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57 seniors earn career credentials at OTC before they graduate high school

May 14, 2024

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In total, more than 1,800 SPS students will graduate this May. But 57 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."

Central High School

  • Devin Adams, Drafting and Design Technology

  • Gerson Aguilera, Culinary Arts

  • Angel Botello, Welding

  • *Diego Jimenez Phillips, Welding

  • *Joshua nelson, Autobody Collision and Repair Technician

  • Kaleb Pyle, Autobody Collision and Repair Technician

  • *Emmanuel Ramirez, Autobody Collision and Repair Technician

  • Kaci Sutton, Health Sciences


Glendale High School

  • Tyson Bryan, Auto Mechanics

  • Diego Garcilaso, Fire Science and Firefighting

  • Kaden Herring, Autobody Collision and Repair Technician

  • Haydyn Keiker, Emergency Medical Technician

  • Alyssa Miller, Auto Mechanics

  • Jacob Taylor, Welding

  • Isabelle Voelker, Carpentry

  • Darian Washington, Electrical and Electronics Equipment Repair


Hillcrest High School

  • Haylyn Baker, Emergency Medical Technician

  • Marcus Barker, Auto Mechanics

  • Hailey Cook, Welding

  • Hannah Gott, Health Sciences

  • *Pierce Hansen, Auto Mechanics

  • Alyse Repetto, Health Sciences

  • Isaac Sing, Welding

  • Sarah Thompson, Health Sciences


Kickapoo High School

  • Jayson Burke, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration

  • Ty Deckard, Fire Science and Firefighting

  • Matthew England, Computer Programming

  • Calista Fontinel, Drafting and Design Technology

  • Landrey Gruver, Agricultural Sciences

  • Sarah Gunn, Health Sciences

  • *Kelea Martin, Early Childhood Professions

  • Noah Medlam, Welding

  • Agape Nelson, Health Sciences

  • Eva-Mae Royal, Carpentry

  • Aiden Simpson, Culinary Arts

  • *Jeremiah Stowe, Diesel Mechanics


Parkview High School

  • *Ross Alvarado, Electrician

  • Klayton Beeler, Autobody Collision and Repair Technician

  • Sierra Clark, Agricultural Sciences

  • *Dylan Depriest, Electrician

  • Braedon Dickson, Drafting and Design Technology

  • Stevie Gawron, Early Childhood Professions

  • *Jagger Goodman, Welding

  • Jaylee Jenkins, Health Sciences

  • Connor Kennedy, Auto Mechanics

  • Thien Nguyen, Carpentry

  • *Anthony Nunda, Carpentry

  • Steven Piersall, Culinary Arts

  • Kasey Presto, Diesel Mechanics

  • Aeriana Rhine, Health Sciences

  • Daniel Silantyev, Diesel Mechanics

  • Andrew Torres, Auto Mechanics

  • Blake Weston, Fire Science and Firefighting

  • Goldie Winstead, Radio and TV Broadcasting Technology

  • Joseph Woods, Fire Science and Firefighting

  • Makayli Wright, Health Sciences


Study Alternative Center

  • Jaylen Rivers, Auto Mechanics


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.

In addition to completing the program, students can earn the Certificate of Achievement for grades and other performance measures. Students who graduate with a Certificate of Achievement are invited to participate in OTC’s commencement ceremony. Students who earned this honor are noted with an asterisk (*).

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