Student welding

High school students enrolled in SWCC's Career Academy programs have the opportunity to complete a year of college while still in high school.  A student can participate in a Career Academy as a junior or a senior. The student attends a college class during part of his or her school day, and spends the remainder of their day at his or her high school taking required and articulated classes.


  • Save one year's time and one year's college tuition/book costs.
  • Receive concurrent credit for completed course work.
  • Ease transition to college.
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Develop career focus and achieve academic/personal goals.

Current Career Academies at Southwestern:

Your school district must have an Educational Services Contract with Southwestern Community College before you can enroll in a Career Academy class.  All tuition and textbook costs are paid through a combination of the high school, SWCC, and state incentive funds.  There is no cost to the student except for transportation to class.

To learn more or to sign up for a Career Academy, please visit How to Sign up.  For more information, please contact Rachel Ramaeker, coordinator of secondary programs.