Career And Technology Courses

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Course: Computer-Aided Drafting I
Grades: 10, 11
Prerequisite: Algebra I
1 Term, 1 Credit

This is a course designed to introduce the student to the manufacturing industry's drafting standards. The learner will use a drawing board and the industry's standard software to draw basic and advanced geometric shapes using proper procedures and line types. Course content emphasizes the integration of academic subjects such as English and Geometry. Math skills are a must. This course is intended for the student who is seriously considering a career in engineering, architecture or any type of drafting. Membership in Skills USA is encouraged. This class utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Engineering Academy requirement.

Course: Computer-Aided Drafting II
Grades:10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Computer-Aided Drafting I & Principles of Engineering
1 Term, 1 Credit

This is a continuation of CAD I with an emphasis on advanced software commands and methods of drafting. High levels of critical thinking and reasoning skills are essential. Course content emphasizes the integration of academic subjects such as English and Geometry. Math skills are a must. Membership in Skills USA is encouraged. Engineering Academy requirement.

Course: Computer-Aided Drafting III
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Computer-Aided Drafting II
1 Term, 1 Credit
This is a continuation of CAD II with an emphasis on Architectural drafting and 3-dimensional modeling. High levels of critical thinking and reasoning skills are essential. Course content emphasizes the integration of academic subjects such as English and Geometry. Math skills are a must. Membership in Skills USA is encouraged. Engineering Academy requirement.

Course: Computer-Aided Drafting IV
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Computer-Aided Drafting III
1 Term, 1 Credit
This is a continuation of CAD III with an emphasis on different software and drafting applications. High levels of critical thinking and reasoning skills are essential. Course content emphasizes the integration of academic subjects such as English and Geometry. Math skills are a must. Membership in Skills USA is encouraged. Engineering Academy elective. Must have instructor approval.

Course: Programming & Logic I
Programming & Logic I is a course intended to teach students the basics of computer programming.
The course places emphasis on practicing standard programming techniques and learning the logic tools and methods typically used by programmers to create simple computer applications. Upon completion of this course, 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 will be able to troubleshoot/debug programs and software applications to correct malfunctions and ensure their proper execution. Standards in this course are aligned with the Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts Standards and Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee State Standards for Mathematics.

Course: Programming & Logic II
Programming & Logic I is a course intended to teach students the basics of computer programming. The course places emphasis on practicing standard programming techniques and learning the logic tools and methods typically used by programmers to create simple computer applications. Upon completion of this course, 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 will be able to troubleshoot/debug programs and software applications to correct malfunctions and ensure their proper execution. Standards in this course are aligned with the Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts Standards and Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee State Standards for Mathematics.

Course: Construction Core
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: Algebra I
1 Term, 1 Credit
A course that will introduce students to basic skills and knowledge applicable to all construction trades. Topics covered include safety, construction drawings, site layout, hand and power tools, linear and angular measurements, and application of algebraic and geometric principles to construction problems.

Course: Fundamentals of Construction
Fundamentals of Construction is a foundational course in the Architecture & Construction cluster covering essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for careers in construction. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to describe various construction fields and outline the steps necessary to advance in specific construction careers. Students will be able to employ tools safely and interpret construction drawings to complete projects demonstrating proper measurement and application of mathematical concepts. Standards in this course also include an overview of the construction industry and an introduction to building systems and materials. Students will begin compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in their selected program of study. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects, Tennessee State Standards in Mathematics, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Curriculum.

Course: Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems
Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems prepares students for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC careers by introducing students to the physical principles of these systems and the fundamental skills needed to work with them. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to follow safety procedures and use tools to perform basic operations with electrical circuits, as well as demonstrate understanding in fundamental concepts of electricity theory (i.e. Ohm's Law). Students will be able to apply proper tools and procedures to perform basic operations with plastic piping, including measuring, cutting, and joining pipe. Furthermore, students will be able to apply mathematics concepts to solve HVAC, electrical, and plumbing problems. Standards in this course also include principles of the construction industry and business and project management. Students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects, Tennessee State Standards in Mathematics, Tennessee Physical Science Standards, Tennessee Physics Standards, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Curriculum.

