Career Techncial Eduation prepares students by teaching real-life business skills. Program components include an SDE-approved curriculum, equipment, and facilities; engaged business partners; and appropriately certified teachers utilizing a program of study. Career Technical Education activities and programs provided through the Satsuma City Schools make available to students basic entry level skills necessary to enter the workforce and prepare students for additional technical training, while promoting successful life skills beneficial to home, community, and work. Our career prep departments include Aviation, Health Science, Business Education, Engineering, and JROTC.
The Aviation Technology program is designed to prepare students to continue their education in aviation technology at the college level. Students learn various skills including avionics, sheet metal, engine theory and much more. Careers related to aviation technology continue to rise each year.
Satsuma High School offers a variety of Health Science courses including Foundations of Health, Medical Terminology, and the Nurse Assistant Program . These courses are for any students curious about the Healthcare field in any capacity.
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH SCIENCE
The Foundations of Health Science class introduces students to a wide range of health careers. The class is designed to focus on basic medical terminology, body structure and function, legal and ethical implications, health and wellness, communication, and hard and soft skills for the workplace. This class is recommended for students who want to prepare for further study in health-related fields or just want to find out if Healthcare would be a fit for them. Students must be in 10th grade to take the course and have an interest in health science.
Medical Terminology teaches students the language of medicine. Mrs. Ebbert uses an integrated approach for teaching medical terminology by incorporating medical terms with anatomy and physiology and the disease processes. Students will learn medical terms for all human systems, body organization and terms, function and diseases of body systems, related tests and abbreviations. This course is recommended for students who think they may go into any health related field in the future. Students must be in the 11th grade to take the course and have an interest in health science.
NURSE ASSISTANT PROGRAM
The Nurse Assistant Program course focuses specifically on preparing students to take the Certified Nursing Assistant State Exam (CNA). This is a rigorous yet rewarding program as the students will receive a certification that could allow them to immediately enter the medical workforce after graduation. Students will learn CPR for Healthcare Providers (BLS), confidentiality, legal and ethical principles, infection control, patient safety and rights, communication, documentation, and much more. Students will direct patient care in lab and at the clinical site which include vital signs, bathing, bed making, dressing, changing, feeding residents, etc. Students will have to complete 50 hours of clinical work, and will have to actually work full shifts in a nursing home during this course. Special prerequisites are required for this course including but not limited to successful completion (C or better) of Foundations of Health Science and Medical Terminology, GPA of 2.5 or higher, entering 12th grade, and additional health and fitness requirements.
Satsuma High School Certified Nursing Assistant students from the 2015-2016 program graduated with Honors from Reid State Technical College. These students graduated from college before graduating from high school. In order to qualify for Honors Cords, the students had to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. Two of the CNA students achieved a 4.0 GPA. The students completed 50 hours of clinical work, as well as 2 semesters of coursework. Five of the six students are planning to attend Nursing School, and one of the students plans to begin her career as a CNA at Springhill Medical Center.
Satsuma High School offers students an opportunity to explore the world of Welding through a Dual Enrollment Program. Students also have the opportunity to receive additional certification through OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Students completing this course in high school are well on their way toward a lucrative career. This course is provided on campus with a state of the art welding trailer provided by AIDT. Support from local businesses (Mitternight & Axis Welding and Machine Works, Inc.) for welding materials help to make this program successful.
BUSINESS EDUCATION CLASSES
The Business Education Department at Satsuma High School offers courses to prepare students for today's technological world. The Business Education Classes offered include Career Preparedness, Business Technology Applications (BTA), Advanced BTA, Multimedia Design, Business Finance, and Work-Based Learning (Co-op). The variety of classes offered will help prepare students for jobs in finance, computers, and management. Students have an opportunity to experience work-based learning through our Cooperative Education program that will give them not only valuable work experience but help improve those soft skills that are vital to all employees.
Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
Students have a chance to earn their certification to be an Microsoft Office Specialist through Business Education classes offered at Satsuma High School. Students may test in all areas of Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Since the commencement of Satsuma’s certification, 17 students have earned their MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification.
This course focuses on three major areas of instruction: academic planning, career development, financial literacy, and technology skill applications. Students learn teamwork and how to prepare themselves for the business world. This course uses the Smart Works Ethic curriculum to assure that students have the soft skills that are necessary to be college and career ready.
The Gator Battalion JROTC is a leadership program at Satsuma High School. JROTC students are motivated to be better citizens. JROTC students learn how to become leaders, team players, and values that will help them later in life. JROTC cadets are taught the meaning of dedication and responsibility, and that they should lead by example. The students enjoy lots of fun activities such as rappelling, canoeing, drill competitions, color guard missions, rifle team competitions, physical training and competitions, orienteering, scholars bowl competitions, community service and a number of field trips.
We offer Fine Arts education to students grades 7 through 12. Middle School Art, Art I, and Art II are available for students to take as an elective course. The goal is for every student to discover their potential as a creative individual and to develop creativity. Mrs. Finley, Art Teacher, hopes that while in her class, students realize that they do not have to be the best artist to create beautiful works of art, but instead, with a little effort, can accomplish more than they imagined.