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Career & Technical Education

Welcome to Career and Technical Education


What is Career and Technical Education? It is a specific track or academy that allows a student to receive certification in order to prepare them for a career and/or continued education in that particular field or area. We are proud to have five Career Academies here at DeSoto High School and we are in the final phases of adding two additional Career Academies that should be available beginning next school year.  

We offer a variety of certifications to meet the individual needs and goals of our students. We have three Academies in the area of business; the Academy of Accounting Application, the Academy of Business and Information Technology, and the Adobe Digital Design Academy. In the Accounting Academy students are able to earn an industry certification in QuickBooks. This particular certification would be beneficial to someone that was interested in bookkeeping, becoming a CPA, or even owning their own business. Another business industry certification is Microsoft Office Specialist. This certification is beneficial to anyone pursing a degree or career in the business sector. Adobe Digital Design Academy provides students with the skills to pursue a career in fields such as web design, marketing/advertising, and computer software.

One of our larger Academies is the DHS Health Science Academy. This Academy offers the ability for students to receive multiple certifications including Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Electrocardiography Technician, Home Health Aide, and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant. These certifications would be highly beneficial to any student seeking a career or degree in the medical field.

DeSoto High is also proud to announce that we now have an Academy for students that are interested in the food service industry. The DHS Culinary Arts Academy provides students with the opportunity to be ServSafe certified. This will give them an advantage when applying for a position such as a head chef, waiter, or even restaurant manager.

For the 2019-2020 school year DeSoto High School is preparing to offer students certifications in the areas of Agriculture and Educational Sciences and Construction Technology. Any student interested in any of the above mentioned Academies should contact their guidance counselor for future academic planning.

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