16 Jul

Latin Builders Association charter school accepting applications

(The Miami Herald) The next generation of construction, business and marketing professionals in Hialeah will call themselves the Hammerheads. That’s the mascot of a new charter high school that the Latin Builders Association, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the City of Hialeah have teamed up to open. The Latin Builders Association Construction and Business Management Charter High School, or LBA Academy for short, is already accepting applications for the school year beginning Aug. 20. Students must apply to get in.

“We are helping our children identify their talents and their interests from a very early age, and this is a prime example of that, and start developing it so that whatever they decide to do, they’re ready by the time they leave our school system,” said school board member Carlos Curbelo.

The school will offer each student an iPad and electronic textbooks, as well as regular and honors courses such as Dual Enrollment and Advanced  placement, which can count for college credit. Courses will focus on the construction, business, marketing and technology industries, with the ultimate goal of providing students with the knowledge they need to eventually start their own businesses.

“This is about education. This is about partnership. This is about improving the community’s quality of life by investing in the youth of today,” said Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Latin Builders Association members will help provide mentorships, internships, job opportunities, lectures and other “real life business experience,” said the school’s principal, Gyovania Marante.

“You can graduate from here and go to college. You can graduate from here and go to the work force. Or, you can grad from here and own your business,” Marante said. Marante said Hialeah originally held the charter to create a new school in the city, but handed that permission over to the LBA. The school board will manage the school, she said.

(July 16, 2012)

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