Course: Electrical Systems
Electrical Systems prepares students for careers as electricians across a variety of residential and commercial environments. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to implement safety procedures and tools to perform operations with device boxes, conduit, raceway systems conductors, and cable. Students will read and interpret the National Electrical Code, drawings, specifications, and diagrams to determine materials and procedures needed to complete a project. Students will calculate residential loads to recommend electrical hardware. Standards in this course also introduce basic troubleshooting procedures and power systems, and expand on principles of the construction industry, delving deeper into business and project management. Students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects, Tennessee State Standards in Mathematics, and Tennessee State Standards in Chemistry I, Physics, Physical Science, and Environmental Science, as well as the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Curriculum.

 

Course: Electrical I
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Construction Core
1 Term, 1 Credit
Provides basic skills and knowledge related to residential and commercial electrical systems. Course content includes leadership development, safe practices, Ohm's law, installing conduit, conductors, residential and commercial electrical systems and services according to National Electrical code (NEC) and local codes. This course gives students an introduction to the skill and knowledge base typically required for apprentice electricians

Course: Electrical II
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Construction Core, Electrical I
2 Terms, 2 Credits
Students will learn and practice intermediate skills related to electrical systems, with emphasis on commercial systems. Topics covered include over current protection, sizing conductors, lighting systems, three-phrase motors, motor control circuits, sizing raceways, boxes, fittings, and connecting distribution transformers, including a laboratory experience conducted in a shop environment that supports electrical assembly projects by students. This course gives students a substantial skill and knowledge foundation typically required for apprentice electricians.

Course: Computer Applications
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Computer Applications is a foundational course intended to teach students the computing fundamentals and concepts involved in the progicient use of common application software. Upon completion of this course, students will gain basic proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. In addition, students will have engaged in key critical thinking skills and will have practiced ethical and appropriate behavior required for the responsible use of technology. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

Course: Advanced Computer Applications
Advanced Computer Applications prepares students to continue postsecondary training in business- related programs, provides advanced training for students pursuing a career in administrative and information support, and supports obtaining an industry certification in specific software applications (such as the Microsoft Office Suite). Course content and projects are meant to simulate workplace scenarios and draw on skills related to communications, operations, management, and teamwork in order to accomplish information management goals. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be fluent in a variety of information management software applications and will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), (S4), or other similar certification. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee State Standards in Mathematics.

Course: Business Management
Business Management focuses on the development of the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling functions required for the production and delivery of goods and services. This applied knowledge course addresses the management role of utilizing the businesses' resources of employees, equipment, and capital to achieve an organization's goals. Students will participate in a continuing project throughout the course in which, individually or in teams, they will present recommendations to improve an existing business. Local business partnerships are encouraged to provide resources for faculty and students. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to complete a full review of an existing business and offer recommendations for improvement as would a management consultant. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects, Tennessee State Standards for Mathematics, as well as Tennessee Economic standards.

Course: Business Communications
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Business Communications is a course that prepares students for oral and electronic business communications in the 21st century including social media as well as developing skills in electronic publishing, design, layout, composition, and video conferencing. Emphasis will be placed on social media, design and digital communications. Students will review and practice successful styles and methods for professional business communications using the proper tools to deliver effective publications and presentations. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

Course: Marketing I
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
This course provides an overview of topics in marketing to prepare students for employment and further studies of marketing, economics, and business. Beginning with the basic economic foundations of marketing, students are prepared to discover the nine functions of marketing: selling, promotion, distribution, risk management, pricing, purchasing, marketing information management, product/service planning and financing.

Course: Marketing II (formerly known as Advertising)
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Marketing I, Fashion or Sports and Entertainment Marketing
1 Term, 1 Credit
This course is designed to deepen students' knowledge of marketing through practical team management projects that focus on building presentation and entrepreneurship skills. Students will learn basic concepts and fundamental skills of advertising. Students will acquire hands-on experience as an advertising executive, floor director, camera-person, editor, producer and creative director as they produce advertisements. Team projects will be utilized in this course.

Course: Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum
Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous CTE and general education courses within a professional work environment. The course allows students to earn high school credit for select models of work-based learning, which allow students to interact with industry professionals in order to extend and deepen classroom work and support the development of postsecondary and career readiness knowledge and skills.

Course: Event Planning and Management
Event Planning & Management is designed to be a project-based, capstone experience in which students research, prepare, deliver, and reflect upon an original event for a community organization, business, or non-profit. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will further refine leadership, teamwork, and management skills acquired in previous courses and apply them through application in a practicum setting. The course is highly customizable to meet local needs: partner organizations may be chosen at the discretion of student teams, with the approval of the instructor and appropriate school personnel. Organizations can include local non-profits, charities, shelters, agencies, businesses, sports teams, school-based enterprises, or other entities with a demonstrated need for assistance in staging an event or a commitment to providing students with work-based learning opportunities. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects.

