Pathway courses are designed to allow students to obtain relevant and rigorous experience in coursework connected to a specific career cluster. Any middle school pathway course will earn a high school Carnegie credit. Each high school pathway course will also offer a final course option for work-based learning, real-world application of the program, and in some cases, industry recognized certifications. Ideally, a student will finish all four semesters of a high school pathway course.
Contemporary Health includes classroom and hands-on experiences that help students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for making healthy decisions, achieving health literacy, adopting health-enhancing behaviors, and promoting the health of others. Emphasis is placed on personal, social, and mental health in today’s society. It includes instruction on human growth and development, disease prevention and control, substance abuse and prevention, community and environmental health, nutrition and wellness, and safety and first aid. Students will receive instruction that is clearly relevant to today’s rapidly changing world.
Cyber Foundations I and II
Cyber Foundations I is an instructional program that prepares students to effectively use technology in learning, communication, and life and introduces them to the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills used in computing which is impacting every career field. Students in Cyber Foundations I complete study in interpersonal and self-directional skills, basic technology operation and technology concepts, ethical issues in technology, keyboarding, technology communication tools, technology resource tools, multimedia presentation applications, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, problem solving, web development, and block-based programming. Cyber Foundations II builds on CF I and includes lab management and networking, database applications, graphic design applications, and career preparation.
Computer Science and Engineering
The Computer Science and Engineering course will introduce and provide students opportunities to problem solve, collaborate in teams, creating prototypes with hands on building, think critically and abstractly. Some examples of units: Electronics, Micro-controllers, Hydraulics, App Development (coding), Physical Mechanics, Careers, Bridge Building, and MagLev.
Architecture and Construction
Courses: Carpentry I and II
Carpentry courses emphasize residential construction skills. Students initially learn basic safety, construction math, hand and power tools, blueprint reading, carpentry, electricity, masonry, and plumbing. The two-year program prepares students for entry-level employment in the field or for entry into post-secondary residential or commercial construction programs.
Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications
Courses: Television and Broadcast Production I and II
The introductory course introduces students to television broadcasting and production. Students will leave the class with a firm foundation of knowledge in the areas of employability skills, safety, script writing fundamentals, and basic production knowledge. The second year includes learning how audio and editing features are incorporated within the industry and students will develop a deeper understanding of how to edit, produce and direct a broadcast production.
Business, Marketing, and Finance
Courses: Business, Marketing, and Finance I
Students study necessary aspects of effective business models, including customer service, communication, and business finance. Business law and economics are also a part of the course.
Education and Training
Courses: Teacher Academy I and II
The Teacher Academy program is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of education and offer experiences relevant to pursuing a degree in education. Students will have the opportunities to explore different types of educational institutions and will learn basic principles of education and instruction for varying age groups.
Courses: Health Science Core, Sports Medicine
All students interested in pursuing a Health Science pathway will take the initial Health Science Core class (HSC I), which provides the students with a solid foundation to move ahead in any health care field of his or her choice. The topics covered include safety, infection control, legal and ethical practices, career exploration, communication and teamwork, medical terminology, body organization, and basic anatomy and physiology of each major body system, along with various common diseases and disorders associated with each system. Following the HSC I class, students decide their own pathway, either Sports Medicine or Healthcare and Clinical Services.
The Sports Medicine course establishes insight into careers in sports medicine, including healthcare administration and the athletic/sports medicine team. Students will gain useful information about injuries that may occur from different types of sports, including injuries to the head, spine, chest, abdomen, as well as upper and lower extremities. It will also examine the skills necessary for emergency medical response.
Hospitality and Tourism
Courses: Culinary Arts I and II
Culinary Arts is a pathway for students that includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will prepare students for employment or continuing education in the food service industry. The initial course focuses on foundational skills necessary in the foodservice industry, including food safety, food sanitation, and food preparation. Second year students focus on advanced food preparation and internship opportunities where students learn skills related to management and business concepts, customer communication, and customer service. Any student who successfully completes this program and the mentoring requirements of the National Restaurant Association can take the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement exam. This is a national certification program recognized throughout the foodservice industry.
Information Technology (For 21-22 school year)
Courses: Information Technology Fundamentals I and II
The introductory course covers the explanation of technology and computer hardware basics, compatibility issues, common errors associated with computer hardware, software installation and functions, security risks and prevention, Green IT, and preventative maintenance of computers. Second year students learn the basic concepts of networking, network operating systems, networking types, standards, and how data is encoded and transmitted. Students should be prepared to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification and Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals Certification Exam.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (For 21-22 school year)
Courses: Law and Public Safety I and II
The introductory course focuses on the history of law and legal systems in the United States as well as local emergency services and personal health and safety in the law and public safety work environment. Second year students focus on specific areas and topics of the law, participate in relevant job-shadowing opportunities, and learn about emergency management operations.
Courses: Metal Fabrication I and II
The introductory course includes orientation and leadership, basic safety, math, measuring tools, and instruments, blueprints, hand and power tools, lathe theory and operation, milling machine theory and operation, drill press and band saw, and introduction to welding. Second year students focus on includes grinding theory and operations, advanced precision machining techniques and an emphasis on welding processes.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Courses: Engineering I (Fundamentals), Engineering II (Industry Skills), Software Development
The engineering pathway starts out with an introduction to engineering-based careers and the engineering design process. The class is a problem-based design where students progress from completing structured activities to solving open- ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Second year students in the principles of engineering class continue to focus on engineering careers and explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. The engineering pathway courses apply and develop secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.
The software development pathway is a dual-credit program done in partnership with CSpire and Northwest Community College.
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Courses: Automotive Service Technician I and II
Automotive pathway courses teach students the entry-level skills of an automotive mechanic and later move into foundation skills related to engine performance, drive trains, steering and suspension systems, and air-conditioning/heating services. The two-year program prepares students for entry-level employment in semi-skilled positions in the automotive repair and service industry, or for entry into post-secondary automotive technology programs.