McKinley Technology High School

McKinley Technology High School, located in the NE section ("quadrant") of Washington DC, reopened in 2004 as a by-admission high school with freshmen and sophomores. Its goal: prepare DC students for 21st Century careers. Its pathways: Biotechnology, Information Technology and Mass Communications.

McKinley is now a STEM school with an Engineering pathway in addition to the 3 original pathways.

The Biotech program is supported by the District of Columbia Public Schools' Office of Career and Technical Education. Development of the Career Pathway got a jumpstart through a partnership of DCPS, the Carnegie Academy for Science Education and Montgomery College, MD, that garnered support for "DC Biotech: Improving Opportunities for Urban Minority Students" (NSF-ATE-DUE Award #0603415, funding period 2006-2010). 

(The Nation's Capital City, Washington DC did not have a community college until 2010, and we now welcome the new Community College of the District of Columbia!)

The McKinley Biotech program is going strong, with 40-60 graduates each year.

In the coming year (2011-2012), we expect that our first cohort of college graduates will start visiting. We know from staying in contact with many of the graduates that they have already reaped employability benefits of their high school biotech experiences.

High school students take three full year courses, nicknamed Biotech 1, Biotech 2 and Biotech 3. They also take a semester course called Issues and Applications and a semester Senior Research course.  The DCBiotech Project supported 10 students annually (from McKinley and Ballou) to conduct summer internships at our "local" employers: the federal labs (National Insitutes of Health, Naval Rsearch Labs, Walter Reed Army Institute for Research), local univeristies (Catholic University of America) local businesses (Pepper Hamilton Law Firm) and the Carnegie Institution for Science (home of CASE).

The McKinley curriculum is based on Ellyn Daugherty's Biotechnology: Science for a New Millennium. Lisa Seidman's Basic Laboratory Math for Biotechnology and the DNALC's DNA Science serve as important and oft-used auxiliary texts.

151 T Street NE
District of Columbia
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