs Inspectors enforce import/export laws by inspecting articles carried or worn by people entering or exiting the United States as well as examining cargo and baggage aboard vessels, vehicles, trains, and aircraft.  Federal Air Marshals provide air security by protecting U.S. aircraft, passengers, and crews against attacks and terrorist acts.  U.S. Secret Service Special Agents and U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Officers protect the President, Vice President, their immediate families, and other public officials.
This pathway also includes the occupation of emergency management specialists, who coordinate immediate response or crisis management activities in times of natural disasters (such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes), wartime, hostage situations, and any other types of disaster.  Emergency management specialists also provide disaster preparedness training, and they prepare emergency plans and procedures as appropriate.  Educating community groups and the public on how to respond to emergencies is another vital part of an emergency specialist's job.
Major employers in this pathway include local, state, and national government agencies as well as power companies.  As a result of September 11, 2001, there has been a nationwide demand for workers in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  
For more information, visit the following websites:
http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/home.xml Customs Boarder Patrols
www.GAcollege411.org

www.dol.state.ga.us

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Multimedia

Architecture, Construction, Communications and Transportation

BROADCASTING/VIDEO PRODUCTION

The broadcasting and digital media industry is comprised of two major employers—radio/television broadcasting companies and movie/television production companies.  Approximately 73 percent of employed persons within the industry are in television and radio broadcasting.  Jobs within the industry are organized into five major areas:  program production (producers, film and video editors, announcers, program directors), news-related (reporters, news analysts, news directors), technical (television/video camera operators, technicians, engineers, network systems administrators), sales (advertising/marketing managers and producers of commercials), and management.
Competition for employment in the broadcasting industry is expected to be keen, particularly in large cities because of the large number of people attracted by the glamour of this industry.  While technical jobs in broadcasting often do not require a college education, management and sales occupations do require a college degree.  Most broadcast stations prefer individuals with training in broadcast technology, electronics, or engineering from technical, 2-year, or 4-year colleges. Some employers require broadcast technicians to be certified.  Relevant work-related experience, such as employment at a college radio/television station or internship at a professional station, is important for future employment in the industry. 
Workers in the industry will need to continually upgrade their skills because of rapidly changing technology.  Due to an increase in digital technology, skill in computer networks and software is especially important for potential employees.  Other new jobs are expected to be created in the movie and cable TV industries. The number of cable TV stations is expected to grow as cable companies expand the number of channels they carry.

For more information, visit the following websites:

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS

Programs in printing technologies prepare people to produce printed materials such as books, magazines, brochures, and educational materials. Students learn to lay out pages, make plates, and operate printing presses. They learn to set up, maintain, and repair equipment. They also learn to work with sometimes very complex publishing software to edit digital images.
You also take courses in print-related operations, including lithography, offset printing, and flexography. You learn to lay out the components of a page such as text columns, graphics, and headers. With a background in this field, you may open doors for yourself to related careers in desktop publishing, graphic arts, technical writing, and web publishing.  Jobs related directly to this pathway are page layout workers, prepress operators, and printing press operators.
Students who select this pathway could take the third class in the Graphics Design pathway (Advanced Graphic Design (ACCT-AGD) to complete both the Graphic Design pathway and the Graphics Communications pathway. The knowledge and skills to acquire in both pathways will make you more marketable.  Postsecondary programs of study in Georgia are Graphics Communications Management; Printing and Graphics Technology; and Printing and Graphics Technician.  The levels of education are from moderate-term-on-the-job to a Bachelor of Science.

For more information:

Georgia Department of Education - Career Pathways
National Association for Printing Leadership
Phone: 201.634.9600
E-mail: info@napl.org
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Printing Industries of American (PIA)
Phone: 412.741.6860
Fax: 412.741.2311
E-mail: gain@piagatf.org
GAcollege411
Georgia Department of Labor

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Business & Computer Science

INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Careers in interactive media involve creating, designing and producing interactive multimedia products and services, including the development of digitally-generated or computer-enhanced media used in business, training, entertainment, communications and marketing.  Sample interactive media occupations include web designer, webmaster, 3d animator, virtual reality specialist, multimedia producer and graphic artist.

Organizations of all types and sizes use digital media (the Word Wide Web, CD-ROM, DVD) to communicate with existing and potential customers, to track transactions and to collaborate with colleagues.  Interactive media experts can find employment opportunities in organizations of all sizes and types, doing work such as creating e-business auction web sites that allow people around the world to buy and sell items in real-time.

Job prospects in the motion picture and video industry are excellent for multimedia artists and animators, film and video editors and others skilled in digital filming and computer generated imaging.  Graphic designers with Web site design and animation experience will have good job opportunities also.  A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level positions.  However, an associate’s degree may be sufficient for technical positions.

For more information, visit the following websites:
www.GAcollege411.org
www.dol.state.ga.us

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Please call the guidance office at Albany High School, (229) 431-3302, for information on the application process for the Center of Excellence.

 

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Albany, GA 31701
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