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Career, Technical and Adult Education

CTAE logoTechnology Education & Trade and Industrial Programs

 
The study of Technology Education is an essential component in a student's educational program to develop technological literacy. The program develops technological understanding, problem-solving skills, and practical application of math and science skills using a hands-on approach. Students are exposed to a variety of technological areas such as communication systems, manufacturing, material and processing systems, and medical technologies. To this end, a technologically literate person understands what technology is, how it is created, and how it, in turn, shapes society. The information gained in the technology education classroom will give students the ability to make informed choices concerning technological issues in their home and in the world. Trade and Industrial classes are grouped in the following clusters: Communication and Graphics, Construction, Transportation, Personal Services, and Health and Medical Sciences.

Technology Education & Trade and Industrial courses are elective programs offered at all high schools and satisfy the required Fine and Practical Arts credit. Students enrolled in these programs can participate in internships and have job shadowing experiences, obtain industry certifications, and several of these courses qualify students to receive advanced placement credit with Northern Virginia Community College.

Standard and Optional High School Courses and Codes

  • Advanced Animal Science/Biological Investigations (28084
  • Air Force Junior ROTC I & II (28735)
  • Air Force Junior ROTC III & IV (28736, 98736HW)
  • Air Force Junior ROTC V & VI (28737, 98737HW)
  • Animal Science Technical/Biology II (28083)
  • Auto Body Repair I (28677)
  • Auto Body Repair II (28678)
  • Automotive Technology I (28506)
  • Automotive Technology II (28507)
  • Automotive Technology III (28508)
  • Aviation Technology (28731)
  • Biotechnology Techniques and Applications (28408)
  • Computer Assisted Drawing/Architectural Drawing (28435) and (28408)
  • Computer Assisted Drawing/Engineering Drawing (28436)
  • Computer Assisted Drawing/Technical (28439)
  • Construction Technology (28512)
  • Cosmetology I (28528)
  • Cosmetology II (28529)
  • Cosmetology III (28530)
  • Culinary Arts and Sciences I (28522)
  • Culinary Arts and Sciences II (28523)
  • Digital Animation (28457)
  • Electricity I (28534)
  • Electricity II (28535)
  • Emergency Medical Technician/Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology (98334HW)
  • Forensic Technology with Application in Biotechnology (28325)
  • Graphic Communications System (28458)
  • Health Sciences (28303)
  • Medical Terminology (28383)
  • Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine Technology (28332)
  • Television Production I (28689)
  • Television Production II and Multimedia (28690)
  • Engineering I: Intro to Engineering Design (28491)
  • Engineering II Principles of Engineering (28492)
  • Engineering III/IV: Computer Integrated Production/Engineering Development and Implementation (26672)
  • Health Sciences (28303)
  • Pharmacy Technician (28305)
  • Photo and Video Technology I  (28625)
  • Photo and Video Technology II (28626)
  • IB Design Technology SL (38495)
  • School to Work Transition Internship (29828)
  • Sustainable and Renewable Technologies (28490)

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Advanced Animal Science/Biological Investigations (28084)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: Biology or Technical Animal Science.

Advanced Animal Science/Biological Investigations is designed as an advanced biology course with an emphasis on animal biology (zoology). This course will prepare students for further education in animal science, wildlife or fisheries sciences, veterinary or medical careers, or other animal-related studies, careers, and interests. Students study and apply the principles of scientific investigation in comparative anatomy, physiology, disease transmission, genetics, behavior, and ecology. Both wild and domestic animals (including exotics) are the focus of the course units. Students will receive hands-on experience with a wide variety of animals housed at the Career Center's Animal Science Laboratory including dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, goats, parakeets, cockatoos, snakes, iguanas, turtles, frogs, fish, and anthropoids. This course also has a strong emphasis on Internet research and publishing. A credit earned in this course will satisfy the third Laboratory Science credit for the standard diploma or the fourth Laboratory Science credit for the advanced diploma. Students receive one credit for Laboratory Science and a second credit for Fine/Practical Arts.

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Air Force Junior ROTC I & II (28735)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite(s):  Students must be at least 14 years of age and comply with USAF grooming standards.
 
 
The focus of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. This is accomplished through development of self-discipline, respect, customs & courtesies, character, integrity, service and leadership. Enrollment in AFROTC does not obligate a student to military service.
 
