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Career & Technical Education

All potential course offerings in the subject of Career & Technical Education are listed alphabetically below.   Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 

 

 

ADVANCED CREATIVE ART ‐ COMPREHENSIVE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51541

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Creative Art‐Comprehensive

Description: Students will build on the foundations from Creative Art, with an emphasis on developing the professional skills associated for a career in the Visual Arts and Design field. This class will allow students to continue to develop skills, knowledge, and technique in a chosen art field while at the same time guide students through the process of researching a career as a visual or design artist. Students will create visual and design projects, research creative careers, develop websites and portfolios, and work with local artists and gallery owners to build a foundation for a career in the Visual and Design Arts.

 

 

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description:  Aerospace Engineering is a fall semester course that explores flight vehicles and systems, covering space flight (spacecraft, rockets, satellites) and atmospheric flight (airplanes, helicopters, missiles) and the application of these concepts to other fields of engineering, such as automotive aerodynamics and materials engineering. The physics of space travel and science of life in space will also be explored. Students wishing to enroll in Durango Aerospace for the first time are encouraged to take this course in the fall.

 

AGRIBUSINESS ‐ WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 182480

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Intro to Agriculture and FFA membership

Description: This course is designed for juniors and seniors to complete a supervised practical experience in the agricultural industry only.  It consists of onsite observation and training in an agribusiness specific to the agricultural area of study of that student.  The class will aid in confirming current educational and career goals and in obtaining hands-on experience.  The student will be responsible for keeping a record book of daily site activities and expenses.  Student must be able to document a minimum of 60 on-site hours and schedule a minimum of one on-site instructor visit per semester.  Daily sign-in with instructor is required before leaving campus for site experience.

 

AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 182010

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resources and FFA membership

Description: This course covers the basic concepts of starting your own business related to agriculture. Students will create a business plan, research business concerns, learn about basic financial planning and analysis, sources of funding, how to apply for funding, and setting up and marketing a business. Businesses studied included tack shops, feed stores, raising rodeo bulls, raising and training horses, starting a florist shop, and raising exotic fish (Japanese Koi). Students are encouraged to be both creative and rigorous in designing their business and analyzing profitability. Students will acquire skills applicable in any entrepreneurial venture.

  

 AGRICULTURAL ENTEREPRENEURSHIP | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 182020

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resources FFA membership

Description: This course emphasizes basic economic concepts, basic financial concepts, and functions of business, business technology, and career preparation. Students will be exposed to various aspects of the agribusiness world. Such topics to be discussed are: marketing, management, economics, accounting, finance, business law, and entrepreneurship. Students will also be exposed to various careers in agribusiness. Furthermore, students are introduced to the steps and research necessary to create their own business. Projects include preparing a Business Plan, business cards, and making a Power Point presentation of their business to community members. Students will also serve as the development and management of the on‐going and developing school based enterprises in the agricultural education program.

 

AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 182030

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Instructor Approval and FFA membership

Description: Students in this class provide leadership and are responsible for the implementation of the FFA plan of activities, as well as the business administration and management of the DHS school farm. Students enrolled in this course will receive credit based on their work outside of school hours to accomplish FFA plan of activities and to provide care and maintenance of the school farm, and its related enterprises. Students will maintain a record book where they maintain a record of their time before school, after school and on weekends. Their record books will document their work to plan and implement FFA service project (2 per semester), FFA activities and travel plans (3‐4 per semester.) Students will also complete daily maintenance activities related to the school chickens, rabbits, attached and independent greenhouses, and garden plots. In addition these students will advise business decisions and manage the finances of the FFA Chapter with the supervision of the Teacher/Advisor.

 

 

 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 101570
Grades: 9, 10, 11 12
Prerequisites: Mathematics I or Algebra I
Description: AP Computer Science A is a full year course using the Java programming language to learn Object Oriented Programming. The goals of AP Computer Science A are to: design, implement, and analyze solutions to problems; use and implement commonly used algorithms; use standard data structures; develop and select appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve new problems; write solutions fluently in an object-oriented paradigm; write, run, test, and debug solutions in the Java programming language, utilizing standard Java library classes and interfaces from the AP Java subset; read and understand programs consisting of several classes and interacting objects; read and understand a description of the design and development process leading to such a program; understand the ethical and social implications of computer use.

