Career and Technical Education

  • CTE Courses Organized by Career Cluster and Cluster Pathway

    Washington State has adopted Career Clusters as a tool for seamless transition from education to career. Career Clusters are broad groupings of careers that have similar characteristics and employment requirements. They provide a useful framework to aid students in career exploration and can help students focus on programs of study based on personal interests. Career Clusters are supported in the career exploration application used by the district (Career Cruising), as well as other state and national websites such as Workforce Explorer and O*Net .

CTE CHART
CTE CLUSTER CHART 2
CTE CLUSTER CHART 3

Cross-Credit list

  • APPROVED CROSS-CREDIT* LIST FOR RENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT COURSES
    2018-2019

    The following list indicates the approved courses that may be used to meet graduation credit requirements:

    CORE CROSS CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES

    Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit

    • Art
    • AP Studio Art: 3D Design
    • CAD Architecture
    • Ceramics
    • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
    • Glass Arts
    • Journalism
    • Metal Design
    • Multimedia
    • Photography
    • Video Foundations
    • Video Production
    • Visual Communications Foundations
    • Visual Communications Digital Design
    • Website Design – HTML & CSS
    • Website Design – WordPress
    • Welding & Plasma Cutting Arts
    • Yearbook

     

    Health or Career and Technical Education credit

    • Health

     

    Physical Education (PE) or Career and Technical Education credit

    • Components of Fitness (Equivalent to PE Foundations)
    • Sports Medicine Exploration
    • Sports Medicine B

     

    Math or Career and Technical Education credit 
    3rd Credit Math 
    Students may substitute a qualifying Career and Technical Education course listed below for their 3rd Math credit. See counselor for details.

    • AP Computer Science
    • AP Computer Science Principles
    • Computer Programming
    • Financial Algebra
    • Independent Living
    • Java Game Programming
    • JavaScript Programming

     

    3rd Year Science or Career and Technical Education credit

    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • AP Environmental Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Science of Exercise
    • Robotics

     

    ELECTIVE CROSS CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES

     

    Elective (Language Arts) or Career and Technical Education credit

    • Journalistic Writing and/or Editor Practicum
    • Technical Writing

     

    Elective (Social Studies) or Career and Technical Education credit

    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics
    • AP Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • International Economics

     

    *Important: Cross-credited courses may not satisfy college admission requirements. Please check with your counselor or individual colleges for clarification.

CTE courses

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources


    AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A, B, C

    Course Code:  PSC040, PSC041, PSC042
    3rd Year (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environment goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to tackle problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A, B

    Course Code:  PSC046, PSC047
    3rd Year (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course focuses on the understanding between organisms and their environment, using field techniques to obtain data in a variety of situations. This course provides a background into fundamental concepts such as: population ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, environmental justice, land use, and natural resource management.

    Architecture & Construction


    CAD ARCHITECTURE

    Course Code: PFA048
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Have you ever thought about how to design and build a house, maybe your dream home? In this course, we will use some very cool computer tools to create and furnish your own virtual three-dimensional residence in which you can simulate walk throughs. We’ll look at some exciting examples of modern buildings designed by the professionals and explore well-paid career opportunities in architecture, interior design, engineering, and construction management.

    COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (CAD) College Credit

    Course Code: PFA047
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Have you ever wondered how to convert your imagination into creating products like automobiles, buildings, or even content for computer games? We can learn by starting at a basic level of drawing with traditional drafting tools and pencils on paper. Soon we will be using simplified step by step demonstrations to create cool computer aided drawings. Within weeks, through guided hands-on instruction we will be making three dimensional computerized models of products used in the construction and manufacturing industries.

    CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY I,II

    Course Code: PVO042, PVO043
    Students will focus on the construction industry and skill development will include safety, building foundations, framing, roofing, electrical, and finish work. Instruction will also include activities intended to develop leadership, teamwork, production and process skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of careers and provided the information necessary to make meaningful career and post-secondary training choices.

    CONSTRUCTION PRACTICUM

    Course Code: PVO044
    Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
    Designed for advanced career preparation in the Construction field, this course provides students an opportunity to further develop skills learned in other Construction, Industrial Technology, and/or Manufacturing courses. Students work individually with the instructor to design a course of study that may include opportunities related to Career and Technical Student Organizations (DECA FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, FIRST Robotics, HOSA, Skills USA) or other extended learning opportunities. After-school and/or weekend hours are integral/required components of this course (workshops, meetings, conferences/ competitions, work sessions, events). Speak with course instructor to familiarize yourself with these required components.

