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Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

At St. Louis Community College we focus many of our programs on career and technical education (CTE) programs that prepare our students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, in-demand careers.

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    Accounting - AAS, CP

    The accounting program provides many courses and several certificates on each of its three campuses for students who want to enter the field of accounting. The courses in each of the certificate program provides a stepping stone toward completion of the AAS degree, so students can start by completing the certificate and then continue to earn a degree.


    Automotive Technology - AAS, CP, CS

    This program offers both degree and certificate options that will prepare you for initial employment in the automotive industry at beginning managerial levels. The program includes courses in humanities, science, management, accounting and communications, as well as specific automotive courses. Laboratory work and field trips supplement classroom instruction.


    Baking and Pastry Arts - AAS

    This program will allow students to gain the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to become a successful pastry professional. Concepts of baking theory and nutrition; bread, rolls, and bakeries; production pastry techniques; and cake production and decoration will lay the foundation for essential pastry-related skills.


    Behavioral Health Support - AAS

    This program trains graduates to obtain employment as a support professional in the areas of addiction, disabilities, education support, mental health and psychiatric care.


    Biomedical Electronics Technology - CP

    This program provides students with skills necessary to enter the field of Biomedical Electronics service and support as Biomedical Electronics Technicians (BMET).


    Biotechnology - AAS, CS

    This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in a life science research laboratory, in molecular-cellular quality control, in bioprocessing and in other life science industry settings.


    Child and Family Development - AAS

    This program offers students a variety of degree options and pathways of study. Students will investigate leading theories of child development and methodologies for curriculum planning and assessment. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning, and opportunities for discussion with award winning faculty, students will engage in the best practices designed for the study of young children and their families.


    Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA - CS

    This program covers comprehensive networking concepts, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network.


    Clinical Laboratory Technology - AAS

    This program prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical laboratory technicians. Through classroom and practical experience in hospital and clinical laboratories, students learn to perform qualitative, quantitative and analytic testing in microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, serology, immunology and urinalysis.


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    Computer Accounting Technology - CS

    This program is designed for Accounting students on the fast-track to the job-market or working professionals who want to update their computer technology skills.


    Computer Aided Design (CAD) - CS

    This program prepares a CAD operator to interpret data from multiple sources, apply traditional drafting skills, utilize operating system software, and follow industrial practices and company procedures related to CAD work.


    Computer Applications - CS

    This certificate is designed for individuals who are interested in learning a range of end-user applications for personal computers, including operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. It prepares the graduate to employ the functions of personal computers that are generally in use in offices today.


    Computer Integrated Manufacturing - AAS

    This program prepares students for positions in manufacturing. The program is designed to accommodate new students as well as those individuals already working in the field.


    Criminal Justice - AAS, CP

    Students who enroll in this Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement program will be prepared for entry-level employment in the criminal justice system. The program includes general education courses as well as concentrated college level coursework in law enforcement and criminal justice.


    Culinary Arts - AAS

    The Culinary Arts program is designed to meet current and future needs for training food service and food service managerial persons to assume leadership roles in the industry. The curriculum covers food preparation, production, table service and culinary management.


    Cybersecurity - AAS, CP

    The program prepares you for entry-level information assurance/security technician positions that support planning, implementing, upgrading and monitoring security measures that protect computer networks and information systems.


    Database Developer - CP

    This program is designed for individuals who are interested in developing skills to qualify for positions as database application developers, database analysts, or database administrators.


    Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language - CP

    This program provides the instruction and hands-on experience needed to communicate effectively with deaf individuals through American Sign Language (ASL).


    Dental Assisting - CP

    The Dental Assisting program prepares students to work as members of the dental health care team. Students receive a broad background in all aspects of dentistry through extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. Major emphasis is placed on gaining proficiency in chairside assisting procedures and expanded functions.


    Dental Hygiene - AAS

    The dental hygiene program is a 2-year, full time program that begins each fall and is designed to prepare students for licensure and employment in the State of Missouri. The program includes a general education component as well as a concentration in dental hygiene.


    Diesel Technology - AAS, CP, CS

    This diesel mechanic program prepares you for careers as medium/heavy truck repair technicians. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in new vehicle dealerships, truck and bus leasing companies, street and highway departments and metropolitan transit facilities.


    Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology - AAS

    This program prepares students to function as technical assistants to scientists and engineers. Through classroom work and practical experience in technology laboratories, students learn to prepare and interpret drawings and diagrams, perform testing procedures and compile technical data.


    Emergency Medical Technology - CS

    This program is designed for individuals that are interested in a career as an Emergency Medical Technician, preparing them for an entry-level position in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Since many EMS services are components of fire departments, it is also important for those pursuing a career as a fire fighter.


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    Engineering Technology - AAS

    This program prepares students for entry level positions as engineering technologists through classroom instruction, laboratory skill practice, and/or work experience. Students will gain hands on knowledge in electronics, blueprint reading, measurement techniques, and prototype development.


    Funeral Services Education - AAS

    This program prepares students for any entry level position as a funeral director and embalmer in a funeral home.


    Funeral Directing - CS

    This program prepares the student for licensure as a funeral director and entry-level employment in a Missouri funeral establishment, as well as other states with similar licensing regulations. Funeral Directing courses are available to students who have been admitted to the Funeral Directing Program and/or have departmental approval.


