What types of courses are available at the Lawrence College & Career Center? High school juniors and seniors are able to enroll in a wide variety of courses that prepare students for college and a career. For the 2017-18 school year students can enroll in Certified Nurse Aide/Medical Terminology, Forensic Science, Principles of Biomedical Science, Design/Build, Principles of Engineering, US Government and Leadership, Law, Government and Public Administration, Computer & Network Technology/Computer Support Service, AP Computer Science, Automotive Service, Emergency Medical Responder, Media and Communications, Marketing and Business Applications, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Industrial Engineering Technology. Students enrolled in Advanced Culinary courses also follow the same schedule, but courses are taught at the Community Connections Center at Holcomb Park. To read course descriptions, click on the Course Description tab above.
What is the schedule? Students enrolled at the Lawrence College & Career Center have four or five periods at their home high school and three or two periods at the College & Career Center. Classes are offered during the morning and the afternoon. To see a detailed schedule, click on the Schedule tab above.
Is transportation provided? Yes. Buses depart both Lawrence High School and Lawrence Free State High School at the beginning of 1st, 5th or 6th period. Buses return to the high schools before the beginning of 4th hour or the end of the school day. Students may also drive to the Lawrence College & Career Center.
What is the Professional Skills class? All students who enroll in courses at the Lawrence College & Career Center are enrolled in the Professional Skills course. During this .5 credit course, students will work with area business and industry professionals to learn and practice skills that employers have identified as critical to successful employment. Students will learn communication, teamwork, networking, problem-solving and valuable skills while building relationships with key local employers.
Can students earn core class credits for courses at the Lawrence College & Career Center? Yes. Most courses provide 1.0 high school elective credits. Students who enroll in Forensic Science or Principles of Biomedicine will earn 1.0 high school science credit. Students enrolled in US Government and Leadership will earn 1.0 high school social studies elective credits and student enrolled in US Government and Leadership will earn the required senior level high school US Government course. All courses are NCAA approved.
Can students earn college credit? Yes. There are many ways to earn college credit at the Lawrence College & Career Center. Students can take a college course such as Certified Nurse Aide/Medical Terminology, Emergency First Responder, Construction, HVAC or Industrial Engineering Technology. All courses are provided tuition-free. Some courses include a "hybrid" college course and high school course, with the high school course three days a week and the college course two days a week. These include our Computer Technology courses. Other courses receive both high school and college credit but are taught by USD 497 faculty. While tuition is free for college courses, there may be fees assessed by the college. To review these fees, click on the Tuition and Fees tab above.