For four Delaware high schools, the 2018-19 school year will be the launch of the NAF Academy of Business Information Management program.

“These schools join a national network that provides the tools, resources and opportunities necessary to ensure that all high school students are college-, career- and future-ready,” said Secretary of Education Susan Bunting.

Participating schools are Caesar Rodney School District’s Caesar Rodney High School, Red Clay Consolidated School District’s A.I. duPont High School, Smyrna School District’s Smyrna High School and Odyssey Charter School. The schools completed NAF’s planning program.

The Academy of Business Information Management introduces students to the skills needed to plan, organize, direct and evaluate business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations through courses focusing on entrepreneurship, global and domestic economics, information technology, customer service and ethics. Students gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning activities that are conducted in school, as well as outside the classroom, and a 120-hour paid summer internship. Completion of the program is validated with a NAFTrack Certification, NAF’s student certification assessment system.

“With technology playing such a large part in students’ lives, we are excited to broaden their perspective of how technology ties into the workplace with a focus on ethics and policies preparing them for the workforce,” said A.I. duPont teacher Charles Schneider.

These schools are now part of NAF’s network of 675 academies across 36 states, including Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands. NAF provides high school students with career-themed instruction and hands on experiences in viable industries including finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, engineering and health sciences.