As we approach class selection for the 2018-19 school year at the high school level, I would like to share our vision for the Dublin City School District's Emerald Campus with the community.

In order to be a world-class organization, the school district needs to dedicate resources to staying on the cutting edge of technology, workforce development, educational methodologies, and the latest, best thinking on a wide variety of topics.

At the Emerald Campus, our focus will be to empower students to take ownership of their learning and future.

We will offer a variety of innovative and unique educational options to meet the individual interests and needs of students beyond the traditional classroom through our Career Exploration Academies.

In addition to the academies listed below, many other academies will be developed as we go forward. There is an Emerald Campus Information Night at 7p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Dublin Coffman High School.

Academy staff and students will share information about their academies and answer questions.

Next year, we will offer six academies at the Emerald Campus. They are:

Biomedical Academy -- Biology processes are used to teach science concepts for deeper learning, problem-based learning, relationship building and collaboration, culminating in a year-long research project.

This program provides career exploration opportunities in a medical career. Courses include AP Biology, Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Advanced Research in Science.

Additionally, students will earn an elective credit in 3D Art with works related to human anatomy and physiology.

Dublin Business Academy -- Students have a unique opportunity to get started on the path to a successful career in business, graphic design, or entrepreneurship, by operating an existing, full-service screen-printing and design company.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships after school, on weekends or during the summer.

Dublin Teachers Academy -- This program is offered for college bound students to provide an opportunity to get a head start on the path to a successful career in education.

Junior students will experience guest speakers, site visits and action research.

Senior students will be placed in internships guided by experienced teachers in the areas of early-childhood, adolescent and special needs classrooms.

Engineering Academy -- Students learn university and industry standard software packages in 3D design, programming and circuitry.

Courses include the Fundamentals of Engineering, Computers, Electronics, and Control Systems. The one year program culminates with a capstone project.

IT Academy -- Students in grades 10-12 will explore software development through a combination of courses in programming languages, web design, databases, and more with the opportunity to earn up to 18 hours of college credit.

Students are able to participate in an internship with a local business, visit local IT businesses, and hear from professionals in the field.

Young Professionals Academy -- Students participate in two interest-based professional internship experiences in order to develop the critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and problem-solving skills required for success in college and careers.

In this academy, students will create a resume and engage in practice interviews with local business professionals.

All of these programs are exceptional and provide our students with tremendous opportunities to explore careers.

Finding out what might not be a fit is just as important as honing in on possible future careers.

At the Emerald Campus, we want our students to have the freedom to explore multiple career paths.

To the parents of students who will be juniors and seniors next school year, please encourage them to consider joining one of our Career Exploration Academies.

Dublin City School District Emerald Campus director Kristy Venne submitted the School Notes column.