What Students Are Saying

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Did you know the Sioux City Community School District offers 32 career pathways through the Sioux City Career Academy?

These pathways help students get a hands-on career and technical education experiences while in high school. Listen to what students have to say about these unique experiences!


Students tell all

“I think the Sioux City Career Academy is preparing me for success because it’s actually teaching me careers. I can become a pharmacy tech or a CNA right out of high school.”

The Sioux City Career Academy has given Michel Salmeron the confidence to try something new. The courses in the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Pathway has provided Michel with hands-on career experience while in high school. Hear how the Career Academy is preparing her for success! #SCCSD

“I love being in the class with other than just East High Students…There are people who want to do the same thing as me and people who I can relate to when it comes to my career.”

The Sioux City Career Academy has given Janaya Barnes the opportunity to network with new teachers and classmates while gaining hands-on experience in the Emergency Responders Pathway. Hear what Janaya has to say about this unique opportunity!

“It’s a great atmosphere. The teachers, it feels like, just really care. This is just an entirely different environment.”

Thanks to the Sioux City Career Academy, Camden Hale has expanded his social network while gaining real-world experience in the Accounting Pathway. See what Camden has to say about the unique learning environment at the Sioux City Career Academy!

“It’s really fun coming down to these classes because you get to meet a whole bunch of different people from different high schools.”

The Graphic Design Pathway at the Sioux City Career Academy provides students like Erin Collins with the problem-solving skills to create visual communication. See how Erin combines her creativity with the use of specialized software to tailor her knack for photography.

“These engineering classes here in the Career Academy are very important to me I think because without this I really wouldn’t know what I was getting myself into.”

The Engineering Pathway at the Sioux City Career Academy has provided Eddie Voloshen with the opportunity to learn about 3-D modeling and coding. Courses such as civil engineering and architecture are offered as part of the Engineering Pathway to better prepare students for real-world jobs in the future.

“It’s actually a nice break to come here and experience something new and interact with the other kids from other schools because that’s something I’ve never done before.”

Paige Hanson is already gaining hands-on experience in the career field she wants to pursue. Listen to what Paige has to say about the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Pathway and how it will help her become a physicians assistant.

“I guess it’s rewarding to me because it feels like I am making an impact.”

Micah McWell is already gaining hands-on experience in the career field he wants to pursue. Listen to what Micah has to say about his work with young students in the Early Childhood Education Pathway.

“Sometimes people are able to find out what kind of learner they are through these kind of pathways.”

Wajeeha Mariam is already gaining hands-on experience in the career field she wants to pursue. Listen to what Wajeeha has to say about the Pharmacy Tech Pathway and how it will help her pursue medicine.

“The goal down here (at the career academy) is to educate students on how to work through problems.”

Soren Peterson has learned the technical skills to solve problems like an engineer. See how courses for the Engineering (PDF) and Information Technology (PDF) pathways will help Soren pursue a chemical engineering degree.

“I feel like I’m better equipt for college and I will know how things work.”

Kiara Stamaria has learned to collaborate with fellow classmates to achieve great success. Listen to what Kiara has to say about the Computer Science and Engineering (PDF)  pathways and how it’s preparing her for the future.

“I think everyone should try to take a Career Academy class, even if it’s something that you’re not sure you’re into. Just give it a shot.”

Austin Craighead is gaining real-world experience through the Business Management and Administration (PDF) pathway at the Sioux City Career Academy. See how courses in this pathway will help him in the future.

“I think ACT is an important class to take because it really does prepare you for the ACT, but not just that, it prepares you for college.”

The ACT Prep Course at the Sioux City Career Academy has provided Jennifer Santos with the opportunity to successfully prepare for the ACT Test. Listen to what Jennifer has to say!

“Taking classes down here is really fun because you get to meet kids from all different schools and it’s a great environment. It gives off a college vibe while preparing us for the future.”

Thanks to the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Pathway (PDF) at the Sioux City Career Academy, Jacy Fehl learned she wants to pursue a career in dermatology. Hear what Jacy has to say about these courses and the unique environment at the Sioux City Career Academy!

“It’s a very different environment. It’s a lot more discussion-based and group activity-based.”

Thanks to the Sioux City Career Academy, Jacob Maxey is working toward his coaching endorsement through the Education (PDF) and Coaching pathways. See how discussion-based and group-based learning has helped Jacob succeed!

“My dad was a diesel mechanic, my grandfather was a diesel mechanic, and then my brother was also a welder. They really inspired me to get into this class.”

The Auto Body Pathway at the Sioux City Career Academy provides students like Corey Choyce with the technical skills to properly prime, seal, and paint vehicles. See why Corey thinks of auto body as an art form how it inspires him.