Career Exploration Program

The Center of Applied Technology North (CAT-North) Career Exploration program provides students with an opportunity to experience four career programs offered at CATN during the course of one semester. 

In addition, students will participate in Career Advisory mini programs in which they will be introduced to all 23 programs offered at CAT-North. Although this course is not required for acceptance into a Level One Magnet program, it allows students to explore possible career interests. Students can earn .5 of an elective credit while completing one semester of Career Exploration.

Academy of Health Professions

Students will learn about a variety of health care professions.  They will also learn basic skills used in the health care field such as taking vital signs, CPR and first aid.

Career Opportunities:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Geriatric Nursing Assistant

  • Medical Assistant

  • Registered Nurse

  • Physician

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Radiology Technician

students working in academy of health

Automotive Collision Repair/Refinishing

Students will learn about basic automotive body repairs.  They will learn and use basic sanding, welding and painting techniques.

Career Opportunities:

  • Collision Repair Technician

  • Automotive Refinish Technician/Painter

  • Detailer

  • Body Shop Manager

  • Office Manager

  • Estimator

  • Glass Technician

student doing project in automotive collision repair

Automotive Technology

Students will learn about basic repair and maintenance of automotive engines, wheels, and brake systems.

Career Opportunities:

  • Automotive Service Technician

  • Automotive Body and Glass Repair

  • Automotive Sales and Management

  • Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service

  • Automotive Service Writer

  • Auto Equipment Supplier

  • Service Advisor

students working in automotive tech

Baking & Pastry

Students will learn basic baking skills and decorating techniques and will have the opportunity to use professional culinary equipment.

Career Opportunities:

  • Cake Decorator

  • Baker

  • Caterer

  • Food Service Worker

  • Private Chef

  • Bakery Manager

  • Small Business Owner

students baking

Barbering

Students will learn basic hair cutting techniques for men and women, fundamentals and of shaving, trimming, skin care, massage, and various chemical services.

Career Opportunities:

  • Master Barber

  • Hair Braider/Stylist

  • Personal Care Specialist

  • Shop Owner

  • Trichologist

  • Product Developer

students cutting hair in barbering

Carpentry

Students will learn about basic skills needed in building construction, remodeling, maintenance, and repair. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Apprentice Carpenter

  • Cabinetmaker

  • Commercial Carpenter

  • Finish Carpenter

  • Green Carpenter

  • Industrial Carpenter

  • Residential Carpenter

students working in construction

Cosmetology

Students will learn basic cosmetology skills related to hair styling, makeup application and nail technology. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Cosmetologist

  • Beauty Consultant

  • Skin Specialist

  • Nail Technician

  • Hair Color Specialist

  • Makeup Artist

  • Hair Braider/Stylist

students dying hair in cosmotology

Culinary Arts

Students will learn about skills used in menu planning and cooking and have the opportunity to use professional culinary equipment. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Caterer

  • Chef

  • Food Service Management

  • Purchasing Agent

  • Food Service Worker

  • Private Chef

  • Small Business Owner

students cooking in culinary

Drafting and Design Technology

Students will learn the foundational skills for drawing blueprints through the study and application of basic drafting techniques and architectural drawing. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Drafter

  • Surveying and Mapping Technician

  • Engineering Technologist and Technician

  • Architect

  • Commercial and Industrial Designer

  • Cartographer

  • Aerospace Engineer

student working on computer

Electricity

Students will learn the fundamentals of electricity, including voltage, current, magnetism, and Ohm's Law.

Career Opportunities:

  • Electrician

  • Electrical Assembler

  • Electrical Technician

  • Lineman

  • Electrical Designer

  • Electrical Foreman

  • Construction Manager

student working in electrical

Environmental Resource Management

Environmental Resource Management (ERM) is an interdisciplinary science which includes animal science, plant science, soil science, wildlife, forestry, and ecology.

Career Opportunities:

  • Arborist

  • Florist

  • Golf Course Supervisor

  • Land Surveyor

  • Landscaper

  • Natural Resource Officer

  • Park Ranger

student working with plants in erm

Graphic Design

Students will be introduced to layout and design concepts used in the field of graphic design and web page design. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Digital Illustrator

  • Freelance Designer

  • Graphic Design/Artist

  • Logo Designer

  • Photo Editor

  • Advertising Designer

  • Creative Director

student working on computers

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 

Students will learn the basic principles and practical applications that apply to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry. 

Career Opportunities:

  • HVAC Technician

  • Refrigeration Technician

  • Residential Service Technician

  • Residential or Commercial Contractor

  • Energy Analyst

  • Controls Engineer

  • HVAC Project Manager

students working in hvac

Industrial Maintenance

Students will learn how to maintain and repair various buildings, from houses to factories. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Building/Facilities Maintenance Technician

  • Industrial Maintenance Technician

  • Residential Maintenance Technician

  • Building Engineer

  • Construction Manager

  • Facilities Manager

  • Private Contractor

students working in industrial maintenance

IT Networking (CISCO)

Students will learn about design, installation, operation and maintenance of computer networking systems. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Network Engineer

  • IT Technician

  • Support Technician

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager

  • Computer Network Architect

  • Software Developer

students working on computers

Manufacturing Technology

Students will learn to read basic technical drawings on the computer and to produce small objects using basic hand tools and machines in the shop.

Career Opportunities:

  • Machinist 

  • Maintenance Machinist

  • Instrument Maker

  • Tool Designer

  • Tool and Die Maker

  • Civil Engineer

  • Design Engineer

students working on computers

Masonry

Students will have the opportunity to complete small projects using concrete, stone, brick, and block.

Career Opportunities:

  • Brick and Block Mason

  • Stone Mason

  • Concrete Finisher

  • Hardscape Installer

  • Paving Installation

  • Mason Tender

  • Contractor

student working on project in masonry

Medium/Heavy Truck & Equipment Technology

Students will learn about basic repair and maintenance of a wide variety of diesel powered vehicles and equipment.

Career Opportunities:

  • Diesel Equipment Supplier

  • Diesel Service Technician or Mechanic

  • Diesel Locomotive Mechanic

  • Estimator

  • Farm Equipment Mechanic

  • Fleet Mechanic

  • Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment

student and teacher working on project

Plumbing

Students will learn the basic plumbing skills of soldering, brazing, layout and design, and blueprint reading. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Apprentice Pipefitter

  • Apprentice Plumber

  • Sprinkler Fitter

  • Steamfitter

  • Water Pump Installation

  • Gas Main Fitters

  • Marine Pipefitter

student working in plumbing

Print Media Technology

Students will learn basics of the printing process including:  digital printing, digital file management, production planning, running a print press and performing simple binding and finishing options. 

Career Opportunities:

  • Bindery/Finishing Operator

  • Electronic Prepress Technician

  • Digital Press Operator

  • Offset Lithographic Press Operator

  • Wide Format Specialist

  • Mail Data Specialist

  • Project Estimator

student working in print media

Welding 

Students will learn a variety of welding operations and techniques through hands-on application.

Career Opportunities:

  • Assembler

  • MIG Welder

  • Sheet Metal Worker

  • Fabricator/Welder

  • Structural Iron and Steelworker

  • TIG Welder

  • Tack Welder

student working in welding