East Islip High School’s International Business Globalization and Environment Green Career Academies participated in a “Key Hamas” educational field trip last April, exploring both Key West, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas.

“One of the goals of the Career Academy program is to make students more aware of how what they are learning in the classroom will relate to jobs and careers they may have in their adult lives,” explained teacher Paul McHugh, noting that the Environment Green students learned about varied career paths in the wide category of "green" careers, and that the International Business Globalization students gained experience in seeing how local and international businesses operate in a global setting.

While in Key West, the students had the opportunity to meet with entrepreneur Neil Asbury, CEO of The Legacy Companies and 2008 recipient of the National Champion Exporter of the Year award. Asbury has published over 100 articles on global trade issues and hosts the nationally syndicated talk radio show “Truth for America.” The Career Academies also toured Everglades National Park, boarded the USS Mohawk, visited Ernest Hemingway’s house, toured the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation in Nassau, and met with local government officials of both Key West and the Bahamas.