 

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 101571

Grades: 9, 10, 11 12

Prerequisites: Mathematics I or Algebra I

Description: AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career. Whether it's 3-D animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis, computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drives the world. The course will develop leaders in computer science fields and attract and engage students.

 

AQUATIC SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 183061

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resources

Description: Areas of training in this class involve the care of fish and aquatic plant life, which is a developing industry worldwide. The history of aquaculture and how it pertains to the world will be studies. Aquaculture anatomy and physiology will also be studied. This class will cover aquaculture disease and parasites as well as fish biology and reproduction. Marketing of aqua cultural products will be explored. Knowledge and skills gained in this class will provide opportunities for advanced study at the college level or entry level employment in fisheries, water quality, and care of natural streams and lakes.

 

ART AND TECHNOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51691

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course is for students interested in using the latest technologies to create art. This course uses a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) based curriculum and is a great art course for any student who enjoys math and science. The course will introduce students to a variety of digital mediums such as computer programming, 3D printing, digital projection, video, and Arduino sensors/electronics. This art course emphasizes 2D/3D design and creative thinking. Each student will produce a digital portfolio of work that explores the student’s interests in digital art.

    

ART PORTFOLIO | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51700

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: An Advanced class of any studio, i.e. Drawing-Advanced, Painting -Advanced, Watercolor-Advanced, Ceramics-Advanced, Digital Photo-Advanced or Teacher approval

Description: This course is intended for highly motivated, independent students who are seriously interested in the study of art. This course is not limited to students interested in painting and drawing only. Students can pursue studies within other studio courses such as ceramics, photography, and/or sculpture. Emphasis will be placed on the use of elements and principles to develop a body of work that addresses a personal visual interest or theme. Each student will be expected to produce a certain amount of art and develop both a traditional and digital portfolio. Portfolios will be formally presented at the end of the semester.

 

AUDIO/VISUAL PRODUCTION | Credits: .5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 11051

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Journalism

This semester course introduces students to video storytelling, digital reporting and broadcast television.  As members of El Diablo Broadcasting, students will synthesize the various aspects of television production and formally present a mastery of the medium.  News literacy, new values and the social role of media will be examined and used as the students make content decisions.  El Diablo Broadcasting gives students the real-time experience of a deadline driven television and radio newsroom.  Students rotate through newsroom jobs such as director, switch operator, editor, writer, producer, anchor, reporter and videographer.  Students learn to write news and feature scripts, shoot and edit video to tell a story, organize and produce a newscast/podcast, work together as a broadcast news team to air live and taped broadcasts to the community.  Students may take this course more than once for credit with instructor approval. 

 

CABINETMAKING | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 170070

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Woodworking or instructor approval

Description: With the knowledge and abilities acquired from Woodworking, students further their woodworking skills and confidence. Students will demonstrate the designing and construction of higher skill level projects throughout this course. Old and new techniques in woodworking will be utilized during the lab time. Practice in areas of design and the drawing of plans will be extended and deepened, beyond the introductory level.

  

CARPENTRY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 170030

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Woodworking or instructor approval

Description: This course introduces the fundamentals of carpentry and the trades that support the construction of a residential home. While addressing the basic requirements needed to enter the workforce such as work readiness skills, carpentry skills, and knowledge of construction trades, this course also incorporates the Home Builders Institute pre apprenticeship program that facilitates and guides the curriculum as students construct a life sized and livable "Mini Home."  It is the intent to provide each accomplishing student with a Nationally recognized HBI Pre Apprenticeship certification (or multiple certifications) upon completion of this course. This course can be repeated to maximize the number of attained certifications.

