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Digital Citizenship

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

(Formally Computer Applications) Digital Citizenship prepares students to use computer technology in an effective and appropriate manner. Students develop knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and communications software. Students establish what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to use technology appropriately.

Introduction to Business

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 11, 12

Introduction to Business is an introductory business course used as a framework for future business courses. This course acquaints students with economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, law, risk management, banking, personal finances, and careers in business. Business etiquette and ethics are included. Computers are used daily in this classroom. Personal laptops or tablets are extremely beneficial to student learning in this course.

Introduction to Engineering

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra 1
Introduction to Engineering is a course which develops student problem solving skills using the design process. Students document their progress of solutions as they move through the design process. Students develop solutions using elements of design and manufacturability concepts. They develop hand sketches using 2D and 3D drawing techniques as well as 2D and 3D models using Computer Aided Design (CAD). Students will also print their finalized 3D design solutions using 3D printers. The use of robotics in manufacturing also will be explored.

Personal Financial Responsibility

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance empowers students to make sound financial decisions for life. Covered topics include savings and investing, credit and debt, financial responsibility, money management, insurance, risk management, and careers. Bargain shopping, real estate, and mortgages are also included. Computers are used daily in this classroom. Personal laptops or tablets are extremely beneficial to student learning in this course.

Principles of Engineering

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra 1
Principles of Engineering is a course that focuses on the process of applying engineering, technological, scientific and mathematical principles in the design, production, and operation of products, structures, and systems. This is a hands-on course designed to provide students interested in engineering careers to explore experiences related to specialized fields, such as civil, mechanical, and materials engineering. Students will engage in research, development, planning, design, production, and project management to simulate a career in engineering. The topics of ethics and the impacts of engineering decisions are also addressed. Classroom activities are organized to allow students to work in teams and use modern technological processes, computers, CAD software, and production systems in developing and presenting solutions to engineering problems.

Radio and Television I

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Interview with Instructor and approval
Class Size Limit: 8 students
Radio and Television I will provide instruction to develop and enhance competencies in various communication, marketing, media, production, and technical functions and tasks performed by employees, including management personnel, in TV Broadcasting occupations. Emphasis will be placed on career opportunities, production, programming, announcing, broadcast equipment operation, news and sports casting, broadcast regulations and laws, station organization, technical, oral/written communication, and listening skills. Instructional strategies may include a school-based enterprise, real and/or simulated occupational experiences, such as the operation of in-school broadcasting and field trips.

Web Design

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Web Design is a business course that provides instruction in the principles of web design using HTML/XHTML and current/emerging software programs. Areas of instruction include audience analysis, hierarchy layout and design techniques, software integration, and publishing. Instructional strategies will include peer teaching, collaborative instruction, project-based learning activities, and school and community projects. A PERSONAL LAPTOP IS NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS.

Cadet Teaching Experience

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 12

Prerequisites: 2.0 G.P.A. and Instructor Approval
This elective course provides students exploratory teaching experiences in grades kindergarten through grade 8. This course provides a balance of class work relating to: 1) classroom organization, 2) classroom management, 3) the curriculum and instructional process, 4) observations of teaching, 5) instructional experiences. Cadet teaching students will work under the guidance of a teacher at the participating school, usually a West Deanery feeder school. Evaluation is based upon the cadet teacher’s cooperation, day-to-day practical performance, class work and attendance. Résumé and portfolio development and career related research is also provided to students. Students will be responsible for securing a cadet teaching placement. Transportation to the school is the student’s responsibility. Students who are interested in working with children or pursuing a career in education would benefit from this course.

Career Exploration Internship

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 12

Prerequisites: 2.0 GPA and Instructor Approval
This elective course provides students the opportunity to learn about themselves and a career interest area. Students also gain an awareness of the type of occupational preparation or training needed for various occupations and careers in their field of interest. Opportunities are provided to students to observe job situations and gain work skills through internships. Evaluation is based upon the intern’s cooperation, day-to-day practical performance, class work and attendance. Résumé development, portfolio, and career research is also provided to students. Students are responsible for securing an internship placement. Transportation to the job is the student’s responsibility. Students interested in gaining work experience in their career interest would benefit from this course.

Child Development

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 11, 12

Child Development is an introductory course for all students as a life foundation and academic enrichment; it is especially relevant for students interested in careers that draw on knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children. This course addresses issues of child development from conception/prenatal through age 3. It includes the study of prenatal development and birth; growth and development of children; child care giving and nurturing; and support systems for parents and caregivers. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, management processes, and fundamentals to college and career success integrates these topics into the study of child development. Direct, concrete mathematics and language arts proficiencies will be applied. Authentic applications such as introductory laboratory/field experiences with young children and/or service learning that build knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children are strongly recommended. This course provides the foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to children, child development, and nurturing of children.

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