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.

Chris Landi (Marissa) and Isaiah Franke (Valmeyer) students at CCSI qualified and competed in the 2019 Skills USA National Conference and Competition In Louisville, Kentucky. These two young men represented the entire State of Illinois in their respective areas; Maintenance Light Repair and Welding. They represented CCSI very well as they both earned Top 10 Awards at this National Competition. Isaiah Franke earned 7th place overall. Chris Landi earned 3rd place overall earning a Bronze medal. These student could not have accomplished these very impressive awards without the guidance of their advisers and instructors Mr. Greg Baird (Automotive Service Technician) and Mr. Gary Miller(Welding).

On April 19-21, Four Automotive Service students and one Welding student from CCSI attended and competed at the Illinois SKillsUSA Leadership Conference and Competition. Students competing in Automotive Service were Chris Landi from Marissa, Colten Qualls from Valmeyer, Jaxon Heintz from New Athens, and Tristan Delay from Chester. Ike Franke from Valmeyer competed in Welding. The students were led by their SkillsUSA Advisers, Mr. Greg Baird and Mr. Gary Miller. The students worked hard and finished strong in the competition. Colten Qualls finished 4th, Tristan Delay finished 7th, Chris Landi finished 11th, and Jaxon Heintz finished 35th.

Welding student Ike Franke earned a 3rd place and received a Skills USA Bronze medal and plaque!

Students place at Midwest Welding Tournament May 2018

Five students who attend CCSI placed at the annual Midwest Welding Tournament in Indianapolis, IN. The team included Evan Thein (Valmeyer), Kyle Cooley (Valmeyer), Ike Franke (Valmeyer), George Weaver (New Athens), and Ian Hudson (Marissa). The team placed 5th overall and Ike Franke won a 1st place individual award.

April 11-13th, students from the Career Center of Southern Illinois completed at the Skills USA State Leadership Convention. These students are considered Top Career and Tech Ed students in Illinois. They were tested on a variety of hands-on tasks designed to test their Industry Skills. At the competition, Chris Landi placed 2nd earning a Silver Medal in Automotive Service. Isaiah Franke place 1st earning a Gold Medal in Welding. Chris is instructed by Mr. Greg Baird. Isaiah is instructed by Mr. Gary Miller. Both of these students qualified for the National Conference and will be representing the entire State of Illinois in their respective areas. Great Job to all of our students who competed!

March 2017

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

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!


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.