Regardless of the future career path of our students, it is the vision of the Papillion La Vista Community Schools (PLCS) to ensure that all students are adequately prepared for the transition into the next phase of life after graduation. Students need to have a variety of personalized learning opportunities and have exposure and experiences in a variety of future careers. The Authentic College & Career Experiences for Student Success (ACCESS) programs like academies and College Jump Start will help accomplish this vision.


PLCS academies are real-life, hands-on learning experiences designed around a specific career area. Academies are located at the school or in a business setting and are designed to take learning and career exploration to a whole new level. Academies combine both classroom learning where students are taught by a PLCS teacher and hands-on learning where students work directly in their chosen career interest. The exciting part of PLCS academies are the opportunities for high school students to work directly with professionals in their chosen career area.

Athletic Training – PLHS

Are you interested in sports medicine? Would you like to assist athletes on and off the field? Learn how to recognize, evaluate and care for sports related injuries. Students will assist in the training room and at athletic events caring for injuries, taping, and providing rehabilitation. You will also become certified in first aid and adult CPR/AED.

Education – PLHS (year 1), PLCS elementary or junior high school (year 2)

Do you have an interest in working with and teaching children? In this academy students will learn what it takes to be a teacher. Year one students take an introductory course in education which will prepare them for an internship during year two at a local elementary or junior high school where they will work alongside a teacher preparing and presenting lessons to students.

Health Systems – CHI Health Midlands Hospital, S. 84th Street

Do you have an interest in being a nurse, doctor, scientist, radiologist, physical therapist, or other profession in the medical field? Check out this academy. The first year students work towards earning their Certified Nursing Assistant, so that during the second year they can participate in rotations where they will work side by side with health care professionals throughout the hospital.

Information Technology Internship – PLCS Elementary or Junior High School

Do you like helping teachers and students with technology? Do you want to earn your CompTIA A+ certification? This internship provides students the opportunity to intern with the district technology department, while being a tech assistant at one of the district elementary or junior high schools.

Law-Public Safety-Security – Metro Community College Sarpy Center, 91st and Giles

Do you have an interest in the legal system or protecting the safety of others? Are you thinking about a future in criminal justice? This introductory course in law enforcement and criminal justice provides opportunities in job shadowing, internships, ride alongs and college seminars.

Leadership – PLHS

Do you have an interest in being a leader within your school and community? Would you like to improve your leadership skills? Learn about your own personal leadership style while enhancing your strengths to productively contribute to your school and community. Students will hear speakers from different areas of the community, and will have the opportunity to work with a mentor in completing a leadership project.

Media – PLHS

Do you see yourself working in broadcast media in the future? Do you like recording and editing videos? Students will complete a variety of long and short form projects including but not limited to documentaries, public relations and publicity pieces, and post-event production. Problem solving, teamwork, confidence building and leadership development will all be focuses of the academy.


Are you into Science-Technology-Engineering-Math? Students who enjoy solving problems, working with their hands, have a passion for science, math, and art will discover that a rewarding STEM-related career is waiting to happen. Students will have access to the same 3D design software used by companies such as Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar.

Zoo – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, S. 13th Street

Do you like being around animals? Are you looking for a future career where you can work with or be with animals? Then this academy is for you. Students will experience first-hand careers such as zoology, genetics, ecology, vet science, horticulture, animal behavior, marine biology, zoo management, business and marketing.


The College Jumpstart program allows students to get a jump start on earning college credits for their two or four-year college degree while in high school. We offer two options; Senior Transition and the IT Program Pathways. Both programs are at the Metro Community College Sarpy Campus and are offered at the beginning or end of the day.
Senior Transition- Start earning highly transferable college credit while in high school. Courses for the program include English Composition 1&2, Human Geography, Financial Literacy, Public Speaking, and Sociology.
IT Program offers two pathways; Network Technician and Computer Programming. Through both pathways students will take classes at MCC and receive both high school and college credit.


Internships give students the opportunity to experience fist hand what a potential career may be like. PLCS partners with a local business and students are immersed in a business setting.

