Northland Career Center

About Northland Career Center


Northland Career Center is a career and technical school located within the Platte County R-3 School District.

Students enrolled at NCC attend either the morning or afternoon session earning high school credit and, in most programs, can earn Articulated/Dual college credit.

For more information, visit

**If you would like to Shadow a class at Northland Career Center please stop by the Counseling office and pick up an application! The Career Center offers times during the day for students to observe other students during the class. **

Northland Career Center Programs

  • AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES Prepares students for agricultural careers in a variety of areas through course work, labs, project based learning, and greenhouse studies. Agricultural Sciences introduces students to the cultivation, processing, marketing and distribution of food, forestry and horticulture that occur in built-up "intra-urban" areas. Agriculture has been identified as a growing career field with many job opportunities and a shortage of qualified workers. According to the National FFA Organization, agriculture is the nation's largest employer, with more than 23 million jobs (17 percent of the civilian workforce) involved in some facet of American agriculture. Students can focus each year in a specific area. Animal Systems involves the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health selection & marketing. Plant Systems includes the study of plant anatomy & physiology, classification and the fundamentals of production & harvesting.
  • AVIATION TECHNOLOGY Prepares students for continued education towards an Associate Degree and/or an Airframe and Power Plant Certification. Students may also enter immediate employment in the aircraft maintenance industry following program completion. Instruction will include basic concepts of aircraft engines & components, shop safety/human factors, hand tools, fabrication of material, applying blueprints to repairs, inspection of aircraft, wiring, theory of flight and utilizing ground service equipment, as well as, related activities will be performed.
  • CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY Introduces students to the construction industry through the building of a facility or other structure. Students will learn: blueprint reading, rough-in, roofing, finishing, and mechanical (plumbing & electrical).
  • CULINARY ARTS Students will experience the sights, sounds, and the aromas in a commercially equipped kitchen. Students will learn: banquet and fine dining preparation, knife skills, product identification and various cooking methods.
  • DIESEL TECHNOLOGY Prepares students for diesel technician positions working on heavy construction equipment, trucks, industrial plant vehicles, and agricultural equipment. Students will work with: basic diesel engines, fundamental driveline, hydraulic and electrical systems and preventative maintenance.
  • HEALTH SCIENCES Students explore health-related fields through coursework, clinical observations, and working in a long-term care facility. Students will learn: anatomy and physiology, vital signs and medical terminology. Students may earn a Certified Nursing Assistant Certification
  • HEATING/COOLING & CLIMATE CONTROL Prepares students for entry-level employment as a technician in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. Students successfully completing the program will be given the EPA 608 Refrigerant Certificate exam. This certification meets the Federal EPA requirements and is required for employment as a technician in the HVACR field.
  • INDUSTRIAL WELDING Provides students with the skills to be qualified and certified in the welding industry. Students will learn: blueprint reading, fabrication, welding symbols, oxy-fuel and arc welds. Students may earn an American Welding Society Certification
  • IT PROFESSIONALS Students perform activities with microcomputers, printers, basic operating systems, smart phones and local area networks. Students will learn diagnostics and installation, security analysis, service and preventative maintenance and system configuration. Student may earn CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certifications
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT/CSI Introduction to the criminal justice system with emphasis on law enforcement. Designed for those interested in law, public safety, corrections, and security. Students will learn: crime scene and accident investigation, professional ethics, leadership, U.S. Constitutional Law and Missouri Criminal Code.
  • PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES This two-year program allows students to earn dual credit towards an Associate's Degree and/or certification in a variety of areas related to the manufacturing industry (For example; CAD, CNC, HVAC, Industrial Electrical, Industrial Maintenance, Major Appliance Technology, Millwright, Welding and more). Cutting edge technology has changed the way products are manufactured in the United States and abroad. These changes have increased the need for specialized careers in the development and maintenance of the computers/machines that produce the goods we use on a daily basis. This program is located at the Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology Center and utilizes variety of lab space and equipment to assist students in choosing the manufacturing career that is right for them.
  • TEACHING PROFESSIONS Provides students with course work and experiences in local, established preschool, elementary or middle school classrooms. Students will learn: child development, learning environments, and CPR/First aid. Students may earn a Child Development Associate Certification