Southern Arkansas University Tech
High School Career Academy


The SAU Tech Career Academy is an area secondary career center located on the SAU Tech campus with a satellite location in Magnolia. The academy provides area high school juniors and seniors with the unique opportunity to earn college credit through skills-based technical courses while still in high school. The academy serves area high schools in Ouachita, Columbia, Calhoun and Dallas counties with locations at SAU Tech and Magnolia. Services are provided at no cost to the students. Books, tuition and fees are provided through the academy and are funded through the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

The career academy has three primary goals which define its purpose:

  • To aid students in making an informed career choice.
  • To prepare students to enter the workforce upon high school graduation.
  • To encourage students to continue their education after high school.

Services Offered

The Kuder Career Planning System an online career planning system provided for free to anyone wanting to assess their career interests and skills. It is offered through the State of Arkansas online at www.arkansasworks.kuder.com.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves high school and college students who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations. The organization builds student character and self-confidence through educational experiences in leadership, teamwork, and citizenship. Students involved with SkillsUSA have opportunities to display their technical skills during annual competitions.

Programs Offered

The Career Academy offers an Automotive Service Technology program for area high school students. A list of courses offered in the program is below:

Core courses defined by the Arkansas Career Education Standards:
Electrical System
Brakes
Engine Performance
Suspension & Steering

Concurrent college credit earned at SAU Tech:

AT1004 Automotive Brakes
AT1014 Automotive Electrical Systems
AT1024 Automotive Engine Performance
AT1034 Automotive Suspension & Steering

Students can earn the Certificate of Proficiency in Automotive Technology by completing the sequence of concurrent courses. Concurrent college credit earned through the Automotive Technology program is also applied to the Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology and the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology at SAU Tech.

This program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Association (NATEF).

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The Computer Engineering Program prepares individuals in the understanding and application of basic principles, operation, and use of microcomputer system peripheral devices and operating systems.

Computer Diagnostics/Operations/Networking

A program of study which prepares individuals in the understanding and application of basic principles, operation, and use of microcomputer system hardware peripheral devices, and operating system hardware. Acquire skills in understanding the function, construction, installation, and configuration of microcomputer system hardware, electronic components, and peripheral devices.

Concurrent College Credit earned at SAU Tech:

  • MIS1003 Introduction to Computers
  • EE2804 Basic Microcomputer Troubleshooting
  • EE2904 Advanced Microcomputer Troubleshooting
  • NT1014 Supporting Network Clients

Concurrent credit is applied to the Technical Certificate and AAS Degree in Computer Information Technology at SAU Tech.

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The SAU Tech Career Academy offers a cosmetology program to high school students on the campus at SAU Tech. Below is a list of the courses included in the program.

Core Courses Defined by the Arkansas Career Education:

Cosmetology
Cosmetology II
Cosmetology I Lab
Hair Design and courses also allows the student to earn credit towards the Associate of Professional Studies Degree at SAU Tech.

Concurrent college credit earned through this program:
BHDC1014 Beginning Hair Design I
BHDC1024 Beginning Hair Design II
IHDC2014 Intermediate Hair Design I
IHDC2024 Intermediate Hair Design II

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The SAU Tech Career Academy offers several choices in healthcare education through its Health Sciences Technology program. Students can begin the program in high school when they are at least 16 years of age. Students who participate in the program earn concurrent college credit from SAU Tech. The listings below are the courses offered in the program.

Health Sciences Technology (3h)
Anatomy and Physiology (3h)
Medical Terminology (3h)
Introduction to Medical Professions (3h)
Specialization (Nurse Aid and Medical Assistant) (3h)

The SAU Tech Career Academy Radio & Television Broadcasting Program offers a wide range of innovative, creative, hands-on experiences in radio and TV broadcasting. As if it couldn’t get any better, students will also be a part of the KCAC 89.5 staff! The SAU Tech FM radio station, KC89, broadcasts 24-hours-a-day at 10,000 watts across south Arkansas. Students get hands-on experience as they maintain the daily operation of the station including on-air duties, production, promotion, and professional experience with music industry representatives. The program also teaches practical knowledge in the fundamental understanding of video production principles including experience with video cameras, lighting instruments and techniques, microphones, script creation and basic editing.

Concurrent college credit earned at SAU Tech:

MM1013 Multimedia Applications
MM2603 Studio Operations & Equipment
MM1313 Audio Recording & Editing
MM1203 Field Production & Editing

Students completing the sequence of concurrent credit courses earn the Certificate of Proficiency in Multimedia Broadcasting from SAU Tech. Concurrent credit also applies to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Multimedia Technology: Film & Video Production Emphasis at SAU Tech.

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Are you looking for an in-demand career? The Welding Technology Program can provide you with the knowledge and skills designed for the welding profession. The Welding Technology program provides training in SMAW (shielded metal arc welding), GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding), PAC (plasma-arc cutting), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), FCAW (flux-cored arc welding), OAW (oxyacetylene welding), OAC (oxyacetylene cutting), basic fabrication, and shop safety.

The SAU Tech Career Academy Welding Technology program, facilities, and instructors are National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified.

Concurrent college credit earned at SAU Tech:
MM-1303 Basic Welding
MM-1323 Intermediate Welding
MM-2313 Advanced Welding

Students completing the sequence of concurrent credit courses earn the Certificate of Proficiency in Welding Technology from SAU Tech. Concurrent credit also applies to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology: Industrial Maintenance Emphasis at SAU Tech.