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South Central Career Center Awards Over $100,000 in Scholarships

Over 100 area high school students received scholarships from the South Central Career Center (SCCC) at the annual awards ceremony held on April 27th. 119 students from 13 area schools received scholarships valued at up to $1,000 toward attending adult programming at SCCC. The 13 area schools include Alton, Bakersfield, Dora, Gainesville, Houston, Koshkonong, Lutie, Mountain View-Birch Tree, Summersville, Thayer, West Plains, Willow Springs, and Winona.   


The students eligible for the scholarship may apply for Auto Body & Collision Repair, Auto Mechanics Technology, Commercial & Advertising Art, Culinary Arts, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, or Welding Technology. SCCC also participates in federal and state financial aid programs, including the Missouri A+ program and Missouri Fast Track program.


“For many years, SCCC has offered our high school completers the opportunity to return for additional training in any of our adult programs,” said SCCC Director Jim Laughary. “We believe that providing financial assistance helps to encourage our students to dig deeper in their program or expand their interests into another area while not breaking the bank.”


“Our adult programs have a long history in this area. We are proud to be able to serve our area employers with high-quality nurses, welders, mechanics, and many other trades,” said Assistant SCCC Director Josh Cotter. “Whether you are out in clinicals with our Surgical Technology program or in one of our state-of-the-art labs and shops, our students are work-ready when they leave us.”


South Central Career Center is hosted by West Plains Schools and has served south-central Missouri since 1970 with adult and high school career and technical education programs and numerous other high school courses. With a mission to develop a high-quality workforce, SCCC works with thirteen area high schools, participates in the federal financial aid program, and has close partnerships with regional industry.

For more information, visit the SCCC website at or call the school at (417) 256-6152.