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Elective Academies offered by Papillion-La Vista School District

What are Elective Academies?

  • Career focused programs
  • Programs that are blocked for 2 periods
  • Taught by Papillion-La Vista School District (PLSD) teachers and business professionals
  • If they are located off-site, students will need to provide their own transportation

How do I apply?

Fill out the application form and submit it to your high school counselor. 

Elective Academies Enrollment Application

What Elective Academies are Offered by PLSD?

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Academy

Duration:  First Semester/Two Credits; Second Semester/Two Credits
Grade:  11-12
Required Fees:  $30 (Academy polo shirt)
Prerequisites:  Junior or Senior 
Location:  Academy is offered at both high schools

The Athletic Training/Sports medicine Academy is designed to provide entry-level skills to students interested in pursuing a career in the health care industry and/or athletic training.  The focus of the academy will revolve around the prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries caused during physical activity or athletics.  The academy will also provide an internship in which student trainers will volunteer their athletic training and first aid skills as support to their high school programs.  The internship will provide hands-on experiences in a real world setting, while providing an important health care service to local athletic programs.

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Chamber Internships

Duration:  Two Semesters/Two Elective Credits per semester
Grade:  11-12
Required Fees:  None
Prerequisites:  Students must have own transportation.  Student must have a strong interest in the field of public relations and community involvement. 
Location:  Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce or La Vista Chamber of Commerce

Students will learn about newsletter content, updating membership lists, contacting chamber members, updating information, organizing and coordinating events, taking reservations for activities, answer phones and networking with the community.

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Education Academy I & II

Duration:  Two semesters/One Credit per semester (Year One)
Two semesters/One –One or **Two Credits per semester (Year Two)
Grade:  11-12
Required Fees:  $50 Uniform fee
Prerequisites:  Suggested prerequisites/ or additional classes to take while involved in the academy include: Parenting I & II, Sociology and Psychology.
Location:  Academy is offered at both high schools.

One or Two Year afternoon program integrated with the activities of the Future Educators of America (FEA).  Year one is a survey course that will provide an overview of all careers in the educational field from support staff through administration.  The youth organization will be an extension of the classroom curriculum, providing leadership development activities, competitions, college preparation, teacher recognition, and financial aid/scholarship possibilities.  Students must provide their own transportation to job shadowing experiences.  Academy shirt and professional dress is required for job shadowing.

Year Two: Student interns will work one or two class periods per day during the school year.  Two or three periods will be allowed on the student’s schedule to allow for travel time to the internship site pending the student’s interest. This is an unpaid position but students will receive one elective credit each semester.  Students must provide their own transportation.

**Students interested in working 2 periods per day will get an additional credit per semester.  (2 credits per semester)

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Horticulture/Landscaping Academy

7:30-9:00 Academy, Students can also participate in the Zoo Academy along with this program or return to their home high school for the rest of the day

Duration:  Two Semesters, Two Credits
Grade:  11-12
Required Fees:  $20 uniform shirt; 4.5 credits at Metro Community College RDLS 1400 Employability Skills.
Prerequisites:  Must have an interest in Horticulture, Landscaping, Turf Management
Location:  Lauritzen Gardens (1st and 2nd block in a.m.)

This program is designed for any student interested in agriculture/natural resources industry, landscaping, turf management, or starting their own business in these areas.  The Academy is a program taught by a partnership between Papillion-La Vista School District staff and Lauritzen Gardens. Work experiences for the students will be scheduled for the fall and spring. This course forms the basis for all other horticulture courses. It includes the study of structures and functions in plants; requirements for growth and production including soil and fertilizers, temperature, light, growth stimulants and retardants, water use and application; propagation; and growing problems as they relate to the production of vegetables, bedding plants, bulbs, nursery stock, potted plants and cut flowers. Hands-on laboratory experience is provided.                                        

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Hospitality & Tourism Academy I & II

Course Length:  Year I - Two Semesters/One Credit per semester, Year II – Two Semesters/ One Credit per semester    
Grade Level:  11 - 12
Required Fees:  Uniform $50 
Prerequisites:  16 years of age:  Junior in good standing; Transportation to/from classes or site.  Must complete application and selection process.  Suggested prerequisites or additional classes to take while involved in the academy include: Nutrition & Food, Food Management I and II; Business Courses:  Law, Marketing, Accounting; Social Sciences:  Sociology, Psychology
Location:  To be determined. This academy is a combination of high school and off site locations.

Year One: The Hospitality and Tourism Academy will expose students to basic workplace skills and business competencies.  Participation in this academy will allow students to explore career opportunities and will stimulate further interest in the hospitality and tourism industry.  The program provides students with valuable career experiences that cannot be simulated in a classroom setting.

Year Two: To be determined but will include experience based learning opportunities in working 1- 2 periods per day.  Students can earn 1-2 additional credits per semester.  (Up to 2 credits per semester 4 credits per year.)  

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Law, Public Safety, & Security

Duration:  Two Semesters/Two Credits per Semester
Grade:  11-12
Required Fees:  $30 Uniform fee - Scholarships are available for students with financial need.  MCC Tuition: Metro Community College gives a 50% price reduction for academy students; 10 credits for an approximate total of $265.00 Year One.  (Rate subject to change)
Prerequisites:  Suggested prerequisites or additional classes to take while involved in the academy include:  Sociology and Psychology and other Social Science courses.  Students must apply and be selected to participate.  Students must provide their own transportation to/from academy site.  Applications are taken during the early spring; notification of acceptance will be given prior to school ending for the year.
Dual Enrollment:  AC16 Law, Public Safety, & Security Academy – MCC CJU 101 Intro to Criminal Justice RDLS 140A Employability Skills AC15 Street Law – MCC CJU 203 Police and Society
Location:  Metro Community College Sarpy Center

The Law, Public Safety & Security Academy classes are held every day from 7:45 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. at Metro Community College Sarpy Center. The academy will include high school government and law history.  Additional course work from Metropolitan Community College will include Careers in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Police and Society for a total of 10 college credits.  The format of the academy will include the high school classes two days a week, MCC classes co-taught on two days, and one day a week focusing on a variety of activities such as; guest speakers, job shadowing, hands-on experience, field trips, or other activities planned by the instructor. 

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The Times Internship

Duration:  Two Semesters/Two Elective Credits per semester
Grade:  11-12
Required Fees:  None
Prerequisites:  Students must have own transportation.  Student must have a strong interest in a journalism career.  Must submit 3 examples of writing, (The Times will reimburse mileage for on-the-job activities using a vehicle.)  Selected student will work 3 hours/day; MT (production) W-F (field).
Location:  Papillion Times

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Tool & Die Apprenticeship

Duration:  Two Semesters/Three Credits per semester
Grade:  12
Required Fees:  Steel-toe boots
Prerequisites:  Must be a senior in the fall.  Students must have a good school / work attendance and tardy record.  Must have transportation to/from the internship site and complete an application and be selected to participate.  All candidates will have a scheduled interview with the business site.  Applications are taken in early spring. 
Articulates to:  Paid internship, which qualifies for pre-apprenticeship hours towards a registered U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship.
Location:  Tri-V Tool & Manufacturing Co.

The Tool & Die Apprenticeship provides students the opportunity to learn about areas including:  CNC Operators, programmers, general machinists, tool design, and tool and die making.  Apprenticeship is a morning or afternoon offering.

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