AFJROTC courses include Aviation History, Leadership, Global Studies, Space Exploration, Cadet Health and Wellness, and Management of the Cadet Corps. As a I and II level cadet, students will learn about dynamic followership, teamwork and professionalism and will be assigned to positions in the cadet squadron.
 
 
 
Air Force Junior ROTC III & IV (28736, 98736HW)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Completion of AFJROTC I & II, and compliance with USAF grooming standards.
The focus of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. This is accomplished through development of self-discipline, respect, customs & courtesies, character, service, integrity, service and leadership. Enrollment in AFJROTC does not obligate a student to military service.
 
AFJROC courses include Aviation History, Leadership, Global Studies, Space Exploration, Cadet Health and Wellness, Management of the Cadet Corps. As a III and IV level cadet, students will learn about leadership and be assigned leadership positions in the cadet squadron.
• College credit: This course may be dual-enrolled at Adams State College. Students who are enrolled in AFJROTC IV and successfully complete the course will be awarded three to six (3 to 6) elective credits. The Adams State College entrance requirements must be met before registering. The content of this course is taught at the college level. Please consult with your counselor for more details.
 
 
Air Force Junior ROTC V & VI (28737) (98737HW)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 11-12
 
The focus of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. This is accomplished through development of self-discipline, respect, customs & courtesies, character, integrity, service and leadership. Enrollment in AFJROTC does not obligate a student to military service.
AFJROTC courses for level V and VI cadets include more in-depth Leadership and Management of the Cadet Corps courses, along with practical application. As a V/VI level cadet, students will work closely with the instructors to build upon their leadership and management skills.
 
College credit: This course may be dual-enrolled at Adams State College. Students who are enrolled in AFJROTC V and VI and successfully complete the course will be awarded 6 elective credits. The Adams State College entrance requirements must be met before registering.  The content of this course is taught at the college level.  Please consult with your counselor for more details. 
 

Animal Science Technical/Biology II (28083)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Biology I

This course is designed to give students a solid background in biology with an emphasis on animals. Students will have the opportunity to study a wide variety of animal life using hands-on approach. This course is designed to allow students to investigate the many animal related career options available today. This program has developed strong alliances and outreach with local animal care professionals. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop some of the most important skills necessary for success in animal related career fields. Students will gain experience working with a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals housed at the Career Center including goats, chickens, parrots, snakes, iguanas, turtles, ferrets, and rabbits. This course is recommended for students wishing to pursue a career working with animals, whether it is immediately following high school or after attending a technical school, community college or a four-year University.
• Additional high school credit: A credit earned in this course will satisfy the third lab science credit for the standard diploma or the fourth lab science credit for the advanced diploma (Biology II-Advanced Survey of Biology Topics 24320). In addition to the science credit, students will receive a second credit for fine/practical arts. This also counts as a sequence for the modified standard diploma.
• Certification: American Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR.
 
 
Auto Body Repair I (28677)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite(s): None

In the global automotive repair industry, there is a growing demand for qualified auto body technicians. In this course, students are taught non-structural analysis, damage repair, and welding. Students work with a variety of materials, using metal finishing and body filling techniques to prepare surfaces and repair panels. In addition, students practice shop safety and gain career skills.


Auto Body Repair II (28678)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the auto body field. There are two areas of specialization: auto painting and collision work. Although students obtain experience in both, it is possible to specialize in one particular area. The majority of time is spent in practical "hands-on" experience. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. This is a dual enrolled course with Northern Virginia Community College.
 

Automotive Technology I (28506)

Full year, one credit
Grades 9-12 at Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown
Prerequisite: None. Small Engine Repair would be beneficial, but is not required.

Automotive Technology I is the beginning course in the vocational sequence and is a prerequisite to the Advanced Automotive Technology program at the Career Center. It may also be taken as a general interest course. Students are provided the opportunity to develop competencies in all eight of the ASE certified areas of automotive technology, including fuel injection and computer controlled operations. This is a "hands-on" course in which students will have the opportunity to work on cars, including their own. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation.

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Automotive Technology II (28507)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology I and permission of the instructor.

The curriculum for Automotive Technology II involves "real world training" in an on-the-job type facility. Training in the most up-to-date technologies enables a student to gain experience in this exciting and fast growing industry. Use of modern specialized equipment with emphasis on "hands-on" training makes this course beneficial to future technicians, as well as automobile owners. This course is a prerequisite for Automotive Technology III. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. This is a dual enrolled course with Northern Virginia Community College.

