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CTE Course Descriptions


Accounting I Honors : This course is designed to help students understand the basic principles of the accounting cycle. This course helps prepare students for the QuickBooks Credential. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and recording of business transactions, preparation, and interpretation of financial statements, accounting systems, banking and payroll activities, basic types of business ownership, and an accounting career orientation. 


Accounting II Honors : Honors Accounting II is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of accounting procedures and techniques utilized in solving business problems and making financial decisions. We will work on departmental accounting; corporate accounting; cost accounting and inventory control systems; managerial accounting and budgeting; and further enhancement of accounting skills.

Prerequisite:  Accounting I


AP Computer Science A: This is a college-level introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course.


AP Computer Science Principles:  This is a college-level introductory computing course that introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. Students learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students also explain how computing innovations and computing systems including the internet work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical.


Business Essentials (formerly Principles of Business & Finance): This course introduces students to topics related to business, finance, management, and marketing to cover business in the global economy, functions of business organization and management, marketing basics, and significance of business financial and risk management.


Business Management I Honors: This course is designed to introduce students to core management concepts. The experience includes how managers plan, organize, staff, and direct the business’s resources that enhance the effectiveness of the decision-making process. Students will work through ethical dilemmas and problem- solving situations with customer service while applying academic and critical-thinking skills. English language arts is reinforced.

Prerequisite: Principles of Business & Finance


Drafting I:  This course introduces students to the use of simple and complex graphic tools used to communicate and understand ideas and concepts found in the areas of architecture, manufacturing, engineering, science, and mathematics. Topics include problem-solving strategies, classical representation methods such as sketching, geometric construction techniques, as well as computer assisted design (CAD), orthographic projection, and 3-D modeling.


Drafting II - Architectural Honors:  This course focuses on the principles, concepts, and use of complex graphic tools used in the field of architecture, structural systems, and construction trades. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer assisted design (CAD) tools in the creation of floor plans, wall sections, and elevation drawings.

Prerequisite:  Drafting I


Financial Planning I:  This course is designed to cover key strategies for wealth building as students learn to evaluate businesses for investment opportunities while incorporating current headlines and trends, financial resources, and stock market simulation. Also students will develop techniques to enhance personal wealth building for a secure financial future. Current technology will be used to acquire information and to complete activities. Throughout the course, students are presented with ethical dilemmas and problem-solving situations for which they must apply academic, team-building and critical-thinking skills.


Hospitality & Tourism Honors: In this course students are introduced to the industry of travel, tourism, and recreational marketing. Students acquire knowledge and skills on the impact of tourism, marketing strategies of the major hospitality and tourism segments, destinations, and customer relations. Emphasis is on career development, customer relations, economics, hospitality and tourism, travel destinations, and tourism promotion. Mathematics and social studies are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate include cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship is not available for this course. 

Prerequisites: : Marketing OR Principles of Business and Finance OR Sports and Entertainment Marketing I


Marketing: In this course, students develop an understanding of the processes involved from the creation to the consumption of products/services. Students develop an understanding and skills in the areas of distribution, marketing-information management, market planning, pricing, product/service management, promotion, and selling. Students develop an understanding of marketing functions applications and impact on business operations. 


Marketing Applications: Marketing Applications provides the knowledge and skills needed for careers in business and marketing. This course also focuses on developing knowledge and skills around pricing, distribution and management, while also focusing on economics and interpersonal skills.

Prerequisite: Marketing


Microsoft Excel Honors:  Students in Microsoft Imagine Academies benefit from world-class Microsoft curriculum and cutting-edge software tools to tackle real world challenges in the classroom environment. This class is designed to help you use the newest version of Microsoft Excel interface, commands, and features to present, analyze, and manipulate various types of data. Students will learn to manage workbooks as well as how to manage, manipulate, and format data. Mathematics is reinforced.


Microsoft Word/PowerPoint:  Students in the Microsoft Imagine Academy benefit from world class Microsoft curriculum and software tools to tackle real-world challenges in the classroom environment. In the first part, students will learn to use the current version of Microsoft Word interface, commands, and features to create, enhance, customize, share and create complex documents, and publish them. In the second part, students will learn to use the current version of Microsoft PowerPoint interface, commands, and features to create, enhance, customize, and deliver presentations. Art and English language arts are reinforced.


PLTW Civil Engineering:  Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects. 

Prerequisites:  PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design OR PLTW Principles of Engineering


PLTW Human Body Systems:  Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

Prerequisite:  PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science


PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design:  Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.


PLTW Medical Interventions:  Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Prerequisite:  PLTW Human Body Systems


PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science:  Students investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lays the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.


PLTW Principles of Engineering:  This survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.


Sports & Event Marketing I (formerly Sports & Entertainment Marketing I): In this course, students are introduced to the industry of sports, entertainment, and event marketing. Students acquire transferable knowledge and skills among related industries for planning sports, entertainment, and event marketing. Topics included are branding, licensing, and naming rights, business foundations, concessions and on-site merchandising, economic foundations, human relations, and safety and security. 


Sports & Event Marketing II (formerly Sports & Entertainment Marketing II): In this course, students acquire an understanding of sports, entertainment, and event marketing. Emphasis is on business management, career development, client relations, contracts, ethics, event management, facilities management, legal issues, and sponsorships.

Prerequisite: Sports and Entertainment Marketing I

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A Career & Technical Education Pathway is a 3-4 course sequence that allows students to build industry relevant knowledge in their chosen career field.  These courses embed industry credentials and build industry ready skills, which can lead to high quality internships.

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