Courses & Certifications

Please click on the course names below to learn more details about each of the courses offered at The College & Career Academy at Pruden.

Automotive Collision Repair
Auto Service Technology
Building Trades
Modeling & Simulation Support Specialist
Cosmetology
Culinary Arts
Early Childhood Education
Geospatial Technology (GIS)
Emergency Medical Technician
Nurse Aide
Computer Systems Technology with Cyber Security Infusion
Utility / Heavy Construction
Veterinary Assistant
Welding
Network Administration with Cyber Security Infusion

Automotive Collision Repair

Students, who want to work to improve the appearance of a vehicle, are artistic and creative, pay strong attention to detail, and enjoy working with machinery and tools, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the collision repair industry!

The Auto Collision Repair Program is a two (2) year program that prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation in a variety of settings and/or continue training through post-secondary education programs to become Specialists and Master Technicians.

The program provides students the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to perform basic body repairs on today’s automobiles, and to apply paint another types of finishes to the repaired vehicle body.

Participation in the program prepares students to earn A.S.E. (Automotive Service Excellence) certification in Painting and Refinishing.

Occupations: Aircraft Structure; Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assembler; Automotive Body and Related Repairer; Automotive Glass Installer and Repairer; Electrical and Electronic Installer and/or Repairer1

Typical Salary in Virginia: $23,000- $64,000 depending on education level and specialization

Employment Outlook: Employment of automotive body and glass repairers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those with formal training and industry certification should have very good job opportunities.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $23,000- $64,000 depending on education level and specialization

Employment Outlook: Employment of automotive body and glass repairers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those with formal training and industry certification should have very good job opportunities.


Automotive Service Technology I & II

Students, who want to work in a fast-paced field, have the ability to problem-solve, and enjoy working with tools and technology, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the automotive service industry!

The Auto Service Technician Program is a two (2) year program that prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation in a variety of settings and/or continue training through post-secondary education programs to become Specialist and Master Technicians.

Participation in the program enables students to earn A.S.E. (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification in eight (8) areas:  engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning and engine performance. Additionally, students may choose to participate in the A-YES (Automotive Youth Education System) Program. Qualified A-YES students may receive a 12-month paid internship with a local dealership and a scholarship through Snap-on Tools.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $20,000- $72,000 depending on education level and specialization.

Employment Outlook: Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good.

Occupations: Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician; Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assembler; Automotive Body and Related Repairer; Automotive Glass Installer and Repairer; Automotive Service Technician, Mechanic; Diesel Service Technician; Electrical and Electronic Installer and/or Repairer; Marine Watercraft Repair and Maintenance Worker; Motorboat Mechanic; Service Technician; Small Engine Mechanic1

 


Building Trades I & II

Students who want to enrich the community and lives of individuals through building and planning, enjoy working outdoors, and are good at math and technical drawing, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in construction!

The Building Trades program is a two (2) year program that prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation and/or continue training through post-secondary education programs at the apprentice, certificate, associate’s or baccalaureate level. Training is received in Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical and Masonry applications.

Residential construction will be the major thrust with exposure to commercial and industrial construction. The program will introduce the student to the fundamentals of the building trades, including jobs safety , measurement, practical math, materials, and basic training in electricity,  plumbing, masonry, and carpentry.

As a component of the program, students will have the opportunity to earn NCCER certification (National Center for Construction Education and Research).

 

Typical Salary in Virginia: $23,000- $91,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations: Carpenter; Construction Manager; Drywall Installer; Electrician; General Contractor; Mason; Plumber, Pipefitter; Tile Installer; Building Code Inspector; Cost Estimator

Employment Outlook: Employment of carpenters, plumbers, and electricians is projected to grow an average of 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for carpenters should improve over the decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession. Stricter water efficiency standards and new building and power plant construction are projected to spur demand for plumbers. Homes and businesses require more wiring than ever before, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.


Modeling & Simulation Support Specialist I & II

Students who are enjoy creating graphics or models; are creative, organized and likely to approach problems logically; and are interested in hardware and/or software, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in modeling & simulation!

