Pryor High School planning program helps students prepare for life after high school

VIDEO: Program prepares for life beyond high school

PRYOR, Okla. — Pryor High School is leading the way to make sure its students are prepared for the world beyond high school as a part of a recent planning program.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education requires all high schools to implement Individual Career and Academic Plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Pryor High School was one of the state's pilot schools to launch the ICAPs three years ago.

Since its implementation in Pryor, about 100 students have participated in internships -- and about 25 percent of those have turned the internships into opportunities for part-time or full-time employment.

Seniors are allowed to spend the last two hours of their school days at the internship getting hands-on experience.

The high school offers online classes through FuelEd in subjects like veterinary science and criminology. This tool allows students to explore and determine their fields of interest.

In the first year of the program, ten Pryor High School students took FuelEd classes. The second year brought in 25 students and this year 70 students are taking the classes.

Additional plans for the district include a 9th Grade Academy and a Fine Arts wing. A career center along the back of the high school is also in the works.

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