Welcome to the Career Center of Southern Illinois!

The mission of the Career Center of Southern Illinois is to provide integrated and relevant career and technical education, as well as employability and academic skills for junior and senior students from area high schools, for adults from surrounding communities, and for “at risk” students.  We believe that learning must take place in a nurturing, safe environment that recognizes the diversity of individuals while promoting equity for all.

Huge thank you to Lucas Oil, Melling Auto Parts and 
Summit Racing for supporting CCSI's Automotive Mechanics Program. Your donations will help ensure the sucess of students from all over the region as they prepare for careers in the Automotive industry. Special thanks to Mr. Baird for your efforts in securing these donations!

April 2017 
CCSI students competed at the MTI Welsing Competition. Congratulations to the students as they brought back 2 Top Ten Awards!

March 9-11, 2016
Our high school CNA instructors, Cara Dayhoff and Kelly Jany (a State HOSA Board Member) took a group of CCSI Health Occupations students to the annual State Convention in Decatur, March 9-11, 2016.  Our students were among 1050 students from 35 high schools across the state. Emily Ford represented CCSI as the Parliamentarian of the HOSA State Board. While at the HOSA Conference students competed in a variety of competitions. CCSI students represented us very well earning the following awards:      
Paige Valleroy- 6th place, Nurse Assisting   
Kandice Williams- 7th place, Medical Photography
Bailey McMurty- 3rd place, Medical Photography
Ally Walter- 5th place, Safety                    
Grace Banda- 4th place, Healthy Lifestyles           Mackenzie Smith- 3rd place, Job Seeking Skills        CCSI is very proud of our students and instructors and their accomplishments. Some of the HOSA students have qualified for and will be traveling to HOSA Nationals in Nasvhille, TN, in June.


March 19, 2015

Pictured here is our 2015 AWS Midwest Welding Team.  From the left is Ryan Nabors, from Valmeyer, Dallas Renth from New Athens, Conner LaPoint from New Athens, Wyatt Morrison, from Sparta, Adam Woolford from Red Bud, and Mr. Gary Miller, Instructor.

Dallas Renth, Senior from New Athens took home the First Place Trophy in Welding Theory.

Ryan Nabors took home a 4th place in Flux Core Arc Welding.


March 13, 2014

CCSI wins team trophy at the AWS Midwest Welding Team Competition. On March 12&13th 5 CCSI welding students competed at the J. Everett Light Career Center in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 36th annual Midwest Welding Team Tournament. 21 teams from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky brought teams consisting of 5 students to compete in either, Theory, GTAW, GMAW, SMAW, and FCAW. The CCSI team consisted of Seniors Steve Harris,and Jeff Wingerter from Chester, Tom Mehring from Red Bud,Elliot Newcom from Waterloo, and Junior Dallas Renth from New Athens.The theory test consisted of 250 questions covering all aspects of welding, blueprint reading, and metalurgy. The Gas Tungsten Arc Welding project consisted of an aluminum project and a vertical aluminum bend test. The Gas Metal Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Flux Core Arc Welding project consisted of a mild steel project and a vertical bend test. Team trophy's, and individual trophy's are awarded in each of the 5 areas. Jeff Wingerter placed 4th in SMAW, Tom Mehring placed 4th in FCAW, Dallas Renth placed 4th in theory, and the 5 member team earned the 5th place team trophy. Gary Miller is the welding Instructor at CCSI.



                    May 2017 
CCSI students competed at the SKills USA Leadership Conference in Springfield. Students have to the opportunity to compete and participate in leadership development activities. 

March 2017
CCSI's Nursing Students attend and compete at the 2017 State HOSA Leadership Conference in DeCatur, IL. 

High School CNA students sporting their new CCSI t-shirts

Skills USA
Eight students from CCSI competed in the Illinois Skills USA State Leadership and Skills Conference in Springfield, Illinois, April 21st-23rd. Five students competed in Automotive Technology and three students competed in Welding. The students who competed were Jason Datillo, Justin Demay, Cory Mosbacher, Waylin Caldwell, Matt Bockhorn, Tyler Gean, Nolan Finch, and Austin Feldt. 

Midwest Welding Team Tournament

Five students from CCSI' s Welding Program competed in the Midwest Welding Tournament located in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 27th and 28th. Students  competed in a variety of different events while at the tournament. Students Tyler Gean, Trent Larsen, Austin Feldt, Nolan Finch, and Derek Mott attended the competition. The team placed sixth out of forty six teams. Students Derek Mott and Trent Larsen earned fifth place trophies in GTAW and Theory.