Career Academies

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) Career Academies are an exciting opportunity for high school students to get a jump on their career education, before they leave high school.

Students complete anywhere from a semester to a full year of college coursework while they are still in high school. That’s a tremendous benefit:

  • Students pay no tuition costs for classes completed while still in high school.

  • It cuts down the time, often in half, students spend completing their training after high school. That also cuts their overall tuition costs and gets them in the job market sooner.

  • In most programs, students complete the requirements for, and will earn, a college-level certificate. That looks great on a resume for future employers.

  • This is a great way for students, who aren’t sure what they want to do after high school, to get real exposure to a career field and learn what it’s all about.

  • Students attend classes with their fellow students, who have the same interests.

  • In some programs, students continuing classes after high school experience paid on-the-job employment during their second year, often enough to pay their college tuition completely.

Career Academies are available through all three of EICC’s Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. The academies vary by location. For more information, contact our high school team

Career Academies

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Advanced Manufacturing

EICC’s learning environments, labs and instructors are focused on ‘real-world,’ hands-on career preparation. The Advanced Manufacturing Career Academy provides students the opportunity to earn a college Certificate in Basic Electricity while still in high school. High school students also earn a OHSA General Industry 10-hour credential during the Academy. Students can then continue their classes at the college to earn an Electromechanical Diploma or even the Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree.

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The Midwest was built on agriculture and much of our economy continues to be driven by our crops, livestock and related products. Offered through Muscatine Community College, students have the choice of earning their degree in Farm or Agribusiness Management. Students complete the first two semesters of the program during their senior year of high school. Students continuing their education after high school will have paid co-op experiences, often earning enough to cover the cost of tuition.


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Auto Technology

Customers are thrilled to know their vehicle is in good hands of a skilled automotive technician. The Auto Technology program will prepare you to enter the industry with the skills you need to service both older model and new model vehicles. With all the electronics and computers on board today’s cars, you need the right skills and training to jump right into the field. If you have a passion for cars, a motivation to learn and acquire new skills, the Automotive Technology Academy may be a great fit.



Business, Finance, Marketing and Management


Whether looking at entering the business world working for a local company or planning to venture out into the world of entrepreneurship, the Business Certificate starts students out on the right path. The program is especially designed for students interested in entering the job market immediately after completing their two-year degree. Students gain extensive hands-on experience working real-world problems in business, management and supervision.


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Are you inspired to pursue coaching? This Academy will assist you in achieving your coaching authorization in Iowa. The program includes theory of coaching, human growth and development, and care of athletic injuries. The coaching authorization will allow you to pursue coaching opportunities while working towards a teaching degree or as a non-teaching professional.



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The U.S. economy's strength connects directly to the construction industry. Construction projects provide jobs, inject both funds and new life into a community, and create the infrastructure critical to keeping the country moving forward. The Construction Academy will provide you hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences in basic architecture, construction and engineering skills. If you like working with your hands and enjoy seeing immediate work results, this Academy could be your starting point to rewarding and lucrative career.


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Criminal Justice

Did you know a degree in criminal justice can lead to careers in law enforcement, security, cybercrime, corrections or social work? Criminal justice provides you the opportunity to give back to your community. Professionals in the field enjoy a good challenge, helping others and variety in their work. The Academy will have pathways to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and transfer options.


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The Culinary Arts program teaches students the ins and outs of the food service industry. High school students complete their first two semesters during their senior year, earning a Certificate in Culinary Arts upon completion. The program includes student internships, providing students specific on-the-job training while still in high school. They can then continue in the program following graduation, where they also work in area restaurants and related businesses, earning while they learn.


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Early Education

The importance of knowledgeable and highly skilled childcare providers is at an all-time high as working families search for trusted and compassionate providers. In this Academy, you will learn skills to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment for young children while providing positive guidance. Classes will focus on best practices in early childhood development and education. If you enjoy working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, this Academy may lead to rewarding career shaping little hearts and minds.

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It’s no secret, as our nation’s population continues to age, the demand for skilled health workers continues to rise. The Healthcare Career Academies give students a real jump on those who are just beginning those classes after high school. High school students can begin taking classes as early as their junior year in such areas as nutrition, psychology and human anatomy. The academy classes can lead to careers as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Nursing and Radiology.


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Heating, Ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians install, maintain and repair climate control systems. These skilled trade professionals work in a variety of settings including business, industrial and residential. They play a critical role in new construction and renovation. If you like working with your hands and variety in your work, this hands-on, in demand field may be for you.


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Now more than ever, computers and technology play a key role in our lives. From powering business and industry to keeping families close, we depend on computers for nearly every aspect of our day-to-day routines. Of course, trained Information Technology professionals are the ones who help make it all possible. The academy classes can lead to careers in Networking, Security and Information Technology.


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If you’re from the Eastern Iowa area, there’s a pretty good chance one or more of your teachers started their college education at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. That’s because our Education Major is one of our most popular transfer majors. Students in the program take the same general education and education-major classes they take during the first two years of college at the four-year institution.

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Manufacturers throughout the area are desperate for trained welders. Good jobs paying livable wages are available for anyone willing to develop the required skills. Students complete the first two semesters of the program during their senior year of high school, cutting nearly a full year out of the time it takes to complete the program. By completing just two more classes during the summer following graduation, they can earn their Basic Welding Certificate. From there they can continue at the college to earn their Welding Diploma and Associate in Applied Science Degree.