Our Programs

  • Ross Collins is a career and technical education center located on the campus of Meridian High School. Career and technical education prepares students for jobs from entry-level to the most advanced.
    At Ross Collins, students can explore career options, gain insight into fields of employment, prepare for a wide range of occupations, and upgrade knowledge as work requirements change. Every vocational program follows a standardized, state-wide curriculum. Several of the classes at Ross Collins are college preparatory classes.

    Matt Johnson- Director

    Tawanda McClelland- Assistant Director

    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

    Project lead the Way Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation. Instructor: Marti Pulido

    Project Lead The Way Computer Science Course teaches students how to solve problems using computational thinking and skills. CSE introduces students to professional programming languages and platforms and encourages students to use these tools to discover, collaborate, and create. Using Python and other languages, Students develop their own apps, create dynamic websites, and construct their own graphical user interface. Instructor: Walt Littleton


    Marketing Management Technology provides a foundation of skills and knowledge related to basic principles of marketing, realties, sales, and human relations. The specialized topics they work with are related to fashion, international marketing, sports, and special events marketing, hospitality, and tourism. Instructor: Latonya May

    Career Pathway Experiences is a program for students who have completed a two-year program at Ross Collins. This opportunity will provide the student with a work-based internship or a school-based internship. Instructor: Charles Lockley

    Health Sciences

    Allied Health is designed to introduce the student to the health career field, basic health sciences, and basic skills in both laboratory and clinical experience. Instructors: Shaunta M. Hedgemon, Terkita Kennedy, and Chad Acton


    Automotive Body Repair provides instruction in all operations of auto body repair and refinishing. Some units of instruction include safety, collision, repair, and painting. Instructor: Mart Murphree

    The Automotive Service Technology program is designed to prepare students to enter the automotive field or enroll in post-secondary education programs. The automotive service technology program covers areas such as Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Safety, Brakes, Steering and Suspension, Electrical Systems, HVAC, Automatic and Standard Transmission. Instructor: Elroy Gathright

    Human Sciences

    Educators Rising is designed for students who want to pursue a degree in the field of education. The program includes hands-on learning and field experiences. Instructor: Dena Patterson

    Culinary Arts is a hands-on program that prepares students for employment in food service or related industry, placing emphasis on restaurant management or ownership. Instructor: Alan Topcik

    Construction and Manufacturing

    Welding provides study in safety, basic math, drawing, welding, gas tungsten, and arc welding. Instructor: Allen Harwell

    Building Trades provides an instructional program for students who are interested in the occupations of, carpentry, masonry or plumbing. Instructor: Instructor: Eric Pickard