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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Introduction to Agriculture (9-12)   
This is the first course in a two-year sequence which explores the agricultural sciences including animals, plants, crops, and leadership development through the Future Farmers of America (FFA). This course is designed to introduce students to the life sciences at a conceptual level utilizing a hands-on approach and emphasizing the scientific  method. Core literature, research and formal writing assignments will be required. Participation in FFA (Future Farmers of America) activities and SAE.

 

 Agriculture & National Resources (9-12)
This course is designed as a class for  students with an interest in agriculture, science and biotechnology. It will emphasize the use of the ecosystem concept to the study of environmental problems. This will be accomplished by learning basic information regarding interrelations of the ecosystem and applying this information in problem solving. The importance of conservation, preservation and sustainability will be discussed within the constraints dictated by human development and human needs. A large part of the course will be  a research project on a student formed  research topic. This will be true research requiring field work and the formation of  a high quality written report and verbal presentation.

 

Agricultural Biology (9-12)
This course is a one-year lab science course for the college bound student with an interest in agriculture. The course emphasizes the principles, central concepts and inter-relationships in the scientific method, the molecular and cellular aspects of life, the chemical and structural basis of life, growth and reproduction of plants and animals, evolution of plants and domestic 39 livestock species, and the growth and reproduction, genetics, taxonomy, nutrition, health and diseases of plant and domestic animals.

 

 Veterinary Science (10-12)
This course focuses on a career exploration in the field of veterinary medicine, concentrating on anatomy and physiology, nutrition, breeding, health care, disease prevention and management systems of domestic animals and livestock. Veterinary health practices, office procedures, and record keeping will also be covered. Core literature, research and formal writing assignments will be required. Participation in FFA (Future Farmers of America) activities and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects are also required.

 

Art, Media & Entertainment

 

Digital Arts
Digital Arts is a one year course introducing students to the basic skills required for more advanced studies in the CTE Arts & Media Pathway. This course blends activities and lecture to develop both an artistic approach and the technical skills to create digital artwork. Hands on activities reinforce student creativity by applying elements of art and principles of design. Students work with industry standard software such as Photoshop on a leading edge hardware platform to acquire confidence and understanding of the process of digital creativity. Digital Arts is the perfect introduction to self-expression while students develop the technical skills to achieve success in more advanced visual arts Career Technical Education courses.

 

Graphic Design I
Graphic Design I will prepare students to design and produce a variety of print and electronic media. Techniques for planning, designing and creating illustrations, brochures, newspapers, flyers, advertisements, publications, and instructional materials are included in instruction. All aspects of graphic communications are explored in order to successfully deliver a message. Students are prepared for entry level positions in industry or advanced career technical studies at colleges and universities. Students produce real life projects based on industry standards and 64 are visible throughout the school and community.

 

Graphic Design 2
Graphic Design II is a course that provides advanced study in art, design and digital illustration and is available for students who wish to pursue Graphic Design as a career.

 

Photo Imaging I

Photo Imaging I is an introductory course designed to instruct students in the fundamental skills of composing digital photo images and processing them using industry standard software. Basic and intermediate techniques are taught to enhance or manipulate images for any purpose. With hands on experience, students become familiar with photographic imaging equipment, materials, methods, and processes. Applied creative thinking and visual problem solving prepares students for more advanced courses and a foundation for professional career possibilities. This course is recommended prior to enrollment in advanced courses in the CTE Visual Arts Pathway.

 

Photo Imaging 2
This is a studio course designed for students who wish advanced training or to pursue a career in photography. Advanced concepts, techniques, practices, aesthetics and photographic imaging and image-making with digital technology are included in instruction, with an emphasis on portfolio building.

 

Stagehand Technician 1
Students interested in a theatre career can learn about set construction and design, lighting, sound, costuming, and make-up.  These skills can help you begin your career in the theater field by allowing you to be employable as a stagehand, light technician, sound technician or costumer.

 

Stagehand Technician 2
Students gain advanced training in stagehand technical skills including make-up, costuming, and design., soundboards, lighting equipment, hand tools and other tricks of the trade. Further opportunities include becoming a stage manager, property manager or costume manager.

