• Ocean Beach School District

    CTE Course Offerings

    2017-2018

      

    AGRICULTURE

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    Grades:  10-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  Biology

    Credit Type: Lab Science or Occupational

    Students in Environmental Science develop their understanding of the three disciplinary core ideas in the earth and space sciences: earth’s place in the universe, earth systems, and earth and human activity. Students will learn to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. This course counts as a lab science for high school graduation and college admissions.

     

    Introduction to Agriculture (new Course)

    Grades:  9-12

    Length/Credit:  1 semester/0.5

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Occupational or Science

    This course is the foundation for all Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources pathways. Introduction to Agriculture introduces the major areas of agricultural science and gives students many hands-on activities to explore all that agriculture has to offer. Students will learn about plants and animals, forestry and wildlife, conservation practices, agri-business, and leadership opportunities. This is a great class to begin your understanding of agriculture principles and practices.

     

    NATURAL RESOURCES

    Grades:  10-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  Biology

    Credit Type: Lab Science or Occupational

    This class focuses on the study of natural resources with topics in soils, ecosystems, human population, land and water use, climate change, fish and wildlife, energy and recreational resources. Field, laboratory, and hands-on experiences will be emphasized. This course will include instruction and student involvement in an exploratory Supervised Agricultural Experience Project (SAE). Students will also explore careers related to natural resource conservation and management. Natural Resources counts as a lab science for high school graduation and college admission.

     

     

    BUSINESS & MARKETING

    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

    Grades:  11-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11 or equivalent

    Credit Type: English or CTE/Occupational

    This English/Composition course is designed to build upon previous writing and speaking skills.  Reinforcing the logic and critical-thinking skills that accompany good writing, this course emphasizes word choice, usage, and writing mechanics and provides continued and advanced instruction in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.  This course emphasizes both college and business preparation; non-fiction and literature study is offered as an additional component.  Students will receive instruction in completing portfolio requirements for graduation.

     

    BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (Microsoft Certification)

    Grades:  10-12

    Length/Credit: 1 year or 1 semester/1.0 or 0.5

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Occupational

    Students will do more advanced study in Microsoft Word and Excel as they work toward expert-level certifications. In addition, students will have opportunities to learn and gain certifications in PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and OneNote. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications are recognized industry certifications. Students who earn MOS certification have demonstrated a high level of proficiency with Microsoft programs and will have a step-up when it comes to getting a job. This is a Career Pathways course in which students can potentially earn college credit.

     

    BUSINESS MATH

    Grades:  10-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  Algebra I & Geometry & Admin/Counselor Approval

    Credit Type: Mathematics

    This course allows individuals to learn and apply math skills and operations as applied to the business setting to calculate discounts, mark-ups, mark-downs, verifying invoices, computing payroll, interest and installment buying.  The course also includes instruction in operating the desktop 10-key calculator by touch and the use of this equipment for fast, efficient solutions to business math problems as well as personal financial management topics of budgeting, expense monitoring, and maintaining a personal or corporate checkbook. 

     

    CIVICS (Law & Gov’t)

    Grades:  12

    Length/Credit:  1 semester/0.5

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Social Studies/Occupational

    Students will gain an understanding of the law as it relates to them now and in the future. The course will include an analysis of the court system at the local, state, and national level. Concepts of contract law, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, family law, employment and agency relationships, and an understanding of the regulations governing different types of businesses will be covered in this course. Students will research and discuss actual cases that have been decided by the courts. As a final project, students may participate in one or more mock trials. Guest speakers, field trips and multimedia presentations may be used.

     

    COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

    Grades:  9

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Occupational

    Applications in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be explored as students prepare, edit, and correct documents. Several portfolio projects will be completed in this class. Students will develop and improve keyboarding skills throughout the course. Microsoft certification is available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for students who pass the exams. Further, students will have the opportunity to identify their passions, talents, values, and goals as they investigate career choices with an eye toward their future. Planning and decision-making skills will be practiced as students develop a personalized pathway. Students will begin building their High School and Beyond Plan.  This is a Career Pathways course in which students can potentially earn college credit.

     

    MARKETING (New Course)

    Grades:  9 – 12

    Length/Credit:  1 semester/0.5

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Occupational

    Learn the principles and strategies that go into marketing. Study the impact of social media marketing and design your own marketing campaign to reach consumers through digital technology. Develop a marketing strategy to promote a project or idea. Explore how marketing influences consumer behavior and buying patterns. Learn to recognize marketing techniques that target groups and individuals with powerful and persuasive messages.

     

    WEB SITE DESIGN (New Course)

    Grades: 9 – 12

    Length/Credit: 1 semester/0.5

    Prerequisite:  Computer Applications or concurrent enrollment in Computer Applications.

    Credit Type: Occupational

    This course introduces students to basic web design using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The course does not require any prior knowledge of HTML or web design. Students are introduced to planning and designing effective web pages; implementing web pages by writing HTML and CSS code; enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia; and producing a functional, multi-page website. Students will explore some basic features of Web authoring software.

     

     

    FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES

    BAKING AND PASTRY ARTS (New Course)

    Grades:  11-12

    Length/Credit:  1 semester/1.0 (2 Period Block)

    Prerequisite:  Administrative and/or Counselor Approval and $20 course fee

    Credit Type: Occupational

    This course will educate students in the art of baking and pastries. Students will learn the basics of mixing, shaping and baking for several kinds of baked goods including quick breads, yeast breads, cakes, cookies, pastry doughs, 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, modern kitchen and will assist with preparation of food for school functions and community service events.

