The Career & Technology Center at Fort Osage

  • The high schools of Blue Springs, in cooperation with The Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage, offer to qualifying students the following career and technical education programs.

    THE CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

    AT FORT OSAGE

    Explore. Create. Excite. Pursue.

    What is the CTC?

    The CTC is a college and career-preparatory center serving high school juniors and seniors from the Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Grain Valley and Oak Grove school districts. The school is located on the Fort Osage campus across from Fort Osage High School. Students that are accepted spend ½ of their day (AM or PM) at the CTC in their career/technical program. Students can earn up to six credits (elective or Practical Arts) by completing a 2-year program.

    Can anyone do CTC?

    Getting into the CTC is a competitive process. Factors like grades and attendance will be considered. Students will also complete an interview with their prospective program instructor.

    When do I apply?

    Most students will apply as sophomores in December to January. The application is online. While we will accept applications throughout the spring semester, the priority deadline to receive first consideration is usually the first Friday in February.

    Some programs, including Entrepreneurial Studies, Health Science at CTC and Nail Tech, are senior-only programs. Students interested in these programs will apply in December to January of their junior year.

    Is the CTC just to get a job after graduation?

    Many of our students attend CTC to build skills and gain experience for a career. However, over 60% of CTC graduates also attend college, including four-year universities, community colleges and technical schools. Our programs are designed to prepare students for both the workforce and for higher education.

    Can I get college credit through the CTC?

    Yes! The CTC partners with local colleges to offer dual* and articulated** credit to students who meet the college’s criteria. Requirements may include having a certain GPA from your home high school, successful completion of your CTC program, and an appropriate score on a standardized test, such as the ACT. Some of the colleges that CTC partners with include Metropolitan Community College (MCC), the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Students can graduate high school with up to a semester of college already completed just from credits earned at the CTC.

    *Dual credit is awarded upon completion of the course requirements and allows students to take the credit to a variety of colleges and universities.

    **Articulated credit is awarded after graduation and upon successful completion of a minimum number of college hours at the college that is offering the credit.

    Are there any other college prep opportunities at the CTC?

    The second year of many CTC programs has been designated as an advanced career/technical program. Credits earned in this year may be applied to the high school preparatory studies certificate for graduation.

    What if I want to go into the workforce after graduating high school?

    In addition to providing hands-on experience training for professional skills, the CTC offers students the chance to earn an Industry Recognized Credential (IRC). IRC’s are recognized credentials that shows a student has successfully demonstrated skills competencies. Students earning IRC’s can have many benefits upon entering the workforce, including potentially higher pay. Examples of IRC’s are included in the course description of each CTC program.

    Does the CTC offer internships?

    Students have the chance to be involved in internships, work-study and job shadows at area businesses during the fourth quarter of their senior year. Previous internships and job shadows have included the Cerner Scholars Program, Mid-Continent Public Library, CKS Packaging, Independence Police Department and the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County. These experiences offer students the chance to put their skills to work in a real-world setting, develop their professional network and explore their industry.

Course Descriptions

  • How do I sign up?

    Act now! Students from Fort Osage, Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Grain Valley, and Oak Grove High Schools attend The Career and Technology Center, so space is limited. Applications are found online at https://fortosage.net/page/9. Parents and prospective students will be invited to an orientation and/or open house and will be notified as to dates and times of this meeting.


    Agriculture Productions PM
    Course #: HS1670
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 3 Unit
    (3 Units, Gr. 11-12, 4 Sem.) First year seniors considered with available space.
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: MOASK: MO Agriculture Skill & Knowledge Assessment
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Pending Instructor credentials.

    This 2-year program focuses on several areas of the agriculture industry: agriculture mechanics, plant and animal science, as well as agricultural business and leadership. Each student will use equipment for metalworking, carpentry, electricity and concrete. Students will have the opportunity to work in a fully operational greenhouse. Students will also be prepared for a job interview by the end of the course. In addition, students will be encouraged to take advantage of their membership in the National FFA Organization and develop a supervised agricultural experience program. For students wishing to pursue a career in agriculture, animal science, ag business, ag technologies or conservation, this is a great program to consider. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Welding Technology

    COURSE #: HS1671 AM
    COURSE #: HS1672 PM
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units
    (3 Units, Gr. 11-12, 4 sem.) First-year seniors considered with available space
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: American Welding Society (AWS)
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Pending instructor credentials