The Modeling & Simulation Support Specialist program is a two (2) year program that explores the use of modeling, simulation, and game development software to solve real-world problems. The activities will include evaluating and testing engineering designs, modeling geospatial data, observing and analyzing real-work simulations, programming games for educational purposes, and creating visuals with 3D models.

Students will participate in a semester-long, project-based learning opportunity associated with the student’s career goals. The project will pair students with mentors in workplaces related to their career goals. The course will offer students the opportunity to earn 15 hours of dual-credit toward a Certificate of Career Studies or Associate’s of Science Degree with the Virginia Community College System.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $54,000- $143,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations: Computer Software Engineer; Game Designer; Multimedia Artist, Animator; Programmer; Systems and/or Database Analyst; Data Modeler; Geographic Information System Technician; Civil Engineer; Industrial Engineer; Mechanical Engineer

Pathways: Information Support and Services; Network Systems; Programming and Software Development; Web and Digital Communications; Engineering and Technology; Science and Mathematics

Employment Outlook: Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.


Cosmetology I & II

Students, who want to assist others in looking their best; are artistic and creative; possess strong communication skills; and enjoy working with people of all ages, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the cosmetology field!

The Cosmetology Program is a two (2) year program that prepares students to take the Commonwealth of Virginia Cosmetologist Examination in order to become a Licensed Practitioner.

Students study personal development, manicuring, sanitation and bacteriology, shampooing, hair and scalp treatments, facials, hair styling, hair cutting and textbook theory. In addition, students learn how to thermally straighten and style hair with Marcel techniques, and to perform chemical services such as permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, hair coloring, frosting, foiling, and hair lightening. Students learn through practical demonstrations, videos, and supervised hands-on applications using mannequins and live models.

 

Typical Salary in Virginia:  $16,000- $51,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations:  Barber; Hairstylists; Cosmetologist; Manicurists; Skin Care Specialists

Employment Outlook Overall employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.3


Culinary Arts I & II

Students who have enthusiasm for preparing delicious, nutritious and tastefully presented meals; are creative and organized; and are able to work quickly and calmly under pressure, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the food service or hospitality industry!

The Culinary Arts program is a two (2) year program that prepares students for entry-level employment in the Food Service and Hospitality industry and/or continues training through post-secondary education programs at the apprentice, associates, or baccalaureate level.

Students learn about commercial kitchens, including large and small kitchen equipment, sanitation, safety, food preparation, culinary math, nutrition, and baking. Students engage in planning, preparing and serving catered events at The College & Career Academy at Pruden, and may participate in food competition for awards and/or scholarships.

As a component of the program, students will have the opportunity to qualify for the N.R.A.E.F. (National Restaurant Association Education Foundation) certification in both ServSafe and Pro-Start.

 

Typical Salary in Virginia: $23,000- $77,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations: Cook; Executive Chef; Food Service Manager; Meeting and Convention Planner

Employment Outlook: Employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to remain steady from 2010 to 2020. Although overall job opportunities are expected to be good, competition is expected to be high for jobs at upscale restaurants, hotels, and casinos, where the pay tends to be greater.


Early Childhood Education I & II

Students who want to make a difference in the lives of children and families, who are creative and organized, who enjoy working with children, and who possess strong communication skills, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in early childhood education!

The Early Childhood Education program is a two (2) year program that prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation in a varitey of settings and/or continue training through post-secondary education.

Students learn about child development, nutrition, safety and dealing with emergencies, caring for children (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and others with special needs), planning experiences for learning, and creating a good learning environment. Students are provided with hands-on experience working in preschool classrooms.

Participation in the program enables students to earn AAFCS credentials (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) and credit toward the Child Development Associate degree program. Additionally, students are eligible to earn six (6) hours of dual-credit toward an Associate’s degree with the Virginia Community College System.

 

 

Typical Salary in Virginia:$16,000- $81,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations: Child Care Worker; Director, Early Childhood Education Center; Elementary School Teacher; Kindergarten Teacher; Teacher Assistant

Employment Outlook Employment of childcare workers and preschool teachers is expected to grow by an estimated 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of increases in the number of children who require childcare and continued focus on the importance of early childhood education.


