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Teaching Tomorrow's Technology

Sitting in the CISCO Networking Academy classroom at South Technical High School, 17-year-old Silas Norris is surrounded by technology that mirrors the latest in the field.

Silas and his classmates are learning to design, install and troubleshoot complex computer network systems. In addition to classroom instruction, they benefit from the opportunity to prepare for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce by practicing what they’ve learned on up-to-date computer networking tools.

“Having the newest technology in the classroom is probably the best edge for us, because technology is always changing,” Silas said. “We have new routers right now, so that way we can learn how to configure them so that when we graduate, we already know what we’re working with.”

Silas is one of about 2,000 high school students from St. Louis County preparing for a career through SSD’s cutting-edge technical education programs.

The CISCO Networking Academy is just one of 30 programs that SSD’s Technical Education Division offers at South Technical High School in Sunset Hills and its sister school, North Technical High School in Florissant. Programs at the two schools are open to 10th- through 12th-grade students from St. Louis County. Offerings range from traditional technical fields, such as precision machining and construction, to such burgeoning fields as network administration and health sciences.

SSD’s partnerships with business and industry allow students to network, participate in internships and gain valuable work experience prior to graduation. Students can also earn professional licenses and certifications, as well as college credits while still in high school through articulation and dual-credit agreements with post-secondary schools.

Silas Norris
Silas Norris

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Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is a leader in providing special education services to students with disabilities and also provides a wide range of career and technical education programs.
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