Information Technology- Put your skills to the test. Students who successfully complete the Network Technician Pathway are eligible to apply for an internship with the PLCS Technology Department.

PLCS Communications Department-learn the behind the scenes operations of the District Communications Department. Students will gain experience writing messages, working with social media, designing publications, planning special events and more. The internship is perfect for students with a strong interests in communications and public relations and desire to learn more about the various careers available in the communications and public relations industry.

Sarpy Chamber- Student will gain experiences in the field of public relations and community involvement. Students will learn about newsletter content, updating membership lists, contacting chamber members, coordinating events, taking reservations for events, and much more.


The UNMC High School Alliance is a partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center and many school districts, including Papillion La Vista Community Schools. Through this partnership, students will take classes and have the opportunity to observe and work alongside renowned health care professionals and researchers at UNMC. Students who participate in this program spend periods 5-7 on the campus of UNMC.

Courses Include:
Biomedical Research
Community Health – Outside the Individual: Investigating the Public’s Health
Exploration of Human Anatomy
Human Genetics – Medical and Societal Implications
Infectious Disease – Microbes: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Intro to Behavioral Health: Concepts and Careers from Family Therapy to Forensic Psychiatry The Study of Patient Care
Pathology – Connecting Cells to the Clinic: Fundamentals of Disease
Introduction to Pharmacy

Courses are determined annually by UNMC. Students will receive final notification once available.


The Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Career Programs are designed to provide high school juniors and seniors with opportunities to explore various career fields and get a jump start on their post-secondary education. Students who participate in the MCC Career Programs spend periods 5-7 on one of the MCC Campus. Current programs are listed below:

Auto Collision Technology – Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.

This program, when finished through an Associate Degree, covers the entire scope of the auto collision field, including basic and advanced metal finishing repair, frame repair and alignment, panel replacement, major body repair, estimating, and all aspects of automotive painting using the latest technology.

Automotive Technology – Juniors Preferred-South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q, Mahoney BuildingThe Automotive Technology program is NATEF certified, hands-on, and focuses on preparing students for careers in the automotive field. The program works closely with regional and national industry to encourage growth and training in preparation for real-world work environments. This program utilizes the most current technology and testing equipment to enhance the training required by today’s automotive industry.

Business for Starters – Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort, Building 7 Students learn hands-on principles in financial studies including the real estate, insurance, and entrepreneurship. Upon satisfactory completion, students will receive a Career Certificate in Financial Studies.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) – South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q, Mahoney Building

Numerous and diverse opportunities exist in the area of health and public services. This academy provides students an exposure to the medical area with CPR, First Aid, Medical Terminology, Employability Skills, and a CNA certification upon completion.

Criminal Justice – Sarpy Center, 91st & Giles

This academy provides practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and operations. Study focuses on local law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and homeland security. The academy also explores the criminal justice system’s role within society.

Construction and Building Science – South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q

The Construction and Building Science program offers students a wide array of choices in the field of construction. An associate degree, certificate of achievement, and career certificate are available across several options, including concrete/masonry, general, residential, commercial, management, remodeling, and finish/cabinetry. Students gain practical experience in a lab setting, applying their skills to real world situations.

Diesel Technology – Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.

The Diesel Technology program prepares students for a career in the growing transportation industry. The curriculum addresses the latest technology in engine repair, hydraulic and electrical systems, test procedures and diagnostics, and power generation.

Electrical Technology – South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q

The Electrical Technology program provides education and training for students who wish to join the electrical field. Students entering into this program study electrical systems in residential wiring, commercial wiring, and industrial motor controls.

Digital Cinema/Filmmaking – Elkhorn Valley Campus, 204th & Dodge

The Video/Audio Communication Arts program teaches students the production process for television, film, commercial, and other media production. Students learn to use professional moving image cameras in the field and the studio. Students learn how to record quality professional audio in the field and studio. Students learn how to write scripts for feature films, commercials, and corporate industrial media. Students also learn how to edit and manipulate visual and sound media using industry standard professional tools and software.

