A Message from the Principal – April 2021
Did you know that we have students involved in three school-based enterprises at the Sioux City Career Academy?
Students in our Fashion and Interior Design pathway have been learning the ins and outs of running an embroidery studio. Dubbed, Stitch*It!, this school-based enterprise takes orders for personalized embroidery. Recent projects include embroidering the Career Academy logo on 20 chef’s coats for our Pro-Start culinary program and embroidering the Career Academy logo on 41 shop shirts for the Auto Body program on our Harry Hopkins campus. The students are currently working on fulfilling an order for the West High tennis team.
Students in our graphic design pathway are active in their school-based enterprise named, Ink It! Students are hands-on with an industry-level vinyl printer and laminator. Recently students completed vinyl window clings for the Downtown Partners to promote their upcoming Restaurant Week and are working through a lamination project for WITCC. Not only are students completing projects for others, but they are also creating unique work and charged with the cleaning and maintenance of the equipment.
Students in our agriculture pathway are farming in the skywalk through their school-based greenhouse enterprise named, Plant It! All year students have been learning about greenhouse equipment, planting, and growing healthy plants in the greenhouse. Eventually, students will have plants available to sell to the public.
In all these experiences’ students are learning to communicate with their team, problem-solve, pay attention to details, and market and manage their businesses. These businesses are adding the relevant applications of the skills learned in the classrooms at the Career Academy. We look forward to adding school-based enterprise opportunities in Welding (Weld It), and in the retail business soon.