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Automotive Technology III (28508)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 11-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology II.

Automotive Technology III is the most advanced segment of the three-year vocational sequence. This program provides specialization in a particular automotive field such as front-end alignment, fuel injection, on-board computers, emission controls or electrical systems. Use of sophisticated testing devices and other modern equipment prepares students with job entry skills needed for today. An articulation agreement with the Northern Virginia Community College allows a student to receive college credit for completion of this program. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. This is a dual enrolled course with Northern Virginia Community College.
 

 

Aviation Technology (28731)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 9-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisites: Students must be 15 years old prior to completion of the course for the school year.

Aviation Technology provides an introduction to the world of aviation and the aerospace industry. It is designed for students who intend to pursue either pilot training or aviation related career fields. Course content includes careers in aviation and aerospace, aviation history, principles of flight, aircraft systems and performance, meteorology for pilots, interpreting weather data, basic navigation, electronic navigation, aviation physiology, flight planning and decision making. The students will receive flight training in full motion-base and stationary flight simulators and participate in two actual aircraft flights at a local airport. Visits will be made to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facility. The course is designed to be completed during one full academic year. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. Note: Students who successfully pass a screening test will take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aeronautical knowledge written examination for a private pilot license. FAA requires the student to be at least fifteen years old before taking the private pilot's examination. Consequently, all students must be fifteen years old prior to completion of the course for the school year.

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Biotechnology Techniques and Applications (28467)

Full year, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a grade of "C" or better or approval of the instructor.

The primary goal of this course is to provide students experience with biotechnology principles, techniques, and applications. The course includes study into how biotechnology procedures and protocols are used for problem-solving in forensics science, agriculture, medicine, environmental science, and genetic engineering. Specific problem-solving protocols include those for separating molecules; DNA and protein analysis; immunology studies; Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR); and other investigations. Using computer databases for analysis and research is emphasized in this course. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation.

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Computer Assisted Drawing/Architectural Drawing (28435; State Course Code 8437)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center

This is a drawing course that focuses on the practices of the fields of architecture and construction. Students prepare working drawings necessary in residential construction through the use of mechanical drafting and computer assisted drawing. These documents include floor plans, electrical plans, wall sections, elevations, and renderings. Students build scale models and prepare presentations on various architectural related subjects. Students also study building materials and their individual properties. This class provides information helpful for the homeowner and is especially beneficial to the future architect, interior designer, or homebuilder, including students involved in the construction trade skill classes. Applications of computer assisted drafting (CAD) are included in the course. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. College Credit Possible: Students must apply for Tech Prep Credit and successfully complete one course at NVCC within 24 months of high school graduation to receive Tech Prep Credit. Visit the NVCC website for up-to-date information on conditions and credits you can earn - Northern Virginia Community College.

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Computer Assisted Drawing/Engineering Drawing (28436)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: Computer Assisted Technical Drawing.

This is a mechanical drawing course that provides students with the opportunity to expand their communication skills through the use of graphic language. It continues in greater depth the drawing problems, skills, and techniques presented in Technical Drawing. Students develop drawings using both mechanical drafting and computer assisted drawing. This course covers important aspects of the application of drafting principles to typical engineering drawing and design problems. Hands-on projects integrate problem solving skills, math skills, drafting techniques, and design principles. This course is especially recommended for future engineering, architecture, or technology students. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. College Credit Possible: Students must apply for Tech Prep Credit and successfully complete one course at NVCC within 24 months of high school graduation to receive Tech Prep Credit. Visit the NVCC website for up-to-date information on conditions and credits you can earn - Northern Virginia Community College.

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Computer Assisted Drawing/Technical (28437; State Course Code 8435)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 9-12 at Arlington Career Center

This is a beginning level mechanical drawing class which introduces the skills required to communicate effectively through the use of graphic language. Students use three methods of graphic representation: freehand sketching, mechanical drafting, and computer-assisted drawing. The course content includes career opportunities in the field of technical drawing, freehand sketching, lettering techniques, line types, geometric constructions, multi-view drawings, dimensioning, sectional views, and auxiliary views. This course is especially recommended for future engineers, architects, or home builders, including students involved in the construction trades. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. College Credit Possible: Students must apply for Tech Prep Credit and successfully complete one course at NVCC within 24 months of high school graduation to receive Tech Prep Credit. Visit the NVCC website for up-to-date information on conditions and credits you can earn - Northern Virginia Community College.

