Nontraditional Career Readiness Academy (NCRA)
Nontraditional Career Readiness Academies (NCRA) partner with Career and Technical Education (CTE) to provide students with opportunities to explore their passions through career preparation programs. The students prepare for in-demand jobs and earn industry certifications thereby giving the students an advantage in the job search. The students participate in job shadow and/or internships while gaining the technical skills needed to become contributing members of society and supporting Fairfax County’s economic development. The Nontraditional Career Readiness Academies supports 11th and 12th grade students by offering a smaller class size and structured learning environment while facilitating students’ positive growth. The opportunity to participate in CTE programs provides a link to business and industry that starts the students down the path toward their career field of choice. Students may utilize FCPS academy shuttles or provide their own transportation.
NCRA Enrollment Procedures
Academy or base school counselors may submit a request for an elective placement to an NCRA to the coordinator of Nontraditional School Programs using the Nontraditional School Programs Education Placement Referral Form (SS/SE 227) [see appendix A] with a letter of request from the parent or guardian, a current transcript “with work in progress,” and SOL test history for students enrolled in the West Potomac, Edison, and Falls Church academies or the Spring Village Residential Construction Site who may be experiencing academic difficulty or for those students who prefer a smaller learning environment.
Base school counselors are encouraged to contact the West Potomac, Edison, or the Falls Church academy counselors to discuss the opportunity for students not currently enrolled in one of these academies. Base school counselors may contact Joe Desio, program manager for Trade and Industrial (Joe.Desio@fcps.edu) to discuss the opportunity for students not currently enrolled at the Spring Village Residential Construction Site. Should the academy or residential construction site accept the interested student, the academy counselor will submit a request for approval to the coordinator of Nontraditional School Programs using the Nontraditional School Programs Education Placement Referral Form (SS/SE 227) [see appendix A] with a letter of request from the parent or guardian, a current transcript “with work in progress,” and SOL test history for enrollment in the NCRA.
NCRA Program Locations
NCRA West Potomac 6400 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307
NCRA Edison 5801 Franconia Rd. Alexandria, VA 22310
NCRA Falls Church 7521 Jaguar Trail Falls Church, VA 22042
NCRA Spring Village Spring Village Drive Springfield, VA