     

    Arts, A/V Technology & Communications


     AP STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN PORTFOLIO A, B

    (Art and Fashion)
    Course Code: PFA013, PFA014
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Expand your idea of what Art (and fashion) can be. Through the lens of fashion, students will develop portfolios that show quality design decisions, investigate a strong underlying visual idea, and demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility. This is 3D art, so you will create actual fashion pieces (not just drawings).

    ART I, II

    Course Code: PFA041, PFA042
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Utilizing the broad categories of drawing and painting, emphasis is on developing basic techniques and understanding the elements of art and principles of design. Instruction also aims at enhancing appreciation of art and attitudes toward art in society. Art I and II may be taken in any order, as techniques, mediums and/or projects will be different.

    CERAMICS I, II

    Course Code: PFA043, PFA044
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Both courses focus primarily on hand building techniques, complimentary surface decoration methods and the glazing process/application. Courses may be taken in any sequence since different skills and techniques are taught in I and II.  While many students choose to build functional items (ceramic pinch pots, mugs, coil pots, slab tiles & boxes, wall pockets), more sculptural options are available. Depending on student interest and time, basic wheel techniques will also be taught. 

    GLASS ARTS

    Course Code: PFA039
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Both flame working and kiln formed glass will be explored.
    Learn how to manipulate glass by heating it in a torch flame, wrapping the molten glass onto a mandrel, and then using heat and gravity to shape a bead. Discover how to use fusing and slumping techniques and a kiln to create unique glass pieces.

    JOURNALISM A, B, C  

    Course Code: PFA007, PFA008, PFA009
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    These courses cover the fundamentals of journalistic ethics, journalistic law, responsible journalism, news writing, copy editing, proofreading, make-up, caption writing, headline writing, features, editorials, columns, newspaper terminology, page layout planning and the background of the newspaper industry. Students will be responsible for production of the school paper including writing articles and editorials, designing layout, photojournalism, selling and advertising, and paper printing and circulation. See Editor Practicum course.

    EDITOR PRACTICUM

    Course Code: PLA048
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Editor Practicum is primarily a newspaper production course. Students are expected to fill editorial staff positions and take on final responsibility for paper production:  managing staff, planning, writing, producing, and editing stories, writing headlines, layout, placement of advertising, copy editing, proofreading, and distribution of the school paper.  Course is repeatable for credit. See Journalistic Writing course 

    METAL DESIGN I,II

    Course Code: PFA037, PFA038
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Whether you want to learn to make a ring, craft a chain, set stones, or carve wax, this course is for you. Course exposes students to the manufacturing process and develops the skills necessary to design, produce, and repair jewelry. Metal Design I and II may be taken in any order, as forming, joining and surface decorative techniques, and/or projects will be different.

    MULTIMEDIA

    Course Code: PFA034
    Multimedia represents the convergence of text, pictures, video and sound into a single form. The power of multimedia lies in the way in which information is linked and students will use a variety of software applications to produce multimedia projects that explore different ways to communicate through technology. Projects students will complete include: image editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements, editing sound and audio files using Audacity, and video editing using Adobe Premiere Elements. In addition to working with the software several pieces of multimedia hardware will be utilized and explored including: digital cameras, digital camcorders, and scanners.

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    Course Code: PFA033
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students will develop and expand their skills in producing both artistic and commercial photographs using digital DSLR cameras and equipment. Students learn to take artistic digital photos following rules of composition, light, exposure, elements of art and principles of design which also enhances their ability to produce quality commercial work. Adapting and updating student’s skill set to the ever-changing software and hardware technology is a constant goal of all the photography course.

    VIDEO FOUNDATIONS

    Course Code: PFA045
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Video Foundations course focuses on introducing and developing skills in all aspects of video production, including hands-on experience in proper use of equipment, camera movement, framing, composition, lighting, audio and video editing. This course is required for all subsequent video production courses.

    VIDEO PRODUCTION

    Course Code: PFA046
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Video Foundations
    Video Production provides students the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge and skills in video production, including hands-on experience in proper use of equipment, camera movement, framing, composition, lighting, audio and video editing. This course is repeatable for credit and subsequent trimesters allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

    VISCOM FOUNDATIONS

    Course Code: PFA031
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course focuses on developing foundational skills in all aspects of graphic design. Areas of study include design principles, typography, illustration, computer graphics, photography, and print design. This course is repeatable for credit and subsequent trimesters allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

    VISCOM – DIGITAL DESIGN

    Course Code: PFA032
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: VisCom Foundations
    Further explore the Visual Communications field and allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s). 

    YEARBOOK A, B, C

    Course Code: PFA010, PFA049, PFA050
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    First year students develop and produce a yearbook, which reflects all aspects of the academic and extracurricular activities of the school. Class members do page layouts, write copy, take photos, edit, proofread and distribute the yearbook. A second year of credit will be given to students who take this course as they assume the prime responsibility for planning and producing the yearbook.

