Programs & Majors

We provide students with Career and Technical Education that prepares and inspires them for college and the highly competitive world of work.

Auto Body

Our Auto Body major focuses on the repair and appearance of the interior and exterior of vehicles. Students learn how to assess, estimate, and repair using modern welding, sanding, masking and painting techniques and the same advanced equipment found in professional auto collision repair companies. Students can earn I-CAR certification and advanced college credit from State Technical College in Missouri.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    State Technical College of Missouri, 3 credits • Universal Technical Institute, 12 units
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification in Nonstructural/Paint & Refinishing, S/P2 Safety Certification

Automotive Technology

Our Automotive Technology major is driven by the 4 main systems of vehicle operation: brakes, suspension and steering, engine performance, and electrical/electronics. Students will diagnose, service, and repair a wide range of vehicles alongside their ASE certified Master Technician instructor. The classroom includes modern diagnostic equipment which students operate as they work toward multiple ASE certifications.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    State Technical College of Missouri, 3 credits • Universal Technical Institute, 16 units
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification in Brakes, Electrical, Engine Performance, Suspension, S/P2 Safety Certification

Carpentry

Our Carpentry major helps students build a skill set including framing, estimating, roofing, and interior finishing. Students learn how to read and interpret blueprints and build structures using a wide range of professional power tools and carpentry materials.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 6 credits
  • APPRENTICESHIP CREDIT OFFERED:
    Carpenter’s Apprentice, 1 – 3 days of Pre-Employment Course, 1 specialty or elective unit of training, advanced placement testing in related areas per joint agreement with St. Louis Carpenter’s Joint Apprenticeship Program • Construction Craft Laborers – credit for 40 hours of apprentice training and 500 hours of on-the-job training
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Home Builders Institute (HBI)– Pre-Apprenticeship Training Core Certification • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification

Cisco Networking Academy

Our Cisco Networking Academy is an honors course in which students learn how to design, install and troubleshoot complex computer networks. Students will navigate a variety of projects as they complete Cisco’s online curriculum in preparation for their certification exams.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be Algebra), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 10 credits • St. Charles Community College, 25 credits • State Technical College of Missouri, 18 credits (provided A+ Certification) attained • University of Central Missouri, Dual Credit available
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    CompTIA A+ Certification, Cisco Certified Entry Level Network Technician (CCENT) Certification

Construction Innovations

Our Construction Innovations major allows students to customize a year or semester of construction exploration to match their interests. A wide variety of quarter long courses give students a solid foundation of basic knowledge and experience. Students can continue into an Advanced Construction course in their second year. Students choose from: Carpentry, Electrical Trades, General Construction, Floor Layers Middle Apprenticeship, or Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    1.5 TO 3 Electives Junior AND/OR Senior Year
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Home Builders Institute (HBI) – Pre- Apprenticeship Training Core Certification • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification

Construction Trades

Hybrid Program
Our Construction Trades major provides students with general skills in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity, and heating and cooling. Projects allow students to take complete construction projects from blueprints to completion.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    State Technical College of Missouri, 15 hours
  • APPRENTICESHIP CREDIT OFFERED:
    Construction Craft Laborers – Credit for 40 hours of Apprentice Training and 500 hours of On-The-Job Training
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    American Welding Society (AWS) – multiple entry-level welding certifications available, S/P2 Safety Certification

Cosmetology

Our Cosmetology major offers the same curriculum as a beauty college including all hair, nail, and skincare services. Students learn in a full-service salon along with classroom instruction from licensed Cosmetologists.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits and 12 total credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Cosmetology Missouri State Board of Certification

Culinary Arts

Our Culinary Arts major is taught in a modern, fully equipped, restaurant style kitchen. Students plan, prepare, and cater meals alongside professional chefs in both the classroom and at various competitions throughout the year.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 5 credits • Sullivan University, 3 credits • Illinois Institute of Art, 20 1⁄4 hours • Johnson and Wales University, 13.5 1⁄4 hours • Robert Morris University, 9 1⁄4 hours
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    American Culinary Federation Certification • Servsafe Certification

