EXPLORING CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)

Department Overview

Exploring Career Technical Education (CTE) is an integral part of the District’s total educational program. At the junior high level students are provided opportunities to develop career awareness and exploration. Through handson, practical applied settings, the CTE courses prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary education and training and to help all students emerge from school ready to pursue their college and career goals. Career Technical “pipelines” are sequentially articulated from junior high school through senior high school, industry institutes, community colleges, and fouryear colleges and universities. ALL CTE COURSES ARE OPEN TO BOYS AND GIRLS.

The student may be required to pay for materials used to fabricate personal projects. This will be indicated in each course with the symbol ($$)

 


0510 EXPLORING DIGITAL ANIMATION
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to expose students to the exciting world of 2D Animation. The course allows each student to develop their individual drawing skills, created the illusion of movement with their drawings, and learn the basic mechanics of animation. The students will also apply basic animation techniques learned in the course to create short, digitally animated films. In addition, the history of animation, the 12 Principles of Animation, and storyboarding will be introduced.



0511 INTERMEDIATE ANIMATION
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


Students continue to explore the world of Digital Animation. Students delve deeper into individual drawing skills, the illusion of movement, and learning the basic mechanics of animation. The students continue to create short, digitally animated films. In addition, the history of animation, the 12 Principles of Animation, and storyboarding.



0547 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to explore concepts for the world of work including business orientation, team building, and work ethics. The course will also include basic business computation, career awareness and explorations, and basic economic concepts.



0548 EXPLORING ENTREPRENEURSHIP
7th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


Exploring Entrepreneurship introduces students to the basic components of Entrepreneurship. It provides a foundation of Entrepreneurial terms and concepts which will give them real life business skills. Students are required to think critically and problem solve as navigate the various entrepreneurship topics such as Product Development, Financial Analysis, Marketing and SWOT Analysis and Cash Handling to complete a Written Business Plan and prepare for a "Business Expo." Students will gain an overview of life of a mini entrepreneur and will develop business skills which will help them to make an informed decision of which pathway to choose and how the learned skills will be of benefit to them in the "real world."



0557 BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
7th - 8th
5.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the computer. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of basic keyboarding, operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tasks, Internet, and computer peripherals.



0557Q BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the computer. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of basic keyboarding, operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tasks, Internet, and computer peripherals.



0559 APPLIED TECHNOLOGY
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course emphasizes the use of technology to compose, to process information, to develop critical viewing skills, and to improve memory training skills. This course will be coordinated with academic classes to enable the student to apply the technological skills, including use of telecommunications and the Internet, to his/her program of studies and enhance classroom presentations.



0660 MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course explores the many applications of technology to create multimedia productions. Students will use technology as a tool to facilitate critical thinking, organizeinformation, and demonstrate learning. Skill-based instruction will focus on desktop publishing, computer graphics, art programs, color theory, layout and design, sound mixing, video photography, and informational writing. Emphasis will be placed on using multimedia as a tool to enhance presentations. This course will develop student awareness of the impact of multimedia in business and examine potential careers in this field.



0762 TV STUDIO PRODUCTION
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This is a hands-on TV studio production course. Students work together in a team as they are trained to operate a fully equipped professional digital TV studio and control room. Students receive rigorous broadcast training in camera operation, microphone set-up and audio engineering, lighting, floor directing, video switching, directing, and teleprompter operation. Students will begin producing daily live broadcasts. Students will rotate through various production roles and complete all tasks associated with producing a televised news show – planning, script writing, shooting, and editing.



0807 EXPLORING WEB PAGE DESIGN
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


In this introductory level course students will create and edit both static and interactive Web pages using both a Web page authoring program and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). This course will include inserting graphics, links, and multimedia into Web pages. The use of commercial Web applications, including word processing, spreadsheets and database software will be explored. The structure of the World Wide Web and how to search it for Web pages using queries and subject guides will be covered, as well as a brief overview of the computer’s operating system.



0808 COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCOVERIES
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Code.org course.


Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory Computer Science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The course is designed from the ground up to be an accessible and engaging course for all students, regardless of background or prior experience. Students will engage with culturally and personally relevant topics in a wide variety of computer science related fields.



1021 EXPLORING HOME EC CT
7th
5.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course introduces the student to the foundations of Home Economics Careers and Technology education (HECT): child development, clothing, foods and nutrition, consumer education, family living, housing and furnishing, and leadership development.



1021Q EXPLORING HOME EC CT
7th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course introduces the student to the foundations of Home Economics Careers and Technology education (HECT): child development, clothing, foods and nutrition, consumer education, family living, housing and furnishing, and leadership development.



1041 HOME EC CT CC 1
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course explores the basic strands of Home Economics Careers and Technology (HECT): child development, clothing, consumer education, family living, foods and nutrition, housing and furnishing, and leadership development. This course is the foundation course for the following career pathways: Food Service and Hospitality, Child Development; Fashion Design and Merchandising.



1050 CLOTHING FOR TODAY
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This one semester class introduces students to the basic techniques and skills of sewing. Students will learn the use and care of the sewing machine and complete several class-related projects.



1060 EVERYDAY LIVING SKILLS
7th
5.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This survey course introduces students to foods and nutrition, consumer education, and sewing. Self-esteem building and leadership skills will be emphasized.



