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Computer Tech Support

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

Prerequisites: Application and Interview required for acceptance. Applications are due no later than Spring Break. Final approval will be made no later than May 1st.

Computer Tech Support is a career and technical business and information technology course that will prepare students for careers in business and industry dealing with support and services in information technology.  Students will gain the necessary skills to implement computer systems and deploy software solutions, provide technical assistance, and manage information systems with attention to security.  Students will develop an understanding of IT professionalism including the importance of ethics, communication skills, and knowledge of the technological workplace.  Essential skill and knowledge areas include but are not limited to: General Computer Usage Skills; Management Information Systems; Basic Network Systems; Basic Interactive Media Development.  Class may also extend to additional time outside of the class. 

 

Digital Application and Responsibility

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

Digital Applications and Responsibility prepares students to use technology in an effective and appropriate manner in school, in a job, or everyday life. Students develop skills related to word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and communications software. Students learn what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to use technology, including social media, responsibly. Students expand their knowledge of how to use digital devices and software to build decision-making and problem-solving skills. Students should be provided with the opportunity to seek industry-recognized digital literacy certifications. 

PC or Mac-based laptop required.  Tablets and Chromebooks are not acceptable.

Introduction to Accounting

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

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Introduction to Accounting introduces the language of business using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and procedures for proprietorships and partnerships using double-entry accounting. Emphasis is placed on accounting principles as they relate to both manual and automated financial systems. This course involves understanding, analyzing, and recording business transactions and preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial reports as a basis for decision-making.

Introduction to Business

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 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 Computer Science

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Introduction to Computer Science allows students to explore the world of Computer Science.  Additionally, there will be a focus on the areas of computer programming, gaming/mobile development, and artificial intelligence/robotics.  Students will gain a broad understanding of the areas composing computer science, including modern trends, ethical problems, and various career paths within the field of computer science. 

 First semester students will explore the history of computer science, explore the fundamentals of computational thinking, web development, and game design.  Additionally, students will investigate college programs in computer science.

Second semester students will design mobile applications using visual and text-based programming languages and explore different types of data problems, the impacts of online data on society and the physical aspects of computing.  Additionally, students will explore computer science career options. PC or Mac-based laptop required.  Tablets and Chromebooks are not acceptable.

Introduction to Engineering Design

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra 1
Introduction to Engineering Design 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. PC or Mac-based laptop required.  Tablets and Chromebooks are not acceptable.

Personal Financial Responsibility

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 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

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

Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design
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. PC or Mac-based laptop required.  Tablets and Chromebooks are not acceptable.

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.

Robotics Design and Innovation

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

This course allows students to design, program, and test innovative technological designs related to robotic systems. Topics involve mechanics, pneumatics, control technologies, computer fundamentals, and programmable control technologies. Students will design, build, and optimize robots to perform a variety of pre-designated tasks. The students will develop a classroom robotics competition and will be encouraged to join the after school Raider Robotics Team and participate in state-wide competitions. Students will also investigate robotics related career and collegiate programs of study.

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