Geospatial Technology- GIS

Students who are creative and organized; likely to approach problems logically; and interested in geography or satellite communications, hardware and/or software, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in geospatial technology.

The Geospatial Technology program is a one (1) year program providing experiences pertaining to the study of geographic information systems (GIS), global position systems (GPS), remote sensing (RS), digital image processing simulator (DIPS), automated cartography (Auto-Carto), land surveying (LS), and navigation. The learned technologies allow students to explore and analyze the natural and human-made world, from local to global and beyond. Students will use various tools, processes and techniques to create, store, access, manipulate, and revise date to solve human challenges.

The course offers students the opportunity to earn four (4) hours of dual-credit toward a Certificate of Career Studies in Land Surveying or an Associate’s Degree with the Virginia Community College System.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $29,000- $143,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations: Civil Engineer; Surveying Technician; Surveyor; Mapping Technician; Cartographer; Software Developer/ Engineer; Product Developer; GIS Service Technician: GIS Technical Support Specialist; GIS Instructional Designer; Urban and Regional Planner

Pathways: Environmental Service Systems; Natural Resources Systems; Design/ Pre-Construction; National Security; Public Management and Administrations; Revenue and Taxation; Information Support and Services; Network Systems; Programming and Software Development; Emergency and Fire Management Services; Law Enforcement Services; Logistics Planning and Management Services; Transportation Systems/ Infrastructure Planning

Employment Outlook: Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Recent advancements in mapping technology have led to new uses for maps and a need for more of the data used to build maps.


Emergency Medical Technician

Students who care about making their community a safer place to live; enjoy excitement and a good challenge; are highly organized; and can “think on their feet”, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in Emergency Medical Services!

The EMT program is a one (1) year program that prepares students for the certification exam administered by the Virginia Department of Health and employment as an EMT, and/or for entry into post-secondary Paramedic or Public Safety programs.

Students become skilled in identifying and dealing with emergencies such as bleeding, factures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest. Instruction emphasizes proper care and use of common emergency and safe methods for lifting, moving, and transporting injured persons. Supervised on-the-job training, patient care experiences, and a clinical rotation in a local hospital are components of the instructional program.

Occupations: Emergency Medical Technician; Paramedic; Home Health Aide; Medical Assistants; Nursing Aides; Registered Nurse

Typical Salary in Virginia: $19,000- $51,000 depending on education level and specialization

Employment Outlook: Employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Nurse Aide

Students, who want to make a difference in another person’s life, enjoy taking care of others, are effective decision makers, and work well as a team member, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in nursing!

The Nurse Aide program is a one (1) year program that prepares students for state licensure by emphasizing the study of nursing occupations as related to the health care system.

Students study normal growth and development, simple body structure and function, and medical terminology. They are introduced to the study of microbes and disease. In addition, students receive elementary training in patient/nurse aide relationships, taking and recording vital signs, CPR, bathing feeding, and dressing the patient, and transporting the patient in the hospital or nursing home. As a component of the program, students will receive clinical training in a local nursing facility.

 

Typical Salary in Virginia: Employment of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will be needed in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

Occupations: Certified Nurse Aide; Home Health Aide; Medical Assistant ; Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Nurse

Employment Outlook: Employment of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will be needed in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.


Computer Systems Technology with Cyber Security Infusion

Students who are creative, organized, likely to approach problems logically, and interested in hardware and/or software, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in technology!

The Computer Systems Technology with Cyber Security Infusion program is a one (1) year program that prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation as a PC Technician and/or continue training through post-secondary education programs at the certificate, associates, or baccalaureate level to pursue advanced-level careers.

This program is designed to prepare students to take the A+ Certification examination sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp-TIA). Instruction includes configuration of PCs and components, hardware and software installation, and upgrades. Students learn to diagnose problems, solve them, and repair under both DOS and WINDOWS environment. Preventive maintenance, customer service and safety are also included.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $28,000- $77,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations: Computer Support Specialist; Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Technicians; Network and Systems Adminsitrator

Employment Outlook: Employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be favorable. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a strong technical background should have the best job opportunities.

