Dr. Lenora Hogan, Principal
The Millsaps Career & Technology Center is located adjacent to Starkville High School. Its mission is to prepare students for high skill, high wage careers and/or further educational opportunities.
Millsaps Career and Technology Center offers 6 programs. To be completers of a program and earn a CTE diploma, students must complete both year 1 and year 2 of that particular program.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES (ANR)
Students in Agriculture and Nature Resources (ANR) are able to enjoy and explore topics ranging from animal training and reproduction to genetics and welding. Whether testing water at the Noxubee River, watching a veterinarian do surgery on a fish, learning to care for horses, tracking marine life online, growing plants, working on small engines or student designed welding projects, ANR students are always engaged in exciting learning activities. In addition, students join Future Farmers of America (FFA), where they have the opportunity to compete and win scholarships.
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
The Building Construction Technology program provides instruction and hands-on experiences designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to secure entry level employment in residential carpentry, brick masonry, plumbing, electrical wiring and related areas in the construction industry. This program also equips students with apprenticeship construction skills for continued occupational development. Upon successful completion of the two-year program and NCCER test, students can earn the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification. Students may continue careers at a technical college or a four year university. Students are encouraged to join the program’s club, Skills USA.
Teacher Academy is a program for students in the Human Science, Art, and Humanities career cluster. The Teacher Academy program is a high school course designed to attract students to the field of education, to provide information and field experiences relevant to pursing a degree in education, and to prepare students for the rigors of a career in education so they will remain long-term educators. The Teacher Academy program includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare students for employment for continuing their education in the field of education and later working as teachers.
MARKETING & ECONOMICS
Courses in the Marketing & Economics program provide a foundation of skills and knowledge related to basic principles of marketing and related economic fundamentals; management, merchandising, communications and career development, human relations, ethics, and etiquette. Instruction is also provided on specialized topics related to fashion, international marketing, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, financial marketing/stock market, sports, and special events and entertainment marketing.
Business Fundamentals is prerequisite to all pathways in the business management and administration, marketing, and finance clusters. Courses in business fundamentals provide instruction in basic business skills and knowledge related to economic fundamentals, management, communications, finance, human relations, career development, ethics, and business etiquette. Students who successfully complete the business fundamentals objectives, will earn 1/2 credit in Economics, 1/2 credit in Personal Finance, and 1 Elective Credit.
The Marketing pathway focuses on the general process and techniques of direct wholesale and retail buying and selling operations and introduces individual to related careers. Marketing courses include instruction in the principles of entrepreneurial economics, basic sales skills, the distribution channels for goods and services, and supervised practical application experiences.
A*S*K Certification is a critical tool for serious students of business who wish to document their understanding of key business skills, their willingness to be accountable for their learning, and their interest in positioning for employment and promotion. Students are encouraged to join Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).
The first year of secondary health sciences skill program introduces the student to the health careers field, the basic health sciences, and basic skills in both laboratory and clinical. Upon completion of the first year introductory program, the student should be competent as a general basic health assistant. The student will be better able to make a choice of a health occupation that he/she plans to pursue. This course in taught for the duration of one year, and it earns 2.0 Carnegie Units. The emphasis of the second year is primarily to expose students to advanced skills in the various health occupations. Students will apply these skills during clinical experience rotations in selected health care facilities. Students are encouraged to join the Health Occupations Students of America Club (HOSA).
The Horticulture program teaches students how to propagate, grow, plant, graft, fertilize, and prune plants. They also learn the controlling of pests and disease. Students are exposed to the basic aspects of green-house management, landscape architecture, design and many areas of agribusiness. In addition, students join Future Farmers of America (FFA) where they have the opportunity to compete and win scholarships.
OTHER CLASSES IN THE MILLSAPS CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Family and Consumer Science Classes are 9-week classes that consist of Child Development, Family Dynamics, Contemporary Health, and Resource Management. Students may take these electives starting in 9th grade. Students are encouraged to join Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). This organization provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities.
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY
The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is one of only three districts in Mississippi to offer PLTW, a rigorous curriculum that involves students in the engineering design process, including 3-D computer aided design, while also preparing them to problem solve and think critically with design challenges. The curriculum includes four classes, Intro to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development. Throughout the PLTW Pathway to Engineering (PTE) curriculum, students also apply the concepts they are learning in math and science while acquiring strong teamwork and communication skills in order to find solutions to real-world problems.
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) 1st Semester
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) allows students to explore the engineering design process and to apply math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. Students research possible engineering careers and work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, using an engineering notebook to document their work. IED is a required semester long course for freshmen students.
Principles of Engineering (POE) 2nd Semester (elective)
Students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) 3rd Semester (elective)
Students are introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. At the same time, students learn about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge System.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) 4th Semester (elective)
Students use the knowledge and skills acquired throughout PLTW Engineering in EDD- the Capstone Course. Students identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards.
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) ROBOTICS
Students at Armstrong Middle School and Starkville High School have a unique opportunity for advanced learning with the district’s award-winning Robotics programs. Millsaps BEST Robotics Team has earned top honors and awards for the past four years in the southeast regional BEST Robotics Competition. The Group has been State Champions each year since 2012 and was named the 2016 Regional Champions.
ACT WORKKEYS/CAREER READY 101
Each senior is given the opportunity to prepare for the ACT WorkKeys through Career Ready 101, thanks to a grant provided by the Golden Triangle Development LINK and East Mississippi Community College. The WorkKeys is an assessment that gauges trainability. It is recognized by many industrial and manufacturing facilities in the Golden Triangle region and is provided by EMCC’s Center for Manufacturing and Technology Excellence. In order to earn the NCRC, students must score a Silver or higher on the assessment. For more information about WorkKeys, visit www.act.org/workforce.
National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is the club for outstanding career-technical education (CTE) students. It is open by invitation only to second-year CTE students. In order to qualify, students must have at least a 3.25 GPA, no more than three in-school suspensions, and no out-of-school suspensions. Millsaps students are in excellent company as NTHS currently serves nearly 100,000 active members and has served nearly a million since it began in 1984. NTHS has awarded over $225,000 in scholarships to students with its annual scholarships. NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been recognizing students for their outstanding achievement in career and technical education.
Night classes are offered to adults who wish to become Certified Nursing Assistants at a cost of $300. Classes meet two nights each week for thirteen weeks and are offered once each semester. Contact the Millsaps office for upcoming classes.