Career Academies (High School Dual Credit)

Career Academies (High School Dual Credit)

Learning Opportunities for Your Future

One of the most popular ways area high school students can earn free college credit in high school at Kirkwood is through our Career Academy offerings. Geared toward high school juniors and seniors, Career Academy programs are made up of collections of courses focused around specific careers or areas of interest. 

Offered at Kirkwood Regional Centers and local high schools, Career Academies allow students to explore potential careers with hands-on learning opportunities. Credits earned in academy courses count toward a student's high school diploma AND their future college degree, and are easily transferred to colleges and universities across the state.

Getting Started Frequently Asked Questions

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Advanced Manufacturing

A fast-paced, highly technical environment that blends hands-on skill development in a variety of areas to offer students a competitive edge in today’s workforce.

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Agriculture Science

Connect with modern agriculture through class lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, and an introduction to the broad selection of careers in the field.

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Architecture, Construction & Engineering

Unique, hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences in basic architecture, construction, and engineering skills.

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Automotive Technology & Collision Repair

A unique, hands-on learning experience provided in a state-of-the-art transportation lab, working side-by-side with industry certified technicians.

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Energy, Electrical, & Automation

Unique, hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences in this academy provide foundational skills, including access to industry experts and jobsite tours.

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Graphic Communication

Explore the cutting-edge technology and software used by today’s commercial artists and communication specialists.

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Pre-Business Administration

Determine if you are a born marketer or if management is more your style. Thinking about Finance as a major? This will help you decide what area in business is for you!

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Computer Programming & Software Development

Fast-paced, highly technical environment that blends hands-on skill development in a variety of areas to offer students a competitive edge in today’s technology-heavy workforce.

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IT Networking and Virtualization/Cloud

Geek Squad™ beware! Unique, hands-on hybrid learning environment with networking, programming logic, computer support, and PC hardware.

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Dental Academy

Make mouths beautiful! Explore the hands-on, state-of-the-art lab facilities preparing future dental technicians, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Explores health careers and allows students to develop knowledge and skills in providing basic life support management of medical and traumatic emergencies.

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Patient Care

Work side-by-side with healthcare professionals in a healthcare facility and fulfill prerequisites for many college health programs.

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Pre-Professional Health Careers

Rigorous academic preparation for some of today's most popular pre-professional programs at colleges and universities.

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Pre-Social Work

Learn foundational skills and insights from experienced social service professionals into the many careers available in the field.

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Pre-Criminal Justice

Through this program, explore fast-paced criminal justice and law enforcement careers with instructors who have been in the field!

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Pre-Liberal Arts

You'll be that much closer to your certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree after completing the Arts & Sciences Academy.

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Pre-Education

This program helps students meet transfer institutions’ requirements and provides specific training and general education in working with children or youth in educational settings.

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Hospitality Management

Experience the life of a hospitality professional, from interacting with guests and selling rooms to planning events and managing food and beverage services.

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Jack Scott

“I loved taking Kirkwood classes in high school. It was a great experience where I really learned how to be a college student… it was affordable and I got to do it at a great school that was close to home.”

Jack Scott,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood Regional Centers

In addition to serving traditional and adult college students, the Center helps area high school juniors and seniors to take advantage of college-level courses, Career Academy programs, advanced high school curriculum, and a wealth of other educational possibilities.

High school academies at Jones County Regional Center include:

This list is subject to change. Download the full program of study packet.

The Regional Center at University of Iowa gives high school students the opportunity to access high tech companies and research centers on the University of Iowa campus such as the State Hygienic Laboratory, National Advanced Driving Simulator, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa Institute for Hydraulics Research, and Center for Computer Aided Design. Access opportunities to join in research projects with University of Iowa faculty.

Career academy offerings at the Kirkwood Regional Center at University of Iowa include:

This list is subject to change. Download the full course packet.

 

Additional Resources

Questions?

Your best resource for information about earning college credit in high school will be your high school guidance counselor or the contact at your nearest Kirkwood location.

Additionally, you can read through some of our frequently asked questions – just don't hesitate to reach out if you have other questions of your own!