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Express Track to Career Opportunities

Industry Certification or State Licensure

Industry certification or state licensure is verification from a recognized industry, trade, professional association or state agency that a student has attained a documented level of achievement based on industry or state standards.

Program Goals for Students

  • Earn standard or advanced diploma
  • Complete tuition-paid community college technical training
  • Earn industry certification or state licensure

Career and Technical Education Areas Offering Certifications

  • Agricultural Education
  • Business & Information Technology
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Health & Medical Sciences
  • Marketing Education
  • Technology Education
  • Trade & Industrial Education

Sample Industry Certifications

  • AutoCAD
  • Automotive Technician (ASE)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Greenhouse Operator
  • Internet & Computing Core (IC3)
  • Lodging Management
  • Microsoft Office
  • Real Estate
  • Welding
  • Others

Benefits for Students

  • Verifiable, marketable skills
  • Greater earning potential
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Increased self-confidence and self-worth

Choosing Certification Path

  • Discuss eligibility with counselor
  • Complete career assessment
  • Counselor assists in interpreting results of career assessment
  • Select an available certification based on interests, abilities, and aptitudes

Program Costs

  • Tuition-paid community college courses through May of the year following high school graduation
  • Student/parent pays any associated fees and textbook costs
  • Free certification test

To participate in this initiative

  • Meet with counselor to select certification path
  • Sign Compact
  • Submit financial aid forms, if applicable
  • Submit college application
  • Submit registration forms