     

    CULINARY ARTS SPECIALITY I and II

    Grades:  11-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/2.0 (2 Period Block)

    Prerequisite:  Administrative and/or Counselor Approval and $20 course fee

    Credit Type: Occupational

    Students gain knowledge and skills related to commercial and institutional food service establishments; including sanitation and safety procedures, nutrition and dietary guidelines, food preparation (and quality food production), and meal planning and presentation.  Both “back of the house” and “front of the house” experiences will be provided, and may therefore also cover reservation systems, customer service, and restaurant/business management. This is a Career Pathways course in which students can potentially earn college credit.

     

    HEALTH EDUCATION

    Grades:  9

    Length/Credit:  1 semester./0.5

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Health or Occupational

    Students will develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to avoid risky behavior and maintain and improve their health. Students will get opportunities to practice skills that result in health promoting behaviors. Topics include self-concept, stress management, nutrition and fitness, substance abuse, personal health care/wellness, and first aid/CPR training.

     

    PSYCHOLOGY (Human Development)

    Grades:  11-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Social Studies/Occupational

    Psychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes.  It covers everything that people think, feel and do including, but not limited to, examining the brain and behavior, states of consciousness, motivation and emotion, learning principles, and other aspects of human development.  Psychology can provide useful insight into your own and other people’s behavior. 

     

    COOPERATIVE WORKSITE EXPERIENCE

    Grades:  11-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  Qualifying Class

    Credit Type: Occupational

    A Cooperative Worksite Experience Program provides an important link between the classroom and the workplace for students age 16 and older. Worksite learning enhances classroom learning by establishing a link between the school, community, and business/industry partners. The worksite experience (paid or unpaid) is related to the student’s chosen pathway, with the primary goal to develop career relevancy and competence.

     

     

    SKILLED SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY

    ADVANCED COMMERCIAL DESIGN – (Advanced Ilwaco Industries)

    Grades:  10-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  Commercial Design or Entrepreneurship and $20.00 Course Fee

    Credit Type: Occupational or Fine Art (with counselor approval)

    In this course students focus on taking the skills that they have learned from the introductory course and apply them to a real-world business environment.  Students work with potential clients to design and produce products while learning the concepts of billing, invoicing, inventorying, and ordering.  Students will learn how to run a business successfully and how to transfer skills to the real world.

     

    COMMERCIAL DESIGN (Ilwaco Industries)

    Grades:  9-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  $20.00 Course Fee

    Credit Type: Occupational or Fine Art (with counselor approval)

    Commercial design is your opportunity to learn how to run a business by working with real orders for real clients.  Students will learn how to start their own business and learn how to operate a variety of equipment including: a laser engraver, 3D printer, a large format printer, silk screen equipment, vinyl cutter, heat presses and a variety of other design related software and hardware.  This is the opportunity for your creativity to come alive and experience what it’s like to run your own business and design commercial products.

     

    COMPUTER GRAPHICS (Graphic Design)

    Grades:  9-12

    Length/Credit:  1 semester/0.5

    Prerequisite:  $20.00 Course Fee

    Credit Type: Occupational or Fine Art

    We will become familiar with the elements and principles of design, and learn how to manipulate design to express a viewpoint.  We will explore color theory, typography, advertising, graphic design, and design history. In addition, you will learn how to work with the principles of photography and use a camera to create your own photographs. You will also learn how to manipulate those photographs using the computer (Photoshop).  You will then learn how to use industry-standard layout (InDesign) and vector graphics (Illustrator) programs to pull together professional quality graphic design work.

     

    CONSTRUCTION TECH – COMPREHENSIVE

    Grades:  9-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  $30.00 Course Fee

    Credit Type: Occupational

    This is your chance to learn how to build a house and tackle any potential home repair projects as a future homeowner.  Students work with a partner to learn or improve skills in the areas of on-site estimation, tile setting, electrical, plumbing, hand tools, roof framing, blueprint reading, wall framing, masonry, green construction, concrete, and drywall.  No prior experience needed!

     

    Introduction to Photography (New Course)

    Grades: 9-12

    Length/Credit: 1 semester/0.5

    Prerequisite: None

    Credit Type: Occupational or Fine Art

    In this class, students will learn how a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera works, and how to use that camera to compose quality photographs. Instruction will be given in camera operation, exposure, composition, lighting, photograph manipulation (in Adobe Photoshop), and photograph presentation. Students will also study photographers over the last 200 years and evaluate their work as well as their own photographs. It is a good idea to take this course if you plan to apply to the yearbook staff.

     

      PUBLICATION PRODUCTION (Yearbook)

    Grades:  9-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year /1.0

    Prerequisite:  Application process & instructor approval

    Credit Type: Occupational

    Students in this class work on our school’s yearbook, Breakers. This is an opportunity to contribute to the only publication that will live on as a permanent record of the Ilwaco High School school-year.  As a part of this staff, students will develop advertising, design, computer layout, and photography skills.  Students will also learn the basics of journalistic writing in regard to creating articles and captions in the yearbook.

     

     

    SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM)

    ENGINEERING TECH

    Grades:  9-12

    Length/Credit:  1 year/1.0

    Prerequisite:  None

    Credit Type: Occupational/Algebra I (with counselor approval)

    Do you enjoy working with your hands and finding creative solutions to problems?  If so, Engineering Technology is your opportunity to develop your problem-solving skills and find solutions to various engineering and scientific challenges that increase in difficulty throughout the course. Past projects include full-scale boat building, CO2 racers, Rube Goldberg machines, balsa wood bridges, cardboard furniture, and so on.

Last Modified on May 9, 2017