District plans to transform King Career Center into full-time career and technical high school

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Martin Luther King Jr. Career Center could soon be transformed into a full-time technical high school.

The school is technically a "shared school" where students attending other schools in the district go to KCC for one class before returning to their "home" schools.

Lou Pondolfino, principal at KCC, said the school has between 500 and 600 students enrolled in either the morning or afternoon sessions, totaling up to 1200 students.

Under ASD's proposal, the technical high school could have up to 300 full-time students and 700 to 800 part time students.

The full time school would be for ASD juniors and seniors, combining regular core classes with career and technical education.

"Three hundred lucky students will become graduates of King Tech High School and spend all day here and get their core requirements met and next year's senior class will be the first graduating class of King Tech," Pondolfino said.

Pondolfino said there could be some advantages for students who graduate from technical schools.

"It's for students who have an idea of what they really wanna pursue past high school and have done some exploration of their interests and their aptitudes and know they want to get a good head start by going to a technical school like King Tech," Pondolfino said.

ASD's proposal could put the tech school in place by fall of 2018 with the first graduating class to walk across the stage the following May.

The district will introduce the proposal at Monday's school board meeting, but no action will be taken on it at that meeting.

An informational meeting for parents is planned for January 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at King Career Center.

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