Career Academies (High School Dual Credit)

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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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Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding

A fast-paced, highly technical environment that blends hands-on skill development in a variety of areas to offer students a competitive edge in today’s workforce.

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Agricultural Science

Connect with modern agriculture through class lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, and an introduction to the broad selection of careers in the field.

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Architecture, Construction & Engineering

Unique, hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences in basic architecture, construction, and engineering skills.

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Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, and Restoration

A unique, hands-on learning experience provided in a state-of-the-art transportation lab, working side-by-side with industry certified technicians.

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Computer Network and Cybersecurity

Geek Squad™ beware! Unique, hands-on hybrid learning environment with networking, programming logic, computer support, and PC hardware.

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Computer Programming and Software Development

Fast-paced, highly technical environment that blends hands-on skill development in a variety of areas to offer students a competitive edge in today’s technology-heavy workforce.

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Culinary

Students learn introductory concepts of food safety, nutrition, and menu planning.

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Dental

Make mouths beautiful! Explore the hands-on, state-of-the-art lab facilities preparing future dental technicians, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Explores health careers and allows students to develop knowledge and skills in providing basic life support management of medical and traumatic emergencies.

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Engineering (Project Lead The Way)

Students learn to problem solve real-world engineering challenges through a nationally recognized, pre-engineering program.

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Graphics Communication Technology

Explore the cutting-edge technology and software used by today’s commercial artists and communication specialists.

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Hospitality Management

Experience the life of a hospitality professional, from interacting with guests and selling rooms to planning events and managing food and beverage services.

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Liberal Arts

You'll be that much closer to your certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree after completing the Liberal Arts Academy.

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Medical Laboratory Technician

Unique, hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences teach you how to play a critical role in the healthcare industry as a medical laboratory technician (MLT). 

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Patient Care Exploration

Work side-by-side with healthcare professionals in a healthcare facility and fulfill prerequisites for many college health programs.

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Pre-Business Administration

Determine if you are a born marketer or if management is more your style. Thinking about Finance as a major? This will help you decide what area in business is for you!

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Pre-Criminal Justice

Through this program, explore fast-paced criminal justice and law enforcement careers with instructors who have been in the field!

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Pre-Education

This program helps students meet transfer institutions’ requirements and provides specific training and general education in working with children or youth in educational settings.

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Pre-Professional Health Careers

Rigorous academic preparation for some of today's most popular pre-professional programs at colleges and universities.

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Pre-Social Work

Learn foundational skills and insights from experienced social service professionals into the many careers available in the field.

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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.

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