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Patrick Henry High School proudly offers the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP, formerly called the IB Career-related Certificate or IBCC) to our students.  This unique and exciting opportunity for our 11th and 12th grade students brings together the mission, vision and philosophy of the International Baccalaureate with our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - Engineering and Digital Media programs, creating an educational experience that is flexible to attend to individual student needs and interests and academically challenging to prepare students for the ever-changing world of work in the 21st century.  At PHHS.

Herobotics in action
Many of the IBCP candidates are active members of our Herobotics FIRST robotics team.
the IBCP certificate is a "value-added" qualification that strengthens their preparation for post-secondary study as well as entrance into professional careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  

The IBCP at PHHS is coordinated by Brionna Harder, PHHS Social Studies teacher in partnership with David Sylvestre, PHHS PLTW Program Coordinator and CTE teacher.  You can find us in Room #165. You can also call 612-668-1950 or email Brionna Harder at Brionna.Harder@mpls.k12.mn.us to learn more about our IB Career-related Programme.

 

History of the IBCP at Patrick Henry High School

In December 2009, Patrick Henry High School received

Hands-on, Heads-on Learning
IBCP students apply their learning through hands-on, heads-on experiences.
an invitation from the International Baccalaureate Organization and Project Lead the Way to pilot the IB Career-Related Certificate, citing the strengths of both our IB Diploma Programme and our Project Lead the Way program.  We happily accepted, becoming one of 20 pilots to develop the IBCC in advance of it being offered to all IB World Schools.  Through work supported by our students, families, staff, district colleagues, community and business partners and the IBO, we created our IBCC and earned authorization to offer the option in July 2012.  To develop this programme, we employed our students as "Senior Build Teams" to take the elements of the IBCC for a test-drive, giving us feedback along the way so that we could offer a programme that truly meets the needs and interests of the
In the classroom, in the community
IBCP students are active in the classroom and in the community.
individual student enrolled in the programme.  

Our first official cohort of students to complete the requirements of the IB Career-Related Certificate was a group of 5 students from the graduating class of 2014.  Among the highlights of our first cohort was a meeting with Representative Keith Ellison.  This, however, wasn't the first time that our students were able to meet and discuss a variety of topics with a government official.  Our first IBCC Senior Build Team had a similar experience during the 2010-2011 school year during a visit with Senator Al Franken, who was equally impressed with the passion, brilliance, humor, perseverance and hard work.

 

Digital Media Pathway in our IBCP

With the expertise and innovative

Digital Media
We are developing a Digital Media pathway within our IB Career-Related Programme. Our first cohort will be the Class of 2017.
spirit of our CTE teachers, we are developing a pathway within our IBCP that focuses on Digital Media.  Through partnerships that enables students to earn college credit for successful completion of our Digital Media courses, we have the framework in place to add a Digital Media pathway to our portfolio of academic offerings.  The most recent additions to our Digital Media coursework are a 3D Graphics, Animation and Motion class and Adobe InDesign.  Together, these capstone courses for seniors in the pathway prepare students to become an Adobe Certified Associate. We expect the Class of 2017 to be our first cohort of students to complete the requirements of the IBCP in our Digital Media pathway, providing yet another challenging and fulfilling academic experience for our Patriots.

PDF PHHS IBCP Student Handbook   --  IBCP Candidates - Get all of your need-to-know information here!
quicktime PHHS IBCC Senior Build Team Members Speak   --  As Patrick Henry developed its IBCC pilot, student voices were critical in building a programme that works for our scholars. See what some of our first Senior Build Team members have to say about the IBCC.