Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Business Information Management(BIM): Business Information Management I is a full-year class that gives students a working knowledge of technology and prepares them to be proficient in business applications using advanced computer software. This program uses individualized and group instruction to assist students in gaining business skills. Integrated office software allows students the opportunity to develop word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database skills. BIM I places an emphasis on advanced skills including document formatting, desktop publishing, integration of software, database creation and manipulation, and multimedia presentations. This course may be eligible for Tech Prep credit.
Digital Design and Media Production: In this project-based course, students will learn the design theory and technology skills for producing effective print communications. While developing skills in page layout, editing, and graphic design, students will plan and produce documents such as newsletters, brochures, posters, marketing materials and magazines..
Digital and Interactive Media (DIM): Students will develop an understanding of the multimedia project process, from planning and design, research and development, to presentation and evaluation. Students will develop proficiency in the use of text, graphics, audio, video, and multimedia authoring tools. Students will utilize these skills to produce a variety of projects and presentations..
Introduction to Engineering Design: Ever tried to design something new, or wondered how someone designed that new MP3 player or sleek new phone? Then Introduction to Engineering Design is the course for you. The major focus of the course is learning how to take an idea through a design process that will eventually be manufactured or produced. As you learn about various aspects of engineering and engineering design, such as how engineers communicate through drawing, you will apply what you learn through various activities, projects, and problems. You will use Inventor, which is a state of the art 3-D design software package from AutoDesk, to help you design solutions to different design projects. Working in teams, you will learn about documenting your solutions, solving problems, and communicating your solutions to other students and members of the professional engineering community.
Prerequisite: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment in Algebra I (2 semesters/1 credit)
Livestock Production: This course is designed to enhance knowledge and skills pertaining to the production and marketing of domestic livestock. It provides the student with the opportunity to work with live animals while learning technical skills relating to human, scientific and technological dimensions of animal systems, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, pests and diseases, and business management and operation skills. Students are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the FFA organization.
Medical Science Careers: Medical Science Careers is designed to provide students the opportunity for comprehensive study of human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, introduction to basic patient care skills, American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification, as well as health career exploration. Students will also address the relevance of this class to today’s health care industry. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will satisfy the health credit required for graduation.
Medical Terminology: In the Medical Terminology course students will be introduced to the language of medicine. Students will learn how word parts are combined to form complex medical terms for conditions, illnesses, and procedures, as well as learn the medical abbreviations that are used daily in the field of medicine. This course will familiarize students with much of the vocabulary that is an essential part of the Principles of Health course that students can take in tenth grade.This course may be eligible for Tech Prep credit in coordination with Collin County.
Principles of Health Science: is designed to provide students the opportunity for comprehensive study of human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, introduction to basic patient care skills, American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification, as well as health career exploration. Students will also address the relevance of this class to today's health care industry. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will satisfy the health credit required for graduation.
Small Animal Management: This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills pertaining to selection, ownership, nutrition, reproduction, health and management of a variety of small animals while also exploring career opportunities. This is a laboratory-oriented course that gives students hands-on experience in working with a variety of small animals to possibly include canines, felines, avian, hamsters, small mammals and amphibians. It is suggested that students enroll in Small Animal Management before Veterinary Medical Applications. Students are also given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the FFA organization.
Touch System Data Entry:This one-semester course is designed for all students to develop and apply hands-on keyboarding skills, which are important, both personally and in the workplace. This course prepares students to operate the keyboard by touch and to develop both speed and accuracy. Students will enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students will be able to format tables, letters, and MLA reports and develop critical file management techniques. This course may be eligible for Tech Prep credit. See page 80 for details. It is highly recommended that a student enroll in Touch System Data Entry to develop the skills needed for BIMS, DIMS, Desktop Publishing and Webmastering.
Virtual Business:Widespread use of the web as a business place has opened up many possibilities for “web entrepreneurs.” The Virtual Business course will introduce students to the process of starting and growing a business over the web. The class will be taught in a computer lab to enable the students to learn online and offline marketing techniques, and to learn how to establish a web presence. Students will be exposed to the legal, managerial, marketing, financial, ethical, and international dimensions of web businesses as they develop leadership, communication and project management skills.
Web Design: The student will develop an understanding of the structure, functions and technical foundations of the World Wide Web, the Internet, and Intranets. After developing basic proficiency in creating Web pages using traditional HTML coding, visual HTML editors and graphics production software, students will work cooperatively to plan and develop functional and aesthetically pleasing web sites targeting appropriate audiences.
Wildlife, Fisheries & Ecology Management: This course is designed to examine the importance of wildlife and outdoor recreation with emphasis on using scientific knowledge to study wildlife and natural resources. Also included in the course are sections covering boater education, angler education, and hunter education. Students are also given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the FFA organization. This course provides instruction and training necessary for the Texas Hunter Education and Boater Education certifications.
Video Game Design: This course will give students the reality of an internship using an innovative career simulation while developing the programming skills to create a 3D Video Game. They are given a real-world problem to solve by investigating, researching, developing a game, testing and evaluating it and creating the marketing plan. They will be introduced to basic programming language and skills that are essential to developing a video game.
Principles of Information Management: This course offers students applicable skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2010, and will provide a project-based learning experience to help them meet the challenges of high school, college and the work world.