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Benson Career Academy Wins Statewide Honors

Benson High School has earned a spot as one of the best schools in the state for college and career education programs. During a virtual ceremony held Monday, June 7, Benson High received recognition as the Nebraska Career and Technical Education Outstanding Career Academy of 2021.

The award honors programs that demonstrate student achievement in career and academic areas, innovative instruction models, opportunities for leadership and personal development and career guidance and work-based learning that align with Nebraska’s workforce needs and economic priorities.

“It has been a huge honor to be recognized for so many awards this year,” said Angela Johanek, curriculum specialist at Benson High. “These awards just validate the amazing work that is being done by the teachers and educators leading our programs, and we’re excited to continue the great work that has earned us so much recognition this year.”

Each student at Benson High chooses a career path, or academy, they may be interested in pursuing in the future. In addition to their core curriculum like English, math, science and social studies, each academy allows students to take classes catered to their interests in college and career paths such as business, design and health professions. Every program includes opportunities for students to learn necessary skills and earn appropriate certifications and college credit.

“This programming helps jump-start our students’ thinking for what they might want to do in the future once they’re out of high school,” principal Tom Wagner said. “Each award we receive is just giving credence to the great work our staff is doing to support our kids and prepare them for life after high school.”

This past school year, Benson’s Health Professions Academy and its Freshman Academy also achieved Model Academy status, an elite designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition.

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