High School Course Descriptions

High School Course Descriptions

High school students register for CTE classes on their campus with their counselor or Guidance Technician. Home-schooled, private school, and out-of-district students may also enroll. 

Note: Classes meeting during the bell schedule are only open to high school students.

Agriculture and Natural Resources | Arts, Media, and Entertainment | Building and Construction Trades

Business and Finance Education, Child Development, and Family ServicesHealth Science and Medical Technology

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation | Information and Communication Technologies | Manufacturing and Product Development

Public Service | Transportation

 

 Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture Mechanics - Prerequisite: Must be willing to participate in FFA.  Course is designed to develop skills beyond those of basic introduction. Students experience good shop management of tools and farm equipment. Emphasis is placed on the student to undertake and complete projects with minimum supervision. Students weld fabrication using gas and arc welding. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College. 

Pathway: Agricultural Mechanics

Farm Mechanics - Prerequisite:  Interest in mechanics, one year basic math and some welding experience.  This course prepares students for entry-level positions as mechanics that service farm equipment and machinery, including skills in welding, small engine and farm equipment repair. 

Pathway: Agricultural Mechanics

Landscaping Design, Installation & Maintenance - This course trains students in practical experiences which involve locating, planting and maintaining turfs, plants, shrubs, trees, and other devices which help beautify residential and/or commercial grounds.  Students learn techniques of landscape design, ground preparation, ornamental horticulture, design installation and maintenance of automated water and light systems.

Pathway: Ornamental Horticulture

Veterinary Science - This course provides students with knowledge and hands-on application with both large and small animals. It covers anatomy and physiology, basic animal skills, animal health and sanitation, infectious diseases identification and control, breeding and breeding systems, feed and nutrition, environment and ecology, marketing of animals/livestock evaluation, financial planning and record keeping, and clinical practices. It explores careers in veterinary sciences.

Pathway: Animal Science

 Arts, Media, and Entertainment

2D Animation Storyboard Pro - Junior students will continue their training with Storyboard Pro and Animate Pro to learn how to use the same software the professionals use to create animations. Students will begin with Portfolio development and research the development of 2D and 3D Animation as an art form. Traditional Animation techniques will be explored in Toon Boom Studio, Storyboard Pro and Animate Pro as the students learn the principles of animation. Students research the history and development of Animation and learn about the creative Artists and Designers who influenced the trends in this multi-million dollar industry. Seniors will continue to refine their skills in Animate Pro and Storyboard Pro as they prepare their demo reel and professional portfolios. They will also study and prepare to take their certification exam online with Toon Boom products. There is an optional fee of $125 to take the exam but when the student passes the exam they will be a certified Toon Boom Professional. With this certification they will qualify for entry level positions as storyboard artists, layout artists and 2D animators. 

2D Animation with Toon Boom Studio - Sophomores will be recruited into this 2D Animation class to learn Toon Boom Studio where they can further their animation and storytelling skills. Students will learn the Principles of Animation through animation exercises and challenges that begin with the classic “Bouncing Ball” to Animated Fables, and Animated Music Videos. Traditional Animation techniques will be explored in Toon Boom Studio, Storyboard Pro and Animate Pro as the students learn the principles of animation. Students research the history and development of Animation and learn about the creative Artists and Designers who influenced the trends in this multi-million dollar industry.

Computer Design & Animation - This is set up as a pathway course enhancing the skills used through Toon Boom software.  Introductory Model and Game Design are explored using 3DS Max Autodesk to apply maps and materials to the 3D models. 3DS MAX Autodesk is professional software that is recognized worldwide. Modifiers to enhance the design will also be introduced. Lighting a scene, manipulating the camera, applying beginning animation techniques, character design and rigging are introduced. As part of the 3D Design and Animation Class, students will learn to use Unity Pro for game design and produce an original video game.

Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts

Graphic Design - Prerequisite: Equivalent of one year computer training and/or demonstrated proficiency in computer operation. This course provides instruction in basic design concepts, layout techniques, image editing, color enhancements, web designs and animation.  Instruction includes the creation of documents and projects in applying learned techniques.

Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts

Stage & Theatre Technology - This course includes instruction in set construction, tools, technology and techniques. Topics include set/scenery design, lighting, sound, stage management, front of house and box office duties, and use of computer technology.  Topics include safety rules and regulations, use of hand and power tools, basic set construction, general understanding of theater as collaborative art forms, understand the elements of running a show, basic lighting, and basic sound equipment operations. 

Pathway: Production and Managerial Arts

 Building and Construction Trades

 

Advanced Woodworking - This course introduces and reinforces personal safety, usage of tools and machinery used in the cabinet making process leading to machining and construction of cabinet casework. Tool identification and function, materials and adhesives, basic shop math, and shop plans are included. 

Pathway: Cabinetry, Millwork and Woodworking

Construction & Building Technology - This course provides instruction in construction and building technology occupations.  The hands-on training includes all components of building a house. Employment possibilities include construction laborer, carpenter and maintenance. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College. 