Dental Sciences

Our Dental Sciences major gives students a clinical experience in the classroom and through senior internships. Our modern operatory allows students to conduct mock exams and perform X-rays, preventative practices, and emergency care using professional dental equipment. Internships are also available in the senior year.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be Science), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    1 Science (Anatomy & Physiology) and 2 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    Missouri Baptist University, Dual Credit, 8 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Missouri Expanded Dental Assistant Certification • CPR Certification

Design & Entrepreneurship

Inventors will thrive in this product development course designed to support creation and innovation. Bring your ideas to fruition with support from local St. Louis professionals and your fellow South Tech students. Learn how to protect, promote, pitch, and produce the products or services you are inspired to think up in this course.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 or 11 core credits (1.5 or 2.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
    Minimum 2.25 GPA
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, AND/OR 3 Electives Senior Year
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Certification

Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood Education major turns the student into the teacher in our certified preschools. Students create, research, and implement lesson plans while learning effective preschool teaching techniques. Upon graduation, students will have a portfolio of work to present to colleges and/or employers.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 6 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) – Early Childhood Certification • CPR and First Aid Certifications

Electrical Trades

Our Electrical Trades major teaches students how to design, stage, and install commercial and residential electrical wiring for power and telecommunications systems. Skills include blueprint interpretation, layout design, and programming equipment while emphasizing logical thinking.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English, 1 must be Algebra), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    American Trade School, 12 1⁄4 hours
  • APPRENTICESHIP CREDIT OFFERED:
    Construction Craft Laborers – credit for 40 hours of apprentice training and 500 hours of on-the-job training
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Home Builders Institute (HBI) – Pre- Apprenticeship Training Core Certification • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification

Electronics & Robotics

Our Electronics and Robotics Engineering major focuses on exploring the complex electrical, electronic, mechanical, and robotic components used in manufacturing and industry. Students design and program robots annually for the FIRST Robotics Competition using modern equipment and techniques.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be Algebra), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET) – 4 certifications in DC Electronics, AC Electronics, Semiconductor, Digital Electronics

Emergency Medical Technician

Our Emergency Medical Technician major brings students into real world emergency scenarios. Students are trained to perform detailed trauma patient assessments using advanced medical and diagnostic equipment, including ambulances.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF SENIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English, 2 must be math, 1 must be lab based science), 17 total credits, on track to graduate
  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
    “C” or higher in last semester of English, 1 credit of Algebra or concurrent enrollment projected
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 10 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Emergency Medical Technician Basic certification through National Registry, National First Responder certification, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certification

Firefighting

Our Firefighting major is an academy level course that allows students to do the bulk of their required Fire Academy hours at the high school level. Using a wide range of firefighting and life-saving equipment, students develop their skills through rigorous mental and physical training.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF SENIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be math, 1 must be lab based science), on track to graduate
  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
    “C” or higher in last semester of English, 1 credit of Algebra or concurrent enrollment projected
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 3 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Fire I and Fire II certifications, National First Responder

Floor Layers Middle Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship allows students to begin their post-secondary training while in high school. While learning to install hardwood, vinyl, carpet, and ceramic flooring students earn apprenticeship credit that can also lead to an associate’s degree shortly after high school graduation. Paid summer internships with licensed contractors are also available.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • APPRENTICESHIP CREDIT OFFERED:
    U.S. Department of Labor Journey Level Certificate – this certificate can be articulated into college credit with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and completes all but 5 courses required to earn an Associate’s degree in Applied Science.
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Home Builders Institute (HBI)– Pre- Apprenticeship Training Core Certification • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification

Graphic Design

Our Graphic Design major channels students’ passion for art into advertising and marketing projects using the full Adobe Suite of design software. Through advanced tutorials combined with a study of fonts, color theory, sketching and drawing, students produce a professional portfolio of their work to share with prospective colleges and employers.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    University of Central Missouri, Dual Credit, up to 9 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Adobe Certifications

