Greene County Career Academy

The Greene County Career Academy which is a part of the Iowa Central Community College system provides an opportunity for a group of students from different school districts to enroll in a specific set of courses associated with a designated career area. The Academy provides clear and precise career pathways through a specific sequence of courses. It allows school districts to pool resources and instruction and as a result provide more educational opportunities to students. The Academy allows students to study all the basic courses AND get a skill they will keep for a lifetime... all while getting a head start on a career path. National Credentialing is available where applicable, such as the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and OSHA 10. If accepted, students may participate in two different career pathways, over the course of two years. Students that are eligible to apply are Juniors, Seniors and all high school TAG students. Apprenticeship programs are available to select students and career pathways

Structure:

Participating students will travel to the Greene County Career Academy 5 days a week and take part in a career pathway from 8:20 AM–11:00 PM each day. Students will take a specific sequence of courses that will provide skills and an educational base that will allow students to either transfer these college credits into an academic program at the post-secondary level, or seek employment. Students have the opportunity to gain college credit courses in a discipline that interests them, while still attending high school. These career pathways are designed to lead into multiple college programs giving the most flexibility to students who participate. Students will also participate in an Orientation course and a College Experience (1 college credit) course to help acclimate them to the expectations and schedule of each career pathway as well as expose each student to different aspects of postsecondary education including topics such as college applications, financial aid, housing, and entrance requirements.

Student Commitment: 

Students that wish to participate and are accepted into the Greene County Career Academy are committing a full academic year to the career pathway. This means they will attend the academy 5 days a week, for the entire school year. The student will also be held to the same standards that a regular college student is held, and will follow Iowa Central academic calendar. They will be held accountable to all college policies and procedures that are listed in the Iowa Central student handbook, including our Administrative Withdrawal policy which states a student will be withdrawn from a class if he/she misses 25% or more of that class’ scheduled class meetings. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in industry tours, access to guest speakers and possible job shadowing, apprenticeships for select career pathways, as well as college visits and career fairs.

Savings and Scholarships:

By participating in a career pathway, students have access to college credits that can save them both time and money when it comes to entering an academic program at the post-secondary level. Based on 2018-19 Iowa Central tuition rates, students can save themselves and their parents between $2,562 (14 credits) and $3,111 (17 credits), not to mention the savings on the text books, materials and supplies which can average between $400 and $1,000 a year, depending on the career pathway. As another incentive, all students that participate and complete a career pathway will be issued a $500 career academy scholarship that can be used if they enroll as a full time college student at Iowa Central Community College after their high school graduation.

Career Strands:

Advanced Manufacturing - Welding

For students who are more mechanically inclined, the Advance Manufacturing - Welding career pathway is a great start to finding out what career interests them. The course sequence has been designed to build skills in fundamental and advanced welding, metal working, blueprint reading, and safety. Students will develop a solid foundation in the welding field, as well as general shop equipment and tools. This career pathway also offers students the opportunity to progress into an Apprenticeship, earn as you learn model that places students into business and industry to continue their academic careers at a place of employment.

Fall Semester:

WEL 107

Welding Technology Fundamentals

2

WEL 298

Thermal Cutting and Welding

1

WEL 181

Gas Metal Arc Welding         

2

WEL 170

Shielded Metal Arc Welding         

2

Semester Total         

7

Spring Semester:

WEL 178

Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding         

2

WEL 171

Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding

2

WEL 110

Blueprint Reading for Welders         

2

IND 117

CPR, First Aid and Safety         

1

Semester Total         

7

Apprenticeship: Available after completion of Advance Manufacturing – Welding strand is completed in its entirety.

Certifications: OSHA, First Aid, CPR, AED and AWS Assessment Ready

Agricultural Information Technology

 In the ever changing world of technology in the Agricultural field, students need to be well versed in the Information Technology that surrounds today’s Agricultural equipment and field studies. This pathway has been developed to prepare students for today’s agriculture industry, and to develop ways to use technology as a potential tool to improve decision making for the industry.

Fall Semester:

AGA 852

Principles of Crop Production        

3

AGA 336

Precision Agriculture

3

AGA 380

Integrated Pest Management        

4

Semester Total         

10

Spring Semester:

AGP 330

Advanced GPS

3

AGA 940

On-The-Job Training

3

Semester Total         

6

Computer Science/Programming

Students in the Computer Science/Programming career pathway will be exposed to the technology that is woven into our daily lives. The devices and applications that we use are changing rapidly, and these students will be exposed to the diverse fields of the modern world to provide an introduction into the latest computer science and programming technology.

Fall Semester:

CIS 162

C++        

4

CIS 189

Python

3

General Education

3

Semester Total         

10

Spring Semester:

CIS 153

Data Structures

4

CIS 172

Java

4

Semester Total         

8

Construction - Building Trades

The construction-building trades career pathway provides students an introduction to the skills needed to be successful in the construction industry. With a concentration on residential construction, the program emphasizes instruction in concrete, dry wall, roofing and basic mechanical systems. Building science is an emphasis throughout the year long program.

Fall Semester:

CON 102

Intro to Residential Construction         

2

CON 129

Concrete Theory         

3

CON 500

Construction Tech Lab 1A         

4

Semester Total         

9

 

Spring Semester: 

CON 131

Site Layout and Blueprint Reading

1

CON 501

Construction Tech Lab 1B

4

IND 110

CPR, First Aid & Safety         

1

Semester Total         

6

Certifications: CPR, First Aid, AED

Culinary and Hospitality 

Students in the Culinary and Hospitality career pathway will experience an introduction to the world of hospitality and culinary arts. The program combines the important components of food preparation, along with nutrition, food safety and sanitation, and food service management. A hands on, in kitchen learning style will be utilized to allow students to gain employable skills in the kitchen, while developing an understanding or the industry and the business side of the hospitality industry.

Fall Semester: 

HCM 108

Food Safety and Sanitation        

3

HCM 292

Food Preparation

3

HCM 298

Knife Skills

2

Semester Total         

8

Spring Semester: 

HCM 148

Food Fundamentals         

3

HCM 294

Food Preparation 2

3

HCM 608

Intro to Hospitality         

3

Semester Total         

9

Certifications: ServSafe

Health Care 

The Health Care Academy targets students who like to work with people and who have an interest in health-related careers. The coursework is designed to meet the needs of students who learn better when their classroom experiences are connected to “real world” experiences reflecting the career interest of their choice. The Academy offers a rigorous academic program that prepares graduates to enter a technically oriented curriculum in a community college or to enter the workforce after high school. This career pathway also offers students the opportunity to progress into an Apprenticeship, earn as you learn model that places students into business and industry to continue their academic careers at a place of employment.

Fall Semester: 

BIO 151

Nutrition

3

PEH 141

First Aid

2

HSC 172

Nurse Aid        

3

HSC 104

Intro to Health Care

2

Semester Total         

10

Spring Semester: 

HSC 113

Medical Terminology

2

BIO 168

Human Anatomy & Physiology

4

SOC 110

Intro to Sociology

3

Semester Total         

9

Apprenticeship: Available after completion of Health Care strand is completed in its entirety.

Certifications: CPR, First Aid, AED, Nurse Aid