School officials say a proposed career academy in Lincoln would give students a new opportunity while saving taxpayers money because they won't have to pay for a new high school.
The goal is always the same, to improve high school graduation rates. The Lincoln Public School District believes it has found a way to do that with the career academy.
"It was identified in a study by the University of California as the number one strategy for improving high school graduation across the country," said assistant to the superintendent John Neal.
For high school seniors, it's a way to transition into college. They get to experience high school while at the same time earning college credits.
"(Superintendent) Dr. (Steve) Joel has described it as a potential game changer and I think he's right," said LPS Board of Education President Don Mayhew. "One of the things that will be really exciting for students is that they'll be able to go to the career academy and when they finish they will not only have graduated high school, but they can have up to a year of college credit."
The academy would offer half-day classes and would be open for up to 500 students. The plan is to have the academy open by 2015.