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ECMS, ECHS begin NAF Academy planning

Escambia County Middle and High Schools last week began a year of planning for the NAF’s Academy of Information program.

The NAF Academy of Information Technology prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database administration, web design and administration, digital networks and other areas in the expanding digital workplace, according to NAF.

Assistant Superintendent Beth Drew said last week that teachers and school administrators received an overview of the program, and eighth graders, along with their parents, were sold on the program as well.

Drew said the NAF academy will begin with the 2020-21 ninth grade class.

In May, ECHS took one step closer to beginning the academy after the Poarch Creek Indians presented a check for $12,000 to pay for curriculum and training to take place during the 2019-20 school year.

The Academy of Information Technology will provide 25 selected students an opportunity to become proficient in computer systems, computer programming, web development and game design. 

Enrollment in the academy will lead to industry-based certification opportunities, technology competitions and work-based learning opportunities.