Signature Academies
  • Shades Valley High School students will have the opportunity to participate in 6 Signature Academies, either at Shades Valley High School or one of the Eastern Zone schools.

    If a student enrolls in an academy at another school, JEFCOED buses will provide transportation.

    Applications are now being accepted through April 8th at 4:00 pm.
    *Applications should be completed by parents and guardians only

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

     

    Download the Signature Academy Brochure


  • Provides students with real-world, hands-on activities that will help them gain knowledge and credentials necessary for an entry-level position in automotive repair or as preparation for them to continue their education in college. Preparation is provided in three NATEF accredited program levels. Students will be eligible to receive ASE workplace credentials.


    Courses Offered/Prerequisites
    • Maint & Light Repair A
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    Maint & Light Repair B
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    Maint & Light Repair C
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    Maint & Light Repair D
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    Transportation/Dist/Log
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    Paint & Refinishing I
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    Paint & Refinishing II
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    Paint & Refinishing III

    Career Opportunities
    • Auto Service Technician ($45,000)
    • Bus & Truck Mechanic ($47,000)

    Business Partners/Colleges 
    • Tamron Honda
    • NAPA Auto
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    KAMTEK

     

  • Establishes foundational learning of how to manage a successful culinary operation while introducing and practicing other practical culinary concepts. There will also be opportunities for students to earn industry credentials while practicing other transferable skills like communication and teamwork.


    Courses Offered/Prerequisites
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Culinary Arts Ⅰ
    • Culinary Arts ⅠⅠ
    • Baking & Pastry Arts 
    • Event Planning

    Career Opportunities
    • Chefs and Head Cooks ($59,000)
    Food Service Managers ($61,000)

    Business Partners/Colleges 
    • Alabama Power
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    KAMTEK
    • 
    Bevill State Community College
    • 
    Jefferson State Community College

  • Exposes students to careers in the field of medical and health services. Students will participate in Project Lead the Way, a science curriculum program that provides the opportunity to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals in the areas of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.


    Courses Offered/Prerequisites
    • Foundations of Health Science and Biology 
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    Principles of Biomedical Science 
    • 
    Human Body Systems
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    Medical Interventions

    Career Opportunities
    • Biomed Technician ($49,000)
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    Biomedical Research($93,000)
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    Medical Imaging Professional ($61,000)
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    Biomaterials Engineer ($88,550)

    Business Partners/Colleges 
    • UAB School of Health Professions
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    St. Vincent’s Health
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    Jefferson State Community College



  • Prepares and motivates high school students and teaches them the value of leadership, personal responsibility, and self-esteem. Development of personal responsibility, communication, management, and strategic thinking. Real-world simulations and teamwork activities will enhance students' learning.


    Courses Offered/Prerequisites
    First Year
    • JROTC Marines Level 1
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    JROTC Marines Level 1A
    Second Year
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    JROTC Marines Level 2
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    JROTC Marines Level 2A
    Third Year
    • 
    JROTC Marines Level 3
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    JROTC Marines Level 3A
    Fourth Year
    • 
    JROTC Marines Level 4
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    JROTC Marines Level 4A

    Career Opportunities
    • E-3 Lance Corporal ($27,000)
    • O-1 Second lieutenant ($49,600)

    Business Partners/Colleges 
    • Dollar General Distribution Facility
    • US Postal Service
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    United States Army
    • 
    Lawson State Community College

  • Offers students a glimpse into the world of broadcast journalism, both in front of and behind the lens. Students will encounter topics like journalistic ethics, studio operations, and writing for the press. Broadcast journalism graduates will have a wealth of knowledge and experience of journalism’s foundational practices and principles.


    Courses Offered/Prerequisites
    • Intro To TV Production
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    TV Writing/Producing/Performing
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    TV Production Studio Operations
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    TV Production-Photography/Editing
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    Advanced TV Production

    Career Opportunities
    • Broadcast Technicians ($38,956)
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    Reporter and Correspondents ($41,500)

    Business Partners/Colleges 
    • WBRC Fox 6 News
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    Jefferson State Community College




  • In Visual Arts and Professional Design, students can focus on painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, crafts, graphic design, or digital photography. Each student will produce a final portfolio that will help prepare them for future professional paths or college fields of study.


    Courses Offered/Prerequisites
    • Art 1
    • Art 2
    • Photography
    • Art Elective 
    • Foundations of Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communication
    • Introduction to Animation and Visual Communication
    • CTE Lab in Arts
    • Storyboarding

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply for a signature academy?

  • When can I apply for a JEFCOED Signature Academy?

  • How many spots are open for each Signature Academy?

  • How many Signature Academies will I be able to attend during a school year?

  • If a student chooses a Signature Academy at another school, how will they get there?

  • My student changed their mind. Can I submit another application?

  • How do I find my student’s 10-digit state ID number?

  • I am having issues with completing my application.

  • What grade levels can apply for an academy?

  • When can I apply for a Signature Academy?

  • How many spots are open for each Signature Academy?

  • How do I know I have the right prerequisites?

  • How many Signature Academies can I take during a year?

  • If I choose a Signature Academy at another school how will I get there?