    Business, Management & Administration


    ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Course Code: PVO062
    According to the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index, the United States provides the best environment for cultivating entrepreneurship, ranking 1st out of 138 countries. Is it a fit for you? Learn about what makes a successful entrepreneur and the pros/cons of starting your own business.

    IT ACADEMY   

    Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification is a qualification that colleges and employers look for. College admissions boards see certification as an indicator of motivation and digital literacy. Employers view it as a real-world, recognized credential that shows a comprehensive level of skill proficiency.

    •  IT ACADEMY – EXCEL

    Course Code: PVO052
    No matter what industry you go into, understanding data, manipulating data, and presenting data is an essential skill that you need and one that employers are looking for. (Oh, and it will help you in high school and college, too.) Learn the ins and outs of Excel as you earn Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

    • IT ACADEMY – POWERPOINT & PRESENTATIONS

    Course Code: PVO050
    Love it or hate it, PowerPoint dominates the presentation software market. Learn how to avoid "death by PowerPoint" and earn Microsoft Office Specialist certification while polishing your presentation skills. Alternative presentation applications will also be covered.

    •  IT ACADEMY – WORD

    Course Code: PVO051
    Everyone knows how to use Word, right? Well, yes… and no. Many of us limp along knowing the bare minimum and don't realize how much our productivity can improve with better use of this tool. Earn Microsoft Office Specialist certification while mastering the application used by over a billion users worldwide. Proper keyboarding technique will also be covered.

    •  IT ACADEMY – MASTERY

    Course Code: PVO053
    Continue on your Microsoft Office Specialist certification journey by earning Master certification. This requires an advanced level of certification in both Word and Excel and also one "elective" certification such as Outlook. 

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    Course Code: PVO054
    This course provides an opportunity for students to master project management concepts such as project scheduling, project tasks, timelines, task dependencies, and project resources. Students will utilize software applications such as electronic calendars/reminders, Word and Excel in the management of a project of their choice. Effective project presentation skills utilizing PowerPoint will also be covered in this course. 

    TECHNICAL WRITING

    Course Code: PLA043
    Prerequisite: Health Sciences – Career Exploration 
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Technical writers make complicated information easy to understand.  Students will explore the field of Technical Writing as an exciting Career Pathway.  Using clear explanations, graphic design principles, and real-life examples, the Technical Writing course solidifies the relationship between industry principles and written communications.  Students will (1) learn about design and typographic choices, (2) learn how an industry’s objectives affect writing choices, (3) practice clarity in writing and speaking, and (4) develop techniques in grammar and structure.

    Education & Training


    TEACHER ACADEMY A, B, C, D, E, F

    Course Code: PVO007, PVO008, PVO009 PVO010, PVO011, PVO012
    Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade
    APPLICANTS NEEDED! Because of Washington’s teacher shortage there is increased need and support for early teacher preparation, support, and retention. Learn the fundamentals of the education system and practice lesson-planning, instructional best-practices, and classroom management. Delve into cultural competencies and discover the impact that culturally responsive teaching can bring to a community. Participate in a weekly 2-3 hour internship in district elementary and middle schools. Prepare for the Para Educator Exam and earn your Para Educator certification upon high school graduation. Visit college campuses and experience classes and workshops taught by CWU professors. Earn college credits from CWU upon successful completion of this course

    Finance


    ACCOUNTING A, B, C, D

    Course Code: PVO070, PVO071, PVO020, PVO021
    Accounting is an excellent skill set to have if you plan on majoring in business in college, or if you dream of starting your own business one day.  Learn the principles, terminology, procedures and applications that will serve you well whether for an eventual career or for your personal use.

    AP MACROECONOMICS

    Course Code: PSS037
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of national income and price determination, and also developing familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics.

    AP MICROECONOMICS

    Course Code: PSS036
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    The Microeconomics course provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.

    INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

    Course Code: PSS038
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: AP Economics or teacher permission
    Everyone has heard that we now live in a "global economy," but what exactly does that mean and how might it affect you? This course is the optional, but recommended follow up course for both AP Micro and Macro Economics. Make sure you are ready for the AP tests while learning about the pros and cons of a world economy.

    FINANCIAL ALGEBRA A, B

    Course Code: PMA151, PMA152
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option or Career and Tech Ed credit) 
    Math that matters! Take your first step to financial freedom. Financial Algebra focuses on problem solving as related to: the stock market, modeling a business, banking, consumer credit, automobile ownership, employment basics, income taxes, planning for retirement, and preparing a budget. Learn math that will benefit you for the rest of your life!

