Through an articulation agreement between the South Central Career Center and Missouri State University-West Plains, students may complete one of five 900-clock-hour adult or high-school programs at South Central Career Center and receive 24 credit hours at Missouri State University-West Plains toward the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technology – General Technology option. Eligible programs include:
- Auto Body and Collision Repair: The Auto Body and Collision Repair program focuses on the auto body repair process. The student will learn the foundations of the auto collision repair industry, different types of vehicle construction, tools used, repair procedures and refinishing products and procedures. This course teaches the skills involving straightening bent frames, removing dents, welding torn metals, replacing damaged parts and repainting partial or whole vehicles. Students are prepared for Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.
- Automotive Mechanics Technology: Curriculum for all eight ASE certifications will be taught within this program which will prepare the student for the ASE certification exam after graduation. Additional instruction will consist of online training (within the classroom setting) and shop projects. Upon completion, the student will have the knowledge of automotive systems and be able to perform at entry level in the automotive repair field.
- Carpentry: All students will be given classroom instruction as well as hands-on training in trades and specialty areas such as floor framing, wall framing, roof framing, roofing, insulation, drywall, interior and exterior finishing, cabinet installation, trim and mill-work, wood finishes and more. Hands-on training will take place within the shop and at program work sites. Community outreach opportunities are also part of this program.
- Commercial and Advertising Art: Commercial and Advertising Art is a computer-based graphic design class. The student will learn several industry standard software titles. These applications will be taught through projects that use software and various output methods to create a final piece. Projects assigned will have connections to industry from conception to output. Some outputs include decals, vinyl banners, etched glass mugs, t-shirt graphics or full color posters.
- Welding Technology: The Welding Technology program provides a wide range of technical knowledge and experience including industrial safety, properties of metals, industrial math, blueprint reading, and all processes of welding/cutting, and fabrication techniques. The student will be prepared for American Welding Society (AWS) certification after graduation. Most employers will hire the graduate then arrange for the specific AWS certification testing if it is required for the job position.
How to receive credit
In order to receive 24 credit hours toward the Associate of Applied Science in Technology – General Technology option, complete the following:
- Complete an approved 900-clock-hour adult or high-school program at South Central Career Center.
- Complete 12 credit hours at Missouri State University-West Plains.
- Complete the Missouri State University-West Plains Career Center Course Credit Application.
- Return the signed application to the Missouri State University-West Plains office of registration and records located in Cass Hall.
Technology program articulation guidelines
- Students must successfully complete one of the approved 900-clock-hour adult programs or high-school programs at South Central Career Center.
- Students must attain a 'C' grade or better in the applicable coursework at South Central Career Center.
- Credit will be transcripted upon completion of 12 credit hours of coursework at Missouri State University-West Plains.
- A "pass" letter grade will be assigned for these courses on the student's Missouri State University-West Plains transcript.
- The 900-clock-hour course will appear as two 12-credit-hour TEC 120 Career Center Variable Content courses on the Missouri State University-West Plains transcript.
- Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of these courses to other institutions as not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor's degrees.
- Information provided in this guide is subject to change.
- South Central Career Center is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
- Missouri State University-West Plains is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.