Inter-connected & Collaborative: MITCS will be organized through four inter-connected and collaborative academies which are designated and defined as follows:
The PGT Transportation + Logistics Academy: The PGT Transportation + Logistics Academy: PGT Trucking, A multi-service transportation and logistics firm operating throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, has provided the funding for this academy, which will equip students with career-ready skills and credentials in various facets of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. While trucking will be a primary focus, other courses of study will include training in rail, water, air, cable, and pipeline transportation and logistics.
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The Cyril H. Wecht Forensic Science + Justice Academy: Named in honor of the world-renowned pathologist and being created with his input and guidance, this academy offers cutting- edge learning in forensic science, criminal justice, legal studies, human rights advocacy, and government. Graduates will be prepared to pursue careers and continued studies in a variety of fields, with a priority focus on recruiting and developing the next generation of law enforcement professionals. A key focus of the work of the Wecht Academy will be on developing and teaching community-based approaches for protecting public safety and enforcing laws while also preserving and promoting civil rights.
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The MITCS Community Development + Sustainability Academy: As western Pennsylvania’s communities and regional economy grapple with the promises and complexities of a post- pandemic future, this academy will prepare students to meet these challenges by encouraging them to learn collaboratively, think globally, and act locally. Areas of study include American enterprise and international entrepreneurship, healthcare innovations, community building, and sustainable development. Programming will integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as envisioned by the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The MITCS Skilled Trades + Technical Careers Academy: The lack of skilled workers to fill a growing number of available jobs in the modern workplace is projected to cost the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion in GDP over the next decade. Graduates of this academy will be part of the tech-savvy workforce needed to respond to dynamic changes in the business environment, meet employer and customer expectations, and help maintain a company’s competitive edge. Areas of focus include coding, gaming, and simulations across a range of applications and careers; the use of drones and robotics in modern industry; process technology in manufacturing; safety engineering; and skills development, professional mentoring, and apprenticeship opportunities in welding, carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and construction.