    Government & Public Administration


    LEADERSHIP A, B, C

    Course Code: PVO016, PVO72, PVO073
    This year-long course, which can be repeated for credit, focuses on building interpersonal relationships in the school and community through project based learning. Students learn the Eight Keys of Excellence, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and a variety of leadership, relationship and team-building skills while participating in planning, organizing and implementing school and community projects.

    Health Science


     ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

    (Elective or Career or Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: minimum 10th grade status
    All A&P courses will address medical terminology; anatomic organization; growth & development; response to stress, disease & injury, and some overlap of anatomy from other units to reinforce the dependency each of our body systems have with each other. The courses of the A&P sequence are designed to prepare students for both confidence and success in certificate-level healthcare programs through the collegiate zoology or human anatomy & physiology courses required for more advanced healthcare careers. Focus of each trimester is as follows:

    • ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

    Course Code: PSC043
    Anatomy & Physiology I focuses on the systems related to locomotion: skeletal & muscular systems. Emphasis on anatomy and function of the connective & muscular cells & tissues, bones & boney landmarks, joints & joint structures, and skeletal muscles. Course includes modeling labs, tissue labs, and virtual lab experiences but does not include dissections.

    • ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

    Course Code: PSC044
    Anatomy & Physiology II focuses on the systems related to control & protection: nervous, endocrine, lymphatic & immune and integumentary systems. Emphasis is on anatomy and function of the brain, special sensory organs, disease & immune response, and the skin. Course includes modeling labs, dissection labs, sensory testing labs, and virtual lab experiences.

    • ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY III

    Course Code: PSC045
    Anatomy & Physiology III focuses on the systems related to biological maintenance and energy transfer: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Emphasis is on anatomy and function of the heart & blood vessels, lungs, food & waste processing, and reproduction. Course includes modeling labs, dissection labs, live labs, and virtual lab experiences.

    HEALTHCARE CAREER EXPLORATION

    Course Code: PVO030
    Explore the high-demand, high-wage career field of healthcare. Students will learn about all five health science strands: Diagnostic, Therapeutic, Health Informatics, Health Support Services, and Biotechnology & Research. You may be surprised to know that some healthcare careers require less than a year of post-secondary training. Discover certificate/degree “stacking” opportunities, where once you earn your first certificate/degree, you can begin working while progressing towards the next level of certificate/degree. Students will also study a variety of healthcare related topics such as ethics, confidentiality, safety regulations, licensure, and professional behavior.

    HEALTHCARE CORE SKILLS

    Course Code: PVO028
    Students will learn foundational skills and knowledge critical to success in nursing, sports medicine, emergency medicine, rehabilitation, and others. The content serves as a basis for those intending to pursue educational programs from single quarter certification programs through programs requiring 4-year degrees such as medical school. Students will have the opportunity to receive certification in: CPR/First Aid, HIV/AIDS Education, and Bloodborne Pathogens. Fees for individual certifications may apply.

    HEALTH SCIENCES PRACTICUM 

    Course Code: PVO069
    Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
    Designed for advanced career preparation in the Health Sciences field, this course provides students an opportunity to further develop skills learned in other Health Sciences or related courses.

    MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

    Course Code: PVO029
    Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
    Medical Terminology is designed to prepare students for further study and training in the field of healthcare. Students will study the fundamentals of medical terminology with emphasis on basic rules, vocabulary, pronunciation, and abbreviations related to body structure and anatomical systems. Students will also gain an understanding of pathologies, medical procedures, and medical specialties.

    Emergency / Disaster Preparedness


    CERT: EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

    Course Code: PVO067
    CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, a FEMA-organized system designed to provide skills for local responders to disasters. While the skills and knowledge serve as a great foundation to those intending to pursue careers in emergency medicine and emergency / disaster management, they improve every healthcare provider’s ability to respond to emergencies when emergency services are delayed or not available. Students will learn disaster preparedness, fire & utilities safety, disaster medical operations, light urban search & rescue, disaster psychology, and emergency communications. Upon successful completion of training, students will receive certification in the incident management system used in both local and national emergency responses. While practice and assessment scenarios will be utilized in class, students may also have the opportunity to participate in opportunities outside of school hours in mock disaster drills, both as simulated patients and as rescuers.

    EMERGENCY MEDICINE A, B

    Course Codes: PVO022, PVO023
    Prerequisite: minimum 10th grade status
    The Emergency Medicine sequence introduces students to the knowledge and skills needed in careers related to emergency care such as: EMT/Paramedic, ski-patrol, search & rescue, and emergency room technicians / nurses / physicians. Emergency Medicine A is focused on patient assessment, cardiac & respiratory emergencies, prevention and treatment of shock, and the role of EMS in the healthcare system. Emergency Medicine B focuses on bleeding control, splinting & immobilization, non-cardiac medical emergencies, mass casualty incidents, and EMS operations. Completion of the 2-course sequence prepares students for success in the King County EMS, North Seattle College, or Green River College EMT programs. Mastery may allow participants more competitive access to these programs. Upon successful completion of training, students will receive certification in in basic life support, Bloodborne Pathogens, and emergency incident management.

