Chicago`s `school that will get you a job` featured in TIME

Chicago`s `school that will get you a job` featured in TIME

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise visit to Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy Thursday morning.

Goode is on the cover of this Friday's Time Magazine. The headline - the school that will get you a job.

Children here are considered innovators not students and can graduate with a college degree and a job offer.

"I think it's a really amazing opportunity to know that people in this community have a chance to be able to even get to college and they may not even be able to afford it in their lifetime," said Azzaria Douglas, 15 years old.

Douglas is already taking college level courses and will graduate in four more years with her high school diploma and Associate of Science degree in technology.

"It's very exciting you know seeing these older people taking the same classes as you so you know it's like wow, I must be really smart you know, I'm actually doing this at this age," said Douglas in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

This high school-to-college-to-career blueprint started in New York before expanding to Chicago. Innovators attend high school for six years and partner with mentors from IBM like Charlotte Johnson.

"Those degrees can articulate to a four year university, so a student has already two years of college under their belt and fewer loans, more skills and skills that are aligned to jobs or they are first in line for jobs with IBM if they graduate from Goode and at other companies across the city," said Johnson, a Project Manager at IBM.

"I would say humbling. I think it's an awesome privilege. I'm certainly learning a lot as it related to creating a new high school experience for students," said Brea Stevenson, Assistant Principal at Goode.

In a phone interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said providing students with technology, work skills and vocational training in school is something the CTU has traditionally supported. As TIME Magazine mentions, there's been minimal push back from the union because the model operates within the Chicago Public Schools system.

Goode uses a lottery system to accept incoming freshman only. The school opened two years ago.

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