Summit Technology Academy offers innovative, career-related programs with emphasis on work-based learning and industry mentors for professional studies careers. Each course program emphasizes the essential concepts of an inquiry-based, college-preparatory curriculum by encouraging students to apply academic content and skills to real-world problems and projects. Teachers work collaboratively to make connections between disciplines.
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This is a course in applied logic that gives students the opportunity to learn how computers/logic circuits think and control the world around us. To learn more about this course, click here
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
The course is built around several key concepts: Computer Modeling-using a three dimensional, solid modeling software package with mass property analysis. CNC Equipment-understanding the machine tools and its operating and programming aspects. To learn more about this course, click here
Aerospace Engineering provides students with the fundamental knowledge and experience to apply mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles to the design, development, and evolution of aircraft, space vehicles and their operating systems.In the classroom, students will engage in creative thinking and problem-solving activities. To learn more about this course, click here
Engineering Design and Development
Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses, learn advanced physics applications, and are guided by an engineering mentor. To learn more about this course, click here
Computer Science Pathway:
The course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks and provides a comprehensive, theoretical, and practical approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design, implement, and secure enterprise and wide area networks. This includes functionality, configuration, and troubleshooting of inter-VLAN routing, VLANs, WLANs as well as wide area networking technologies. To learn more about this course, click here
Computer Software/ Development
This course emphasizes programming methodology and problem-solving using Object-Oriented Programming, algorithm design and development, data abstraction, good programming style, testing and debugging will be presented. Object-Oriented languages such as C++, Java, or Python will be used in this course. As time allows, students may build custom software for not-for-profit organizations in the community. To learn more about this course, click here
This course teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level security specialist jobs. It provides a hands-on introduction to network security. To learn more about this course, click here
Health Science Pathway:
The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. To learn more about this course, click here
Students will learn through classroom instruction and practice in a clinical skills lab. Major units of study include nursing history and career exploration, pharmaceutical math, CPR/First Aid, nursing skills, and medical terminology. To learn more about this course, click here
Allied Health Academy
Students will be engaged in hands-on skills lab work and projects related to Dental Careers; Health Information Careers; Occupational Therapy Paramedic/EMT; Physical Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant; Radio-logic Technology and Respiratory Care and Surgical Technology, and many more. To learn more about this course, click here
Human Services & Finance Pathway:
Hospitality and Tourism Management
This course prepares students for professional studies careers within this growing field. Students will also be able to to immediately qualify for entry level jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry. To learn more about this course, click here
Summit International Studies Academy
Students will work with industry-standard technology and train members of the community in world cultures. SISA is a long-term corporate simulation, which means that the classroom is run like a business environment as students become active intercultural consultants within the community. To learn more about this course, click here
Teacher Educator Academy
Each student is assigned to a district school within the high school attendance boundaries. Cadets keep daily logs, weekly journals, prepare and present a lesson(s) and work closely with students of the assigned supervising teacher. To learn more about this course, click here
Executive Finance and Fintech
This dynamic program is for students interested in learning advanced concepts in finance and financial technology (FinTech) careers and would like to enter college finance programs after graduation with a competitive advantage. Students will be immersed in problem-based and project-based instruction that mirrors the current financial industry . This program allows internship and shadowing opportunities in financial career fields. (Pending BOE Approval) To learn more about this course, click here
Arts & Communication Pathway:
Digital Media Technology
Students will focus on audio production technologies including sound generation, studio recording and live sound reinforcement. They will work in teams to integrate music, graphics and video technologies in entrepreneurial projects for their schools and/or communities. To learn more about this course, click here
Centers of Excellence
All courses are designated as a Center of Excellence as designated by the Career Education Consortium.
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program highlights best practices in 79 Exemplar schools and districts across the country that are preparing students for college, career and life by embedding critical 21st century competencies into the learning environment. Summit Technology Academy was chosen in 2016 at a P21 Exemplar. The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program identifies what 21st century educational practices look like and where they are being implemented, providing educators and communities with a variety of models to replicate, and offering policymakers at all levels local examples to help encourage their support.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way is a nationally recognized engineering and biomedical curriculum being offered in numerous school districts across the country. The introductory courses are offered at many of the sending schools. For example, Introduction to Engineering & Design, (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE), are introductory engineering courses. Students can advance these studies through PLTW elective courses, such as Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing or Computer Software Engineering. The capstone course is called Engineering Design and Development offered at Summit Technology Academy. In addition, Principles of Biomedical Sciences and Human Anatomy & Physiology/Human Body Systems are introductory biomedical courses offered at several area high schools. Students can advance their biomedical studies through PLTW capstone courses, such as Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovations offered at Summit Technology Academy.
Students can earn up to three units of high school credit per year, and most of the programs offer college credit through University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMetropolitan Community Colleges. Students can earn industry certifications such as CompTia, Cisco, NOCTI, and CNA.
Involvement and Leadership
Summit Technology Academy has multiple student organizations STA students can join. STA has three Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) as well as the Cyber Patriot Competition and the STA Student Ambassador Program that allow students to build and explore leadership and career-related skills. Click here to learn more.