    Exercise Science Courses


    COMPONENTS OF FITNESS

    Course Code: PPE003
    (Physical Education or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This class provides the student with introductory skills and knowledge needed to pursue interests and careers in Exercise Science. This knowledge is used by personal trainers, coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and sports equipment designers. The coursework examines the foundations of exercise and physical activity needed for people to optimize their fitness and health. Students will examine their own abilities to determine plans for achieving their own fitness goals and learn to apply that understanding to create fitness programs for patients or clients based on individualized needs. Students will suit up and spend time in the gym, weight room, and fields in this course to the concepts of each component of fitness into practice.

    SCIENCE OF EXERCISE

    Course Code:  PSC050
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Components of Fitness or Freshman PE
    Ever wondered how science applies to what you do every day? Science of Exercise builds upon knowledge gained from fitness courses to allow students to explore how the body responds to physical activity. The course includes field-based scientific lab and virtual lab experiences to gain skills used by fitness and healthcare professionals working in exercise physiology, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, and even in the design of sports equipment.

    Sports Medicine


    SPORTS MEDICINE EXPLORATION

    Course Code:  PPE004
    (Physical Education credit or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This class serves as an introduction to concepts within sports and rehabilitation medicine. Students explore the effects of injury and the environment on the body and their implications to physical performance. Specific emphasis is placed on the prevention of injury, assessment of function, initial injury treatments, and basic rehabilitation. Students will gain knowledge and skills regarding evaluating patient status and athletic injury taping. Students will suit up and spend some time in the gym, weight room, and fields in this course to practice and perform prevention & rehabilitation exercises. Students are encouraged to also take Healthcare Core Skills course for complimentary skill development.

    SPORTS MEDICINE I

    Course Code:  PVO068
    Prerequisite: minimum 10th grade status
    Students explore injuries and conditions commonly experienced in athletics/physical activity and will practice skills related to immediate treatment of these sports injuries. Specific emphasis is placed on the recognition and immediate treatment of head and neck injuries and the healing process related to injuries to the brain. It would be beneficial (but not required) to take Anatomy & Physiology I before taking this course. Students are also encouraged to take Healthcare Core Skills for complimentary skill development.

    SPORTS MEDICINE II

    Course Code: PPE006
    (Physical Education or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: minimum 10th grade status
    Students explore the role of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Students will learn how therapeutic modalities are used to promote healing and why rehabilitation creates the best opportunity for a full return to participation. It would be beneficial (but not required) to take Anatomy & Physiology I before taking this course. Students are also encouraged to take Healthcare Core Skills course for complimentary skill development.

    Hospitality & Tourism


    CULINARY FOUNDATIONS

    Course Code: PVO035
    Culinary Foundations is a prerequisite for all other culinary courses. Culinary Foundations focuses on basic cooking knowledge and techniques, introduction to the food service industry, and food safety/and sanitation.

    BAKING & PASTRY

    Course Code: PVO036
    Prerequisite: Culinary Foundations
    The baking and pastry course is an advanced culinary class that explores the science and art behind baking. Through classroom instruction and practical lab work, students will discover how to make quick and yeast breads, mousses, sauces, custards, cakes, cookies and confections. Decorating techniques with chocolate and sugar work, candies and plating will also be mastered.

    GOURMET FOODS

    Course Code: PVO037
    Prerequisite: Culinary Foundations
    Gourmet Foods explores advanced culinary techniques. Take this course to enhance knife skills, master different dry and wet cooking methods, and explore a variety of foods in numerous practice labs.  Students will explore specialty techniques and ingredients used to create many dishes and improve skills in customizing recipes. Students will also practice garnishing techniques, and learn how to plate elegant and sophisticated foods. This course is one of the many pathways for students who are planning to pursue a degree in the culinary arts, as well as culinary enthusiasts.

    INTERNATIONAL FOODS

    Course Code: PVO038
    Prerequisite: Culinary Foundations
    This trimester course provides students with information about food customs, as well as the opportunity to prepare and taste foods of different ethnic groups. This course is for the student who wishes to prepare a variety of foods originating from all over the world. Various regions of the world will be covered including North America, Latin America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Middle-East, among others.  Students will study patterns of family meals, current customs and food habits, and cooking techniques and equipment unique to those countries. Lab experiences will provide opportunities to prepare and taste foods from around the world.

    CULINARY PRACTICUM

    Course Code: PVO039
    Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
    Designed for advanced career preparation in the culinary field, this course provides students an opportunity to further develop skills learned in other culinary courses.

