Exploring Careers through PPSC Career Start

  • Gain knowledge and skills towards your career goals. Earn free college credits through PPSC Career Start

    Free means free! Unsuccessful attempts to complete a college course no longer requires repayment to the district. No financial risk involved, apply today!

    Many Career Start students can finish certificates and degrees through ASCENT 12+1. 

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    Auto Collision Technology

    Career options include:

    • Refinish Prep Technician
    • Refinish Technician
    • Structural Repair Technician
    • Collision Damage Estimator
    • Collision Repair Shop Manager
    • Industrial Fabrication
    • Industrial Painting 


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    Auto Service Technology

    Career options include:

    • Automotive Service Technician
    • Systems Specialist
    • Service Advisor
    • Automotive Part Sales
    • Military Service Maintenance
    • Fleet Maintenance


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    Broadcasting & Electronic Media

    Career options include:

    • Radio Announcer
    • Scriptwriter for Video
    • Television Camera Operator
    • Television Director
    • Radio Music Director
    • Radio Program or Video Producer
    • Television Reporter
    • Videotape Editor
    • Copywriter for Radio
    • Disc Jockey


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    Career options include:

    • Carpenter
    • Framer
    • Construction Project Manager
    • Construction Estimator
    • Construction-Related Sales
    • Building Inspector


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    Criminal Justice

    Career options include:

    • Police Officer or State Trooper
    • Criminal & Private Investigators
    • Court & Law Office Positions
    • Corrections Officer
    • Civilian-Related Positions


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    Culinary Arts

    Career options include:

    • Chef
    • Server
    • Baker
    • Caterer
    • Restaurant Host/Hostess


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    Cyber Security 

    Career options include:

    • Network Administrator
    • Computer Systems Administrator
    • Information Security Analyst
    • Penetration Tester


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    Diesel Power Mechanics

    Career options include:

    • Diesel Service Technician
    • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
    • Fuel Injection Specialist
    • Engine Machinist or Specialist
    • Farm Equipment Repair
    • Service Manager


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    Early Childhood Education

    Career options include:

    • Daycare Provider
    • Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher
    • Preschool Assistant
    • Teacher’s Aide
    • Nanny


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    Fire Science Technology 

    Career options include:

    • Firefighter
    • Fire Prevention Educator
    • Fire Prevention Specialist
    • Fire Engineer
    • Fire Inspector
    • Fire Investigator
    • Private Fire Protection


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    Health Careers Exploration 

    Career options include:

    • Nursing Assistant/Nursing
    • Emergency Medicine/Paramedic
    • Allied Health Professional
    • Biomedical Field
    • Dental Careers
    • Radiology
    • Veterinary
    • Medical Office Technology
    • Therapy
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Phlebotomy


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    Certified Nursing Assistant

    Career options include:

    • Certified Nursing Assistant
    • Home Health Aide
    • Registered Nurse
    • Nurse Practitioner


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    Multimedia Graphic Design

    Career options include:

    • Art Director
    • Graphic Designer
    • Digital Stock Artist
    • Traditional & Digital Illustrator
    • Photo Enhancement Specialist
    • Interactive Media Designer
    • Production Layout


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    Veterinary Assistant

    Career options include:

    • General Practice
    • Emergency and Critical Care
    • Conservation
    • Wildlife Rehab
    • Livestock

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    Career options include:

    • Pipe Welder
    • Structural Welder
    • Boilermaker Welder
    • Aircraft and Missile Welder
    • Welder Robotic Operator
    • Welder Layout/Setup
    • Welding Inspector


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    Zoo Keeping

    Career options include:

    • Apprentice Zookeeper
    • Lab Animal Care Worker
    • Wildlife Recuse & Rehabilitation
    • Veterinarian Assistant
    • Ranch Assistant
    • Kennel Assistant


Shonda Green
Phone: 719-494-8923

Career Start

  • If you are a qualified junior or senior and have a passion for designing, building, repairing, rescuing, welding, or caring for others, check out the Career Start Program.
    To apply, contact your advisor by Winter Break and sign up for Career Start Visit Days in early February.
    Free transportation to PPSC Centennial Campus is provided five days a week; texts, uniforms, supplies, and course materials included. 
    *Students provide their own transportation for Construction and Welding.

    For accommodative services, new students please contact the PPSC accessibility services office OR returning students complete this online form.  Call 719-502-3333 for any other questions. See Accommodations info sheet on this webpage.

    Pre-Order Travel Meals - Students can pre-order meals for pick up in the morning before leaving campus.

    Career Start courses may not transfer to 4-year universities.