Dec. 9, 2020 – Career and Technical Education

Posted by Dr. Elizabeth Keenan on 12/9/2020

For more than 50 years, SSD's mission has included providing career and technical education programming for high school-aged students in St. Louis County. Through North Technical High School in Florissant and South Technical High School in Sunset Hills, SSD offers 27 different career and technical education programs for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

What is career and technical education?

Career and technical education programs provide all students with the opportunity to explore career options and find their passion. Students learn real-world skills through a combination of dynamic classroom-based instruction, hands-on projects, and relevant field experiences that may include job shadowing, internships, and clinical rotations.

Who is eligible to attend North Tech and South Tech?

Any student attending a St. Louis County high school can apply to participate in programs at North Tech or South Tech. County residents who are homeschooling or attending private schools are also eligible to apply. Students must be on track to graduate, meet the prerequisite requirements for their program, and meet the attendance and discipline expectations for their program.

North Tech serves students who live in the Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Normandy, Pattonville, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, and University City school districts.

South Tech serves students who live in the Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Maplewood Richmond Heights, Mehlville, Parkway, Rockwood, Valley Park, and Webster Groves school districts.

What programs are offered?

  • Auto Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology  
  • Career Exploration (North Tech only)
  • Carpentry
  • CISCO Networking Academy 
  • Construction Innovations
  • Construction Outdoor Maintenance
  • Cosmetology  
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Sciences (South Tech only)
  • Design & Entrepreneurship (South Tech only)
  • Diesel Technology (North Tech only)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Trades
  • Electronics & Robotics Engineering (South Tech only)
  • Fashion Design (North Tech only)
  • Firefighting/Emergency Medical Technician
  • Floorlaying
  • Graphic Design
  • General Construction Trades
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality Business & Entrepreneurship (North Tech only)
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Pharmacy Sciences
  • Law Enforcement
  • Precision Machining
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Web & Computer Programming
  • Welding

How do I know if a specific program is a good fit for my student?

The Programs pages on our technical high school websites provide more information for students and families regarding our programs. This includes tools and equipment used, uniform requirements, academic expectations, certification opportunities and the core essential skills successful students have traditionally mastered prior to enrolling in the program.


If my student is interested, when should they apply?

Students should apply one school year prior to when they plan to attend North Tech or South Tech. For example, if a student wants to attend as a junior, then they should apply during their sophomore year. Our priority deadline for admission is Dec. 1. Students can apply after this deadline, but if a student applies after Dec. 1, it is possible that their chosen program may be full. Students can apply online by completing the South Tech admissions application or North Tech admissions application.

What if my student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan?

North Tech and South Tech are general education settings. The programs are open to any student, regardless of whether they have an IEP. Typically, 25-30% of the students at North Tech and South Tech have an IEP, which is similar to a traditional comprehensive high school. If a student has an IEP or 504 plan, an instructional facilitator or counselor at North Tech or South Tech will work with your case manager or sending school counselor to ensure that the student receives the resources and support they need to be successful.

How have North Tech and South Tech engaged students in virtual learning?


How can I get more information about North Tech and South Tech?

More information about the programs offered and the admissions process for North Tech and South Tech can be found on the North Tech website and South Tech website.