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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education Programs of Study


Agricultural, Engineering, Industrial, and Mechanical Systems

Agriculture, Engineering, Industrial, and Mechanical Systems prepares students for careers or further study in engineering, environmental science, agricultural design and research, agricultural and industrial maintenance, agricultural mechanics. Courses in this program of study address navigation, maintenance, repair, and overhaul of electrical motors, hydraulic systems, and fuel-powered engines. In addition, special emphasis is given to the many modern applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) to achieve various agricultural goals, preparing students for immediate application of these skills in a career setting or post-secondary institution.

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The Coding program of study (POS) is designed for students interested in computer programming. Computer programming is either a stand-alone career or it can be used with other computer applications as a major aspect of broader computer science occupations. Students will develop standard programming techniques and learn the logic tools and methods typically used by programmers to create simple computer applications. Proficient students will be able to solve problems by planning multistep procedures; write, analyze, review, and revise programs, converting detailed information from workflow charts and diagrams into coded instructions in a computer language; and able to troubleshoot/debug programs and software applications to correct malfunctions and ensure their proper execution. This POS also challenges students to develop advanced skills in problem analysis, construction of algorithms, and computer implementation of algorithms as they work on programming projects of increased complexity. In doing so, they develop key skills of discernment and judgment as they must choose from among many languages, development environments, and strategies for the program life cycle. Course content is reinforced through numerous short- and long-term programming projects accomplished both individually and in small groups. These projects are meant to hone the discipline and logical thinking skills necessary to craft error-free syntax for the writing and testing of programs.

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Criminal Justice & Correction Services

The Criminal Justice and Correction Services program of study prepares students for a range of careers in law enforcement, crime scene analysis, forensic science, public safety, and criminal justice. Course content emphasizes procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States, from constitutional rights to crisis scenario management and the elements of criminal investigations. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skill preparation for postsecondary or career opportunities in many law- and justice-related fields.

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Fashion Design

The Fashion Design program of study prepares students for further education and careers in the fashion industry. In addition to learning skills and knowledge related to the elements and principles of design, apparel manufacture and merchandising, basic marketing and product promotion, trend forecasting, and presentation, students complete a capstone project during which they design an original fashion line and create artifacts to include in a professional portfolio. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be prepared for postsecondary study and careers in fashion design and fashion merchandising. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local and CTSO competitions and work-based learning.

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Horticulture Science

Horticulture Science prepares students for future careers in the management of greenhouse operations, horticulture production, landscape design and maintenance, and turf management. Content covered in this POS includes principles of plant health, growth, reproduction, and biotechnology, principles of hydroponics and aquaponics, greenhouse structures, growing media, site analysis and planning, principles of design, and plant selection and care techniques. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to pursue careers or further study in the horticultural sciences.

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Machining Technology

The Machining Technology program of study is designed for students interested in becoming a Computer-Controlled Machine Operator, a CNC Machining Tool Programmer, or a Machinist. Course content focuses on safety and practices concerning: machining technology; proper measurement and layout techniques; reading and interpreting specification drawings and blueprints; production design processes; quality control procedures; machine parts to specifications using both manual ad computer-controlled machine tools; and measuring, examining, and testing completed products to check for defects and conformance to specifications, Upon completion of this POS, proficient students will be prepared to pursue industry certification at a technology college or more advanced coursework at a two-year or four-year institution.

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Therapeutic Services

Therapeutic Services is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in fields of dentistry, pharmacology, nutrition, or rehabilitation. Upon completion of this program a proficient student will be able to identify careers in therapeutic clinical services; assess, monitor, evaluate, and report patient/client health status; and identify the purpose and components of treatment. Students have the opportunity to take part in a clinical internship at the end of this program of study along with optional testing for either Certified Pharmacy Technician or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant industry certification.

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The Welding program of study is designed to prepare and certify students as entry-level welders. Students will learn safe practices, career exploration, leadership development, and basic arc welding and thermal cutting skills. Basic arc welding and thermal cutting skills are developed over a series of two courses which will prepare students for an American Welding Society certification.

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