To meet the challenges of a competitive world, students in grades 7 through 12 are given opportunities to prepare for the workforce by exposure to life skills while assessing interests, aptitudes, and learning career paths. Career Technical Education activities and programs provided through the Satsuma City Schools promote the entry-level skills necessary to enter the workforce and prepare students for additional technical training. Our career prep departments include Welding, Government and Public Administration, Health Science, Business Management and Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism.

    SHS Ranks 3rd in State with ACT WorkKeys

    Our CTE department also administers the ACT WorkKeys assessment annually. WorkKeys is a skills assessment that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a quality workforce. The assessment measures foundational and soft skills. SHS students ranked 3rd overall in the state of Alabama with its senior ACT WorkKeys scores and certifications in 2016.


    Satsuma High School offers students an opportunity to explore 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.


    The Gator Battalion JROTC is a leadership program at Satsuma High School. JROTC students learn how to become leaders, team players, and learn 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 many activities including 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.


    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.


    Medical Terminology teaches students the language of medicine. The instructor 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.


    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 certification that could allow them to immediately enter the medical workforce upon graduation. Students direct patient care in a lab setting practicing skills which include taking vital signs, bathing, bed making, dressing, changing, and feeding residents. Students complete 50 hours of clinical work in a local nursing home during this course. In addition, students will learn CPR for Healthcare Providers (BLS), confidentiality, legal and ethical principles, infection control, patient safety and rights, communication, documentation, and much more.


    Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
    Students have a chance to earn their certification to be a Microsoft Office Specialist through Business Education classes offered at Satsuma High School. Students may test in all areas of Microsoft Office including Word, Power-point, and Excel. Since the commencement of Satsuma’s program, 17 students have earned their MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification.


    This course focuses on four 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.


    This course is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in event planning and or meeting management. The content includes the principles and practices of sound public relations, planning and organizing events, meetings, conferences, and conventions. Integrated throughout this course are career preparation standards, which include communication, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving.