Academy Industry Councils

industry councils
  • In order to implement and continue to work of the Academies of Shakopee in a meaningful way for our students, Shakopee requested the help of local community members and businesses. Our district has organized and implemented what’s referred to as the Academies of Shakopee Industry Councils.  They gather in one room. They talk, listen and provide feedback. Their insight has been critical in implementing the Academies of Shakopee. 
    Each academy has an Industry Council made up of a team of professionals from each area of interest. They’re lawyers, accountants, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, CEO’s, and lawmakers. They’re experts in their careers. Crème de la crème. In other words, they know what it takes to be successful. They know the importance – and some have experienced it firsthand - of trying, failing, trying again, landing on their feet and soaring to the top. They’re helping the district by providing their knowledge and expertise. 

    Industry Councils provide an opportunity for our teachers and administrators to meet directly with the Shakopee area business community. The Industry Councils also mold and guide the development of each academy to meet industry standards. 
    “We want our students to leave Shakopee High School with a plan and a path to achieve their goals. We need to be sure what we are teaching them inside the high school is accurate and applicable to real-world careers and post-secondary experiences.”  - Nancy Thul, Director of Learning, Teaching & Equity, Shakopee Public Schools.