Program Pathways

Advanced Manufacturing

Auto Body Repair

 

Auto Body / Collision Repair

  • To enroll in Auto Body/Collision Repair Program at CATS, first take the Introduction to Transportation Tech course offered at your traditional school.  From there, you may continue through the Auto Tech path at the Career Academy.  No applications are required for this course. 

Automotive Technology

To enroll in Auto Tech courses at CATS, first take the Introduction to Transportation Tech course offered at your traditional school.  From there, you may continue through the Auto Tech path at the Career Academy.  No applications are required for this course. 

Culinary & Hospitality (ProStart)

To enroll in the Culinary/Hospitality (ProStart) courses at CATS, students must have successfully completed Foods I at their traditional school.  It is recommended that they also complete Foods II prior to taking the CATS course, although not required. 

Students in the Culinary (ProStart) class will take the National ServSafe Certification exam required by all restaurant workers.

Emergency Medical Technicians

In order to take the Emergency  Medical Technician Course, students must be in their senior* year and should have successfully completed the Intro to Public Safety Course at their traditional school.  

This course is a Mitchell Community College course, therefore you must complete a CCP application with your traditional  CDC (CTE Counselor), as well as have a GPA of 3.0 and/or approval from the CATS principal to enroll. 

*Seniors only as students must be 18 years old to take the NC State EMT exam for certification. 

Fire Technology

  • In order to take the Firefighting courses,  first you should successfully complete the Intro to Public Safety course at your traditional  school.  

    Fire students will take the NC State Exams for Firefighter I, II & III.

Heavy Equipment and Diesel Technology

Manicuring

  • There is no prerequisite for the manicuring courses at CATS, however, many cosmetic artists become self-employed.  Concepts in personal finance, entrepeneurship, marketing, accounting, and business are reinforced.  Prior exposure to these concepts will enhance the students' opportunity for success. 

Masonry

At this time there is no prerequisite for Masonry students.  However, Drafting courses are highly recommended because students learn how to use measurements and read blueprints. 

Nursing Fundamentals

Potential nursing students are encouraged to take Health Team Relations and Bio Med Technology at their traditional schools.  They are required to successfully complete Health Science I and Health Science II prior to entering the Nursing courses at CATS.  A solid foundation in English, Language Arts, math and science aid in the success of each student. 

Television and Digital Film Productions

  • If you dream of a career in television or film, get started by taking the Multimedia & Web page Design course at your traditional  school.  No other prerequisite is required, however, the Photography & Digital Film students have a greater rate of success if they have experience with Photoshop and Premiere Pro.  This can be gained through the Adobe Visual Design and Adobe Video Design courses. 

    If you are more interested in the Television Studio Production, having experience in theater lighting, journalism, or an Intro to Broadcasting course would help you out. 

    Other ways to prepare for these courses are to take as many photos as you can, and make as many videos as you can.  Keep your work and submit that with the application that is required for approval. 

Welding

Being a Mitchell Community College course offered on the CATS campus, there is no prerequisite for the first string of welding courses.  However, students may achieve better success by first taking an Ag Mechanics course at their traditional school.  A College and Career Promise  (CCP) application is due prior to enrollment in these courses.