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Construction Technology (28512)

Full year, one credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Prior enrollment in Carpentry I or concurrent enrollment in Sustainable and Renewable Technologies (28490)
 
In this course, students learn about structures and the related industries to investigate such jobs as architects, civil engineers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, surveyors, contractors, masons, and construction and environmental management. Students develop and use carpentry skills to build model structures, plan site preparation, design structures and infrastructure projects, and utilize computer software and other appropriate tools used in such industries. 
 

Cosmetology I (28528)

Full year, two credits
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Cosmetology I is designed for students interested in becoming licensed cosmetologists. Students learn the science and art of being a professional cosmetologist by investigating the past, analyzing the present and concluding with a total beauty result. Students gain knowledge in the foundations of professional ethics, bacteriology, anatomy/physiology, basic chemistry/electricity, properties of hair and scalp, principles of hair design, shampooing/conditioning, haircutting, hairstyling, facials, manicuring and pedicuring. Instruction is designed to prepare students to meet the qualifications for Cosmetology II (28529). Cosmetology kits are provided for student use, or they may purchase their own (approximate cost $170).
• Certifications: Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetology Examination (once students have completed both Cosmetology I & II).


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Cosmetology II (28529)

Full year, four periods, four credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: A chest X-ray or tuberculin skin test is required.

This program is designed for students interested in becoming licensed beauticians. Students learn to shampoo, cut, set, style, straighten, perm wave, bleach and tint hair, as well as clean and style wigs and hair pieces. They learn to give manicures, shape eyebrows, give scalp and facial treatments, and provide make-up analyses. As part of the training, students make appointments for patrons, clean equipment, and sanitize implements. Instruction is designed to qualify students for the licensing examination. In order to meet licensing requirements, students must be enrolled two full school years for a total of 1080 hours. Students provide two uniforms, a pair of clinical shoes, and a beauty kit. Beauty kits are ordered by the school for students to purchase at a cost of approximately $63.00. One (1) practical workbook $27.50 and one (1) theory workbook $26.50 are required. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation.

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Cosmetology III (28530)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite(s): Cosmetology II
 
Cosmetology III is an advanced level course designed for those students who have successfully completed Cosmetology II. Students will continue to learn through the scientific approach on how to become a Professional Cosmetologist. Students will begin a rigorous training in preparation for the Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetology Exam thereby increasing their proficiency in all practical skills. Also, students manage the school salon while developing expertise in the business. Additionally, students will work in the industry as salon interns. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology Exam, work in the industry as shampoo assistant, stylist assistant, receptionist, sales representative, and/or state board investigator. Supplies for this course will be according to the needs of the students at their expense.
 
 
Culinary Arts and Sciences I (28522)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: A chest X-ray or tuberculin skin test is required.

Culinary Arts/Commercial Food Preparation I is designed for students interested in developing skills and gaining basic knowledge in the various areas of food preparation such as fast food service, catering, and hotel and restaurant food service. Students gain skills in cooking, baking, grade manager, table service, food handling and service, sanitation and safety, use of equipment, menu construction, and food purchasing. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. College Credit Possible: Articulation Agreement in place with The Art Institute of Washington. Contact your teacher or counselor for details. Articulation Agreement also in place with NVCC. Students must apply for Tech Prep Credit and successfully complete one course at NVCC within 24 months of high school graduation to receive Tech Prep Credit. Visit the NVCC website for up-to-date information on conditions and credits you can earn - Northern Virginia Community College.

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Culinary Arts and Sciences II (28523)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: A chest X-ray or tuberculin skin test is required.

Culinary Arts/Commercial Food Preparation II is designed to provide students with more extensive experiences and advanced skills. Students will qualify to work as a second cook, broiler cook, fry cook, swing cook, baker's helper, assistant pastry chef or grade manager. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. College Credit Possible: Articulation Agreement in place with The Art Institute of Washington. Contact your teacher or counselor for details. Articulation Agreement also in place with NVCC. Students must apply for Tech Prep Credit and successfully complete one course at NVCC within 24 months of high school graduation to receive Tech Prep Credit. Visit the NVCC website for up-to-date information on conditions and credits you can earn - Northern Virginia Community College.

