Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts is a pathway for students in the Human Science, Art, and Humanities career cluster.  The Culinary Arts pathway program includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare students for employment or continuing education in the food-service industry. This program was written to incorporate the National Restaurant Associations (NRA) ProStart learning objectives. Any student who successfully completes this program and the mentoring requirements of the NRA can take the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement exam. This is a national certification program recognized throughout the foodservice industry.


The Construction/Carpentry pathway is designed as a secondary program for preparation to enter the field of Carpentry.  It includes basic frame carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, masonry, woodworking power tools, and machine operation. Students earn Contren Certification in this pathway.  This pathway consists of two two-credit classes, construction and carpentry.

Health Sciences

The Health Sciences pathway includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will provide students with an overview of the health-care field as outlined in the States’ Career Clusters Health Science Cluster and the National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education. It also prepares students for careers in occupations predicted to have a high number of available jobs in the next 10 years including registered nurses, nurse aides, practical nurses, and home health aides.


Welding is an instructional program that prepares students for employment or continued education in the occupations of the welding field. The curriculum framework for this program was developed in partnership with the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF). MCEF is the accredited sponsor for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Teacher Academy

Teacher Academy is a pathway for students in the Education and Training Career Cluster. Teacher Academy is a high school program with courses designed to attract students to the field of education, provide information and field experiences relevant to pursuing a degree in education, and prepare students for the rigors of a career in education so they will remain long-term educators. The Teacher Academy pathway includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare students for employment or continuing education in the education field.

Digital Media

This program is designed for students who wish to develop, design, and implement projects in the fast-growing field of digital media. The program emphasizes the techniques and tools used in digital media and the creative design or content of such media. Both theoretical learning and activity-based learning are provided for students who wish to develop and enhance their competencies and skills. The course focuses on the basic areas of computer graphics, audio-production multimedia, and animation. Exposure to state-of-the-art equipment is given through advice by experts from industry.

Family Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Science Education programs prepare students for adult roles, family responsibilities, and careers related to family and consumer sciences content.  Preparing individuals for the work of the family is basic and necessary for building strong families and a productive work force.

Software Development

Computing affects many aspects of the world in both positive and negative ways at local, national, and global levels.  Individuals and communities influence computing through their behaviors and cultural and social interactions, and in turn, computing influences new cultural practices.  The amount of digital data generated in the world is rapidly expanding, so the need to process data effectively is increasingly important.


Agribusiness and entrepreneurship technology is one of the pathway courses in the AEST program. All students must complete the Concepts of Agriscience course before being allowed to enroll in the Science of Agribusiness Level I course. This 0.5-credit course within the agribusiness and entrepreneurship technology pathway builds a foundation of knowledge regarding agribusiness practices, financial management, and entrepreneurship.  Students will attain knowledge and skills in areas such as utilizing banking services, financial management, preparing budgets, and principles of marketing. Emphasis is on an active learning environment enriched with technology, business simulations, and math-based applications.