High School Vocational

Program Description

The Career Center of Southern Illinois operates through a joint agreement with seven participating school districts to provide capstone job training programs for junior and senior students. For more than 25 years, our graduates have successfully entered the working world serving the needs of area employers. Students are drawn from seven area high schools and attend two hour classes taught by instructors who have many hours of actual work experience in their fields. Each program area is designed to emphasize proper work habits, employability skills, and career opportunities, as well as to give each student a work environment related to his/her
chosen field.  

Most programs have articulation agreements with Southwestern Illinois College or Rankin Technical Institute where many CCSI graduates continue their education. Many students also compete in the State VICA, FBLA, and HOSA competitions.  

All programs generate three high school credits so students who attend do not get behind in graduation credits. For more information, see your high school counselor or call 
CCSI at 618-473-2222. 


Vocational Courses

Auto Collision Repair

Auto Tech Service

Child Care

Health Occupations


Law Enforcement


Member Schools






New Athens

Red Bud





Junior and senior high school students enrolled in a member school and referred by that school. 


Each vocational program generates 3 units of credits per year.  


Students can generally expect to pay between $75 and $125 per year depending upon the vocational class.


To prepare both youth and adults to function effectively in their careers and personal lives.  

To adopt curricula to current vocational requirements.  

To upgrade facilities and equipment continually to maintain state-of-the-art levels.  

To add program offerings as needed.  

To provide placement services for students who complete their programs successfully.  

To emphasize and teach employability skills.  

To articulate with post-secondary institutions.  

To provide work-site learning experiences whenever possible.  

To teach students leadership skills and positive work values.