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Career Exploration Program

The Center of Applied Technology South Career Exploration program allows students an opportunity to experience four career programs offered at CATS during the course of one semester. Career Exploration program is not required for acceptance into a Level One program, it allows students to explore possible career interests. Students can earn 0.5 of an elective credit while completing one semester of Career Exploration.


Arts, Media, & Communication


Digital Imaging, Video & Motion Graphics (IMP)

Students will combine their creativity and skills to gain experience in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well as change the roles of media and technology. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist as motion graphics/special effects designer, graphic and web designer, broadcast technician, and photographers/videographer.


Simulation and Gaming

Students will combine their creativity and skills to gain experience in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well as change the roles of media and technology.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include:  2D graphics programmer, console engine programmer, console support engineer, graphic engineer, architect monetization engineering, asset infrastructure engineer.


Construction & Development


Students will learn about basic skills needed in building construction, remodeling, maintenance, and repair. Students will have the opportunity to complete small woodworking projects. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES may include rough, finish, or maintenance carpenter, building inspector, project superintendent, and independent contractor.



Students will learn about electrical safety skills, reading blueprints and wiring diagrams, and about methods used in electrical wiring. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include electrical engineer, line meter installer, cable splicer, wire-person, control expert, distribution panel installer, and independent contractor.


Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Students will be introduced to basic principles of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. They will learn about simple wiring techniques, duct work and sheet metal fabrication. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES are available in heating and air conditioning installation, refrigeration, service, manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, and building maintenance.



Students will have the opportunity to learn basic welding operations and techniques associated with MIG, TIG, ARC and Gas welding.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist as production welder, machine operator, fabricator, pipeline welder, construction welder, sheet metal mechanic, welding inspector, underwater welder-diver, and weld shop owner.

Consumer Services, Hospitality, & Tourism


Students will learn basic cosmetology skills related to hair styling, makeup application and nail technology. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in this field include haircutting specialist, hair color or permanent wave technician, makeup artist, wig technician, skin care specialist, and salon management and ownership.


Culinary Arts

Students will learn about skills used in menu planning and cooking and have the opportunity to use professional culinary equipment. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include dining room management or supervisor, food service management or supervisor, purchasing agent, proprietor, consultant, host/hostess, dietitian, caterer and sous chef.

Health & Biosciences

Academy of Health Professionals

Students will learn about a variety of health care professions.  They will also learn basic skills used in the health care field such as taking vital signs, CPR and first aid. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in the healthcare field include certified nursing assistant, geriatric nursing assistant, medical assistant, registered nurse, physician, pharmacy technician, and radiology technician.

Dental Assisting

Students will learn about dental professions.  They will learn areas of receptionist, chairside assistant, instruments usage, preventative dentistry. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in the dental field include chairside assistant, sterilization technician, dental hygienist, dental lab technician.


Informational Technology

IT Networking (CISCO)

Students will learn about design, installation, operation and maintenance of computer networking systems.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist in fields such as cyber security specialist, security analyst, CCT routing & switching and network security officer

Transportation Technologies

Automotive Collision Repair/Refinishing

Students will learn about basic automotive body repairs.  They will learn and use basic sanding, welding and painting techniques. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES for students include technician and restorer positions available in garages and dealerships, insurance estimator, auto parts sales, custom detailing, and business ownership.


Automotive Technology

Students will learn about basic repair and maintenance of automotive engines, wheels, and brake systems.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include positions as auto repair technicians and specialists, insurance adjuster, automotive design and engineering, and business ownership.


Marine Service Technology

Students will learn about basic skills needed in marine service. Students will have the opportunity to complete small woodworking project. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include positions as marina operations, boat yard operations, marine mechanic, marine system technician, marine architect and yacht brokerage.

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