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Digital Animation (28457) 
Full year, one credit
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Graphic Communications System

Students gain experiences related to computer animation by using graphics and design concepts. Students solve problems involving 3-D object manipulation, storyboarding, texturing/mapping, lighting concepts, and environmental geometry. Students create a variety of animations that reflect real-world applications and are introduced to interactive and 3-D animation software. Production of a portfolio showcasing examples of original student work is included. 
 
 
Electricity I (28534)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center

Electricity I enables students to develop electrical skills in working in residential (home) construction. Students are taught the proper use of common electrical tools, wiring techniques, the building and analyzing of electrical circuits, reading of electrical plans, and electrical problem-solving. Students are introduced to commercial new construction and communication wiring. Instruction is based on the National Electric Code. Most of the instruction is practical and hands-on. Safety and good work habits are emphasized. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation.

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Electricity II (28535)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center

Electricity II provides instruction in the wiring methods of commercial construction and communications cabling, including telephone wiring, cable television wiring, BICSI/RBT Systems Copper based Network Cabling and Fiber Optic Network Cabling. Seniors may be eligible for a work-study program in the electrical supplies distribution field. The commercial wiring is taught to the standards of the National Electrical Code. The Network Cabling is taught to the BICSI/RBT Systems standard and meets the TIA/EIA 568A standard. Students will study communications wiring standards, wiring methods and techniques, network and cabling history and terminology. Students will have an opportunity to take the BICSI/RBT certification examinations. Eligibility requirements to take the BICSI/RBT certificate examinations:

1. Students must have successfully completed Electricity I.
2. Students must be proficient in reading, writing, and comprehending English.
3. Students must successfully complete all of the Network Cabling instruction.
4. Students must meet all the state, local, and instructor requirements.

The BICSI/RBT certification is nationally recognized by the communications wiring industry. The Arlington Career Center and the instructor are both BICSI/RBT certified. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation.

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Emergency Medical Technician/Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology (28334)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: A chest X-ray or tuberculin skin test is required.

This program is a college-level course taught to the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency/US Department of Transportation 1994 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) National Standard curriculum. This program is ideal for the student interested in the medical field or any career requiring First Aid certification. Students will study anatomy, physiology, introduction to emergency medical care, airway management, patient assessment, medical emergencies, obstetrical/gynecological emergencies, care of the trauma patient, pediatric emergencies, and ambulance operations. Students will also complete an America Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider and a First Aid course. Students will also be provided the opportunity to assist and observe in a hospital emergency department or ride along in an emergency ambulance. A fee of $5.00 for Red Cross certification is charged for this course. Eligibility requirements to take the Virginia Department of Health EMT-B certification examination:

1. Students must be 16 years of age at the start of the course (under age 18 must have parental permission).
2. Students must be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking the English language.
3. Students must meet all state, local and instructor requirements.

A credit earned in this course satisfies the third Lab Science credit for the standard diploma or the fourth Lab Science credit for the advanced diploma. Students receive one credit for Laboratory Science and a second credit for Fine/Practical Arts. College Credit Possible: Students must apply for Tech Prep Credit and successfully complete one course at NVCC within 24 months of high school graduation to receive Tech Prep Credit. Visit the NVCC website for up-to-date information on conditions and credits you can earn - Northern Virginia Community College.

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Engineering I: Intro to Engineering Design

(28491)/Engineering II Principles of Engineering
(28492)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10 - 12
Prerequisite(s): None

Engineering I emphasizes the development of engineering design. Students use computer software to produce, analyze and evaluate models of project solutions. They study the design concepts of form and function, and then state-of-the-art technology to translate conceptual design into reproducible products.  Engineering II provides an overview of engineering technology. Students develop problem solving skills by tackling real world engineering problems.
Through theory and practical hands on experiences, students address the emerging social and political consequences of technological change. Some of the topics covered will be an overview and perspective of engineering, the design process, communication and documentation, and engineering systems.

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Engineering III/IV: Computer Integrated

Production/Engineering Development and
Implementation (26672)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10 - 12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Engineering
I and Engineering II (at comprehensive high schools)

This course builds upon the computer solid modeling design skills developed in Engineering I: Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Design. Students are presented with design problems that require the use of Autodesk’s Inventor software to develop solutions.  They evaluate the solutions, make appropriate modifications and use  rototyping equipment to produce three-dimensional models. Students work in teams to design and test a solution. Problems involve a wide range of engineering applications (e.g., a school robo-mascot, an automated solar water heater, and a remote control hovercraft). Students will maintain a journal as part of a portfolio of their work.
Each team is responsible for delivering progress reports and making final presentations of their project for an outside review panel. The completed portfolio will be invaluable as students apply to college.