    Human Services


    AP PSYCHOLOGY A, B,

    Course Code: PSS039, PSS040
    (Social Studies elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students will study the history of psychology, research methods, and the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences. This course will help prepare students to pass the College Board’s AP Psychology exam. Successfully passing the AP exam may earn college credit for a course required at most universities.

    ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Course Code: PSS041
    (Social Studies elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: AP Psychology or teacher permission
    This course is an optional, but recommended follow-up course for AP Psychology. Students will learn about the causes, symptoms, treatment and media representation of mental disorders. Students will also study principles of social psychology, and will design and conduct a social experiment. These topics will be important to students who are preparing for the AP Psychology exam, but this course is open to any student with an interest in psychology.

    CHILD DEVELOPMENT

    Course Code: PVO063
    This course explores the importance of understanding a child as an individual in regard to the child’s growth psychologically, socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Students will learn about developmental theories, family structures, heredity, parenting styles, prenatal development, labor and delivery, and the needs of children from birth through age six. Students will care for a RealCare baby simulator (or complete an alternate assignment) in order to find out what it is really like to be the parent of an infant. Who should take this course: people who plan to work with children in any capacity (teacher, pediatrician, childcare, etc.), people who may work in business or marketing careers that deal with children or children’s products, and those who plan to be parents at some point in their lives.  

    HEALTH

    Course Code: PPE001
    (This course fulfills the Health Education requirement) 
    Designed to prepare students for lifelong decision-making, problem solving, and wellness management, this course focuses on the dynamics of health in a rapidly changing world. Topics include wellness, mental / emotional health, drug and alcohol prevention, nutrition, fitness, CPR/AED, healthy relationships and sexual health, which will help students assume an active role in developing healthy lifestyles.

    INDEPENDENT LIVING

    Course Code: PMA153
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option or Career and Tech Ed credit)
    This course will prepare young adults to competently make decisions for their future. The responsibilities of being independent and managing resources are strongly emphasized. Students will research the expenses of finding a place to live, choosing insurance companies, furnishing an apartment or home, buying a new car and more. This course will also explore maintaining checking and savings accounts, paying taxes and keeping a budget.The course emphasizes acquiring knowledge skills and attitudes to help ensure successful living on one's own.

    Information Technology


    ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE 1,2

    Course Code: QMA008, QMA009
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1,2
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option or Career and Tech Ed credit)
    AP Computer Science is a fast-paced, yearlong course. Meant to replicate a college introductory programming class, it is designed for students who have an interest in business or computer related careers. Students need good problem solving skills and a willingness to work hard. Students will be learning JAVA, with emphasis on problem solving, computer science theory and program syntax. After the AP Test, students will select a study topic of interest, such as Lego-robot programming, game programming, or data management.

    AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A, B

    Course Code: PMA138, PMA139
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option or Career and Tech Ed credit)
    AP Computer Science is a fast-paced course meant to replicate a college introductory programming class. It is designed for students who have an interest in computer related careers. Students need good problem solving skills and a willingness to work hard. Students will be learning JAVA, with emphasis on problem solving, computer science theory and program syntax and prepare to pass the AP exam.

    JAVA GAME PROGRAMMING

    Course Code: PMA155
    Prerequisite: AP Computer Science or teacher permission
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option or Career and Tech Ed credit)
    This course is an optional, but recommended follow up course for AP Computer Science. Develop your Java skills while reviewing for the AP exam through game-related projects. Expand your opportunities with this popular, cross-platform programming language.

    AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES A, B

    Course Code: PMA144, PMA145
    Jump start your ability to secure a job! This class was created specifically to address the skills employers say are lacking in every industry. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. The course focuses on the innovative aspects of computing as well as the computational thinking practices that help students see how computing is relevant to many areas of their everyday lives. The course will introduce students to programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts while preparing students to pass the AP exam. Bonus! This course will expose you to great jobs in computer science that you may not be aware of.

    JAVASCRIPT PROGRAMMING

    Course Code: PMA156
    Prerequisite: AP Computer Science Principles or teacher permission
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option or Career and Tech Ed credit)
    This course is an optional, but recommended follow up course for AP Computer Science Principles. Review for the AP test while learning this popular web programming language. JavaScript can be described as the language that makes up the behavior of a page. As most languages exist on the server side, the advantages of being front-end make it a much more interactive experience for the users.

    COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I,II

    Course Code: PMA147, PMA148
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option or Career and Tech Ed credit)
    These computer programming trimesters can be taken in any order and are designed for beginning programmers who want to gain introductory level experience in an object-oriented environment.