    Welding Technology is a two-year program that will utilize the American Welding Society curriculum developed to train students in the latest welding technologies and will prepare students with the occupational skills needed to pursue a career in the welding industry. Course content will include, but not limited to the following areas: welding theory, symbols and terminology, safety, oxyacetylene welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. Instruction will also cover math for welders, blueprint reading and basic metallurgy. Students who successfully complete this program may have the opportunity to test to earn certifications established by the American Welding Society. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Auto Service Technology I

    COURSE #: HS1614 AM
    COURSE #: HS1616 PM
    GRADE: 11
    CREDITS: 3 Units
    (3 hours daily) (2-year program)
    (3 Units, 2 Sems).
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: ASE
    Dual/Articulated Credit:
    Ten (10) hours (total over two years) of dual or articulated credit available through Longview Community College (MCC) if college’s criteria are met. Internship credit to Oklahoma State University (Okmulgee Campus), is available if college’s criteria are met. This class can lead to internships with participating repair facilities and/or dealer-sponsored educations.

    Automotive Service Technology I prepares the student to meet the challenges of diagnosis and repair of today’s automobile. Instruction includes tool identification and use, gaining entry level skills for automotive employment, vehicle maintenance, front-end alignment, steering and suspension, brakes, and engine repair. This is an ASE/NATEF accredited program. Various academic and work ethic principles are taught and practiced throughout the year as well. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Auto Service Technology II

    COURSE #: HS1602 AM
    COURSE #: HS1603 PM
    GRADE: 12
    CREDITS: 3 Units
    (3 hours daily) (2nd year program)
    (3 Units, 2 Sems.).
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: ASE
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Up to Ten (10) hours available over two years of dual or articulated credit available through Longview Community College (MCC) if college’s criteria are met. Internship credit to Oklahoma State University (Okmulgee Campus), is available if college’s criteria are met. This class can lead to internships with participating repair facilities and/or dealer-sponsored education.

    Auto Service Technology II helps prepare the student to safely and efficiently meet the challenges of proper diagnosing and repairing of today’s automobile. Instruction includes advanced electrical, engine performance and computer system theory application and diagnosis. Various academic, work ethic and professional development principles are taught and practiced throughout the year as well. All program goals and practices have an emphasis on career and college preparation. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    College Prep Engineering

    COURSE #: HS1626 AM
    COURSE #: HS1628 PM
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units
    (3 Units, 4 Sems.) (2-year program)
    First year seniors considered with available space.

    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process

    Dual/Articulated Credit: Up to three (3) hours of dual credit available with Metropolitan Community College (MCC)/Longview CC.

    This course will expose students to many of the diverse fields of engineering by learning the math, science and theories that are the foundation. Students will have the opportunity to use that knowledge in team and individual design projects. This is a rigorous academic program that prepares students for further engineering study in college. Juniors will focus on the following fields of engineering: Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical/Computer, Environmental and Agricultural. As a senior, students will learn Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering (PLTW curriculum). Students will also be expected to create and apply a large scale research/design project that demonstrates their understanding of the engineering design process. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Advanced Computer Engineering

    COURSE #: HS1650 AM
    COURSE #: HS1652 PM
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units
    (3 Units, 2 Sems.) 

    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process

    IRC: MTA: Microsoft Technology Associate

    Dual/Articulated Credit: Six (6) hours of dual or articulated college credit available through MCC-Blue River if college’s criteria are met. Three (3) hours of dual credit available through University of Central Missouri (UCM

    Advanced Computer Engineering will prepare students seeking a two-year or four-year college degree in the fields of computer programming, computer science or computer engineering. This course will provide students with a foundation in programming, video game design, server technology and cloud computing. In preparation for the broad field of computer engineering, students will work with current computer hardware and have the opportunity to explore introductory robotic technology. Students will also have the opportunity to earn the Microsoft Technology Associate Certification. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Cybersecurity
    COURSE #: HS1653 AM
    COURSE #: HS1655 PM
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process, recommended Algebra I
    IRC: Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals and Cisco CCENT
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Pending per instructor credentials

    Well-trained Cyber Security professionals are in high demand because of the exponential growth of technology in our modern society. Employment opportunities exist statewide, nationally, and internationally. In our Cyber Security program, students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to design, support, and secure the level of security that modern networks demands. Using state of the art equipment students will install and troubleshoot the devices needed to ensure network integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data. Students will continue these studies their second year while learning advanced topics such as encryption, penetration testing and ethical hacking. Additionally, students will deploy adaptive security appliances and create virtual private networks.

