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West Potomac Academy Forms Business Partnership With Capital Caring
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From Fairfax County Public Schools:


West Potomac Academy will sign a business partnership agreement with Capital Caring of Alexandria at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October, 12, at the Marriott SpringHill Suites, 6065 Richmond Highway in Alexandria. West Potomac Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Following the partnership signing, West Potomac Academy teachers, Capital Caring staff, and supporters from local businesses will participate in a working lunch where the partnership goals will be set and projects will be scheduled. Some of the projects will include clinical observations, job shadowing, and guest speakers. There will be opportunities for students to earn volunteer hours in local retirement facilities that can be applied toward a civics seal on their diplomas. Students will also be able to donate their original music on CDs, caps for chemo patients, and items for comfort carts to contribute to patient well-being. Also supporting the partnership are Paul Spring Assisted Living and Retirement Community, Sunrise of Alexandria, Manor Care, Hollin Hall Senior Center, Dr. Matthew Irwin, and Wise Hospice Solutions.

West Potomac Academy offers advanced career-oriented electives in eleven subject areas: Fashion Design, Dance, Music and Computer Technology, Professional Television Production, Professional Graphic Studio, Criminal Justice, Dental Careers, Occupational-Physical Therapy, Pharmacy Tech, Medical Health Sciences, and Early Childhood Careers. Each year more than 800 high school juniors and seniors from an average of 15 Fairfax County public schools attend the academy. 

The career focus at West Potomac Academy enables students to learn about various occupations in their field of interest. In addition, students participate in many hands-on activities in and out of the classroom that provide a realistic view of available jobs. The academy‚Äôs business partners provide opportunities that enhance the learning process outside the classroom in real world settings through internships, job shadowing, work opportunities, tours of their facilities, and participation in special projects. Currently, more than 80 percent of academy students are using these skills as a foundation for further study in college. 

 Visit http://www.fcps.edu/WestPotomacAcademy/ for updates on partnering projects and events with business partners. 

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