Career Academies (High School Dual Credit)

Career Academies (High School Dual Credit)

Learning Opportunities for Your Future

One of the most popular ways area high school students can earn free college credit in high school at Kirkwood is through our Career Academy programs. Geared toward high school juniors and seniors, Career Academies are collections of courses focused around specific careers or areas of interest. 

Credits earned in academy courses count toward a student's high school diploma AND their future college degree, and are easily transferred to colleges and universities across the country.

Career Academies are offered at local high schools and at Kirkwood Regional Centers – select academies are offered at each center, so make sure to check local availability.

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Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE)

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Automotive Technology & Collision Repair

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Digital Arts, Social Media, and Visual Design

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Fire Science

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Pre-Med, Nursing, and Professional Health Careers

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Pre-Nursing with Nurse Aide Certification

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Jack Scott

“I loved taking Kirkwood classes in high school. It was a great experience where I really learned how to be a college student… it was affordable and I got to do it at a great school that was close to home.”

Jack Scott,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood Regional Centers

In addition to serving traditional and adult college students, the Center helps area high school juniors and seniors to take advantage of college-level courses, Career Academy programs, advanced high school curriculum, and a wealth of other educational possibilities.

Jones County Academies Explore Jones County Regional

Located on Boyson Road in Hiawatha, the Linn County Regional Center offers in-person courses for traditional students and adult learners, as well as Career Academy programs for current high schoolers.

Linn County Academies Explore Linn County Regional

The Regional Center at University of Iowa gives high school students the opportunity to access high tech companies and research centers on the University of Iowa campus such as the State Hygienic Laboratory, National Advanced Driving Simulator, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa Institute for Hydraulics Research, and Center for Computer Aided Design. Access opportunities to join in research projects with University of Iowa faculty.

Johnson County Academies Explore Regional Center at U of I

The Kirkwood Washington County Regional Center offers all the services of a community college, including specific Career Academy offerings for area high schoolers, right in your backyard!

Washington County Academies Explore Washington County Regional


Questions?

Your best resource for information about earning college credit in high school will be your high school counselor or the contact at your nearest Kirkwood location.

Frequently Asked Questions