KENNETT CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER | 1400 WEST WASHINGTON | KENNETT, MO 63857 | P 573-717-1123 | F 573-340-1468

Vocational training is one important way of contributing toward the cultivation of the many different talents. For those enrolled, whether the students be secondary, adult, or post-secondary, the opportunity is available to prepare for the world of work. Vocational education at the Kennett Career and Technology Center is perhaps best summarized in the motto, "Prepare Today for Tomorrow's Pay."

Terry D. Bruce

Vocational Director

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Auto Collision Repair is designed to teach students the basic fundamentals of repairing vehicles to "pre-accident". A main objective of the course is to prepare students for the workforce. Students will learn skills relating to vehicle surface preparations and final finishes. Repair estimation, detailing, and customer relations are all integral parts of this course.


Vehicles manufactured for today's market require more trained service technicians than ever before. Technicians will have to be better trained and more competent to work on automobiles of today. Students will be taught theory and application along with hands-on repair of engines, brakes, electrical systems, power trains, air conditioning and suspension systems. Training simulators are used frequently in the classroom to teach fuel injection, anti-lock brakes, and electronic ignition systems.


Most of us fail to realize the full impact printed materials have on our everyday lives: paper money, credit cards, textbooks, newspapers, etc. Upon successful completion of Graphic Communications/Printing, students will be prepared for entry-level positions in the printing industry. Students will have the opportunity to design and print their own personal projects. Students will earn recognition for their work by teachers, students, and the community by utilizing hands-on practice while designing and printing products such as play, music, and athletic programs.


Health Occupations is designed as an exploratory course for seniors, providing insight into the many opportunities that are available in the health field. inaddition to extensive classroom instruction, students will gain clinical experience in several health service occupations. Students are given the option to complete the necessary requirements to be certified as a nursing assistant.


Information Technology is a one year course that prepares the student for successful completion of the CompTIA A+ certification exam. It is the foundation course for all computer technicians. The student will gain knowledge and experience that will allow them to install, upgrade, and repair personal computers and peripherals, (printers, scanners, and modems), thru a series of different hands-on Lab Experiments. The theory and hands-on experiences are non-manufacturer specific. Networking Technology is a one year course that prepares the student to take the Cisco CCENT certification exam. The student will gain knowledge and experience setting up networks, maintaining networks, and managing networks. Instruction will be both online and hands-on lab experiments.


Students will be given a broad range of criminal justice studies including, understanding and interpreting the U.S. Constitution, law enforcement, corrections, and courts. Practical skills of law enforcement including, handcuffing, communication, crime scene investigation, and document preparation will also be taught. Students will experience lectures from police officers, coroners, law enforcement administration officials, attorneys and correction officers.


Marketing education is designed to prepare motivated people for marketing careers. The curriculum includes marketing in our economy, understanding the consumer, developing products and pricing, wholesaling, retailing, selling and advertising. Students are employed in the business community to receive on the job training. Credit is giving for both the class instruction and the supervised work experience.


Welding is one of the fastest-growing occupations today. It has developed rapidly to meet the needs of new manufacturing processes. The Welding program presents a course of study in shielded metal arc, oxy-fuel, gas metal arc and gas tungsten arc welding, as well as theory and practice in accordance with current industry practices. This comprehensive training program includes the teaching of manipulative skills, beginning with basic operations and followed by a complete series of practices on all types of weld joints in all positions on various metals. The successful application of the welding process requires the correct use of proper tools and equipment. Students learn necessary theory in the classroom and put theory into practice in the shop. Employment opportunities exist in factory production and in heavy construction in almost every industry in which metal is used. Qualified welders are constantly in demand.


When you graduate from high school, do you want to be marketable for an entry-level job in the business field? Do you want to work at an area business while still in high school? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then office technology is the class for you. Office Technology offers the type of training that will equip students to meet today's job qualifications and to be successful in becoming gainfully employed. The use of computers, transcription machines, calculators, etc., as well as simulating work in an office are just a few areas studied throughout the program. Personal keyboarding/Computer Applications 1 required.



Students have an inherent right to an individual education in accord with their mental and physical qualifications. The objectives of this education are the personal development of mind, body, and character; and the desire for self-support and effective citizenship.


Classes that are available to post-secondary students on a tuition basis. The length of program duration could be shorted by attending class for a full day. Financial aid is available in most programs for students who qualify. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Area Vocational Technical School.


A vocational guidance/placement program is in place to help students better understand their individual interests, needs, and abilities. Students should feel free to consult the guidance/placement coordinator in matters such as course selection, vocational goals, and career preparation.

The placement program is engaged in providing job seeking services to students completing their vocational training as well as those who terminate their training prior to completion. A qualify placement program enables the student to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the world of work.



The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America is a national organization for youth who are enrolled in vocational industrial education programs. The goal of VICA is to help students who have interests in the Trade, Industrial, or Health fields to become happy, mature productive citizens.

Through club activities planned, initiated, and conducted by members, VICA develops the "whole" student, social and leadership abilities as well as skills.

VICA prepares youth for life. It brings together young men and women who share common interests for an exchange of ideas, a discussion of problems and the opportunity to work toward common purposes. VICA offers prestige and recognition through a national program of awards and contests. It broadens perspectives through interclub and interstate activities. It offers co-curricular activities that make education and training more meaningful.

Any Student enrolled in Trade, Industrial, Technical, or Heath Education classes may become a member of VICA. Membership in VICA is voluntary.


Future Business Leaders of America is the organization for all high school students participating in business and office programs. The span of organizations includes local chapters, state chapters, and the FBLA National organization. The purpose of the organization is to.

"...provide, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students in business and office education to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibility."

The Kennett Chapter No. 1432, a member of District 16 of the state organization, was established in 1956. Membership is open to students enrolled in business classes grades 10-12. The chapter is self-supportive by local money making projects and meets once a month. Annual activities include participation in competitive events in the district, state and national levels. Students have the opportunity to participate in areas of accounting, keyboarding, shorthand, job interview, Mr. and Mrs. Future Business Leader, job description manual, poster, and word processing. On the local level, the club takes field trips, invites guest speakers to regular meetings, and participates in a variety of school and community projects.


The Distributive Education Clubs of America is a co-curricular national youth organization with many local chapters in each state. DECA is a vital part of the Marketing program. By design, the club's aims are to develop future leaders in marketing and distribution, to provide incentives and recognition for Marketing students, and to build stats in public schools for careers in marketing and distribution.

The four basic purposes of DECA are; to develop leadership ability, to develop social intelligence, and to develop vocational competency, and to develop civic consciousness.

Some highlights of the state's DECA activities that the Kennett chapter regularly participate in are the competitive events at district and state levels and the election of local, district, and state officers.

In addition to the competitive events, the Kennett Chapter initiates student directed activities of their own. These include; employer - employee banquet, sales projects, socials, special meetings with guest speakers, and field trips.



Kennett Career & Technology Center Student Handbook 22-23

Handbook KCTC 22-23 Student.pdf

Kennett Career & Technology Center Staff Handbook 22-23

Handbook KCTC 22-23 Staff.pdf


Kennett Career & Technology Center Faculty