The Akron Public School district is hosting several meetings to inform parents about its new College and Career Academy model.

Attendees will learn how the district is changing its traditional high school education model to try to better equip students for the workforce.

The information sessions will be:

• Feb. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Litchfield Community Learning Center, 470 Castle Blvd.

• March 27, from 8 to 9 a.m., at Innes Community Learning Center, 1999 East Ave.

• April 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jennings Community Learning Center, 227 E. Tallmadge Ave.

Starting next school year, six Akron public high schools will become freshman academies, where students will spend ninth grade deciding on one of 57 pathways to focus their education.

North High School served as a pilot for the project, becoming a freshman academy in 2016.

Then, in the 2019-2020 school year, 10th-graders will embark on the path they chose as all the high schools become full four-year academies.

Career pathways will range from cosmetology and dance to fire science and animal studies.

The academy model aims to increase student attendance and graduation rates while preparing students for college and careers.

The informational meetings are open to all parents, regardless of students’ current school cluster or grade.

For more information, contact Beth Winter at ewinter@apslearns.org or 330-761-3135.

Theresa Cottom can be reached at 330-996-3216 or tcottom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @Theresa_Cottom.