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53 seniors earn career credentials at OTC before they graduate from high school

May 9, 2023

Career Center

53 seniors earn career credentials at OTC before they graduate from high school

In total, more than 1,800 SPS students will graduate this May. But 53 will graduate with success-ready credentials from Ozarks Technical Community College.

Students get a head start on college or a career after high school at the OTC Career Center, an immersive program on OTC's campus that places students in college classes that match their passions. Juniors and seniors from every SPS high school attend the OTC Career Center, where they can work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Certificate of Achievement or Specialization. 

"Through successful completion of OTC Career Center programs, students earn both high school and college credits," said Dr. Katie Kensinger, director of college and career readiness. "I am always in awe of what our students can accomplish before they even graduate high school. These are real credentials for real jobs, real college credit that goes with our students as they pursue an associate's degree and beyond. SPS students begin their career in high school."

SPS Career Center Graduates

Central High School

  • Darren Banfield, Automotive Technology

  • Geven Bremenkamp, Culinary Arts

  • Samia Cannon, Graphic Design Technology

  • Jacob Coffman, Health Science

  • Madison Coureton, Early Childhood Development

  • John Horvath, Automotive Technology

  • Braden McMeekin, Auto Collision Repair Technology

  • Alex Ramirez, Health Science

  • Lizet Rodriguez, Health Science

  • Wyatt Shephard, Automotive Technology

Glendale High School

  • Kimberly Allen-Meza, Early Childhood Development

  • Cole Duryea, Electronic Media Production

  • Kyle Patton, Automotive Technology 

  • Ashton Rushing, Electrical Trades

  • Ryan Salka, Electrical Trades

  • Kohl Tabor, Electronic Media Production

  • Ayvan Tran, Auto Collision Repair Technology 

Hillcrest High School

  • Taylor Cox, Diesel Technology

  • Dominic Daniels, Diesel Technology

  • Bailee Gerald, Early Childhood Development

  • Natalie House, Early Childhood Development

  • Jared Lami, Agriculture  

  • Emerald Penny, Culinary Arts

  • James Porter, Welding Technology

  • Ella Reynolds, Agriculture 

  • Dylan Royer, Welding Technology

  • Atticus Satterfield, Welding Technology

  • Chad Weeks, Diesel Technology

Kickapoo High School

  • Cole Appleberry, Culinary Arts

  • Samuel Barth, Automotive Technology

  • Charity Choates, Early Childhood Development

  • Bryson Clearwater, Automotive Technology

  • Aiden Connolly, Culinary Arts

  • Jayden Cornelius, Welding Technology 

  • Keaton Hathaway, Diesel Technology

  • Connor Jones, Automotive Technology

  • Marshall McGee, Automotive Technology

  • Connor Trokey, Drafting and Design Technology

  • Collin Weaver, Welding Technology

  • Isaac Williams, Drafting and Design Technology

  • Stephanie Wiskur, Early Childhood Development 

Parkview High School

  • Yanet Adan, Health Science

  • Izaya Brown, Fire Science Technology

  • Daelin Cook, Mechatronics

  • Jasmine Espinoza-Geringer, Early Childhood Development

  • Michaela Farrales, Health Science

  • Mathew McNelly, Diesel Technology

  • Evelynn Peralta, Health Sciences

  • Lily Person, Heating, Refrigeration, and A/C

  • Ethan Scott, Agriculture

  • Michael Skaggs, Welding Technology

  • Kassandra Smith, Health Science

Through successful completion of OTC Career Center programs, students earn both high school and college credits. Near the end of their program, students take the aligned Industry Recognized Credential to earn a certification in the related industry.

Programs and available industry recognized credentials 

Auto Collision Repair Technology- ASE Auto Collision Repair Technology

Agriculture- NOCTI Horticulture Landscape

Automotive Technology - ASE Automotive Technician Examination

Construction Technology- NOCTI Carpentry

Culinary Arts- NOCTI Commercial Foods

Drafting and Design- Autodesk certified user

Diesel Technology- ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Diesel

Early Childhood Development- NOCTI Early Childhood Care and Education

Electrical Trades- Skills Electrical Construction Wiring

Electronic Media Production- Skills TV Video Production

Fire Science Technology- Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Fire Fighter 1 & 2, Haz Mat

Graphic Design Technology - NOCTI Visual Communication and Interactive Media Design

Health Science- Certified Nurse Assistant

Heating, Refrigeration, and A/C- NOCTI HVAC/R

Precision Machining Technology- Skills- CDC Milling and Turning

Welding Technology- SENSE


Any SPS junior or senior can attend the OTC Career Center. For more information and to apply, visit the OTC Career Center website.