    CYBER SECURITY

    Course Code: PVO066
    As the awareness of cybercrime and data breaches grows, professionals who can protect digital space are sought after in nearly every industry. In fact, information security jobs are expected to increase by 18 percent through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s more than twice the 7 percent average growth rate for all occupations. Explore if this career field is for you through hands-on computer activities/projects.

    WEB DESIGN – HTML & CSS

    Course Code: PFA035
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    With other options such as WordPress, available for building websites. Why learn HTML and CSS? Two reasons: Ultimate functionality and control you get by creating a website from scratch, and without a solid basis in HTML and CSS you will find it more difficult to customize sites built on other web platforms. Open up opportunities by learning HTML and CSS!

    WEB DESIGN – WORDPRESS

    Course Code: PFA036
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Not just for blogs anymore, 29 percent of all sites across the web are built using WordPress, including Spotify, TIME.com, Disney, Mercedes-Benz and TED. Learn how to set up and customize websites using this popular, open source Content Management System (CMS).

    Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security


    BUSINESS LAW

    Course Code: PVO041
    This course covers the legal aspects of everyday life. Students will increase their awareness of the legal system in their lives by learning about civil and criminal law, contracts, employment, business organizations and other types of law.

    POLICE SCIENCE A, B

    Course Code: PVO024, PVO025
    This course prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation, and other routine law enforcement responsibilities. 

    Manufacturing


    AEROSPACE/ADVANCED MANUFACTURING A, B, C

    Course Code: PVO013, PVO014, PVO015
    Students work individually and collaboratively to explore the aerospace industry by utilizing Boeing CORE Plus curriculum as a foundation along with field trips and guest speakers, students learn the skills they will need to gain employment in an entry level aerospace / manufacturing position.  Topics of study include safety, measurement, print reading, electricity, corrosion, FAA regulations, and work readiness. Students engage in hands-on learning experiences where they practice the topics taught in a variety of projects which simulate the environment of the production floor.

    INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – INTRO

    Course Code: PVO031
    Industrial Technology explores the world of design while further emphasizing personal, shop, and group safety in an industrial setting. Students work in teams and are given a set of parameters and material specifications with which they then design and build simple machines that meet the design requirements. Students are guided through the research and development phase needed to meet design challenges including prediction of outcomes. Applied mathematics and physics are emphasized.

    INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – DESIGN PROCESS

    Course Code: PVO032
    Industrial Technology – Design Process provides students the opportunity to explore and develop fundamental knowledge and basic skills related to both personal and shop safety. Students explore these skills individually and collaboratively through a series of hands- on projects which are designed to build upon one another while increasing student proficiency with materials, tools, composites, 3D printing, assembly, and the building process. Applied math and physics are emphasized.

    INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – MANUFACTURING

    Course Code: PVO033
    Industrial Technology – Manufacturing continues the emphasis on safety (personal, shop and group) while students create a start-up manufacturing company and produce a series of products. Topics covered include market research, product research and development, materials analysis, design and manufacturing, and delivery/distribution. Applied math and physics are emphasized.

    ROBOTICS A, B

    Course Code: PSC048, PSC049
    (Elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course is for students interested in an introduction to robotics. The class is an interdisciplinary class which covers design, assembly, programming and testing of a robot. To help with design and assembly, the students will learn about modeling different robot parts in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. Once a model of the part is developed, 3D printing can be used to help the student visualize the part. Students will learn how to write a software program to make the robot do different tasks. Optionally, students can learn about using a milling machine to make or modify parts used on the robot. At the end of the year, students are given the rules of a robot competition. Their job is to design a robot for that competition. The skills they learned throughout the course are applied to this robot. The competition robot allows the students an opportunity to use their creativity, knowledge and skill to come up with different solutions to the competition.

    ROBOTICS PRACTICUM

    Course Code: PVO051
    Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
    Designed for advanced career preparation in the Robotics/Manufacturing field, this course provides students an opportunity to further develop skills learned in other Robotics, Industrial Technology, and/or Manufacturing courses. Students work individually with the instructor to design a course of study that may include opportunities related to Career and Technical Student Organizations (DECA FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, FIRST Robotics, HOSA, SkillsUSA) or other extended learning opportunities. After-school and/or weekend hours are integral/required components of this course (workshops, meetings, conferences/competitions, work sessions, events). Speak with course instructor to familiarize yourself with these required components.

    WELDING & PLASMA CUTTING ARTS

    Course Code: PFA040
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students in this course explore and develop fundamental knowledge and basic skills related to welding and plasma cutting processes. Students explore these skills individually and collaboratively through a series of hands-on art welding projects. These projects are designed to build upon one another while increasing student proficiency with design principles, material types, tools and the welding process

    Marketing


    MARKETING EXPLORATION

    Course Code: PVO055
    Why should you study Marketing?
    1/4 to 1/3 of the entire civilian U.S. workforce performs marketing activities as it is a proven route up the corporate ladder, and it will help you become a better-informed consumer
    Explore marketing basics and become familiar with many different marketing-focused careers.

