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Career Center principals smiling
Welcome to the Career Center!

Principal Dan Draper, Assistant Principal Lauren Kyser, and Assistant Principal Phil VanAllen are excited to welcome you to the Jackson Area Career Center!

Auto Technology students show off engine project
Engine Swap Project

Automotive Technology students swapped out the engine of a 1993 Chevy S10 Blazer with a bigger motor to get more power out of it. 

Healthcare Technician II student taping an ankle
That's a Wrap!

Healthcare Technician II students learn how to tape an ankle as part of their rotation on Sports Medicine.

Hanging baskets in a greenhouse
Agriscience Greenhouses

Our student-grown plants and flowers are a big hit with the Jackson community every May.

Culinary students at chili cook-off
Cooking for the Community!

Culinary Arts students pause for a picture during the 2023 Fall Fest & Chili Cook-off in downtown Jackson.

CPR training
Learning How to Save Lives

Firefighting cadets practice CPR and other lifesaving techniques on mannequins.

Senior Celebration ceremony
Senior Celebration

Dozens of seniors from the Class of 2023 were recognized for having a plan to further their education or career after graduation.

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From Our Community

Justice Hampton

If any student wants to become anything of any value, you have to be intentional. If you are willing to put in the work, this is where you need to be at. The Career Center is the place that is going to propel you in whatever area you are interested. justice Hampton, Class of 2024 Sales & Marketing student

Chad Evertt

I was in the first class of the Firefighting/EMS program at the Career Center 30 years ago. The program has come so far since then, and now as a commander, that's where I go to recruit. The fire cadets are full of energy and eager to soak up the knowledge. The Career Center has been a huge asset for our department.Chad Everett, Assistant Fire Chief at Jackson City Fire Department

Kate Richards

When I see the lightbulb go off, it’s a feeling of accomplishment. Our jobs as teachers at the Career Center is to help these young adults feel confident in what they're doing so they are able to step out into the real world and do a good job.Kate Richards, Careers in Education instructor 

Mackenzie Bradley

The Career Center provided me with many skills and opportunities, including a portfolio that I made, and still use for job applications and interviews. Learning medical terminology and anatomy was a lifesaver when I got into college. I felt cared about by every staff member, and learned so much.Mackenzie Bradley, Class of 2019 Health technician II Graduate

Dan Draper

The entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well with our younger generations is very evident, and the technology available to them has helped with that. But if there’s a chance for them to learn some skills to expand on that entrepreneurial spirit, that’s really the best part of what we have to offer. We have the specific skill sets to get these kids ready to go.Dan Draper, Principal

By The Numbers

2 in 5

11th & 12th graders attend the Career Center

Healthcare Tech Student


Students earn an industry certificate or degree

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young woman graduate