Lawrence College & Career Center

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  • Lawrence College & Career Center The Lawrence College and Career Center prepares students for their future through hands-on learning experiences in an innovative, engaging environment.  With direct engagement with business and industry leaders, students will have access to technology and curriculum that is relevant and useful.  Students can earn college credit while still in high school, with an opportunity for free tuition, giving students a head start on their future.  
    All courses at the Lawrence College and Career Center prepare students for post-secondary enrollment and a high wage, high demand career.  To learn more about the courses offered at the College and Career Center, please review the Courses link above.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  •  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.  Some courses are open to high school sophomores. For the 2021-22 school year students can enroll in Certified Nurse Aide/Medical Terminology, Certified Medication Aide, Forensic Science, Principles of Biomedicine, Advanced Culinary, Event Management, Design/Build, Robotics, US Government,  Law and Public Service, Law, Public Service and Safety Internship, Computer Science Essentials, Digital Electronics, Computer Programming - Game Design, Web Page Design, Cybersecurity, CompTIA A+ Essentials and Practical Applications, AP Computer Science, Automotive Service, Emergency Medical Science - First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Media and Public Relations, Marketing Applications, Automotive and Welding.  To read course descriptions, click on the Courses 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 throughout the school day. 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, 3rd or 5th 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?  Most 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 choose topics that will allow them 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 will earn the required senior level high school US Government course.  Students in Law and Public Service will earn social studies elective credit. 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.  Some courses are taken "face-to-face" with a college instructor.  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.    Other courses receive both high school and college credit but are taught by USD 497 faculty.  No tuition is charged for college courses, there may be minimal equipment or testing fees assessed by the college.  To review these fees, click on the Tuition and Fees tab above.