    MARKETING MANAGEMENT

    Course Code: PVO058
    Marketing management allows an organization to track, review and analyze their marketing resources and activities. Learn how to synthesize information gathered from all seven core marketing functions and use it to better align all aspects of the business.

    MARKETING MIX

    Course Code: PVO056
    Delve deeper into the four basic marketing strategies (otherwise known as the Marketing Mix) called the four P's: product, place, price, and promotion. Learn how to analyze each component to craft a Marketing Plan.

    MARKETING – STORE OPERATIONS

    Course Code: PVO059
    This course focuses on the general process and techniques of direct wholesale and retail buying and selling operations and introduces individuals to related careers. Includes instruction in the principles of basic sales skills, distribution channels for goods and services, merchandising, inventory, customer service skills, etc. A supervised practical application experience utilizes the student store as a learning laboratory.

    SELLING

    Course Code: PVO057
    Whether you are selling a product, or selling yourself, learn why selling is considered the one skill everyone needs to succeed. What makes a successful sales professional? What are some of the finer points of the sales process? Take this class and find out more about this core marketing function.

    SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

    Course Code: PVO061
    The ability to use social media to get people’s attention, build an engaged audience and express a corporate personality is becoming an essential digital skillset in the 21st-century knowledge-based economy. Whether you want to investigate careers in this area or create your own as an entrepreneur, find out what social media marketing is and how to be good at it.

    MARKETING PRACTICUM

    Course Code: PVO060
    Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
    Designed for advanced career preparation in the marketing field, this course provides students an opportunity to further develop skills learned in other business and marketing courses. Students work individually with the instructor to design a course of study that may include opportunities related to Career and Technical Student Organizations (DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, FIRST Robotics, HOSA, SkillsUSA) or other extended learning opportunities. After-school and/or weekend hours are integral/required components of this course (workshops, meetings, conferences/competitions, work sessions, events). Speak with course instructor to familiarize yourself with these required components.

     Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics


    *See Agriculture and Manufacturing sections additionally.

    PRE-ENGINEERING A, B

    Course Code: PVO026, PVO027
    Students will develop mastery of different technology through hands-on simulations and labs. Units include robotics, CAD, pneumatics, AC/DC, electrical controls, print reading, CNC, 3D printing and more. Students work collaboratively to master these engineering skills. Final projects include synthesizing knowledge and skills to build/manufacture unique designs which solve real-world problems. This course is a springboard for robotics, manufacturing, aerospace and other exciting career-based class.

    Cross -Careers

     


     

    The following courses are not specific to a particular career area.

    CAREER & COLLEGE PREP

    Course Code: PVO040
    What does it take to be successful in a career and/or college? Explore career pathways and the educational routes to get where you want to be. Learn about employability skills, human relations, workplace safety, leadership, and other skills that will help you progress up a career ladder. Personal finance skills, as they relate to managing your paycheck, are also explored. Field trips to work sites, community and technical colleges, and universities may be part of the instructional delivery.

    HIGH SCHOOL SUCCESS SEMINAR

    Course Code: PVO077
    Through the use of various digital tools, students will explore a variety of topics that will contribute to their success in high school and beyond. Topics will cover four broad areas: Getting Along, Getting Work Done, Getting to Graduation, and Getting Connected. Students will learn specific skills in presentation, word processing and spreadsheet applications that they will use in their required math, science, language arts and social studies courses.Learning/studying/research/testing/collaborative strategies will also be covered.

    JAG-WA (JOBS FOR AMERICA’S GRADUATES) A, B, C

    Course Code: PVO019, PVO074, PVO075
    Prerequisite: Counselor Referral and Instructor Permission
    This course provides students with personal management skills, employability skills and connections to Career and Technical Education programs that give them technical skills leading to post-secondary education, apprenticeships and living wage careers. Students and instructor work together to identify barriers to both academic and personal success and then work to ultimately eliminate these barriers.

    WORKSITE LEARNING

    Course Code: PVO045
    .5 credit per 180 hours work experience
    Prerequisite: At least 16 years of age.
    This course offers the students the opportunity to integrate and apply what they have learned in a CTE class while working part-time outside of school. Under the supervision of a certified Worksite Learning Coordinator the student can acquire related employment or a volunteer position and receive high school credit for the experience. This activity is treated just like a classroom situation. Students must complete a minimum number of work hours and demonstrate competency progression consistent with a pre-developed learning plan to earn credit. The Worksite Learning Coordinator and the employer will complete regular evaluations and communicate with students in the program