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Career Education Consortium

The Career Education Consortium (CEC) was established in 2001 as a collaborative partnership between six diverse school districts and the Kansas City Metro Area community college district:About the CEC

It is our mission to provide all students with information about, access to and preparation for quality career opportunities.                 

The three primary goals of the CEC are to:

Centers of Excellence
A key component of the CEC partnership is the development of Centers of Excellence.  They are specialty career-related programs that allow interested and qualified high school students to focus on specific career areas before graduation. These Centers are managed by the school districts and located on college or high school campuses, Herndon Career Center or Summit Technology Academy.

The Centers of Excellence were created to provide relevant learning environments for students to strengthen academic skills through their mastery of foundation skills in a career area that interests them. Because of the hands-on nature of the programs, students are prepared to succeed in college or in the workplace.

By aligning the coursework to college and university programs, technical and military training programs or specific industry certification programs, our Centers of Excellence ensure a smooth transition to the next level.

There are 23 programs to choose from.
Acceptance into a Center of Excellence program requires a minimum 2.0 GPA or 2.5 GPA and a 90% or better attendance record. Students interested should contact their counselor for an application. 

(*) are approved Center of Excellence programs.
(^) are approved for Project Lead the Way (a nationally recognized engineering and biomedical curriculum being offered through the Lee’s Summit School District)

Why choose a Center of Excellence?


The Career Centers
Herndon Career Center and Summit Technology Academy are pre-professional learning environments for high school students to explore technical careers.  Those seriously interested in the areas of healthcare, computer and industrial technologies and sciences can find programs to prepare them for college or to enter the workforce. Both centers offer professional certifications and dual college credit in most courses through Metropolitan Community College and other institutions.

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