• 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 Electives 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.

Career Exploration Staff

  • 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.