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West Hall seeking IB career certificate program
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West Hall High School hopes to offer the International Baccalaureate career certificate for students who aren’t pursuing the full IB diploma.

The school at 5500 McEver Road “will be submitting its application later this month,” said Laurie Ecke, the Hall County school system’s assistant director of innovative and advanced programs.

“It’s kind of a marriage of career pathways and IB,” Ecke told the Hall County Board of Education, meeting in a Monday night work session.

In Georgia, high school students are given the option of completing career pathways — career-oriented areas of academic focus that require the completion of specific courses, almost like a trial version of a college major.

Superintendent Will Schofield said he believes the new program would be “a great hybrid in terms of some of the most rigorous academic work you can have, along with career pathways.”

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