Career Academies

Career Academies Brochure

Career Academies are a partnership between Lewis Cass ISD, Southwestern Michigan College, the four local districts (Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, and Marcellus) and other interested districts. The academies provide 11th and 12th grade students an opportunity to earn college credit in a planned program of study while still in high school. Academy students attend classes on the campus of Southwestern Michigan College. Tuition and fees for academy classes are paid by the local high school.

Students attend academies in the following emphasis areas:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • Electronics Technology
  • Precision Production Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Welding
  • Business
  • Education
  • Design & Graphic Arts
  • Human Services
  • Theatre Technology
  • Hospitality Special Event Planning
  • Construction Trades Technology
  • Digital Home Technology

Automotive TechnologyThis academy prepares students for careers in all aspects of the Automotive industry. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA at their local high school to enroll in the Automotive Academy. Automotive Technology students may enroll for their Junior and Senior years in high school and can earn between 8 and 11 college credits per semester in this program.

Computer Aided Drafting & DesignThis academy prepares students for careers in the architectural or engineering areas. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA at their local high school to enroll in the CAD academy.  CAD students may enroll for their Junior and Senior years in high school and can earn between 8 and 11 college credits per semester in this program.

Electronics TechnologyThis academy prepares students for careers in the field of electronics. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA at their local high school to enroll in the Electronics Academy. Electronics students may enroll for their Junior and Senior years in high school and can earn between 8 and 11 college credits per semester in this program.

Precision Production TechnologyThis academy prepares students for careers in all types of metal working. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA at their local high school to enroll in the PPT Academy. PPT students may enroll for the Junior and Senior years in high school and can earn between 8 and 11 college credits per semester in this program.

Health ScienceThis academy is designed to provide students with the fundamental classes to continue in a career in the Health field. The academy also emphasizes an exploration of careers in the health field, including significant job shadowing experience. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA at their local high school to enroll in the Health Academy. Students may enroll for the Junior and Senior years in high school and can earn between 6 and 10 college credits per semester in this program.

WeldingThis academy provides students with knowledge and practice in several areas of welding. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA at their local high school to enroll in the Welding Academy.  Welding students may enroll for the Junior and Senior years in high school and can earn between 6 and 10 college credits per semester in this program.

BusinessThis academy introduces students to several areas in the Business field. The academy also emphasizes an exploration of careers in business, including job shadowing experience in several areas of business. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the local high school to enroll in the Business Academy.  Business students must be in their Senior year in high school and can earn between 6 and 10 credits per semester in this program.

EducationThis academy provides students with the foundation classes needed for careers in education. This academy also explores careers in the education field with a significant part of the course job shadowing in educational settings. Students may enroll for their Junior and Senior years in high school. Education Academy students must have at least a 2.7 GPA at their high school to enroll and can earn between 6 and 10 college credits per semester.

Design & Graphic ArtsThis academy gives students a foundation for continuing their education in careers in the design and graphic arts field. Students must be Seniors to enroll. Design & Graphic Arts students must have at least a 3.0 GPA at their local high school and can earn between 6 and 10 college credits per semester.

Human ServicesThis academy gives students a foundation for continuing their education in careers in the Human Services field. Students may enroll for their Junior and Senior years in high school. Human Services Academy students must have at least a 2.7 GPA at their high school to enroll and can earn between 6 and 10 college credits per semester.

Theatre Arts TechnologyStudents will prepare for such careers as theatre, lighting or sound technician, costumer, stage manager or stagehand, scenery or set fabricator, or production manager. They will learn about technical aspects of theatrical production including design interpretation, tools and equipment, building materials, construction techniques and stage lighting and sound.

Hospitality Special Event PlanningSpecial event planners organize events that focus on a common purpose. They ensure that the event runs smoothly and coordinate every detail from meetings location, speakers, printed materials, food and audio-visual requirements.

Construction Trades TechnologyProgram prepare students with both the theoretical and applied knowledge necessary to gain successful employment in the construction industry. Students will also develop a solid foundation in “green” technologies and practices related to construction. The curriculum is aligned with national competency standards and trade specific skills. Students in this program will develop the understanding and skills to build, inspect and repair structures.

Digital Home Technology Integration (DHTI)The installation and integration of various systems in the home and business environment. It is currently one of the fastest growing technical career fields. Students trained in the field will be able to work in a variety of areas: security systems, satellite, telecommunications, cable, A-V installation, and network administration.