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The National Academy Foundation, or NAF, was founded in 1982. It is a national network of career academies primarily found in . It helps to create partnerships between business and education communities. The founder, Sanford Weill, planned for the programs to connect students to entry level jobs in New York City, but it has expanded beyond that into a national movement that prepares students for successful careers.
The academies vary from groups within larger schools to stand alone public high schools. The academies are based on one of four career themes. Those themes are finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, or engineering. Along with academic courses the students also take industry specific courses that relate to the career themes. They also provide work based learning activities so students can put their lessons into use. To find out more about the academy program and the scholarships they offer click here and here!