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Career & Technical Education

The Rankin County School District provides multiple career pathway options for high school students including career academies, academic and career technical education programs of study at the high school, and career technical programs of study at the Pearl-Rankin Career Technical Center. High School Career Academies are school-within-a-school, career-based programs of study which integrate rigorous academic and technical courses aligned to provide students the knowledge and skills needed to transition to a post secondary institution or career. Programs follow a sequence of CTE courses, which provide opportunities for students to explore and apply 21st century skills to real-world scenarios. During their senior year students participate in work-based learning and internship experiences related to their career. In addition to CTE career academies, academic and CTE programs of study are offered which provide integration of rigorous academic and technical curricula with real-world relevance. 

Academies News

Florence High School Medical Science Academy Receives 2022 Governor's Award of Distinction

Florence High School Medical Science Academy with Performance Therapy Florence, Farm Bureau, and Rankin County Junior Auxiliary have received the 2022 Governor's Award of Distinction. The Class of 2021 Medical Science Academy set out to develop a community service project that could include the entire community of Florence, while also incorporating knowledge they had learned throughout their 4 years in the program. With a focus on fitness, nutrition, and getting the community active, the students created "Get Fit Florence".

Mississippi Association of Partners in Education Awards

MAPE, the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education awarded 24 school-community partnership programs that have produced outstanding results for students in K-12 public schools throughout Mississippi. Brandon High School’s Teacher Academy received two of these awards. BHS received the “2022 Partnership in Excellence Award” as well as the “2022 Pandemic Partnership Response Award”.  Accepting these awards are Rebecca Russell, the BHS Teacher Academy Instructor and Dr. Brian Gaddie, BHS Assistant Principal over Career and Technical Education.

Richland High Schools Fire Academy

Congratulations to Florence High School’s Business Academy and Richland High Schools Fire Academy for their 2021 Partnership of Excellence Award from MAPE (Mississippi Association of Partners in Education).  FHS Business Academy partners with Youth Entrepreneurs, which is a national organization that promotes entrepreneurship for students through their online curriculum and connections across the country.  RHS Fire Academy partners with Richland Fire Department who supports the program multiple ways throughout the school year.

Brandon High School

  • Ag Science
  • Computer Science & Coding
  • Culinary
  • Digital Media
  • Health Science Nursing
  • Health Science Sports Medicine
  • Educator Prep
  • Law & Public Safety

Brandon Middle School

  • PLTW Gateway

Florence High School

  • Ag Science
  • Business
  • Health Science Sports Medicine

McLaurin High School

  • Ag Science
  • Health Science Nursing
  • Educator Prep

Northwest Rankin High School

  •  Health Science Nursing
  • PLTW Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Educator Prep
  • Business
  • Convergent Media

Northwest Rankin Middle School

  • PLTW Gateway

Pelahatchie High School

  • Ag Science
  • Health Science Nursing
  • Engineering

Pisgah High School

  • Ag Science
  • Health Science Nursing

Puckett High School

  • Ag Science
  • Business
  • Educator Prep

Richland High School

  • Ag Science
  • Business
  • Firefighter
  • Educator Prep