 

TV, Film & Digital Media I
This is the first in a sequence of courses that introduces the technical skills required to produce broadcast quality media content. The focus of this course is learning the production process of making movies as well as working the VHS bi-weekly KVHS broadcasts. The language and aesthetics of cinematography are editing, script writing, storyboard drawing, effective lighting, audio, directing, production responsibilities, computer generated graphics, animation, and special effects. The professional skills learned in this course give students a first- hand opportunity to explore career choices within this industry.

 

TV, Film & Digital Media 2
Advanced studies in TV, Film & Digital Media is available to students who have career interests in this field. This class further develops skills in this field, adding the process of running a broadcast enterprise, or becoming a possible intern candidate. This program develops skills and directly demonstrates through production of the bi-weekly KVHS broadcast.


Web Publishing & Media Design 1
Design websites and develop Apps for the Internet, tablets, or your phone. In this class, students learn how to create digital images, web pages and animations.  Learn how to write scripts and code, design websites, and use Photoshop to create graphics.  Web Publishing is for students who are interested in developing art from a digital perspective for interactive onscreen display.  In addition, you will use concepts unique to web publishing such as interface design and making motion graphics for game apps.  Careers in web design and development, information technology, e-

journalism, new media, and graphic design are explored.  Develop your e-portfolio of digital designs!  

 

 Web Publishing & Media Design 2
Advanced studies in Web Design is available to students who have career interests in this field. Students continue their studies in Web Publishing by focusing on the development of a diverse portfolio.  Advanced studies in digital imaging, writing code, developing apps, designing webpages, creating interactive maps, and authoring animations for on-screen display.  Students use industry standard concepts unique to web publishing such as interface design and making motion graphics for game apps.  Careers in digital design, web development, information technology, e-journalism, media design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and graphic design are explored. 

 

Engineering & Architecture

 

Architectural Design I (10-12)
Students who prefer house design increase their industry knowledge about home design and construction standards as they are introduced to the most popular and cutting edge software in the architectural industry called “Revit Architecture”. Students design their dream house, explore new architectural styles, and learn more advanced computerized design techniques in order to incorporate the exact features desired for their home design.

 

Architectural Design 2 (11-12)
In Design II, students will study home design in greater depth with emphasis on design features. Additional topics covered include site plans, foundations, typical wall sections and architectural renderings. Students continue expanding their skills with the industry’s best architectural design software: “Revit Architecture”.

 

Drafting/Computer Aided
This class offers a combination of mechanical, computer-aided drafting and design skills for application in the fields of Engineering, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design and other professions utilizing Computer Aided Design techniques.  This is the introductory course for Pre-Engineering and Architectural Design but can be used for careers in related industries.


Pre-Engineering & Design I (9- 12)

Semester one focuses on mechanical design. Technical drawing and 3D visualization skills are developed which enable students to use cutting edge computer aided design software: “SolidWorks”. This program is used by industry professionals to design a wide range of products ranging from the music industry to military and defense. Students learn industry standards and computer skills that will enable them to design their own skateboards, surfboards, or other products.

Semester two focuses on architectural design. Technical drawing and visualization skills are refined as students are challenged to design their own home. Students simultaneously build knowledge about residential construction as they are guided through home design room by room. After creating a sketch of each room in their house, they then learn how to draw them using AutoCAD, the most widely used computer aided design program in the engineering industry. By the end of this course students have learned how to design living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and electrical lighting systems.

 

Pre-Engineering & Design 2 (10-12)
Students who prefer working with the program “SolidWorks” as a result of their first year in pre-engineering design continue to explore of the industry as they apply science & math concepts along with problem solving skills while learning about the fundamentals of engineering and material science. These concepts are implemented through individualized design projects. Students gain experience designing, prototyping, analyzing and improving existing designs while using “SolidWorks”.

 

Pre-Engineering Advanced (11-12)
Pre-Engineering Advanced is a follow up to Pre-Engineering & Design 2. Pre-Engineering topics are studied in greater depth and more emphasis is placed on original design and reverse engineered projects. Additional solid modeling commands and concepts are covered including lofts, sweeps, revolves, sheet metal and assembly mates. The “SolidWorks” software is utilized to model parts, mate parts into assemblies, develop fully dimensioned working drawings, rendered images, and implement theory based force analysis.