General Contracting - This course is an introduction to the construction and building technology program. Instruction includes safety, tools and machines, terminology, specialized skills, planning and design, blueprint reading, construction and manufacturing standards. 

Pathway: Residential and Commercial Construction

 Business and Finance

Computerized Accounting - Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills of 25 words per minute. This course provides students with manual and computerized instruction in the area of accounting/record keeping, basic payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and computerized spreadsheets to include QuickBooks. Instruction in income tax preparation and volunteering in the VITA program are added component. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College.

Pathway:Financial Services

 Education, Child Development, and Family Services

Careers with Children - Prerequisite: 1) Must have the Department of Justice fingerprinting and child abuse index clearance; and 2) Must take a test for tuberculosis clearance.  This course provides students with the skills necessary for entry-level jobs in child care occupations.  Instruction includes on-the-job experience in caring for infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children in various settings.  This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College. 

Pathway: Child Development

 Health Science and Medical Technology

Dental Assistant - The Dental Assistant course is designed to give the student the knowledge, skills, and practice for those who would like to obtain entry-level employment within a dental facility.  This course is designed to provide training in the fundamentals of assisting the dentist, chair side duties, equipment sterilization, dental materials preparation, patient communication, and general office procedures. Instruction includes introduction to additional dental education opportunities. Select the link for more information Dental Assistant.

Pathway: Patient care

Medical Office Assistant - This course trains students for medical office entry-level positions. Students learn medical office core topics including medical terminology, safety, work ethics, procedural diagnostic coding, universal claim form, problem solving, payroll, computerized appointment, and office administration. 

Medical Office Occupations - This course trains students for medical office entry-level positions. Students learn medical office core topics including medical terminology, basic human anatomy and physiology, safety, work ethics, procedural diagnostic coding, universal claim form, problem solving, payroll, computerized appointment, and office administration. Job skills are developed by a combination of classroom instruction and work based learning training. 

Medical Terminology - Students experience and explore careers in the health care field through guest speakers and are prepared for entry-level employment. Students learn the structure of the human body system, as well as terms related to the body system, radiology, pharmacology and surgery word parts and how to combine the parts to form medical terms.  Analyze, define, pronounce and spell medical terms. 

Pathway: Health Care Administrative Services

Nursing Assistant - Prerequisites/Requirements: Students must, prior to enrollment: 1) have 2.0 GPA or better; 2) have 8th grade reading level on a norm reference test; 3) have basic math skills (add, multiply, divide, fractions);  4) have interest in career; 5) be a high school senior or 17 years of age or older; 5) maintain a grade of 70% or better while enrolled; 7) maintain good attendance (95% required); 8) capable of performing level of activity required for patient care (lifting 50 lbs., bending, twisting, turning, and/or transferring); 9) hold patient medical information, employee medical information and all medical record information in the strictest confidence during and after training; 10) be aware topics that may be considered controversial are discussed (anatomy, physiology, child birth, birth control, etc.); 11) provide scrubs, shoes and second-hand watch; 12) take health physical, screen for seasonal flu and booster shots, tuberculosis test and additional vaccines recommended by Center for Disease Control; 13) be aware that upon successful completion, students apply to take a Competency Skills Test provided by the California Department of Health Services ($90 testing fee and provide own transportation to testing site outside of Imperial County); 14) have the Department of Justice fingerprinting and child abuse index clearance (fees paid by IVROP), and 15) have name tag provided by IVROP). This course trains students for entry-level placement in health service occupations; students study a broad curriculum in medical occupations, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation practices. Students are taught professional ethics and patient relationship skills in a classroom setting and practical application in a medical facility. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College.

Pathway: Patient Care

Pharmacy Technician - Prerequisites/Requirements: Students are required to adhere to the following upon enrollment and prior to submittal of application for Pharmacy Technician license: 1) upon enrollment provide proof of high school diploma or graduation equivalency diploma, 2) maintain grade of 80% or better while enrolled, 3) complete course with 90% or higher, 4) maintain good attendance to complete 240 contact hours, 5) hold patient medical information in strictest confidence during and after instruction, 6) be aware that topics that may be considered controversial are discussed (anatomy, physiology, etc.), 7) have interest in this career, and 8) ability to clear fingerprinting requirements through the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigations. This course is designed to provide students with instruction on entry-level role of a Pharmacy Technician and various career opportunities and settings. Students explore the anatomy, physiology, pathology, math conversion/ calculations, and pharmacology of the endocrine, nervous, respiratory, visual/ auditory, gastrointestinal, urinary, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems.  Students learn the classifications and indications of selected trade and generic drugs as emphasized with each part of the body system as well as indications and interactions, and common side effects of major drug classes. Students learn to convert calculations related to measurements, dosing, and preparation of accurate medication administration and proper aseptic techniques, uses of laminar flow hoods in the preparation of sterile prescriptions, policies and procedures of prescription, and medication orders.

Pathway: Health Care Operational Support Services

 Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

Baking - This course is designed to educate students in the art of baking. Students will learn the basics of mixing, shaping and baking for several baked goods including quick breads, cakes, pastry dough, mousses, sauces, glazes, cookies, candies and confections. Plated desserts, international baked foods, chocolate work and decorated cakes are highlighted. In addition, students will be introduced to decorating techniques. Students will learn in a well-equipped kitchen and also prepare food for school functions and community service events. This course includes classroom instruction and practical lab work.