 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 170030

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: The purpose of this course is to acquire knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development necessary for strengthening the well-being of children and families.  Content focuses on perspectives of human development, research and theories, understanding and nurturing development, and challenges to development.

 

CULINARY NUTRITION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 186056

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: The purpose of this course is to develop lifelong, healthy individuals with an understanding of healthy and nutritious preparation techniques utilizing various resources and skills. Emphasis is placed on implementing healthy nutritional choices, preparing nutrient-dense seasonal foods, sports nutrition, exploring careers related to culinary nutrition, and practicing wise consumer decisions.

 

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ‐ ADVANCED | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51672

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Digital Photography

Description: This course is for students that have completed Digital Photography and want to continue improving their digital photography skills and producing creative photographs. Students will learn additional techniques for editing (including learning Adobe Lightroom), manipulating and finishing their photographs and produce a portfolio of work that addresses a focused interest in photography. Students who are seriously interested in photography are encouraged to repeat this course for credit.

 

DRAFTING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 211070

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: A beginning drafting course that teaches the fundamentals of drafting and mechanical drawing. This course is designed to introduce concepts and practices of the discipline of architecture and pre-engineering.

 

DRAWING ‐ ADVANCED | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51562

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Drawing

Description: Students will engage in visual problem solving, striving to reach new levels of understanding and expand imaginative thought. Students will build on the foundations from Beginning Drawing, with more emphasis on self-expression and use of advanced techniques. Students will utilize a variety of critique methods to improve upon their ability to communicate about their work and will be required to create and present a digital portfolio of their work from the class. 

 

DURANGO AEROSPACE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 221061

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Application & interview

Description: Durango Aerospace is a spring semester course in which students take part in a rigorous aerospace industry simulation while exploring such topics as astrophysics, sustainable agriculture, technical writing, psychology, architecture, graphic design, automation and marketing. Students will apply their learning to create the annual qualifying proposal, which is submitted to NASA judges. Because the request for proposal is different each year, this course may be repeated for credit.

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER CAREER PATHWAYS | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 160001

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course is designed to identify career interest areas based on your goals, individual skills, and aptitudes. Investigate interests, abilities and goal through various projects, and career testing procedures. Students will develop a useable education and career portfolio containing items necessary for post-secondary education and job search. Interact with professionals who work in various career areas through career panels, a job shadow and a mock interview.

    

FASHION DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51564

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course is an exciting introduction to the world of fashion. Students start by exploring the history of fashion up to the contemporary designers setting the trends for today's styles. Students then learn the elements of basic fashion illustration and sewing techniques to develop garments and accessories of their own design which are featured in an end of semester fashion show. Students will participate in oral presentations and critiques to develop the skills of assessing and appreciating art work of others as well as their own.

 

FOOD AND NUTRITION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 160541

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course will provide students with knowledge and skills about food preparation and production, with a strong emphasis on nutrition, balanced diets, and satisfying special dietary needs. Topics include assessing nutrient content, the science of food and nutrition, physiology and utilization of nutrients. Course content will also cover additives, contaminants, foodborne illnesses, and food technology.

  

FOREST & FIRE ECOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 185041

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture

Description: Forest & Fire Ecology is tailored to students interested in careers in forestry or fire science. It is an introduction to forest ecology, forest management, forest health, watersheds and wildfire behavior. Students will use the Project Learning Tree and National Fire Sciences Lab curriculum.

  

GENERAL HORTICULTURE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 180520

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resources

Description: Students will study plant life, including wild, garden, and greenhouse varieties. They will have the chance to see exotic and aquatic species in the school greenhouse, visit local greenhouses and gardens, and set up plant growing projects themselves. They will also study garden design, landscape design including water structures such as ponds and waterfalls, and explore careers in horticulture.  Floral design including both dried and living arrangements will be included. The applications of modern scientific knowledge to plant culture will be discussed.