 

Health Science and Medical Technology

 

Healthcare Essentials
The Health Care Essentials course offers rigorous and relevant instruction in the Health Science & Medical Technology industry.  Students learn commonly used medical terminology, health care practices, safety and health maintenance, OSHA regulations, emergency protocols, medical record management, pharmacology, human growth and development, ethical and legal responsibilities, and workplace skills and behavior.

 

Medical Pathway Introduction (9-12)
This course provides an introduction to the high school medical pathway courses. Instruction covers content addressing: Careers and Personal Qualities of a Health Care Worker, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities, Introductions to Medical Terminology, with an emphasis on Anatomy & Physiology, Understanding Diversity and Communications in Health Care, Nutrition, and Computers in Health Care, Safety Precautions, Infection Control, and Mathematics in Health Care, Physical Assessment, and Basic Principles of First Aid & CPR. This course includes both theory and practical instruction. Students will also be introduced to various employment opportunities within the health industry.

 

Medical Science & Health Careers (10-12)

This course is a one-year lab science course designed to study biological concepts and principals that emphasize a medical perspective. The structure and function of human systems in health and disease, human inheritance with change over time, and their role in ecological systems will provide the foundation of the course. This course will extend and deepen learning by showing students medical careers that relate directly to each unit.

 

Medical Assistant/Administrative (10-12)

This course is designed for students who are interested in occupations in the medical arts, Medical Assisting, Nursing, or Pre-Nursing Careers. Instruction includes medical terminology and abbreviations, pharmacology, disease transmission, medical law and ethics, HIPAA, anatomy and physiology, interpersonal relationships, and professional attitudes required in the medical field.

 

Sports Medicine
This course provides entry-level instruction in sports medicine and athletic training. It is designed for high school students, 16 years and older. Employment possibilities include, among others, athletic trainer assistant, sports medicine aide, and physical therapy aide. Instruction covers the following areas: anatomy and physiology, vital signs, CPR, and safety factors related to sports medicine. Opportunity exists for students to have supervised involvement with the training needs and treatment of injuries of students involved in athletics on campus.

 

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

 

Food Science and Nutrition (10- 12)
An introductory class for students to gain knowledge and experience related to the kitchen environment and food handling. Students will learn safety and sanitation competencies, basic food preparation and conversions, food storage requirements, weights and measures. Students are exposed to Hospitality Careers and preparation for Culinary Arts program.

 

Culinary Arts 1 (10-12)
This sequence of Culinary Art classes trains students to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and commercial food establishments. It includes instruction in recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, the management of food supplies and kitchen resources, and mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques. Students will receive real world work experience at the Panther Café at Vista High School. The “ProStart” Culinary Arts program provides classroom study, mentored work experiences and local and national competitions.

 

Culinary Arts 2 (11-12)

In Advanced Culinary Arts, students will further their culinary skills and knowledge using the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart curriculum that teaches management and culinary skills needed for a career in the restaurant and food service industry. Students study in the classroom, participate in mentored work experience at local eateries and restaurants, and test their skills in local national competitions. Students will gain hands on experience through Vista High School’s own Panther Café in addition to mentorship opportunities in local culinary businesses.

 

 

Information and Communication Technologies

 

Computer Science 1 
This course is an introduction to computer software programming.  It is a hands-on course that exposes students to the major concepts of writing computer software.  Using the most modern programming language, students develop their problem solving skills by creating their own versions of interactive 2D computer games.

 

Computer Science 2 
Computer Science 2 is a hands-on course designed for students who have shown an aptitude in Computer Science 1 and want to further develop their knowledge of computer science. Using the most modern programming language, students will continue to develop their understanding of structured, object-oriented, and 2D graphics programming.  Students will also learn about graphical user interfaces, I/O facilities, and sorting and searching algorithms.

 

Computer Game Programming
Computer Game Programming is a hands-on course designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the computer gaming industry. Students will develop skills used by commercial game studios. Curriculum covers game design, game mathematics, game engines, interactive 3-D graphics, and artificial intelligence.

