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Jacksonville High becomes first IBCC School in state

On March 7, Jacksonville High School was authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate’s newest educational program, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate, or IBCC.

Since the school has been offering the IB’s flagship diploma programme since 2007, Jacksonville High School Principal Donna Lynch said this new program ties the IB rigor with the school’s Career and Technical Education classes. Lynch said, “The beauty of it is, it makes for a more, well rounded student. It is a way to broaden opportunities for our students who are ready to specialize in a career-related track and want the flexibility of going directly into the work force or onto university studies. It just fits with what we’re doing.”

JHS is the first IBCC School in North Carolina. There are only seven high schools out of the 39 schools in the U.S. authorized as an IBCC School. And there are only 63 schools in the world offering this opportunity to students.

Students will be able to choose from two career-related studies options as part of their IBCC experience, either Business Technical Education or Health Services. Lynch said these two academies currently have the most students enrolled. The IBCC provides a comprehensive link between the academic challenge of the Diploma Programme and the international-mindedness of the IB classroom into a tailored, career-focused pathway. Their career related studies will be complemented by a minimum of two courses from the IB Diploma Programme, as well as an IBCC core that includes an approaches to learning course, community and service, language development and a reflective project.

Drew Deutsch, the regional director for IB Americas, congratulated Jacksonville High School on its achievement.

“We anticipate that the IBCC will become one of the IB’s most popular offerings because its flexibility allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of their students and their community.”

The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation founded in 1968. Its four programmes for students age three through age 19 are geared to developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

According to the IB website, ibo.org, the IB programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.