1060Q EVERYDAY LIVING SKILLS
7th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This survey course introduces students to foods and nutrition, consumer education, and sewing. Self-esteem building and leadership skills will be emphasized.



1070 YOUNG LIVING
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course acquaints the student with the basic strands of Home Economics Careers and Technology (HECT): child development, clothing, consumer education, family living, foods and nutrition, housing and furnishing, and leadership development.



1070Q YOUNG LIVING
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course acquaints the student with the basic strands of Home Economics Careers and Technology (HECT): child development, clothing, consumer education, family living, foods and nutrition, housing and furnishing, and leadership development.



3019 EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This exploratory course is broad-based in nature and utilizes the modular concept of curricula presentation. The objective is to acquaint students with technology through hands-on modular delivery experiences in the areas of manufacturing, communication, construction and power, energy, and transportation. Students will become familiar with the historical, contemporary and potential development of industry as well as a beginning foundation for career awareness. ($$)



3019Q EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This exploratory course is broad-based in nature and utilizes the modular concept of curricula presentation. The objective is to acquaint students with technology through hands-on modular delivery experiences in the areas of manufacturing, communication, construction and power, energy, and transportation. Students will become familiar with the historical, contemporary and potential development of industry as well as a beginning foundation for career awareness. ($$)



3020 ESSENTIALS OF TECHNOLOGY
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This introductory course explores various phases of industrial technology. Safety, hand tool, and machine use will be reviewed. The areas of wood, metal, electricity, drafting, and plastics are addressed. ($$)



3020Q ESSENTIALS OF TECHNOLOGY
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This introductory course explores various phases of industrial technology. Safety, hand tool, and machine use will be reviewed. The areas of wood, metal, electricity, drafting, and plastics are addressed. ($$)



3040 DRAFTING 1
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course teaches drafting and its importance in the world of manufacturing. The areas of safety, lettering, measuring, sketching, orthographic projections, isometric drawing, architectural drawing, and computer-aided drafting are addressed. ($$)



3070 WOOD MANUFACTURING 1
7th - 8th
5.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course introduces students to the study of wood and its importance in the world of manufacturing. The areas of safety, joinery, hand tools, selected machine tools, gluing, selection of wood, and computer controlled-machining are addressed. ($$)



3070Q WOOD MANUFACTURING 1
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course introduces students to the study of wood and its importance in the world of manufacturing. The areas of safety, joinery, hand tools, selected machine tools, gluing, selection of wood, and computer controlled-machining are addressed. ($$)



3080 DRAFTING 2
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Drafting 1 or teacher recommendation.


This course emphasizes the same curricular objectives and areas as Drafting 1, but at an advanced level. Students develop greater skills in orthographic projection and isometric drawing, as well as architectural drawing, sectional drawing, auxiliary views, pattern development, and technical illustration. The aspects of computer-aided design and career opportunities in the drafting industry are explored. ($$)



3110 WOOD MANUFACTURING 2
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Wood Manufacturing 1 or teacher recommendation.


Students review and acquire additional skills in using hand and selected machine tools. The importance of care and safe operation of equipment is emphasized. The aspects of computer-controlled machines and career opportunities in the wood industry are explored.



4305Q STEM ROBOTICS
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


Robotics is an elective course where students learn to design, build, and program robots and autonomous machines. Students will learn about electricity and how society depends on this energy source. Lessons on electronic components, electrical circuits, and computer programming will enable students to design and construct their own robot. The course will culminate with a student robotics competition where students work collaboratively to design and map a course for their robot to follow as it performs various tasks. The format of the class is designed to be hands on, project-based, and student centered. Throughout the class students will be learning essential reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for success in their future education and careers. Pipeline course for the Engineering Pathway.



5226 EXPLORING FORENSICS
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.






5226Q EXPLORING FORENSICS
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.






5776 INTRO TO MEDICAL CAREERS - R
7th - 8th
2.5 semester credits
Career Guidance Counselor's recommendation.


Students are introduced to human anatomy and physiology, normal function of body systems, vital signs, safety and transmission based precautions, body mechanics, terminology, and ethical and legal responsibilities of the medical field. Also included are health care delivery systems, regulatory agencies, research, current technology, and socio-economic issues affecting health care. Students research career opportunities in medical careers with an emphasis on sports medicine and therapy field. Students will participate in hands-on project based learning and research the broad scope of medical careers.



5843 DESIGN & MODELING (PLTW)
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects through an activities-oriented curriculum and prepare students for further study in high school. Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the course to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. This course is taught by an AUHSD instructor.



5846 MEDICAL DETECTIVES (PLTW)
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects through an activities-oriented curriculum and prepare students for further study in high school. Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a "crime scene." They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health. This course is taught by an AUHSD instructor.



5848 DESIGN & MODELING-R (PLTW)
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects through an activities-oriented curriculum and prepare students for further study in high school. Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the course to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. This course is taught by an ROP instructor.



5849 MEDICAL DETECTIVES-R (PLTW)
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


This course is designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects through an activities-oriented curriculum and prepare students for further study in high school. Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a "crime scene." They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health. This course is taught by an ROP instructor.


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