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Course: A/V Production I
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

A/V Production I is a foundational course in the Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications cluster for students interested in A/V (audio/visual) production occupations. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to explain and complete the phases of the production process including pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will establish basic skills in operating cameras, basic audio equipment, and other production equipment. Standards in this course include career exploration, an overview of the history and evolution of A/V production, and legal issues affecting A/V Page 2 production. In addition, students will begin compiling artifacts for inclusion in a portfolio, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.
 

Course: A/V Production II
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: A/V Production I
1 Term, 1 Credit

A/V Production II is the second course in the A/V Production program of study intended to prepare students for a career in audio/visual production. Building on knowledge acquired in A/V Production I, this course advances technical skill in utilizing industry equipment related to lighting and audio, and it places special emphasis on the research and technical writing involved in planning productions. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to plan, capture, and edit research-based productions of increasing complexity, individually and through collaboration in teams. In addition to more robust career preparation, standards in this course include an investigation of concerns affecting A/V Page 2 production businesses, such as ethical and legal issues, technology, funding, and the organization of professional roles in various industries. 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.

Course: A/V Production III
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: A/V Production II
1 Term, 1 Credit

A/V Production III is an applied-knowledge course intended to prepare students to pursue careers and postsecondary learning in audio/visual production. Students in this course will apply knowledge and skills from previous courses in the program of study to create productions both independently and in teams, with the option of participating in a work-based learning experience for additional credit. Students will use industry equipment and technology to complete all phases of the production process, including Page 2 planning, coordinating, capturing, editing, and distributing productions. Standards in this course include policies and regulations, independent and collaborative productions, distribution of media, and the production of live events. 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. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared for a career in audio/visual production or to transition to a postsecondary program for further study. 

Course: Computer Applications
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

Computer Applications is a foundational course intended to teach students the computing fundamentals and concepts involved in the use of common software applications. 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. 

Course: Advanced Computer Applications
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Computer Applications
1 Term, 1 Credit

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). 

Course: Business Management
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

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
Principles focuses on the study of marketing concepts and their practical applications. Students will examine the risks and challenges that marketers face to establish a competitive edge in the sale of products and services. Topics covered include foundational marketing functions such as promotion, distribution, and selling, as well as coverage of economics fundamentals, international marketing, and career development. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand the economic principles, the marketing mix, and product development and selling strategies. 

Course: Advanced Marketing
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Marketing I, Fashion or Sports and Entertainment Marketing
1 Term, 1 Credit
Advanced Marketing is designed to challenge students with the real world of supply chain management and merchandising services. The standards in this course are designed to prepare students with skills and knowledge related to buying, selling, human resource management, business operations, product management, promotion, and customer service. Decision-making skills, financial management, customer relations, ethics and legal issues are also addressed. Upon completion of this applied knowledge course, proficient students will have skills essential for entering careers as retail associates at entry and mid-level management as well as be prepared to enter postsecondary programs in business and marketing. The content lends itself to both work-based learning and school-based enterprises opportunities. 

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: 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 I
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit
Culinary Arts I is the first level of Culinary Arts and prepares students for gainful 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: Culinary Arts II
Grade: 10, 11
Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I
1 Term, 1 Credit
Culinary Arts II is an applied-knowledge course to prepare students for careers in the culinary field as a prep cook, line cook, catering assistant, and many other entry-level food and beverage industry career paths. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will have a working knowledge of commercial kitchen safety and sanitation, menu planning, food presentation, purchasing and inventory, cooking principles, and food preparation. Students will gain experience in commercial food production and service operations, while preparing for further training in the culinary arts program of study at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue throughout the full sequence of courses. In addition to implementing the following standards, the course should include a suggested 30 hours spent in a commercial kitchen laboratory.

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: CTE Personal Finance
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
9 Week Term (Paired with Personal Fitness), 1 Credit

Personal Finance is a foundational course designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals,future earning potential, and long term financial well-being. The standards in this course cover decision-making skills related to goal setting,producing income, budgeting, saving, borrowing,managing risk, and investing. The course helps students meet the Approved April 10, 2015; Amended April 15, 2016; May 29, 2020 Page 2 growing complexities of personal financial management and consumer decision making. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand how their decisions will impact their future financial well-being.

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