Culinary Arts - The course prepares students for careers in the rapidly expanding hospitality industry. Students learn to prepare food in restaurant and catering type settings. Instruction includes: kitchen terminology, culinary nutrition, food sanitation, menu production, food pairing, recipe analysis, meat identification, product knowledge, demonstration of skills and much more. The course offers students an opportunity to view careers in the food service industry and provides a basic knowledge as the beginning of a foundation for advanced training in college level hotel and restaurant courses. The course helps prepare students for entry-level jobs in the commercial food industry.

Food Technology - This course is designed to develop entry-level skills for employment in the food service industry.  Instruction includes kitchen safety, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Sanitation, hands-on food preparation, restaurant servers, recipe conversion and various methods of cooking. 

Pathway: Food Service and Hospitality

 Information and Communication Technologies

Community Office Occupations - Prerequisite: One year of keyboarding and demonstrate an interest in business careers. This course prepares students for entry-level jobs as office clerks, receptionists, and clerk typists. Through a combination of classroom theory and practical experience, students learn or upgrade office skills, office procedures, use reference materials, filing, telephone techniques, machine calculation, and simple business records. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College. 

Computer Office Occupations - This course prepares students for entry-level jobs as office clerks, receptionists, and clerk typists. Through a combination of classroom theory and practical experience, students learn or upgrade office skills, office procedures, use reference materials, filing, telephone techniques, machine calculation, and simple business records.

Computerized Office Systems - Prerequisite: Keyboarding of 35 words per minute or completed one year of keyboarding and ability to work well independently. This course prepares students for entry-level jobs in word processing and computer operations.  Students receive training in word processing, data entry, electronic spreadsheet and data base management applications.  Courses also taught in units for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. This course is articulation with Imperial Valley College. 

Desktop Publishing - This course provides entry-level skills in publishing and graphic communication.  Instruction includes state-of-the-art typesetting, designing with type, paste-up, print shop techniques, and production of project.

Pathway: Information Support and Services

Computer Repair - This course prepares students to learn to operate, repair maintain, and upgrade computer equipment, as well as, different electronic components. The course provides an introduction to networking connectivity. Students prepare to take the A+ Certification examination.

Pathway: Networking

 Manufacturing and Product Development

Agriculture Fabrication/Welding - This course prepares students in all aspects of project construction in the industry, including blueprint reading, tool and equipment use, safety, metallurgy, and specific welding processes. This course is articulated with Imperial College. 

Pathway: Welding and Material Joining

Welding - This course prepares students with the skills necessary for entry-level positions within the welding field.  The training emphasis is on safe practices in welding, knowledge of welding equipment and supplies, and welding procedure in oxy-acetylene welding.  Training is given in basic math concepts and blueprint reading.  Skills tests are given at the end of each phase. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College.

Pathway: Welding and Materials Joining

 Public Services

Corrections Academy - This course prepares students to obtain entry level employment at a jail facility. In partnership with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, students receive instruction in various components: agency specific training; California Criminal Justice System orientation; codes, statutes and other legal documents; professionalism and ethics; classification of inmates; contraband; interpersonal, tactical and practical communication; defensive tactics and restraint techniques; booking and receiving; releasing; maintaining security; reporting and record keeping; supervising inmates; distribution of supplies and commissary; monitoring psycho-logical and physical health; management of inmate workers; screening and monitoring of visitors; screening and distribution of mail; transport outside of facility; emergency procedures; testifying in court; and physical tasks and conditioning. 

Law Enforcement Academy - This course, provides classroom instruction and hands-on training in the area of police organization, criminal law, patrol procedures, traffic enforcement, report writing, criminal investigations, juvenile law, narcotics and dangerous drugs, special services theories of criminology, special police enforcement, disaster control measures, self-defense, jail operations, security officer training, police weapons, firearms, baton, weapons and chemical agents, crime victims/witnesses, career development, reading, community relations, attitudes and behavior. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College 

Pathway: Public Safety

Fire Science  - Prerequisite:  Must be able to communicate in English, physically fit and able to pass physical agility test as determined by the instructor (may be excluded from test with instructor’s permission).  This course is designed to develop proficiency in basic fire suppression skills in the following areas:  hose lines, ladders, salvage, breathing apparatus, ropes, knots, tools and equipment, ventilation, tactics and strategies, overhaul, communications and elementary hydraulics.

Pathway: Emergency Response

 Transportation

Automotive Maintenance and Light Duty Repair (NATEF) - This course gives students both theory and hands-on. Instruction includes understanding of the basic skills necessary to enter the field of automotive repair and to prepare for national certification examinations. This course provides a study and practice of shop safety, automotive technician tools, brakes, electrical systems and engine performance. This course is articulated with Imperial Valley College. This course is approved by NATEF and students completing the course successfully are eligible to take the ASE exam in brakes; electrical; suspension and steering; and engine performance. 

 

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