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Forensic Technology with Application in Biotechnology (28325)

Full year, two credits
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a grade of "C" or better or approval of the instructor.

This program is designed for students seriously interested in any of the forensic sciences as a career field, particularly ones involving biotechnology. It is a challenging course because of the amount of college-level material. Students will learn how to process crime scenes, perform DNA analysis including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), perform refractive index tests on glass samples, analyze blood splatter patterns, and participate in seminars which are designed to discuss case studies and examine scenarios of ethical issues in genetic engineering that are presented in the class. Students will be required to perform standard laboratory protocols, and follow the scientific method in all analyses. Students will learn various techniques used in the different forensic sciences, for example, entomology, osteology, anthropology, forensic botany, toxicology, and DNA analysis. This course is especially recommended for students who have a strong science background. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation.

 
Graphic Communications System (28458)
Full year, one credit
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Digital Animation

Graphic Communications System focuses on creating computer graphic images for display on the World Wide Web. Students acquire knowledge regarding the difference between Web graphics and print graphics. Through class projects, students create work using a variety of image-making software. By developing quality art images, students learn the highly transferable skills of visual communication. These skills are increasingly in demand in our web-connected world. Students create a professional digital portfolio of completed work.
 
 
Health Sciences (28303)
Full year, one credit
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to a variety of healthcare careers and develops basic skills required in all health and medical sciences. It is designed to help students understand the key elements of the U.S. healthcare system and to learn basic healthcare terminology, anatomy and physiology for each body system, pathologies, diagnostic and clinical procedures, therapeutic interventions, and the fundamentals of traumatic and medical emergency care. Throughout the course, instruction emphasizes safety, cleanliness, asepsis, professionalism, accountability, and efficiency within the healthcare environment. Students also begin gaining job-seeking skills for entry into the health and medical sciences field. In addition, instruction may include the basics of medical laboratory procedures, pharmacology fundamentals, biotechnology concepts, and communication skills essential for providing quality patient care.

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IB Design Technology SL (38495)

Full year, one credit
Grade 11 or 12 (1.0 quality point)
Open to all Grade 11 and 12 W-L students who meet the prerequisites.
Prerequisite: B average in previous math and science courses

To design can be defined as “to conceive a mental plan for something.” Design consists of gathering
information about the world around us, processing that information, and developing a plan to modify what is
already there or introducing something new. The designer must be knowledgeable on material environment and
also have an understanding of the political, social, and economic impact, which affect people’s priorities.
Design technology is based on a model of learning which incorporates knowledge, skills, and design principles
in problem solving contexts, while at the same time, maximizing the use of local and readily available resources.
It assumes no previous experience in either design technology or designing. The design cycle is at the core of
the course and it is expected that students will use this process in the practical investigative work as well as
theory. Students will be required to complete a design project, practical activities, and a logbook.
This course prepares students for the required standard level IB examination in Design Technology. Students
not taking the exam will not earn the additional quality point (28495).
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Medical Terminology (28383) (98383HW)
Full year, one credit
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Health Sciences (28303)

Medical Terminology is designed to help students learn health care language. Topics are presented in logical order, beginning with each body system's anatomy and physiology and progressing through pathology, diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions, and finally pharmacology. Students learn concepts, terms, and abbreviations for each topic.
• College credit: This course may be dual-enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) as HIM 111 for a total of 3 credits at NOVA. The NOVA entrance requirements must be met before registering. The content of this course is taught at the college level. Please consult with your counselor for more details.
 
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Pharmacy Technician (28305)

Full year, two credits
Grade 10 - 12
Prerequisite(s): None

This certificate program is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a pharmacy technician. The coursework will fulfill the requirements of the Board of Pharmacy and prepare students to take either the state examination or the national examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Trained, experienced pharmacy technicians who can demonstrate the right skills and knowledge would be
able to pursue many exciting and respected career options or post-secondary study in the pharmacy field. 

Certifications: Pharmacy Technician
Certification Board (PTCB) Examination

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Photo and Video Technology I (28625)
Full year, one credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Photo and Video Technology II

Imaging Technology introduces students to the basic principles of photography while providing a strong emphasis on digital imaging. Students study the development of photography as a communication medium and its evolution into the digital realm. Students learn to use image-editing software to manipulate digital images.
 