    An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Construction Technology
    COURSE #: HS1622 AM
    COURSE #: HS1624 PM
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units (3 hours daily)
    (2-year program) (3 Units, 4 Sems.)
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: Career Connections/Carpenters Union

    Construction Technology is a 2-year program that gives students the ability to learn all facets of the construction industry. Students will learn to read blueprints, estimate construction costs and materials and apply mathematical formulas to construction related problems. Working in small groups, students will demonstrate correct framing techniques for interior finishes and will also acquire the required skills for installation of solar panels. In addition, students will demonstrate the ability to effectively install plumbing and electricity into a finished structure. Upon completion of Career-Safe, a web-based safety program, students will receive an OSHA 10-hour completion card. Students who successfully complete this program will be ready to enter the construction field or continue higher education in the construction trades career field.


     

    CSI/Law Enforcement
    COURSE #: HS1708 AM
    COURSE #: HS1709 PM
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units
    (2-year program) (3 Units, 4 Sems.) First year seniors considered with available space
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: Career Connections/Carpenters Union

    Dual/Articulated Credit: Five (5) hours of articulated college credit is available through Blue River Community College (MCC) if college’s criteria are met. Three (3) hours of dual credit are also available through the University of Central Missouri (UCM)

    This program will cover the areas of law enforcement, crime scene investigation, corrections, civil/criminal law and many other areas in this career field. Instruction will include “hands-on” learning related to patrol procedures, crime scene processing, handling of evidence and courtroom procedures. These learning experiences will consist of mock crime scenes, traffic stops, courtroom testimony, mock trials, training in the use of a Taser X26 and other related situations. Students who complete this program can use this training for careers in law enforcement at the city, county, state or national level. Additionally, students that complete this program could earn certifications in CPR and as a Basic Tele-communicator by completing 40 honors of training. Students will also have job shadowing opportunities with different criminal justice agencies.

    Graduates from this program have pursued careers as a police officer, highway patrol officer, crime scene/forensic technician, criminologist and military police officer. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Culinary Arts
    COURSE #: HS1605 AM
    COURSE #: HS1706 PM
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units 
    (2-year program) (3 Units, 4 Sems.) First year seniors considered with available space
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: ACF: American Culinary Federation

    Culinary Arts is a fast-paced, 2-year ‘Farm to Fork’ program designed to prepare students for personal and professional success. Technical skills (knife skills, cooking methods, baking, serving, sustainability, etc.), Academic Skills (literacy, math, science) and Work Ethic Skills (accountability, sense of urgency, self-management, interpersonal skills) are integrated and practiced daily. Drive by authentic projects, this class allows students to work with a team designing and executing simple to complex menus and events.


    Emergency Medical Tech AM
    COURSE #: HS1665
    GRADES: 12
    CREDITS: 3 Units 
    (3 Units, 2 Sems.) (1-year program)
    First year senior (without completion of Fire Science) considered with available space. Eight (8) hours of articulated credit available for students who enroll in MCC’s Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program, if college’s criteria are met.
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: NREMT: National Registry Emergency Medical Technician

    Students will learn the essentials of lifesaving through emergency care of the sick and injured. This course requires ambulance clinical rotations providing actual patient care. A drug test at the student’s expense, is required to participate in clinical rotations.

    Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam upon reaching the age of 18.

    This course requires excellent writing and verbal skills. Students who successfully complete the Fire Science Technology class will be given first priority for enrollment in this class.


     

    Entrepreneurial Studies
    COURSE #: HS1689 AM
    COURSE #: HS1690 PM
    GRADES: 12
    CREDITS: 3 Units 
    (2-year program) (3 Units, 4 Sems.) First year seniors considered with available space
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    Prerequisite: Senior status, minimum 2.5 GPA recommended (3 Units, 2 Sems.) (1-year program).
    IRC: ASK: Assessment of Skills & Knowledge for Business
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Eighteen (18) hours of dual or articulated college credit available through Blue River Community College (MCC) if college’s criteria are met.

