Career Start/ International Salon and Spa Academy

  • Career Start: Pikes Peak Community College

    Career Start inspires high school students to start exploring career opportunities, start gaining knowledge and skills toward students’ career goals and start earning college credits and certificates.

    Students attending the Career Start program earn credit, which can be applied toward high school graduation. Students also earn college credit, which can be applied to a postsecondary certificate or degree.

    Classes take place at Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus. Students attend Career Start classes Monday through Friday. All classes are held from 9:00 - 11:40 am with the exception of second-year Zoo Keeping students who attend 12:10 to 3:40 pm Monday through Thursday. Some programs require two years to complete while others are completed in one year. Instruction is provided in classrooms, laboratories, and in business and industry. Students are in class with other high school students from area schools. All instructors in the Career Start Program are occupationally experienced and vocationally credentialed.

    Students who are enrolled in Career Start must also take two classes at LPHS each semester.  For more information, students should meet with their high school counselor and search the PPCC/Career Start website at

     Career Start Programs  

    ACT  Auto Collision Technology

    ASE  Automotive Service Technology                              

    CON  Construction                                                                                 

    CRJ  Criminal Justice                                                                                                          

    CUA  Culinary Arts                                                            

    CYB  Cybersecurity                                                            

    DPT  Diesel Power Technology                                          

    ECE  Early Childhood Education

    FST  Fire Science Technology

    HCE Health Career Exploration

    HST Health Science Technology

    MGD Multimedia Graphic Design

    VET Veterinary Technician 

    WEL Welding 

    ZOO Zookeeping 

    International Salon and Spa Academy - Cosmetology

    The Cosmetology program is a one or two-year program in hair styling offered through the International Salon and Spa Academy (ISSA) in Colorado Springs. Classes follow a typical five-day week schedule. Students that attend ISSA for two years may be qualified to take the state board test to become a licensed hairstylist. In addition to ISSA classes, Cosmetology students must attend two classes at LPHS.

Career Start Documents and Resources