  

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MARKETING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 121590

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description:  Hospitality and Tourism Marketing courses introduce students to and help them refine marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in food service, lodging, tourism, and recreation careers. Students will: Analyze the theoretical marketing processes and the strategies of product development, pricing, promotion and distribution with a focus on hospitality and tourism marketing, demonstrate marketing competencies through the use of hospitality and tourism marketing role-plays, apply the marketing processes and strategies to business and the individual consumer, develop hands-on projects using marketing principles with emphasis on  career opportunities in hospitality and tourism marketing, invite local and national guest speakers (via speakerphone or Skype) to our classroom to discuss marketing career opportunities in the greater 4 Corners region.

    

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 180010

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Students will begin to establish a career path for high school and beyond. They will develop an individualized Supervised Agriculture Experience Program (SAEP) and be introduced to FFA, a co-curricular agricultural student leadership organization.  Animal Science, Ag Business, parliamentary procedure, FFA, landscaping techniques, record keeping, public speaking skills, leadership qualities and career opportunities will be explored.  Students will have the opportunity to start a record book enabling them to earn their FFA Greenhand Degree - SAEs may consist of livestock to show at the county fair, production agriculture or agriculturally related jobs.   All information can be used in developing and presenting the FFA or SAE Career Portfolio.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS AND MARKETING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 120510

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  None

Description: Introduction to Business and Marketing gives students a chance to explore many aspects and careers within the world of business in a fun, engaging manner.  Students will gain and learn to apply knowledge in the following areas: Focus on the operation of business in the United States, develop a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the economy, the business cycle, marketing, management, tools of business, the financial system, and social responsibility, understand and compete in a stock market game while also gaining a basic understanding of long-term investing, and develop and present a basic marketing plan for their own small business including logo, website, and Facebook page.

 

INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 191531

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Provides an introduction to Early Childhood Education. Includes the eight key areas of professional knowledge: Child Growth and Development; Health, Nutrition and Safety; Developmentally Appropriate Practices; Guidance; Family and Community Relationships; Diversity; Professionalism; Administration and Supervision. This course focuses on childhood from birth to eight years old.

  

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 210061

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Introduction to Engineering is a year-long class that introduces the basics of mechanical and structural engineering and robotics through extensive use of hands-on projects. Woven throughout the course are technical writing and drawing skills, statistical analysis of prototypes and quality control processes. Students will explore the various specialties within engineering, apply the engineering design process, and develop their collaboration and communication skills through group and individual projects.

  

JOURNALISM | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 111010

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description:  This semester course introduces students to the world of print and online media, video and broadcast.  The history of journalism, law, ethics, news literacy and internet and social media responsibility, including 21st media convergence and civic duty to identify and analyze what is fair, balanced and true, will complement the major units of study:  reporting, writing, editing, photography, videography, multimedia production and publishing, and design.  Students will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art software for graphic design, photography, magazine publishing and video production tools.  Students will work as reporters on staff to support the student-run new magazine, the broadcasting program, and podcasting.

 

JOURNALISM AND BROADCASTING  | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 111480

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Journalism and Audio/Visual and/or Publications Broadcasting

Description:  In this year long course students will be the lead editors and producers on the El Diablo media team.  They will run the real-world, student-run newsroom that produces content for the student news magazine, online student site, and broadcast network.  Student will coordinate efforts to organize, edit, design and produce news, feature, and opinion packages.  Students will also become responsible and proficient in their use of social media and their civic duty to identify and analyze fair, balanced and true information. Students will specialize and achieve mastery in specific areas a mangers or editors in their field of choice.  Media literacy, law, ethics and professional and ethical presentation and communication will be cornerstones of study. Students may take this course more than once for credit with instructor approval. 

 

JOURNALISM AND BROADCASTING WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 11149

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Journalism and Audio/Visual and/or Publications Broadcasting

Description:  This semester course provides students an opportunity to gain workplace experience at the Durango Herald, KDUR, KSUT, Durango Magazine, The Telegraph, or the Fort Lewis College Publication.  Students must apply and interview with the particular place of work.  Only available to Juniors and Seniors who have completed Journalism and Audio/Visual and/or Publications Broadcasting.