    E-Studies is designed to help students with the essentials of planning, starting and operating a business of their own. Through classroom training, practical experience and internships in the metropolitan area, students gain the insight and confidence to prepare themselves for an entrepreneurial career of their own. Students will develop and present a marketable business plan, organize, create and operate a business at the Independence Center Mall and participate in an 8-week career-oriented internship second semester. Students will network with business and industry professionals and practice the primary elements of business communication. Students will also lean to apply the five functions of being a manager and apply activities involved in marketing research. All projects are aligned with the Career and Technical Student Organization-DECA. Students may be eligible for renewable scholarships sponsored through the Simon Youth Foundation. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


     

    Fire Science Technology PM
    COURSE #: HS1664
    GRADES: 11-12
    CREDITS: 3 Units 
    (3 Units, 2 Sems.) (1-year program) First year seniors are considered with available space. Sixteen (16) hours of articulated credit available through MCC if college’s criteria are met
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: Firefighter I & II; Hazardous Materials Awareness & Hazardous Materials Operations/Missouri Division of Fire Safety
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Eighteen (18) hours of dual or articulated college credit available through Blue River Community College (MCC) if college’s criteria are met.

    Students will learn the basics of firefighting, which will include the following: fire behavior, fire streams, fire attack, vehicle extrication, hazardous material awareness and operations, and fire inspection and prevention techniques. The use of ladders, fire hoses, self-contained breathing apparatus and hydraulic extrication tools require a high level of physical conditioning and coordination.

    Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to test to become certified in Firefighting I & II and Hazardous Awareness and Operations by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety only if they reach age 17 by the end of the school year.


    Health Sciences at CTC
    COURSE #: HS1638 AM
    COURSE #: HS1640 PM
    GRADES: 12
    CREDITS: 3 Units (3 Units, 2 Sems.) (1-year program)
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    IRC: CNA: Certified Nurse Assistant/Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Two (2) hours of dual credit available through MCC if college’s criteria are met. Students may also earn up to an additional four (4) hours of dual credit through the University of Central Missouri (UCM).

    Health Sciences is designed to prepare students for the wide array of health care professions now in high demand in the workforce. Students will learn medical terminology as well as communication and documentation skills in a classroom and lab setting. Students will also learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in addition to basic assessment and vital sign measurement.

    All students will participate in a supervised 10-week clinical rotation during their second semester. This rotation will involve students working at a skilled long term care facility as well as making formal observations at healthcare facilities.

    Students must be able to drive to clinical settings in the Independence/Blue Springs area, wear approved scrub apparel and provide proof of required immunizations. American Heart Association CPR training is provided and certification is available to students that meet assessment criteria. Through these experiences, students will have the opportunity to test for state certification as a certified nurse assistant (CNA). An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Advanced Health Science II at Lakewood (AM)
    COURSE #: HS1724H
    GRADES: 12
    CREDITS: 3 Units (3 Units, 2 Sems.)
    Prerequisite: Advanced Health Science I
    IRC: CNA: Certified Nurse Assistant/ Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Two (2) hours of dual credit available through MCC-BR if college’s criteria are met. Students may also earn up to an additional four (4) hours of dual credit through the University of Central Missouri.

    2nd year students will focus on career exploration and preparation. All seniors will participate in a supervised 10-week clinical rotation at TMC-Lakewood during the fall or spring semester. Through these experiences, students will have the opportunity to test for state certification as a certified nurse assistant (CNA).

    Students must be able to drive to TMC-Lakewood on a daily basis, wear approved scrub apparel and provide proof of required immunizations. American Heart Association CPR training is provided and certification is available to students that meet assessment criteria. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Health Science I at Lakewood (PM)
    COURSE #: HS1725H
    GRADES: 11
    CREDITS: 3 Units (3 Units, 2 Sems.)
    Prerequisite: CTC Application Process
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Two (2) hours of dual credit available through MCC-BR if college’s criteria are met.

    Advanced Health Science I is designed to prepare students for the wide array of healthcare professions now in high demand in the workforce. Students will focus on medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and nutrition. Students will also explore disease prevention, growth and development as well as other healthcare units in group projects. Students will gain exposure to a variety of healthcare professions through job shadowing and having frequent guest speakers visit their class throughout the school year. Students must be able to drive to TMC-Lakewood on a daily basis, wear approved scrub apparel and provide proof of required immunizations. American Heart Association CPR training is provided and certification is available to students that meet assessment criteria. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.