The Carthage Technical Center opened for classes in August 1965. The building contained four classrooms and programs for Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Drafting and Design, and Radio and TV repair. Additional classrooms and administrative offices were added in 1975. The new facilities housed programs in Cooperative Education, Business Education, and Machine Shop. In 1978 a large shop and classroom facility was added to house the Agriculture Programs. The school was also designated an "Area" Vocational School by the State Department of Education in 1978. The name was changed to "Carthage Technical Center" in February, 1995. The Carthage Technical Center South Branch was opened in 2010 directly behind the high school. This state-of-the-art facility houses the agriculture, machining, computer information technology and digital electronics programs.
The mission of the Carthage Technical Center is based upon the belief that all people should have the opportunity to prepare themselves for gainful employment and thereby live democratic, useful, and satisfactory lives.
WE BELIEVE that each student should acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities (technical and non-technical) of their chosen career.
WE BELIEVE that all students will be given the opportunity to improve their leadership abilities, develop a positive attitude, establish good human relations, and determine their goals in life based upon rational thinking.
WE BELIEVE technical education is an integral part of the total education program and contributes toward the development of good citizens by upgrading their physical, social, civic, cultural, economic, and technical competencies.
Each student is expected to accept the responsibility of conducting themselves in the same manner required for workers in the occupation of which they are training. The conduct will be explained by each instructor. Each student is also subject to all rules and regulations outlined in their Carthage High School Handbook
Each student will receive a Certificate of Training when they have finished any of the programs. This certificate is issued only to those students who have earned a grade average of "C" or above including the final semester. The Grading Scale
Carthage Technical Center operates on the same calendar and daily time schedule as approved by the Carthage R-9 Board of Education.
Local colleges recognize the value of vocational education. Students completing Carthage Technical Center training programs may receive college credit in the technical area at select institutions. The awarding of credit varies by program area and is based on the student's successful completion of competencies.
- College credit is awarded at Crowder College (Neosho, MO) in the following areas: Auto Mechanics, Business, Welding, Drafting, Electronics, Carpentry and Machine Tool.
Students must maintain a B average in technical programs and keep 95% attendance. These credit hours are awarded at no charge to students who attend Crowder College for one successful semester.
- Missouri Southern State College (Joplin, MO) will grant college credit (at no cost to students) for those meeting specific criteria.
- Ozark Technical Community College will issue college credit to students at no charge.
- Northeast Oklahoma A & M (Miami, OK) also articulates college credit.
- Credits for Agriculture courses are also available from select colleges.
Services of a full-time counselor are available to every student in the school. These services include assistance in the following areas:
- Information on careers (educational training required, salary, future demand, skills needed etc.);
- Career planning based on interests, abilities, and values;
- Selection of college, technical training or military service;
- Financial aid resources (grants, loans, scholarships) for continued education;
- Testing and assessment (career interest and ability);
- Personal growth and development (attendance problems, thinking about dropping out, drug/alcohol problems, family or friend problems).
Contact Keith Espinosa to set up an appointment that works with your schedule.
Students are expected to keep the school informed regarding employment status. Contact for this purpose will be made to each student 180 days after graduation or termination of a program.
Vocational Resource Educator
The Vocational Resource Educator (VRE) is considered a special needs/special education instructor. The programs offered at Carthage are open to all students who meet certain minimal requirements. It is the job of the VRE to assist all students who are enrolled in a vocational program who might have special needs.
Contact Mark Sponaugle for more information.