Career & Technical Education
Director: Leslie Busby
Counselor: Rene' Smith
Secretary: Norma Arnold
Career and technical education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers, from registered nurse to computer technician. These careers may require varying levels of education from high school to postsecondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 of 20 fastest growing occupations within the next decade will require career and technical education.
South Panola High School offers 12 career and technical education programs. For more information about these programs, please click on the links below or call the Career and Technical Counselor at 563-6094.
Click here to view the Career and Technical Monthly Newsletter.
"Excellence in America's Workforce
Begins with Excellence in Workforce Education"
Leslie Busby, Director • Rene' Smith, Counselor • Norma Arnold, Secretary
Concepts of Agri-Science introduces students to the sciences, technologies, and practices of the agriculture industry. Students receive one credit for this class. Animal Science offers an intensive study of the animal industry, including traditional livestock and poultry production methods. Students will receive one credit for the class. Agriculture Mechanics includes physical science principles and applications in agriculture. Topics covered are: safety, electricity, hydraulics and pneumatics, diagnostics and preventative maintenance of small engines and metal work. Students receive one credit for this class. Horticulture Science I & II introduces students to careers, plant structure, growth, classification, and reproduction. Students will also learn plant identification, marketing, and landscape design. Students will earn two credits in this class
Health Science introduces students to health careers, basic health sciences, and skills in laboratory and clinical settings. Students are exposed to advanced skills in various health occupations and earn 2 credits. Students pursuing health majors are encouraged to enroll.
Automotive Service Technology
Automotive Service Technology is a two-year instructional program that provides students with a foundation of skills and knowledge related to the service repair of vehicles and power equipment. Students receive instruction in safety, tool and equipment usage, measurement, basic vehicle service, brake and electrical system service, drive trains, a/c and heating and hydraulic service. Two Carnegie units are received upon completion of each course.
Construction is a two-year instructional program that provides students skills and knowledge related to carpentry, electrical wiring, masonry, and plumbing. Students learn about safety, blueprint reading, construction math, and how to use hand and power tools. Students receive two Carnegie units upon completion of each course.
Business & Computer Technology
Business & Computer Technology is designed to educate, train, and provide guidance for students who seek to develop the knowledge, skills, and behavioral characteristics necessary for successful entry level employment in office occupations.
Early Childhood Services
Early Childhood Services is two-year program designed to prepare students to be caregivers and teachers of young children. Training is provided to prepare students to work in daycare operations, teach young children, and make wise parenting decisions. Students work in the in-school lab, Tiger Care, where they teach and care for preschoolers two times weekly. Students earn two credits upon completion.
Cooperative Education is a two year program designed for 11th and 12th graders that combines work-readiness preparation, related classroom instruction and worksite training. Students are required to work an average of 15 hours/wk, 540 hours/yr, and receive two and half credits each year.
Culinary & Related Foods
Culinary & Related Foods is a two-year program that prepares students for employment in food service or related occupations placing emphasis on management or ownership. Students receive two credits upon completion of each program
Family & Consumer Sciences
Family & Consumer Sciences offers students semester classes in Nutrition and Wellness, Family Dynamics, Family and Individual Health, Resource Management, Child Development, and Personal Development.
Manufacturing Trades I/Metal Fabrication
Manufacturing Trades I/Metal Fabricationis a two-year instructional program that provides students skills and knowledge related to welding, machine shop, and sheet metal. Students learn basic safety and blueprint reading and how to use basic and advanced hand and power tools to meet trade criteria. Students receive two Carnegie units upon completion of each course.
Student Services is a service offered to students who have special needs such as hearing impaired, slow learners, SLD students, single-parents, and LEP students. The coordinator facilitates student learning, remediation, and transition to work skills.
(Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
S.T.E.M. is offered to all ninth graders and one Carnegie unit of credit is earned. This course includes problem solving, teamwork, system's modeling and career orientation using technologies in laser electronics, CADD, bio-medical, robotics aerospace engineering, and audiovisual.