The Automotive Service pathway includes classroom and hands-on experiences that prepare students for employment or continuing education in the auto service industry. This program was written to incorporate the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) learning objectives/content and hours. Any student who successfully completes this program will be eligible to apply to obtain the ASE exams. ASE requires 2 years of employment before certificates are issued. Students receive 1 year of credit for completion of the secondary program. Students who take certifications before the 2-year requirement is met will be granted certifications after they complete 1 year of automotive employment. This is a national certification program recognized throughout the automotive service industry.
Teacher Academy is designed to educate, train, and provide guidance for secondary vocational students who wish to become teachers, coaches, or principals in their future. It provides a history of the teaching profession, instruction on creating bulletin boards, lesson plans and activities for stsudents, as well as includes weekly hands-on visits to the Okolona Elementary School to work in classrooms with younger students. This class will prepare future educators to take and pass the Praxis I, the beginning step to becoming a teacher.
Construction is a program that prepares students for employment or continued education in the occupations of carpentry. The curriculum framework for this program was developed in partnership with the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF), the accredited sponsor for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
When developing this curriculum, writers recognized the importance of meeting the needs of the 21st century learner. Teaching strategies included a blend of online and face-to-face instruction, and are aligned with Contren Connect e-books, online lectures, video presentations, online quizzes, and active figures. Students will have access to this information to learn new content as well as review, reinforce, or revise work.
The Health Sciences pathway includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will provide students with an overview of the health-care field as outlined in the States' Career Clusters Health Science Cluster and the National Consortium on Health Science and TEchnology Education as well as begin to prepare students for careers in occupations predicted to have a high number of available jobs in the next 10 years including registered nurses, nurse aides, practical nurses, and home health aides.
Students who master the curriculum should have the skills required to take the National Health Science Assessment, which is based on industry–validated performance indicators. In addition, students should be prepared to take the Mississippi Home Health Aide and the Mississippi Homemaker exams and to complete the requirements and take the certificatin test to become a certified nurse aide.
Dual enrollment in a community college practical nursing program provides an opportunity for senior high school students to complete the first semester of a practical nursing program during their senior year. Mississippi’s dual enrollment/dual credit practical nursing programs provide qualified high school seniors the opportunity to earn college credit for the first three courses in the postsecondary Practical Nursing (PN) curriculum.
Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management includes an overview of the travel/tourism, lodging, and food service industries. The program focuses on marketing, supervisory skills, front office, reservations, bell service, housekeeping, safety, customer service, communications, food service, banquet, catering, and employability skills. Program completers are prepared to assume entry level positions in the hospitality industry or to enter advanced studies at the postsecondary level. Completers with 90 days of specialized industry work experience are eligible to obtain certification from American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Educational Institute in the following areas: Bell Attendant, Concierge, Front Desk, Room Attendant, Reservationist, Banquet Server, Banquet Set-Up, Busperson, Kitchen Steward, Restaurant Server, and Room Service.
The Marketing program provides instruction in basic marketing skills. Courses in the program provide a foundation of skills and knowledge related to basic principles of marketing, economic fundamentals, marketing planning, and sales and distribution. Instruction is also provided on specialized topics related to fashion marketing, international marketing, and sports, special events, and entertainment marketing.