Course: Fashion Retailing
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Fashion Retailing is an advanced course designed to develop skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the fashion marketing, management and the retail industry. Students will learn basic functions of marketing and how it relates to fashion, advertising and promotion.

Course: Lifespan Development
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Lifespan Development builds basic knowledge in human growth and development. The course standards include developmental theory, principles of growth, behavior of children from conception through adolescence, adult development and aging, and death and dying. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue to build throughout the program of study. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, as well as Tennessee Biology I, Psychology, and Sociology standards, and National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Second Edition.

Course: Family Studies
Grades: 11
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Family Studies is an applied knowledge course that examines the diversity and evolving structure of the modern family. Course standards focus on the demographic, historical, and social changes of interpersonal relationships, as well as parenting, and the effect of stressors on the family. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue to build throughout the program of study. Standards in the course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects, as well as Tennessee Psychology, Scientific Research, Sociology, and US History standards and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Second Edition.*

Course: Introduction to Human Studies
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

Family Studies is an applied knowledge course that examines the diversity and evolving structure of the modern family. Course standards focus on the demographic, historical, and social changes of interpersonal relationships, as well as parenting, and the effect of stressors on the family. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue to build throughout the program of study. Standards in the course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects, as well as Tennessee Psychology, Scientific Research, Sociology, and US History standards and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Second Edition.*

Course: Culinary Arts II
Grade: 10, 11
Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I
1 Term, 1 Credit
Culinary Arts II is the second level of Culinary Arts and prepares students for gainful employment and/or entry into post-secondary education in the food production and service industry. Content provides students the opportunity to acquire marketable skills by demonstrating the principles of safety and sanitation, food preparation skills, and teamwork to manage an environment conducive to quality food production and service operations. Laboratory facilities and experiences, which simulate commercial food production and service operations, offer school-based learning and work-based learning opportunities.

Course: Culinary Arts III
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I, Culinary Arts II
1 Term, 1 Credit
Culinary Arts III is the third level of Culinary Arts and it serves as a capstone course. It, too, prepares students for gainful employment and/or entry into post-secondary education in the food production and service industry. Content provides students the opportunity to apply the marketable culinary arts skills they have acquired by assuming increasingly responsible positions, including participation in a cooperative education experience.

Course: Culinary Arts I
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Culinary Arts I is the first level of Culinary Arts and prepares students fo rgainful employment and/or entry into post-secondary education in the food production and service industry. Designed to introduce students to food preparation concepts, terminology and practices in the modern commercial kitchen, the content provides students the opportunity to acquire marketable skills by examining both the industry and its career opportunities and by developing food preparation and service and interpersonal skills. Fundamental techniques and skills are taught with an emphasis on safety, sanitation, and proper equipment operation and maintenance. Laboratory facilities and experiences, which simulate commercial food production and service operations, offer school-based learning opportunities.

Course: Fundamentals of Education
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Fundamentals of Education is a foundational course in the Education and Training career cluster for students interested in learning more about becoming a school counselor, teacher, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. This course covers the history of education in the United States, careers in education, and the influence of human development on learning. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue throughout the full sequence of courses. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee state standards in Biology I, Psychology, and U.S. History, as well as National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Second Edition.*

Course: Teaching as a Profession I
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Education
1 Term, 1 Credit
Teaching as a Profession I (TAP I) is an applied-knowledge course for students interested in learning more about becoming a school counselor, teacher, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. This course covers the components of instruction, teaching strategies, types of assessments, student learning, special populations, and educational technology. Students in this course will conduct observations of educators at work and create artifacts for a course portfolio. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Psychology, Sociology, and Scientific Research standards, and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Second Edition.*

Course: Teaching as a Profession II
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Education, Teaching as a Profession I
1 Term, 1 Credit
Teaching as a Profession II (TAP II) is an applied knowledge course for students interested in learning more about becoming a teacher, school counselor, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. This course covers classroom management, concepts of higher order thinking, differentiating instruction, and strategies of effective classroom planning. Students in this course will demonstrate their skills in laboratory settings while building a course portfolio or work. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects and Tennessee Psychology, Sociology, and Scientific Research standards, and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Second Edition.*