ICYMI The Enquirer: Renovated Space Home to DPHS Career Academies

ICYMI The Enquirer: Renovated Space Home to DPHS Career Academies

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The Enquirer: Renovated Space Home to DPHS Career Academies

The Cincinnati Enquirer published an interview between reporter Sheila Vilvens, Deer Park Assistant Superintendent Jay Phillips, Project Lead the Way instructor Garth Michelsen, and Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School senior C.J. Tassell.

In the article, Vilvens likens the Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School to an episode of the “Twilight Zone.” While Rod Serling was not there to kick-off the interview, the school’s new space and renovations were introduction enough: Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School is 21st Century ready.

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Renovated space home to DPHS Career Academy
The Cincinnati Enquirer
By Sheila Vilvens
March 2, 2016


“There’s something almost ‘Twilight Zone’ like at Deer Park Junior/Senior High School...One minute you’re in the hallways of this...nearly 70-year-old school...The next minute, you’re descending stairs leading to the old, dark 20th Century industrial arts and athletic areas only to emerge in the 21st Century….

“The newly renovated space is home to Deer Park athletics and the new Deer Park Career [Academies]...

“In the career [academies] portion of the renovated space, absent are traditional rows of desks. Instead, a mix of small and large tables, moveable student furniture, movable teacher lecterns, full-length walls covered with dry-erase boards, and more equip the labs and breakout spaces…

“Vibrant colors of green, orange and white add a certain cheerfulness to the space. Every effort was made to embrace the school’s original art deco design…

“The same careful attention to details was used in design of the athletic space...The space includes new locker rooms, coach rooms and a spacious workout room with cardio and weight-lifting equipment. In years past, the school’s workout equipment consisted of obsolete or used...equipment...Today, everything is new...

“The seed for this significant transformation was planted not long after assistant Superintendent Jay Phillips joined the Deer Park School District family in 2013. The focus was to ramp up curriculum to increase the advanced placement offerings, increase partnerships, and dual credit opportunities for students - which they did…

“Phillips pitched his initial idea for an engineering course to Superintendent Jeff Langdon. As he and Langdon talked, the focus expanded to an even broader view of what today’s students need to be successful in the job market or for college...The vision grew to become the Career [Academies]...

“Brainstorming continued with others including the man who became the academy’s designer, Doug Arthur of Transform Consulting…

“Initial career pathways were introduced for the 2014-2015 school year...The courses were entrepreneurship, digital instructional design and project management. This school year, in partnership with Great Oaks, Project Lead the Way, an engineering program, was introduced. Garth Michelsen is the instructor...

“Project Lead the Way is part of the push to increase STEM exposure, Michelsen said….There’s worry over manufacturing jobs leaving the United States. The focus of STEM is to keep kids excited about learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math…

“Introduction to Engineering Design is the first course in the engineering program. The second, Principles of Engineering Design, will be offered for the first time next school year…

“A big portion of the engineering program is 3-D design, Michelsen said. Whether a student is looking for a career as a civil engineer or fashion designer, 3-D modeling will be a part of it…

“Deer Park Senior C.J. Tassell was one of the first students to embrace the new Career [Academies] programs. He’s taken entrepreneurship and is in Project Lead the Way...

“‘I’m looking to major in industrial management at UC,’ he said. ‘I was wanting to get ahead in the field as much as I can beforehand…[Project Lead the Way] is giving me a better understanding of principles in engineering that I will be able to apply outside of high school’...

This glimpse into the engineering career has confirmed for Tassell it’s the right career for him. This is a primary purpose of the Career Academy...

“Next year the program will include expansion of engineering and, thanks to a partnership with Mercy Health, the introduction of a Sports Medicine Academy.”

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