 

JOURNALISM LEADERSHIP | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 111011

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: El Diablo Editors Only or Teacher Approval

Description: Students in this class provide leadership and are responsible for the publication of the monthly student newspaper, El Diablo.

 

LANDSCAPE DESIGN | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 180541

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Greenhouse Management

Description:  This course is the follow up to Greenhouse Management on the Plant Science pathway.  It is designed to introduce students to the opportunities in the landscape industry. Students will be exposed to the design aspect of landscaping and preparing their own landscape design.  Students will also be exposed to various types of landscape construction and maintenance, nursery operation and landscape management practices, which will prepare them to select appropriate plant materials and to design, install and maintain interior and exterior plantings and hardscapes. Equipment and facilities maintenance is also covered and students will be involved in preparing and installing their own irrigation system.  Finally, students might be given the opportunity to do an internship with a local landscape company in Durango.  Throughout, the focus will be on the many careers in the landscape industry.  Since this class is part of a complete agriculture program, students enrolled in the course are also members of FFA and have the opportunity for a supervised agricultural experience (SAE).

 

MARKETING IN ACTION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 121991

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: 

Description: Marketing in Action is a rigorous introduction to Marketing, International Business, Management, Entrepreneurship and Finance. Using technology and traditional Marketing techniques, students will research and produce an 18-30 page academic paper and presentation for the class.  Students have the option of becoming DECA members and presenting their project at the DECA State Leadership Conference, held annually in late February at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  Here they will compete against students from around the state, with a chance to advance to the DECA International Career Development Conference (locations vary annually).  Additional fees apply for DECA members.  

 

MARKETING WORK EXPERIENCE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 121980

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Student must be concurrently enrolled in Marketing Work Experience Class in order to enroll in MWE internship. Students will: earn school credits for working under the supervision of an experienced supervisor and instructor/coordinator, document work hours in order to earn the proper amount of credit, arrange for employer evaluations of job performance, become eligible for optional early release from school to work in a paid position locally.

 

PAINTING ‐ ADVANCED | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51572

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Painting or Watercolor

Description: Students will continue their painting studies through acrylic, oil and/or watercolor by building upon the foundations acquired in either Painting or Watercolor. The emphasis of Painting-Advanced is to develop self-expression and creative problem solving skills through the advanced use of materials and processes. At the same time, a strong focus will be placed on developing student ownership of their work throughout the entire creative process. Students will utilize a variety of critique methods to improve upon their work and their ability to communicate about their work.  Students will also be required to create and present a digital portfolio of their work.

 

PARTICULAR TOPICS IN CARPENTRY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 170050

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Cabinetmaking or instructor approval

Description: This class is designed to take students further with their skills and apply them to the designing and building of cabinets, furniture and other fine woodworking projects. Business oriented and simulated processes will be applied in this course.

 

PLANT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 180521

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resources

Description: This year long course introduces students to the principles of plant science as it relates to horticulture.  It emphasizes the application of plant sciences to the propagation, improvement, culture, and utilization of horticultural plants.  This course will introduce the area of ornamental horticulture and landscape technology.  Through FFA membership students will expand their knowledge about life skills, including the promotion of cooperative attitudes among all people and of healthy life styles.  By learning how to run an efficient meeting, students will also increase their ability to communicate effectively.  Students will further develop their entrepreneurial skills through their Supervised Agricultural Experience.

 

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 21004

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Engineering

Description: Engineering Principles is a year-long course that builds upon the ideas introduced in Introduction to Engineering. New topics will include electrical engineering, manufacturing processes, materials properties and hydraulics/pneumatics. Students will engage in more complex projects that integrate the above topics with mechanical and structural engineering while reinforcing the technical writing, drawing, and math skills from Introduction to Engineering.

 

PROSTART I | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 21004

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Culinary Nutrition

Description: ProStart is a two-year high school restaurant and foodservice management curriculum that blends classroom learning with mentored work experience. ProStart gives students the chance to explore career opportunities and gain the skills needed to operate and manage a foodservice operation by pairing classroom learning with on-the-job experience.

