JCPS Spotlights Academies Programs for US Labor Secretary

Sec. Marty Walsh tours Doss High School

September 15, 2021 – Diamond Moore had never really thought much about finances, much less making a career of it. But when the Doss High School senior was given the opportunity to work at the in-school Class Act Credit Union, she was hooked.

Moore started taking classes in the school’s Business and Finance Academy program and gained experience at the in-school branch of the full-service credit union, before earning a position at Class Act’s main branch over the summer. 

“I didn’t even know I could learn so much from it,” she said. “I wasn’t even confident in my financial literacy, so working in the credit union made me so much more confident and I was so much more able to take a hold of my future financial-wise.”

Sec Walsh at Doss 9-15-21
Now the senior says she has found her career. After she graduates, she said she hopes to go to a trade school for accounting and wants to work in “banking or taxes and help others be more financially literate.”

It’s examples like this that JCPS hopes to replicate throughout the district – and offer up as a national model.

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The district got a chance to do just that on Wednesday, highlighting the work at Doss for U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh during his visit to Louisville. School and city officials, local company executives and workforce development representatives and students showcased the Academies of Louisville programs at Doss, which Mayor Greg Fischer called a “school on fire with practical learning.”

The visit included tours of the school’s manufacturing lab, a partnership with GE Appliances, and the credit union.

Walsh came away impressed.

“I’ve got to be honest with you,” he said, “this is one of the best visits I’ve had as Secretary of Labor.”

In the manufacturing lab, student Jacob Bonn said the programs in the STEM Academy were what drew him to the school.

“This is the reason I came to Doss,” Bonn said. “I like manufacturing. I’ve always been someone who works hands-on.”

The Doss High School senior, who runs his own tow truck business, said he was already thinking about his future, and the GEA partnership has given him the opportunity.  “I’m more worried about what’s best for me and I think, after school, that’s GE. If I could do it now I’d do it every day.”

Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said that’s the goal of the Academies model.

“Our first goal is to make sure students are engaged, they feel a sense of belonging, they see relevance in their learning, and they graduate with a diploma, plus a certification, plus college credit hours. Research is clear that when that happens they’re more likely to be successful in postsecondary.”