Career and Technical Education is designed to provide students with a rigorous school and work-based curriculum that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to enter two-year or four-year post-secondary education, apprenticeships, the military, or employment. Our curriculum is flexible, innovative, and student-centered, allowing for selection of a career pathway that integrates academics, employability, and technical skills. Our curriculum encompasses the following principles/characteristics:
*Learning addresses needs and interests of individual learners.
*Students assume a high level of responsibility and accountability for developing specific skills and knowledge needed for their individual goals.
*Teachers, counselors, parents, and students are active participants in the development of students’ instructional plan.
*Technology is used to support and customize content and delivery to match students’ learning styles, experiences, and skills.
*Learning is a continuous process of inquiry that keeps pace with the speed of change in business, industry, and society.
*New methods of assessment and certificate of knowledge and skills replace traditional measurement.Implementation of an open design process allows students to take advantage of borderless, technology-rich environments that provide critical access to rigorous technical and academic subject-area curricula.
*Learning is designed to broaden students’ opportunities and competitiveness in a rapidly changing economy.
Agriscience Education places a new emphasis on the integration of academics into existing agricultural/agriscience curricula, especially in areas if science and mathematics. This new direction serves two major purposes: (1) to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter and advance in agricultural careers and (2) to enable students to function as informed citizens in today’s society.
The objectives of Agriscience Education are:
*To provide education in and about agriculture from the perspective of science and technology
*To prepare students for employment in an agricultural career
*To prepare students for entry into postsecondary programs in agriscience fields
*To provide education about the role of agriscience in the conservation of the Earth’s natural resources
*To develop life and employability skills essential for successful employment
*To develop skills needed to fulfill occupational, social and civic responsibilities
Business Education is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for economic success in the twenty-first century. This dynamic and challenging program prepares students for accelerated changes taking place in the competitive business world. The business course of study is designed for students with career interests in business and marketing. Careful attention has been given to ensure academic rigor, to develop technological skills, and to encourage social responsibilities necessary for participation in the global economy.
The objectives of Business Education are:
*To encourage critical thinking skills
*To promote educational values including economic understanding and consumer competencies
*To promote character growth and development including human relations, good work habits, positive attitudes, and ethical standards
*To provide a realistic understanding of the work environment
*To enhance employability skills
*To stimulate interest in career development
*To foster an appreciation of the free enterprise system
Creative Arts is designed for students who are interested in acquiring knowledge and skills in art production and design. Course content provides opportunities for students to explore ways to use materials and supplies safety, to produce artwork, to apply the elements and principles of design to works of art, to study cultural and historical time periods, and to become aware of how art relates to their daily lives.
Driver Education and Traffic Safety Education is an elective course primarily for tenth-twelfth grade students. Students receive one-half unit of credit upon the completion of an approved course in driver education. Students enrolled in the Driver and Traffic Safety Education course without a valid learner license should meet minimum health standards to operate a motor vehicle as outlined on the application for an Alabama driver license. Driver Education for high school students is divided into two distinct phases. Students have an absolute minimum of thirty hours of instruction, including Boating Safety, and each student shall be required to successfully complete a performance-based evaluation of basic driving skills in a dual control vehicle.
Family and Consumer Science addresses challenges faced by individuals and families in the home, school, work place, and community. Individuals need to develop abilities to think, communicate, manage, and lead in order to address the issues of a changing, technological, diverse, and global society. Rigorous content standards have been written to require the use of these skills in addressing concerns and problems of individuals and families.
The mission of FACS is to prepare students for family life, work, and careers by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors for:
*Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span
*Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings
*Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span
*Managing resources to meet the needs of individuals and families
*Balancing personal, home, family, and work lives
*Using critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in family, community, and work environments
*Managing life, employment, and career development successfully
*Functioning effectively as providers and consumers for goods and services
*Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility for one’s actions and success in family and work life
*Enhancing intellectual development and maximizing potential
Work Experience or Cooperative Education Program is a structure component of the Career Technical Education curriculum that integrates classroom instruction and learning with productive, supervised work-based experiences in fields related to students’ career objectives. Cooperative Education partners students with school faculty and employers to provide students with progressive school and work-based experiences that integrate theory and application.
To successfully complete the Cooperative Education Program, students must demonstrate all of the following:
Achievement of work-based experience related to a selected career fieldAchievement of regular and continuing current employmentAchievement of a progression of increasingly difficult work-based tasks