• Course Description

    Choosing your major will be easy after this fun and engaging Career Exploration class designed just for sophomores. Over the course of one or two semesters, you will explore up to 6 career clusters while being introduced to the majors available to you in 11th grade. Explore through hands-on projects, exciting activities, and shadowing experiences to discover the program that fits your interests and aspirations.

  • Prerequisites at the Time of Partial-Day Year Enrollment

    • Sophomore Year, Semester 1 - Minimum of 3 core credits (.5 must be English), on track to graduate
    • Sophomore Year, Semester 2 - Minimum of 4 core credits (1 must be English), on track to graduate
  • Credits & Certifications Offered

    High School Credit
    • 1.5 CTE per semester*

      *Students from Riverview, Normandy, and Ferguson-Florissant School Districts who enroll in August will earn .5 credit of Social Studies (History of Industry) per semester.
    *College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
  • How Will My Time Be Spent? 

    Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time
    CTE Year One 51% or more 49% or less
  • Tech is Real World Learning

    Tools & Equipment

    All equipment will require a safety test prior to use.

    • Personal protective equipment
    • Students in this program will work with a variety of tools and equipment as they are introduced to our career and technical programs. Because this exploration will involve several career areas, please review the lists for all programs.

    Academic Materials

    • Will vary depending on career cluster, but may include technical manuals, text books, computer programs, and other academic tools

    Uniform Requirements

    • May vary depending on program cluster choice or assigned cluster
    • Safety glasses must be worn at all time in the lab space
  • Essential Skills Needed for Success

    Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.

    Core Essential Skills

    • Have an awareness of personal safety in the shop, adhere to safety procedures and assume personal responsibility
    • Work individually and in groups
    • Understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents (technical writing)
    • Understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers and standard units of measurement
    • Basic working knowledge of hand and power tools
    • Manage own time and the time of others
    • Follow both written and oral instructions
    • Communicate information effectively with peers and instructor
    • Accept constructive criticism and react in an appropriate manner
    • Have a working knowledge of computers and their usage
    • Follow and complete multi-step directions
    • Ability to independently navigate the building to transition between two or more classes a day
    • Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
    • Perform physically demanding tasks; lift and move heavy objects
    • Stand for extended periods of time
    • Sit at a computer for extended periods of time
    • Tolerate the noise levels and smells of a variety of shop environments
    • Additional skills may vary depending on program cluster choice or assigned cluster

    For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.

  • Career Exploration Staff

    Andee Champion Andee Champion
    Human Services
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    Ms. Champion joined North Tech in 2008 as the fashion design instructor. After eight years of fittings and fashion shows, she transferred to the Career Exploration program where she enjoys introducing sophomores to the Law Enforcement, Early Childcare, Cosmetology and Fashion Design shops. She is a graduate of Stephens College.


    Richard Fenoglio Richard Fenoglio
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    Mr. Richard Fenoglio began his teaching career with North Tech High School in 2004 as the Electrical Trades teacher. Prior to joining the Tech team, Mr. Fenoglio worked for Guarantee Electrical Company, JF Electric, and MC Electric with IBEW local 309.

    Joyce Dent Joyce Dent
    Graphic Production & Printing
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    Prior to joining the North Tech team, Ms. Joyce Dent worked in the Printing Technology field as a Quality Control Inspector, Press Operator, and Data Control Operator among other things. Ms. Dent has an AAS Degree in Math and another Degree in Graphic Communication.


    Earlene Hicks

    Earlene Hicks
    Human Services
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    Ms. Earlene Hicks is a Licensed Practical Nurse who began her career in healthcare in 1996. After working as an LPN, Ms. Hicks decided she wanted to be an educator and in 2009 returned to school to study Special Education. Ms. Hicks joined the North Tech team in 2012 and is currently on the Building Leadership Team, PBIS Committee and works with the Staff Wellness Committee.



    Jeanne Robinson

    Jeanne Robinson
    Business & Information Technology
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    Ms. Jeanne Robinson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from University of Missouri with Certification in Business Ed and Vocational Ed and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College, Columbia, MO. She also has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology. Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Ms. Robinson worked as the Administrative Assistance to the Director of Logistics for the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command.



    Toby Starns Toby Starns
    Culinary Arts & Sophomore Exploration
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    Mr. Toby Starns began his hospitality journey as a dishwasher at the age of 15 in a little mom and pop Greek diner. Mr. Starns continued to work in the industry until he graduated high school and joined the Air Force. After completing his enlistment, he came back to industry where he continued his education along with learning different aspects of the business and soon found myself with opportunities in both, front and back of the house management. Mr. Starns joined the North Tech team in 2010 with over 18 years of hospitality experience.


    Photo not available Andrius Stevenson
    Transportation & Sophomore Exploration

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