DraftingStudent_MG_8819_2554High school students enrolled in SWCC's Career Academy programs can complete a year of college while still in high school.  A student can participate in a Career Academy as a junior or senior. The student attends a college class during part of their school day, and spends the remainder of their day at their high school taking required and articulated classes.

Benefits:

  • 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:

Career Academy Programs of Study

The programs of study linked below lay out the core curriculum for a student's high school years, showing the linkages into specific career and technical areas on the postsecondary level.  Students can identify classes to be taken during their junior and senior years in high school as part of SWCC's Career Academies. 

Career Academy courses lead directly to certificates, diplomas, and degrees at Southwestern.  The student may earn up to one year of college credit by the completion of his/her senior year. At that time, a student may choose to go to work or continue his/her college education at SWCC to earn a diploma or associate of applied science degree. Upon earning the AAS degree, a student may then choose to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor's degree by following articulation agreements in place between SWCC and transfer schools.

Look for the name of your high school below to determine programs available to you.

School Name Programs Available 
Bedford Information Technology Systems Networking and Electrical Technology
Central Decatur Building Trades, Health Science, and Welding
Clarke Automotive Repair Technology, Building TradesHealth Science, and Welding
Creston  Automotive Repair TechnologyBuilding Trades, Electrical Technology,  Health Science, and Information Technology Systems Networking 
Diagonal Automotive Repair Technology, Building Trades, Electrical Technology, Health Science, and Information Technology Systems Networking
East Union Automotive Repair Technology, Building Trades, Electrical Technology, Health Science, and Information Systems Technology Networking
Lenox Automotive Repair Technology, Building Trades, Electrical Technology, Health Science, and Information Technology Systems Networking
Mormon Trail Health Science
Mount Ayr Automotive Repair Technology, Building Trades, Electrical Technology, Health Science, and Information Technology Systems Networking, and Welding
Nodaway Valley Automotive Repair Technology, Building Trades, Electrical Technology, Health Science, and Information Technology Systems Networking
Orient-Macksburg Automotive Repair Technology, Building Trades, Electrical Technology, Health Science, and Information Technology Systems Networking
Red Oak Health Science and Welding
Southwest Valley Automotive Repair Technology, Building Trades, Electrical Technology, Health Science, and Information Systems Systems Networking
Stanton Health Science and Welding

 

How to Register 

1.  Visit with your high school guidance counselor.
2.  Complete the High School Student Online Application for Admission.  
3.  Complete the High School Student Registration Form.

Your school district must have a Tech Prep Agreement and 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 and/or tool costs.

For more information, please contact Rachel Ramaeker, coordinator of secondary programs.