Career Academy

Career Academy General Info

Career Academies allow students to explore a given career pathway while earning both high school and college credit, as well as industry-recognized credentials. Students attend college classes with a cohort of high school students in their chosen pathway for part of their school day and then spend the remainder of their day at their high school taking required classes. Many classes are hands-on and include partnerships with local industry partners.

Benefits

What do I get out of a career academy?

  • No tuition costs for classes completed while in high school
  • Explore career options in a career field and decide if it is right for you
  • Gain exposure to hands-on experience in a career field
  • Cut training time by up to half • Earn an industry recognized certification(s)
  • Develop career focus and achieve academic and personal goals (or career readiness skills)
  • Help ease the transition to college
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Small group instruction with students with similar career interests

Program Pathways Offered:

  • Education
  • Engineering and Design
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Welding

Contact Admissions

Academy Addresses

Sioux Center 
1382 4th Ave NE Sioux Center, IA

Sheldon 
NCC’s Campus, 603 West Park Street Sheldon, IA

Orange City 
709 8th St SE Orange City, IA

Student Story Stephanie Hernandez

I’ve taken a lot of college classes, but this helped narrow my focus. The real-life observations were very interesting! I was able to watch a tonsilectomy. Following graduation from high school I plan to enroll seamlessly into the Practical Nursing program at NCC.

Healthcare Pathway
Career Academy Sioux Center, IA

Stephanie Hernandez

Sioux Center Academy

Typically Begins in a student’s Junior Year – Juniors are prioritized based on available space.

Pathway/Course #TitleCredits

Education Pathway

FIRST YEAR
Fall6
EDU210Foundations of Education3
EDU235Children’s Literature3
Spring10
EDU150Directed Observation1
EDU213Introduction to Education (Elementary Ed Pathway)3
HIS151US History to 18773
MAT110Math for Liberal Arts3
SECOND YEAR
Fall
ENG105Composition I 3
EDU255Technology in the Classroom
EDU220Human Relations for the Classroom
Spring
EDU245Exceptional Learner
MAT117Math for Elementary Teachers (EL Pathway)
PSY121Developmental Psychology

Production Welding Pathway

FIRST YEAR
Fall7
MFG122Machine Trade Printreading3
MFG150Applied Math for Manufacturing2
MFG185OSHA/Shop Safety2
Spring6
MAT104Applied Math Topics3
WEL186GMAW3
SECOND YEAR
Fall
WEL120Oxy Fuel Welding and Cutting
WEL200Metallurgy Fundamentals
Spring
WEL191Tungsten ARC Welding
WEL187Advanced GMAW
WEL320Welding Fabrication

Information Technology (IT) Pathway

FIRST YEAR
Fall6
CSC110Introduction to Computers3
NET114Foundations of Information Technology3
Spring9
SPS122Interpersonal Communications3
NET303Windows Workstation Operating System3
NET789Fundamentals of Desktop Support3
SECOND YEAR
Fall
MAT110Math for Liberal Arts3
NET170Configuring Windows
NET167Computer Systems and Troubleshooting
Spring
CIS121Intro to Programming
NET142Network Essentials
NET612Fundamentals of Network Security

Healthcare Pathway

FIRST YEAR
Fall6
HSC105Intro to Health Occupations1
HSC113Medical Terminology2
HSC172Nurse Aid*3
Spring7
ENG105Composition I3
HSC101Emergency Care1
MAT110Math for Liberal Arts3
SECOND YEAR
Fall
BIO168Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab
BIO151Nutrition
EMS219EMT Basic I
PHR105Introduction to Pharmacy Technician
Spring
BIO173Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab
PSY121Developmental Psychology
PSY111Intro to Psychology
HSC189Intro to Nursing
EMS225EMT Basic II
PHR120 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician
PHR941Pharmacy Technician Practicum

Design Technology Pathway

FIRST YEAR
Fall7
MFG122Machine Trade Printreading I3
MFG150Applied Math for Manufacturing2
MFG185OSHA/Shop Safety2
Spring6
WBL100Exporing Careers3
MAT104Applied Math Topics3
SECOND YEAR
Fall
Interpersonal Communications, or other communication elective
CAD 101
Spring
Humanities elective
MFG194*Inspection Processes

Sheldon Academy

Typically Begins in a student’s Senior Year – Seniors are prioritized based on available space.

Pathway/Course #TitleCredits

Accounting

Fall7
ACC131Principles of Accounting I4
ACC161Payroll Accounting3
Spring7
ACC132Principles of Accounting II4
ACC311Computer Accounting (sub. to change)3

Automotive Technology

Fall7
AUT106Intro to Automotive Technology (Day 1-15)2
AUT165Automotive Engine Repair (Day 16-81)5
Spring6
AUT605Basic Automotive Electrical Systems6

HS Welding

Fall 1st 8 wk11
MFG122Machine Trade Print Reading I3
WEL120Oxy Fuel Welding and Cutting2
WEL186GMAW4
Fall 2nd 8 wk
WEL186GMAW2
MFG185OSHA/Shop Safety
Spring 1st 8 wk8
WEL200Metallurgy Fundamentals2
WEL187Advanced GMAW4
Spring 2nd 8 wk
WEL187Advanced GMAW
Spring 16 wk
WEL206Quality Assurance2

Orange City Career Academy

Typically taken during a student’s Junior or Senior year. Priority is given to Seniors.

Pathway/Course #TitleCredits
*Course usually offered in Fall. May have Spring class depending on numbers.
HSC172Certifed Nurse Aide3

*For the Nurse Aid class, students will need to purchase a scrub top and pants, any color and pay for the cost of 2 step TB screening; students will need to submit and pass a background check and a physical prior to class.

Contact Sarah Breems-Diekevers  for separate  handouts explaining the complete flow of classes Freshmen through Senior year and following graduation.

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