Higher Education, PreK-12 Education
The Career Academy
The Career Academy is a joint venture between Lincoln Public Schools and Southeast Community College that provides 550 high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to pursue studies in 16 difference career pathways. The 115,000 sf facility is located on the SCC – 8800 “O” Street campus where students attend either morning or afternoon sessions unique to their individual career pathways apart from their home high school coursework.
The two-story building is organized around an open, naturally day-lit commons that emulates the “main street marketplace” with each career pathway having “store frontage” on the commons. This arrangement encourages students to explore collaborative opportunities in a project-based interdisciplinary environment that model the marketplace that they will ultimately find themselves working in.
The Commons also functions as a presentation, exposition and break out collaboration space. The building is designed such that each of the career pathway spaces are able to be switched out over a summer break as new emerging career pathways arise.
Photography by Tom Kessler