Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is celebrating more than 100 students who have earned national NAFTrack Certification! Students were honored at an event on April 25, 2023, at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to recognize their hard work and commitment.
Through the NAF (National Academy Foundation) program, students select an academy offered at their school and take part in a pathway that allows students to gain hands-on, in-depth experience. Career areas vary by school and include audio/ video technology, education, engineering, finance, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, or information technology.
To earn certification, students must complete four courses in a specified career track and take part in 80 hours or more of work-based learning, such as an internship or apprenticeship.
NAF is currently available at only eight schools across Wisconsin, all of which are Milwaukee Public Schools — Audubon, Bay View, James Madison, Milwaukee Marshall, North Division, South Division, Ronald Reagan, and Washington high schools.
The NAF program has expanded in recent years, with 2023 showing the largest group of students to earn certification to date. Students generally begin taking NAF courses in their sophomore year. Interested students should talk to their school counselor for more information or ask for the NAF director at one of the eight schools offering the program.
Many thanks to MATC and staff for sponsoring this event for our students and to the M-Cubed partnership for support with work-based learning.