Early Childhood Education – South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q, Mahoney Building

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for employment as a head teacher or director of childcare facilities. Learning opportunities center on curriculum planning, managing, and teaching within a childcare facility. Skills essential to working with parents and children in a variety of settings and activities are stressed. Students finishing this academy will receive the Early Childhood Generalist Career Certificate*.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Seniors Only-South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q, Mahoney BuildingThis academy gives students exposure to work as a Paramedic with fire departments, transport services, or in a hospital emergency room. This academy provides students an exposure to the medical area with CPR, First Aid, Medical Terminology, Employability Skills, and the first course of the EMT program of study. Students who complete EMSP 1100 will be in the National registry as an EMT.

Fire Science Technology – Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.

This academy provides a unique opportunity to build professional skills and expand career possibilities. Insurance investigators, and adjusters, industrial safety specialists, fire protection system designers, and professionals, and volunteer firefighters benefit from enrolling in the Fire Science Technology program.

Pre-Apprenticeship Plumbing NEW—South Omaha Campus, 27th & QNot just in Omaha, but around the country the demand for licensed Journeyman Plumbers is nearing an all-time high. Many experienced plumbers, like your parent or grandparent, are retiring in the next 5-10 years. As a stepping stone into an apprenticeship program, MCC developed the Pre-Apprenticeship Plumbing Academy for you to gain basic knowledge of the plumbing industry. The Academy introduces you to the history of the plumbing trade, tools and materials, applicable math skills, and residential and commercial plumbing. Completing the academy is your important first step down the path leading to becoming an Apprentice plumber then Journeyman plumber. Other career opportunities may include sales, entry level estimator, general contractor or project manager.

Precision Machine Technology Seniors Preferred—South Omaha Campus, 27th & QThe Precision Machine Technology program serves students by providing a diverse education in the trades, maintenance, and distribution fields. All students learn the basics of workplace safety and health, as well as effective problem-solving and troubleshooting skills. Depending on the chosen degree option, students prepare to work in building maintenance, industrial maintenance, precision machining, and product distribution fields. Faculty with direct experience in the industry teach the courses. A major strength of the program is the strong hands-on approach to learning.

Process Operations Technology – South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q

This program provides training and advancement opportunities for entry-level employees in a variety of continuous process operating plants. These include ethanol and bio-diesel plants along with other bioprocessing industries. A complete power plant operations option is also available. Students are trained to operate and maintain process plants and power generating plants. Hands-on training in lab settings simulates real work environments.

Theatre – The Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass

Theatre – a blend of visual arts/design, music, literature, research, physical expression, technology, and business – is the quintessential liberal arts degree. Theatre studies strengthen interpersonal communication and public presentation skills; develop critical thinking and collaborative skills; and give a solid background in interdisciplinary arts, social awareness, and appreciation of diverse cultures.

Welding Technology – Fort Omaha Campus 30th and Fort – YEAR ONE– South Omaha Campus, 27th & Q – YEAR TWO

This program provides basic to advanced training in the major welding processes. Students completing the program are exposed to standard welding procedures used in construction and industry, as well as established safety standards and measures. A fabrication project requires students to use their welding skills, including the reading of welding blueprints.

How to Apply

  • Applications will be online for one week in November at (click Academy Programs)
  • Fliers are located in the Career Ed Center describing each of the academies in detail. More information is also 
available online at or see Ms. Koester in guidance.
  • Students will find out in January if they have been accepted into a PLCS academy. If so, Ms. Johnson and academy 
staff will meet with students in late January/early February to register for classes.
  • Students will find out late March/early April if they have been accepted into Metro or UNMC academies. If so, Ms. 
Johnson or Ms. Koester will meet with students at that time to adjust their schedule for the fall. 
Scholarships are available to assist academy students with Metro Community College tuition for dual-enrolled classes. Students will need to complete a scholarship application in order to receive assistance.

For more detailed information regarding Papillion-La Vista Community Schools, UNMC Alliance, and Metropolitan Community College academies visit: WWW.PLCSCHOOLS.ORG OR WWW.UNMC.EDU/ALLIANCE OR WWW.MCCNEB.ED.