Quarter One News Letter
The Fall 2013 First Quarter edition of the Edison Academy Newsletter is now available on line. To read highlights of our Academy’s many exciting activities and events that took place during the first quarter go here: Q1-NewsLetter
International Travel Open to any FCPS Student
Interested in an international learning experience for your FCPS student? Learn more about the Spring 2014 Student Leadership Summit to China and the Global Professionals trip to London and Paris during Summer 2014. Find out how your student can become a part of these exciting experiences by contacting Ms. Joy Shannahan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Itineraries and additional information about the trips can be found at www.fcps.edu/is/istp/ .
FCPS schools will be closed starting Monday December 23rd through Friday January 3, 2014 for the Winter Holiday Break. Students return back to school Monday January 6, 2014.
The last day of class before the break, Friday December 20th, is a full school day.
HVAC Increases Employment Opportunities
Edison Academy offers the only 2 year HVAC program in the region for high school students. To learn more about the outstanding career options in the HVAC industry check out this video, or this webpage.
Edison Academy Landscaping Students Tour Nationals Park
Landscape Architecture and Turfgrass Management students toured Nationals Park in November to learn about the year round work that is required to grow and maintain an attractive and healthy field of turf grass for the Nationals baseball team’s home venue. Turf grass management is a robust career field that is part of the operations of all college and university athletic programs, city parks systems, golf courses and professional sports teams. Managers must be competent in turf grass and soil science, proper irrigation practices, pest control, budgeting of resources, personnel management, and diplomacy. Students who study in the Edison Academy Landscape Architecture and Turfgrass management program may choose to go on to study for a four year degree from such colleges as Virginia Tech, Penn State, NCSU, Ohio State, Rutgers, and the University of Maryland as well as many others.
Edison Academy Recgonized by Wells Fargo Bank
Edison Academy was recognized by the Franconia Branch of Wells Fargo Bank at the Wells Fargo ‘South Potomac Days of Giving’ breakfast on November 5th, 2013 for outstanding commitment to students and to the Greater Washington DC community. The Academy’s Administrator, Brad Rickel, represented the Academy and accepted a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo which was given to the Academy to support its mission of teaching students the academic, technical, and life skills that are so critical to insuring a successful future in today’s rapidly changing global economy.
Academy Ambassadors on the Move During November, Career Development Month
Edison Academy Ambassadors were busy during the month of November taking part in Career Development Month activities to help bring awareness of career options to younger students. Ambassadors have spread the word about the career skills, knowledge, and training they are gaining through their Academy programs with students at Fort Belvoir Elementary, Woodley Hills Elementary, and Mark Twain Middle School. To see more photos from the student’s recent visits to local schools check us out on Facebook at The Edison Academy Facebook Page
Cosmetology Fantasy Manikin Project
Edison Academy Cosmetology Level 2 students recently completed this year’s Fantasy Manikin Project where students use creativity and artistic expression to complete a Fantasy design for hair and make-up on a Manikin to sharpen their competence in working with artificial hair, applying makeup, eyelashes, and artistic styling. Student Manikin designs may be inspired by their cultural backgrounds, movies, books, science fiction, the theater and the arts. They hone Cosmetology skills through this project that would assist them in working in the creative arts fields for movies, television, and the theater.
Said Jessica Tran, Edison Academy Student Ambassador for Cosmetology, “ I chose to do a Chinese Opera Lady because my inspiration was based on my ethnicity. I am half Chinese and half Vietnamese. Each person’s experience with the project was a bit different but we overall can say that it was fun to work on this project!”
See a picture of the students and their manikins on our News page.
Recent News Release - Edison Academy HVAC & Refrigeration Program Introduces:
Fabrication and Installation Training Program for Fiber Glass Duct Board Systems
Alexandria, VA – Edison Academy has introduced a new program for students pursuing a career in the HVAC industry. The program offers comprehensive, hands-on training in the fabrication and installation of fiber glass duct board systems, providing enhanced skills to students training for positions training for HVAC technician positions, and expanded business opportunities for those who will become HVAC contractors. The program will be incorporated into the current HVAC course curriculum at Edison Academy to provide students with training and experience with the latest innovations for HVAC duct system technology.
Read the rest of the story on our News page.
Edison Academy Partner Awarded for Years of Service
Many thanks to Edison Academy Partners, The Mount Vernon Estate Operations and Maintenance Department, for providing historic levels of support to Edison Academy Career and Technical Education students through their many years of partnering with us. Mount Vernon’s Operations and Maintenance Department was recognized on October 18th by FCPS for 5 years as our official Partner in Education providing annual paid internships for Trade and Industrial Education students, job shadow and externship experiences, mentoring and support for SKillsUSA student competitions, participation in Mock Interview Day and other workforce readiness events, and for providing an annual Behind-the-Scenes tour for Academy students and staff from multiple curriculums and disciplines to see and learn about the jobs of estate employees. Over 600 Academy students and staff have been given a glimpse into the past while attaining knowledge for their future as a result of this revolutionary partnership. Student interns continue to show their patriotic support to the home of George Washington and the Mount Vernon Estate staff long after graduation. We’re sure George Washington would have heartily supported this partnership if he were still with us today.
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