 

PUBLICATION PRODUCTION | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 11104

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Journalism

Description:  This semester course offers students the opportunity to be part of a real world, student-run newsroom that produces content for the student news magazine and online student site.  Students will coordinate efforts to organize, edit, design and produce news, features, and opinion packages.  Students will also become responsible and proficient in their use of social media and their civic duty to identify and analyze fair, balanced and true information.  They will learn and practice advanced reporting, writing, editing, photography, design, and multimedia production.  Students may specialize in specific area as reporters, managers, or editors.  Media literacy, law ethics, and professional and ethical presentation and communication, will be cornerstones of study.  Students may take this course more than once for credit with instruction approval.

 

ROBOTICS | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 210091

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description:  Robotics is a one-semester course in which students build, program, troubleshoot and maintain robotics systems. Students will learn to use a variety of robot languages to program using sensors, actuators, and motors in order to complete challenges based on national competitions. Lego and VEX robot systems are used in this course.

  

SOCIAL MEDIA, ADVERTISING & PROFESSIONAL SALES | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 121652

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Social Media, Advertising & Professional Sales will explore the advertising and selling functions of marketing. Students will be able to analyze critique and create effective print, digital and multi-media advertisements.  Upon successful completion, students will also be able to gain entry-level employment in a retail merchandising enterprise by mastering professional selling techniques. Students will understand the role merchandising plays in creating a successful customer experience, develop and demonstrate ethical sales techniques within the marketing process, examine how social media and retail merchandising have impacted 21st century consumer trends, learn the principles of advertising and how to use advertising techniques to increase awareness, profits and brand image, study and demonstrate advertising principles of media, copy, layout, and create a comprehensive advertising campaign for a local business as a final project.

 

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 121630

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Sports and Entertainment Marketing courses introduce students to and help them refine marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in amateur or professional sports or sporting events, entertainment or entertainment events, and the sales or rental of supplies and equipment.  Students will:  Analyze the theoretical marketing processes and the strategies of product development, pricing, promotion and distribution with a focus on sports and entertainment marketing; demonstrate marketing competencies through the use of sports and entertainment marketing role-plays; apply the marketing processes and strategies to business and the individual consumer; develop hands-on projects using marketing principles with emphasis on career opportunities in sports and entertainment marketing; invite local and national guest speakers (via speakerphone or Skype) to our classroom to discuss marketing career opportunities on Broadway, Hollywood, the video game industry, the ski industry,  the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB.

 

THE ART OF WELDING | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 132071

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: The Art of Welding is a year-long exploratory project based course designed to familiarize the student with basic theory and welding techniques (Oxy-Acetylene, Arc, and MIG). The first semester will focus on the creative development of three-dimensional forms through the use of basic metal working skills, tools and welding methods. In the second semester, students' progress to TIG welding in anticipation of using their knowledge of welding and design to create a functional bicycle frame in steel. Students learn safe metal working and welding procedures that they can apply in a welding shop, in the construction trades, and in everyday living. Students receive instruction in all related areas of the welding trades and are introduced to project planning, welding symbols, and metallurgy. Included in the course is student instruction in reading and communication, with special emphasis on developing the necessary 21st century skills of oral presentation, written critique, and general work readiness.

 

VETERINARY SCIENCE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 181050

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resources

Description: This course is designed for students who are considering a career involving Veterinary Medicine, such as a veterinarian, veterinary technician, or any other type of animal care professional. Anatomy, physiology and medicine for dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, and exotics such as tropical birds and some zoo animals will be studied. The textbook includes many real life case studies which is the basis for this course.

 

 

WELDING 1 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 132071

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  None

Description: Welding 1 is an exploratory course designed to familiarize the student with basic theory and welding techniques. Students will learn safe metal working and welding procedures to apply in a welding shop, the construction industry, and everyday living. Students receive instruction in all related areas of the welding trades. They are introduced to project plans, welding symbols, and metallurgy. Students will learn to weld using arc, oxyacetylene, and will learn to cut using oxygen and acetylene gases. Included in the course is instruction in reading and communication, with special emphasis on the necessary communication skills to get and keep a job.