    Graphic Communications - AAS

    Graduates of the graphics communications program will have the creative and conceptual skills necessary to, and be ready for, entry-level employment and beyond in a variety of visual communication settings.


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    Health Information Technology - AAS

    This program provides students with the technical skills and knowledge required to provide reliable and valid information essential to the healthcare industry. Graduates are specialists working with health information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research.


    Horticulture - AAS, CP

    Students learn both the science and the art of horticulture through a combination of classroom theory with laboratory practice and on-the-job training. Courses in soils, plant diseases, turfgrass management and cooperative horticulture are integral parts of the program.


    Hospitality Management - AAS

    The curriculum in this program will prepare students for first-level management trainee positions in the hospitality industry. Coursework will introduce students to the hospitality industry segments of event planning, food and beverage, hotel, and travel and tourism.


    Human Services - AAS

    This program provides students with a basic social science framework and perspective for pursuing an entry-level position in the field of human services. The program also provides currently employed human service workers the opportunity to upgrade their skills and abilities


    Interior Design - AAS, CS

    The program prepares students for careers in interior design or transfer to a four-year institution. The certificate program is designed for graduates of two-year interior design programs to meet the educational standards required to become a certified professional interior designer.


    IT Help Desk/End User Support - CS

    This program is a skill-oriented program that prepares students for help desk and desktop support technician positions in the enterprise. The foundational principles of end-user support including client operating system and application software, hardware and software installation, system configuration, problem diagnosis and resolution, and computer security will be covered.


    Kitchen and Bath Design - CP

    This program emphasizes the visual and oral communication skills necessary for the development of functional and aesthetically pleasing residential kitchen and bath designs. Students will become familiar with trade, professional, and industry resources available both locally and nationally.


    Legal Studies for the Paralegal - AAS, CP

    This Legal Studies for the Paralegal program, designed in cooperation with the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, prepares students for careers in the paralegal profession. Students develop a basic legal vocabulary and gain an understanding of Missouri statutes and cases and pretrial and trial proceedings.


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    Life Science Laboratory Assistant - CS

    This program prepares students for entry-level positions in life science research, development, and production. In addition, this short-term program, designed to be delivered in two semesters, acts as a bridge into the college’s AAS Biotechnology program and other STEM programs.


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    Medical Billing and Coding - CP

    This program prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical code practitioners. Students will learn how to classify medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting.


    Network Engineering - AAS, CP

    This program provides students with an accelerated career pathway, stackable certificates and programs and industry-recognized credentials. With this network engineering degree, students will be prepared for apprentice-level networking positions.


    Network Security - CP

    This program is a skill-oriented program that prepares students to implement and monitor security measures of a network. The program emphasizes core security technologies, installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, availability of data, and devices as well as competency in the technologies.


    Nursing - AAS

    This program prepares students to become registered nurses. Students learn to provide direct care for clients that is based on the nursing process. Students acquire knowledge and technical skills necessary for effective communication with clients and families. They learn management, organizational, and delegation skills necessary to provide competent care to a group of clients.


    Occupational Therapy Assistant - AAS

    This program prepares students for positions as occupational therapy practitioners who work under the supervision of registered occupational therapists.


    Office Information Systems - AAS

    This program is designed to prepare students to be proficient in the use of office technology including current computer hardware, operating and application software, and traditional as well as state-of-the-art office equipment such as digital devices.


    Paramedic Technology - AAS, CP

    This program prepares students for positions as emergency medical technicians-paramedics. Paramedics are skilled in patient assessment and recognition of diagnostic signs and symptoms of major injuries and illnesses.


    Physical Therapist Assistant - AAS

    This program prepares graduates to work as a team to assist the physical therapists (PTs) to manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.


    Precision Machining Technology - CS

    This program prepares students for entry level jobs in the machine tool trade. Students will learn to safely set up and operate milling machines, lathes, grinders and drill presses. They will also learn the basics of CNC machine set up and operation.


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    Radiologic Technology - AAS, CP

    Being a paramedic, or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), is not only a great way to make a positive change in the world, but it is a fulfilling career choice that presents a different set of challenges everyday. Paramedics are needed in every region - urban and rural.


    Respiratory Care - AAS

    This program prepares students for positions as respiratory therapists. Students learn to evaluate, treat, and manage patients with cardiopulmonary disorders in a variety of settings.


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    Skilled Trades Industrial Occupations Technology- AAS, CS

    Skilled Trades Industrial Occupations Technology allows individuals to earn an associate degree tailored to their occupational/career needs. College credit for technical areas may be earned through established articulation agreements with apprenticeship programs recognized by the college or individualized programs of study developed in consultation with the Engineering and Technology department.


    Software Developer - AAS

    This program provides you with the technical skills and knowledge required to design, write, implement, secure and maintain business software systems in the enterprise.


    Surgical Technology - AAS

    This program prepares students for entry-level positions as surgical technologists. Students learn aseptic technique, instrumentation, surgical procedures and patient care through classroom, laboratory practice and at a clinical affiliate.


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    Web Developer - CS

    This Certificate of Specialization is designed for students seeking skills to qualify for positions as Web Developers. The certificate was developed to include topics that will build the programming and database skills a Web Developer needs in order to build and maintain a corporation’s website.

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