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Industry Certifications

The aim of MMSD CTE is college, career, and community readiness for all students. CTE courses offer opportunities for students to work toward and/or earn professional industry certifications. These certifications provide evidence of learning and skill development as students transition to post-secondary education and future careers.

Wisconsin Employability Skills Certificate

Today’s worker must be conscientious of 21st Century Skills framework needed for success in the workplace. This framework describes the skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life; it is a blend of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise and literacies. 21st Century Skills embraces life and career skills; information, media and technology skills; and learning and innovation skills. Within the context of core knowledge instruction, students must also learn the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.  This certificate is being piloted in the Internship courses.

Wisconsin Youth Leadership Certificate

The intent of the Wisconsin Youth Leadership Certificate offered by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is to recognize a student’s mastery and exhibition of leadership skills valued by employers, communities, and organizations. This certificate allows:

  • Students to document their leadership skills and service hours, 
  • Employers and community organizations to assess the skills necessary for success, and 
  • Educators to customize instruction and experiences to help learners to acquire valuable leadership skills.

The Youth Leadership Certificate consists of the following required components:

  • Reinforcing 21st Century Skills in the form of the 4 Cs (Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, and Critical Thinking Skills) in Leadership Skills and Attitudes 
  • Completion of 90 leadership or service hours

NATEF: (National Automotive's Technicians Education Foundation)

To help educators recruit, mentor, and train tomorrow's technicians, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers certification for technician training programs. The purpose of the automotive technician training certification program is to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools. MMSD currently has NATEF certified automotive programs at Memorial and La Follette.


Safety and Pollution Prevention is the leading online environmental safety training system.  The law states that companies are responsible for not only maintaining compliance at the shop, but also for making sure all employees are trained in the hazards they face at the shop before working in a shop. For more information on this, see OSHA 29CFR 1910.1200(h)(1) and The OSHA Act of 1970. In many cases, this is simply not done, which is a major violation.  The law also requires ANNUAL training to make sure employees are up to date on changing compliance regulations. For more information on this, see OSHA 29CFR 1910.120(e)(8).  The S/P2 courses are designed specifically for each industry segment (collision and paint, mechanical, etc.).  This certification is used in our automotive courses district wide.


A career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and food service management.  This program provides students with the opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction. 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA):

Prepares students for careers as nursing assistants.  Learning takes place in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.  The program combines 120 hours (75 classroom/lab and 45 clinical at East, 80 classroom/lab and 40 clinical at La Follette) including hands-on training.  Students learn about basic anatomy, disease processes, infection control, and develop caregiver skills. Curriculum and course requirements are approved and monitored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Upon successful completion of both classroom and clinical instruction, students sit for the State of Wisconsin CNA certification exam. This certification is offered at La Follette and East High Schools.

ACCT (Assistant Child Care Teacher):

Wisconsin Assistant Child Care Teacher (ACCT) Certificate Program is to recognize a student's mastery of employability skills valued by employers, to help students explore their career interests, and to provide a state credential of student mastery.  This program allows: students and workers to document their assistant child care teacher skills; employers to assess the skills they are looking for in quality employees; educators to customize instruction to help students to acquire skills that assistant child care teachers require.  

IT (Infant/Toddler) Endorsement:

The intent of the Wisconsin Infant and Toddler Certificate Program is and additional endorsement to the ACCT Certificate and recognizes a student's mastery of skills valued by employers, to help students and workers to document their infant and toddler teacher skills; employers to assess the skills they are looking for in quality employees; educators to customize instruction to help students to acquire skills that infant and toddler teachers require. 

Youth Apprenticeship Program:

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a rigorous statewide elective program for high school juniors and seniors that combine academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored on-the-job learning. It’s an opportunity for students to experience a career while still in high school.

  • Students attend their home high school and continue taking courses required to meet graduation requirements.
  • Students take related technical course work, which follows industry standards and is delivered at either the high school, technical college or through industry trainers.
  • Students work 10-20 hours per week during the school year and are encouraged to work during the summer depending on business needs.
  • Employers provide wages, worker's compensation, competency training, and mentoring.
  • Students who master the competencies and graduate from high school, receive a state issued skills certificate.  Students may be eligible for advanced standing at a technical college offering a similar program.
  • There is no commitment from the employer to hire the student or for the student to remain with the employer after graduation. However, successful experiences have resulted in the student continuing with their employer.
  • Upon completion, all post-secondary options are still open to students:  university, two-year technical programs, adult apprenticeships, other industry training programs and/or employment.  It is important for students to communicate their post-secondary plans with their counselor so all academic requirements are met.