The Southwest Tech seeks to meet the career preparation needs of students in grades 9-12. The Southwest Tech also offers foundation courses designed for students in the ninth and tenth grades. These courses provide students with an opportunity to try out a career cluster while building the foundation skills that will help them succeed later on. These courses may be offered in 50, 60 or 90 minute blocks. While Foundation courses are designed for 9th & 10th graders, 11th & 12th graders will be accepted if space is available.
Technical programs are intended for 11th and 12th graders, although 10th graders who are motivated and show exceptional promise may be admitted. Most technical programs are made up of a two-year, six credit sequence through which students develop the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for post-secondary education or an entry-level position in their career field. Programs run for an average of two hours per day all year-90 minutes one semester (one 90 minute block) and 150 minutes the other semester (one 90 minute block and one 60 minute block).
What if I don’t know what I want to learn?
Take an introductory level course!!! The Southwest Tech offers numerous foundation courses that give students a head start towards entering a Southwest Tech program. Another option is to dive right in. Enroll in a program. The skills you will develop will be useful to you even if you choose not to continue your training in the area where you started. Plus, each course you take at the Southwest Tech will help you to focus in on where you truly want to be in the future.
Can I meet my high school’s graduation requirements at the Southwest Tech?
YES!!! Many technical classes and programs include academic credits that meet graduation requirements*. It is important to talk to your high school guidance counselor to be certain that you are meeting your school’s graduation requirements, but remember that the Southwest Tech provides you with a variety of classes and programs that will help you earn your diploma.
Southwest Tech for the College Bound? YES!
The Southwest Tech is committed to lifelong learning. We seek to prepare students to succeed in any endeavor they undertake. This includes a commitment to support students entering post-secondary education. Several Southwest Tech offerings are NCAA approved for college bound students. Some programs have direct connections with colleges, offering dual enrollment with college transcripted credits*. Southwest Tech teachers encourage students to consider the opportunities available after high school. Most college admissions departments look for students who have gone beyond the regular high school requirements. A Southwest Tech program can strengthen your solid academic preparation.
Please note that course offerings are subject to change. For updated information, contact the Southwest Tech Guidance Coordinator.