 

WELDING 2 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 132021

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Welding 1 or Women's Welding

Description: Welding 2 students receive review training of both arc and gas welding in addition to M.I.G. welding. Cutting methods with oxyacetylene and plasma are included in training. Students will do some new fabrication and repair of various components throughout the course. The focus is independent hands‐on welding and fabrication. Project plans, figuring a bill of materials, and customer relations are included in the curriculum. A portfolio is required, based on this project completion and skill experiences must be created for further development of career planning. The portfolio is a form of final assessment and it must be presented at the end of the trimester to the community.

 

WELDING 3 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 130551

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Welding 2

Description: Welding 3 students expand their skills through training, including: identification and knowledge of equipment, metal properties, inspection and management of equipment/shop, supply distribution and ordering economics. A review of all the previous welding methods, and training on TIG welding is also a part of the curriculum. Estimating a bill of materials, developing project blue prints/project plans, and customer service on projects in the shop will be part of the course focus. Students are required to work hands on by completing an individual project or a community customer project. A portfolio is required, based on this project completion and skill experiences must be created for further development of career planning. The portfolio is a form of final assessment and it must be presented at the end of the trimester to the community.

   

 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 185010

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  Intro to Agriculture

This course discusses the biology and relationships among species of wild animals. We will study both Colorado game and exotic game systems. We will learn to identify different species, understand their place in their ecosystem, and apply that knowledge to game and population managements. Discussion will also include hunting and fishing regulations, water and water pollution, and career options in wildlife and natural resource management.

 

WOMEN'S WELDING | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 13207

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  None

Description:  This year-long course is designed to familiarize female students with basic welding theory and techniques.  Students will learn safe metal working and welding procedures that they can apply in a welding shop, the construction industry, and everyday living.  Women will receive instruction in all related areas of the welding trades.  They are introduced to project plans, welding symbols, and metallurgy.  Students will learn to weld using arc and oxyacetylene, and will learn to cut metals using oxygen and acetylene gases.  Included in the course is instruction in reading and communication, with special emphasis on the necessary communication skills needed to get and keep a job.

  

WOMEN'S WOODWORKING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 170061

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  None

Description:  This course is designed for women interesting in learning practical woodworking and home repair skills in the comfort of an all-female class.  Female can enter the Woodworking class without any knowledge of woodworking. This class addresses introductory and basic concepts and skills. Female students will utilize tools and skills acquired during this course.  They also will obtain confidence while constructing projects from drawings they created in class. Most importantly, female students will learn and demonstrate proper safety procedures while operating hand and power tools. By the end of this course, female students will have the knowledge and ability to create and construct wooden designs.

 

WOODWORKING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 170060

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Students can enter the Woodworking class without any knowledge of woodworking. This class addresses introductory and basic concepts and skills. Students will study history of woods and utilize tools and skills acquired during this course. Students will explore and appreciate the beauty and uses of some of the exotic woods. They also will obtain confidence while constructing projects from drawings they created in class. Most importantly, students will learn and demonstrate proper safety procedures while operating hand and power tools. By the end of this course, students will have the knowledge and ability to create and construct wooden designs.

  

YEARBOOK | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 111042

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Journalism

Description: Yearbook concentrates on using the skills necessary for applied writing and photography. Students collect information, write, and compose publications. The pace is fast and the learning curve is steep, requiring students to produce high quality work on firm deadlines. Due to the demands of the course, Intro to Journalism OR teacher approval is required.

 

YEARBOOK LEADERSHIP | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 111041

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Toltec Editors Only or Teacher Approval

Description: Yearbook Leadership concentrates on student administration of the Yearbook class, which uses the skills necessary for applied writing and photography. Students collect information, write, and compose publications. The pace is fast and the learning curve is steep, requiring students to produce high quality work on firm deadlines.