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Career & Technical Education

July 2021

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.

Ag. Agri Technology- The program includes but is not limited to instruction in animal and plant production and processing; agriculture marketing; agricultural mechanics; employability skills; mathematics; basic science; biological sciences: communications; and human-relations skills.  

Ag. Animal Sciences- The program includes but is not limited to planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, health, safety and environmental issues, and the use and care of animal health-care instruments, animal grooming, equipment, animal restraining equipment, and laboratory equipment.  

Ag: Horticulture Science and Services- The program includes but is not limited to planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety and environmental issues.

Building Construction Tech- The program includes but is not limited to developing skills in various construction trades, as well as providing a foundation in construction management.

Admin Office Specialist- The program includes but is not limited to the use of technology to develop communications skills, higher level thinking skills, and decision making skills; the performance of office procedures tasks; the production of quality work in an efficient manner using advanced features of business software applications; research of job opportunities; and the production of high quality employment portfolios and job-seeking documents. 

Accounting Applications- The content includes but is not limited to double-entry accounting principles; methods of recording business transactions; preparation and analysis of various documents and financial statements; payroll records and tax forms; accounting control systems; account and transaction analysis; inventory methods; the aging process; depreciation; and the application of accounting principles to various entities.

Digital Design- The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment in the Digital Design industry as information Technology Assistants, Production Assistants, Digital Assistant Designers, Graphic Designers, and Multimedia Designers.

Computer System & Information Technology- The purpose of the program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in a variety of occupations in the information technology industry.

Culinary Arts- The program provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Hospitality & Tourism career cluster.

E-Commerce Marketing- The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in the Electronic Commerce (e-Commerce) Marketing industry.  The content includes, but is not limited to, employability skills, selling techniques, public relations and publicity, event planning and execution, and licensing, sponsorship, and endorsements. 

Nursing Assistants- The program is designed tp prepare students for employment as nursing assistants SOC-31-1014 (Nursing Assistants) in nursing homes, hospitals, or other health care facilities. 

Home Health Aide- The program is designed to prepare students for employment as home attendants or home health aides (SOC 31-1011).

Electrocardiograph Tech- The program is designed to prepare students for employment as EKG Technicians (SOC Code: 2-2031 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians). 

****The School District of DeSoto County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status or genetic information in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices. The district also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boys Scout of America Equal Access Act. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation.  Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment may be sent to the designated Equity Coordinator (34 C.F.R. 104.4): Dr. Gina Stafford (Equity Coordinator- Student/Parents) (gina.stafford@desotoschools.com) and Raymond Klejmont (Equity Coordinator-Employees) (raymond.klejmont@desotoschools.com).