Career Immersion Program


    The Career and Technical Education program at Clarkston Community Schools offers benefits for all students ranging from providing a contextual environment for developing high-level academic skills, to providing specific industry certification or post-secondary credit in an occupational field.  Career and Technical Education offers education benefits to students pursuing careers requiring specific technical skills, as well as providing a strong foundation for those pursuing a traditional four-year (or more) degree.  It is an integral component of the total education mission, contributing to the goals of high academic achievement, student retention and motivation, and the development of general workplace and life skills.  The Clarkston Community Schools Career Immersion Program is designed for students who wish to participate in a specific career pathway that will lead to a Career Diploma Endorsement at the end of their senior year.

Career Immersion Program Details

Students must maintain a 3.00 overall GPA as well as a 3.00 GPA in career pathway courses to be eligible to stay in the program and receive the diploma endorsement.  Applicants must meet all course prerequisites.

Criteria for Student Selection

Entering 9th through 12th grade students* who have demonstrated:

  • An interest in problem solving

  • Responsible, self-directed learning capacities

  • An ability to work in an active cooperative learning environment

  • Strong academic ability in the core curriculum.

  • Evidence of 8th grade language arts and math competency (to meet grade level expectation).

Career Pathways and Program Requirements

Project Lead the Way (Pre-Engineering) Pathway - 4 Credits

9th Grade – Choice of 1 Credit from the following:

  • Drafting & Design Technology - ½ credit

  • Fundamentals of Technology - ½ credit

  • CS Principles & Software Design - ½ credit

  • PLTW: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) - 1 credit, transportation provided to CHS

10th-12th Grades - Choice of 1 option each year from the following:

  • PLTW: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

  • PLTW: Digital Electronics (DE)

  • PLTW: Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)

  • Engineering Graphics (EG)

  • CAD I & CAD II

  • Principles of Engineering A & Engineering Problem Solving

  • PLTW: BioTechnical Engineering (BT)*

*BioTechnial Engineering is a part of CSMTech Academy. A student wishing to use the BT course for the Career Immersion Program Diploma Endorsement must also apply and be a member of CSMTech Academy.

Computer & Information Sciences & Support (Computer Science) Pathway - 4 Credits

9th Grade – CS Principles & Software Design AND Software Applications

10th Grade – Introduction to Programming

11th Grade – Choose from 1 of 4 Advanced Computer Option:

1. AP Computer Science 

2. IB Computer Science

3. Computer Hardware, Troubleshooting & Repair 

AND Computer Networking & Communications

4. Web Design I AND Web Design II

12th Grade – Senior Capstone Programming Project OR another Advanced Computer                  Option

Current Clarkston High School students can apply at any time using the Application below.  

Out-of-District Students wishing to attend Clarkston High School full-time to experience one of our two Career Immersion Program pathways need to submit the School of Choice application as well as the Release of Student Record forms listed below.
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