 

Drafting/Computer Aided
This class offers a combination of mechanical, computer-aided drafting and design skills for application in the fields of Engineering, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design and other professions utilizing Computer Aided Design techniques.  This is the introductory course for Pre-Engineering and Architectural Design but can be used for careers in related industries

 

IT Essentials
The IT Essentials course covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software and advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an IT professional.  It is designed for students who want to pursue career in ICT and students who want to gain practical knowledge of how a computer works.

 

IT Fundamentals
The course is designed to prepare students for further study and careers in software application development, hardware engineering and support, and wireless/wired networking (including security).  Students will learn about computer hardware basics, compatibility issues and common errors, software installation and functions as well as security risks and prevention.  Further, the course reviews preventative maintenance of computers as well as environmentally sound operational practices. More specifically, students acquire the ability to evaluate information system performance at various levels of granularity.

 

Beginning Robotics
During this class students will explore the field of robotic design using a variety of hands on activities. Students work in teams to create simple drive trains capable of movement through tele-operated interaction. CAD application is introduced as a tool used for mechanical design and the robot will be controlled entirely through programming. Mechanical concepts such as gearing/torque/speed/power are introduced. These topics are explored through the use of hands on labs. Students must use this knowledge to design and build custom drive trains capable of meeting a variety of criteria including climbing, pushing, attaining maximum speed, etc. Sensors are introduced to allow robotic devices to interact with the environment. Actuator design is discussed and different manipulator designs are introduced.

 

Advanced Robotics
Students explore the world of robotics in greater depth with an emphasis on advanced student projects, involving gears, manipulators and actuators. Students will expand their programming, CAD, design and building skills.

 

 

Public Services

 

 

Medical Pathway Introduction (9-12)
This course provides an introduction to the high school medical pathway courses. Instruction covers content addressing: Careers and Personal Qualities of a Health Care Worker, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities, Introductions to Medical Terminology, with an emphasis on Anatomy & Physiology, Understanding Diversity and Communications in Health Care, Nutrition, and Computers in Health Care, Safety Precautions, Infection Control, and Mathematics in Health Care, Physical Assessment, and Basic Principles of First Aid & CPR. This course includes both theory and practical instruction. Students will also be introduced to various employment opportunities within the health industry. Approximately 180 hours are needed to complete this course.

 

Medical Science and Health Careers (10-12)
This course is a one-year lab science course designed to study biological concepts and principles that emphasize a medical perspective. The structure and function of human systems in health and disease, human inheritance with change over time, and their role in ecological systems will provide the foundation for the course. This course will extend and deepen learning by showing student medical careers that relate directly to each unit.

 

First Responder (10-12)
Students interested in occupations such as Firefighting, Emergency Medical Technician, Para-Medicine, and Law Enforcement. This course is the study of emergency medical skills and procedures, including basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, HIPAA, and preventions of disease transmission.

 

 

Marketing, Sales and Service

Business & Computer Applications I
The sequence of Business & Computer Application courses is designed to prepare students to work with industry standard software and hardware commonly found in business settings. Applications include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation programs, multimedia applications and layout and web page design. Other subjects include resumes, cover letters, applications, and the impact of computers on society and business. Other subjects include resumes, cover 68 letters, applications, and the impact of computers on society and business. Keyboarding and integrating data skills are also taught.

 

Virtual Enterprise (11-12)
Virtual Enterprise (International) is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem solving, communication, personal finance and technology. Virtual Enterprise is the right tool for students to build a fundamental understanding of investing while providing students with real world skills practice in Math, English Language Arts, Economics, and other subjects. There are 12 Common Core State Standards covered in Virtual Enterprise.

 

 

Transportation

 

Automotive Technician (10-12)
The Automotive Technician sequence of courses provides training in the operation, diagnosis and repair of the internal combustion engine. Information covered includes fuel delivery system, ignition system, coolant system, and lubrication system along with the disassembly and assembly of the individual systems and engine components. Great emphasis is placed on completing NATEF tasks. The course also provides training in the operation of manual and automatic transmissions. The class provides hands-on repair of brakes systems (disc brakes and drum brakes), suspensions, rear axles and final drives. Employment possibilities include entry-level positions in all phases of automotive repair.

 

Automotive Advanced (11-12)
Advanced studies in Automotive Technology is available for students with career interests.