Health Sciences

Our Health Sciences major immerses students into healthcare through lab and patient care experiences, high-level academic coursework in anatomy and physiology, and clinical rotations at area hospitals and assisted living facilities.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be science), on track to graduate, must be 16 on the first day of class
  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
    “C” or higher in all completed science coursework, 1 credit of Biology or concurrent enrollment projected, 2.0 minimum GPA
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    1 Science (Anatomy & Physiology) and 2 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 4 credits • Missouri Baptist University, Dual Credit, 8 credits • University of Central Missouri, Dual Credit, 2 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) – State of Missouri certification • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) –10 hour General Industry – Healthcare Certification • CPR and First Aid certifications

Health Sciences Academy

Our Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy provides an intense exploration of the medical field for college bound students. Through shadowing opportunities, guest lecturers, medical terminology study, and anatomy and physiology curriculum, students learn about a wide variety of patient care professions and leave our program with a solid understanding of those careers and how to pursue them.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF SENIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English, 2.5 must be science), 17 total credits, on track to graduate
  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
    “C” or higher in all completed science coursework, 1 credit of Biology or concurrent enrollment projected, 2.5 minimum GPA
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    1 Science (Anatomy & Physiology) and 2 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    Missouri Baptist University, Dual Credit, 8 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) –10 hour General Industry – Healthcare Certification • CPR and First Aid Certifications

HVAC

Our Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning major teaches students to design, install, repair and maintain residential and commercial refrigeration, heating and air conditioning systems. Students will learn blueprint reading, electrical schematics, and operational sequence charts as they progress toward certification.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF SENIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    American Trade School, 12 hours
  • APPRENTICESHIP CREDIT OFFERED:
    Construction Craft Laborers – credit for 40 hours of apprentice training and 500 hours of on-the-job training
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Home Builders Institute (HBI) – Pre- Apprenticeship Training Core Certification • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – 608, Refrigeration Handling certification

Law Enforcement

Our Law Enforcement major takes students through a two year introduction to the Police Academy through an array of training exercises, crime scenarios, self-defense and fitness training. Students will learn conflict mediation and resolution, investigation techniques, and be trained in the use of advanced security related training equipment, including vehicles.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 3 hours • University of Central Missouri, Dual Credit, 3 hours

Pharmacy Sciences

Students enrolled in the one-year Pharmacy Sciences program use the same advanced equipment as industry professionals as they perform testing and research drug treatments and interactions. Internships are available during the second semester of the program.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be Science), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives during the Junior or Senior Year
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    PassAssured

Precision Machining

Our Precision Machining major teaches students to invent, design, and manufacture tools and components for a wide range of production needs. Using advanced computer controlled technology, 3D printing, and traditional machining skills, students develop projects designed with MasterCAM software and computer aided design (CAD).
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    1 Math (Machining Math) and 2 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 5 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) – Measurement, Materials & Safety Certification, Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout Certification

Veterinary Assistant

Our Veterinary Assistant major explores the science of veterinary medicine including animal care and training, clinical procedures, medical terminology, grooming, and disease prevention. Students interact daily with a wide variety of animals fostered in our facilities, providing their medical care, while learning from certified professionals.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
    1 credit Biology of concurrent enrollment projected
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED: Jefferson College, 5 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Certified Vet Assistant – State of Missouri Vet Med Association

Web & Computer Programming

Our Web and Computer Programming major teaches students how to write and edit source code and applets using several programming languages including HTML and Java. Students will design, create, and maintain software, databases, and web pages while earning certifications.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits 1.5 must be English, 1 must be Algebra), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    St. Louis Community College, 5 credits
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification – HTML5 or Software Development

Welding

Our Welding major trains students to design, engineer, build, and troubleshoot complex metal fabrication challenges. Through high-level training, competitions, and work ethic, students perfect modern welding processes while earning welding certifications.
Program Details

Certifications and Credits

  • PREREQUISITES AT TIME OF JUNIOR ENROLLMENT:
    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERED:
    3 Electives Junior Year, 3 Electives Senior Year
  • ARTICULATING INSTITUTIONS & CREDIT OFFERED:
    State Technical College of Missouri, 15 hours
  • APPRENTICESHIP CREDIT OFFERED:
    Construction Craft Laborers – Credit for 40 hours of Apprentice Training and 500 hours of On-The-Job Training
  • CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED:
    American Welding Society (AWS) – multiple entry-level welding certifications available, S/P2 Safety Certification

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