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Utility/ Heavy Construction

Students who want to work improve their community, enjoy working independently, have a strong sense of responsibility, possess good eye-hand-foot coordination, and work well in an outdoor setting, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in utility/ heavy construction!

The Utility/ Heavy Construction program is a one (1) year program that prepares students for entry-level employment, and/or entry into post-secondary education programs. The program will provide both the knowledge and the hands-on skills needed to secure employment as a construction equipment operator. Students will learn about site grading and development, excavation, pipe laying, road building, surveying, reading blueprints, and construction safety. They will gain experience in operating excavators, bulldozers, and backhoes.

As a component of the program, student will have the opportunity to qualify for several industry certifications including Forklift and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Certifications.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $19,000- $72,000 depending on education level and specialization

Occupations: Construction Equipment Operators; Construction Laborers; General Contractor; Project Manager; Construction and Building Inspector; Carpenter

Employment Outlook: Overall employment of construction equipment operators is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure should generate many jobs for construction equipment operators. Workers with the ability to operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities.


Veterinary Assistant I & II

Students, who care about the health and well-being of animals, enjoy working with the public, and are good at math and decision-making, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in veterinary medicine!

The Veterinary Assistant program is a two (2) year program that teaches animal science and the care of animals, including animal structure and function, principles of health, and microbes and disease. The student will develop basic skills and techniques of assisting the veterinarian in the following areas: receptionist duties, animal examinations, the handling and care of animals, first aid and surgery, and maintenance of equipment and facilities. On-the job clinical instruction will be provided in veterinary clinics.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the N.O.C.T.I. (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) industry credential test.

 

Occupations: Veterinary Assistant; Veterinary Technician; Veterinarians; Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Typical Salary in Virginia: $16,000- $44,000 depending on education level and specialization

Employment Outlook: Employment of veterinary assistants is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.


Industrial Welding I & II

Students who want to participate in the building of large equipment, air craft carriers, or even projects on a smaller scale; enjoy working independently; are highly attentive to detail; can problem-solve; and work in a variety of settings, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the welding industry!

The Welding program is a two (2) year program that prepares students for entry-level employment, and/or for entry into post-secondary education program at the apprentice, certificate, or associate’s level.

The program teaches students about welding and metals. Students learn to read blueprints, set up equipment and weld using various techniques, including flat, vertical, horizontal, and overhead. Partnerships have been developed with multiple industry partners, including Liebherr USA and Huntington-Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding to provide curriculum materials and support of this program.

As a component of the program, students will have the opportunity to qualify for the American Welding Society certification in the S.M.A.W. (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) process.  Additionally, students are eligible to earn three (3) hours of dual-credit toward a Certificate of Career Studies with the Virginia Community College System.

 

Typical Salary in Virginia: $24,000- $72,000 depending on education level and specialization2

Occupations: Welder; Millwright; Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Employment Outlook: Employment of welders is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Properly skilled welders with up-to-date training should have the best job prospects.


Network Administration with Cyber Security Infusion

Network Administration with Cyber Security Infusion is a two-year program, which introduces students to the basic desktop systems concepts, basic server system concepts, network design essentials, network media, networking standards and models, installation of network administration functions, and performing network management and security functions.

Students will learn networking concepts, from usage to components, and create peer-to-peer network systems and client server networks. Students will install and configure network cards and connect them to networks. Students will learn how to install the operating systems, set up and manage accounts, load software, and establish and implement security plans.

This program is designed to prepare students to take the Certification examinations sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp-TIA) such as, Security+ Certification Examination and Network+ Certification Examinations.

Typical Salary in Virginia: $48,000- $79,700 depending on education level and specialization
Occupations: Computer Support Specialist; Network and Systems Administrator; Systems Analysts; Computer Programmer, Software Developers

Employment Outlook: Employment in the network administration field is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be favorable. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a strong technical background should have the best job opportunities.