Bentonville Public Schools’ Ignite Professional Studies Program is set to expand after being awarded a grant.
Ignite will receive $1.1 million from the Walton Family Foundation.
The program plans to expand into artificial intelligence and biotechnology.
In addition, the grant will benefit existing career studies, such as medical videography, global business education, technology and most notably construction.
Ignite currently allows high school juniors and seniors to receive college credit and professional certifications for their work in eight career fields.
“They leave their high school and they get three hours of concurrent credit from high school,” said Wendy Broughtan, instructor for the medical strand of Ignite. “They get three hours of college credit through NWACC, as well as multiple certifications. But the real basis for ignite is relevant learning. That’s why we’re here.”
The Ignite program is competitive and designed to help juniors and seniors confirm their career interest before they start college.