 
Photo and Video Technology II (28626)
Full year, one credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Photo and Video Technology I

This course offers students a hands-on opportunity to study all aspects of video and media production. Students will conceptualize, plan, and contribute through all production phases: preproduction, production, and postproduction. In addition, students will practice various methods of gathering and recording information and creating novel content to create a variety of video and media productions while operating studio editing software and video and audio equipment.
 
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Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine Technology (28332)

Full year, two periods, two credits
(Optional: 105 clinical hours for three credits)
Grades 10-12 at Arlington Career Center
Prerequisite: A chest X-ray or tuberculin skin test is required.

This program is designed for students interested in all aspects of rehabilitative medicine such as: physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, and sports medicine. It is a very challenging course because of the substantial amount of college level material and competency-based curriculum. Students will study anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular stress testing, therapeutic exercise, body composition, ambulation, effects of ultrasound/electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, and goniometry. They become skilled in the evaluation of athletic injuries, initial emergency medical assessment and care, modality application, formation of rehabilitative exercise programs and taping. In addition, students will receive certification in the AHA BLS for the healthcare providers and standard first aid. An integral part of the program is the "hands-on" experience students can earn while assisting and treating patients under the supervision of licensed physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, orthopedic physicians, and exercise physiologists during clinical internships. A lab fee of $5.00 for Red Cross certification is charged for this course. A credit earned in this course will satisfy the third Laboratory Science credit for the standard diploma or the fourth Laboratory Science credit for the advanced diploma. Students receive one credit for Laboratory Science and a second credit for Fine/Practical Arts.

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School to Work Transition/Internship (29828)
Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite(s): Minimum 16 years of age; completion of Career Center CTE program (full program series) with a grade of "C" or better; plus, a written recommendation from CTE Skills teacher.

This course is designed for students who have completed a Career & Technical Education (CTE) program sequence and wish to further their education and skills by either working in a job related to their career choice or continuing their training through mastery of advanced skills in their chosen skill area.  Students will receive internship referral assistance from the CTE instructor and the internship coordinator.  Students must be at the internship site a minimum of 280 hours per school year in order to earn two credits.  Students are evaluated by the internship supervisor twice per quarter in order to determine the quarter grade.
 
 
Sustainable and Renewable Technologies (28490)
Full year, one credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in Construction Technology (28512)

This course introduces students to the historic, economic, political, environmental, and cultural issues that impact the global community and its’ future. Students will address issues affecting the health of our environment and explore solutions offered by sustainable agriculture, energy efficient building design, and renewable energy sources. Students will enhance their carpentry skills as they learn about and build structural models and/or prototypes with an emphasis on materials science, renewable energy systems and sustainable technologies, and the related industries. Students will investigate relevant jobs in architecture, architectural engineering, civil engineering, carpentry, electricity, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, surveying, contract management, masonry, and construction engineering and construction management, and environmental management. Students build and test scale-model structures, plan site preparation, design structures and infrastructure projects, and utilize computer software and other appropriate tools used in these careers.
 
 
Television Production I (28689)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at the Arlington Career Center

Television Production I focuses on media production for television, radio, and multimedia CD-ROM. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, good communication skills, and professionalism. Students break into teams and cooperatively learn the theories and techniques of operating state-of-the art media production equipment. Skills include lighting, set design, location videography, and the operation of studio production equipment. Students build skills through hands-on exercises and eventually produce news pieces, commercials, music videos, and public service announcements. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. College Credit Possible: Articulation Agreement in place with The Art Institute of Washington. Contact your teacher or counselor for details.

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Television Production II and Multimedia Production (28690)

Full year, two periods, two credits
Grades 10-12 at the Arlington Career Center

Television Production II and Multimedia is available to those students with a producing and directing focus who have taken and passed Television Production I, as well as students with an interest and experience in computer-driven multimedia production. Besides reinforcing the basic skills in video and studio production for broadcast, cable and videocassette distribution, this course will add the increasingly important multimedia skills required for the production and distribution of media via the Internet, CD-ROM and DVD. Students will work on independent projects or elect a concentration in broadcast engineering or multimedia production. All hardware used in the program is digital and industry standard. Software includes Ulead's Cool 3D, Sonic Foundry's Acid Music, Sonic Solutions' DVD it! and Adobe's PhotoShop, After Effects and Premiere. A credit earned in this course will fulfill the Fine/Practical Arts requirement for graduation. College Credit Possible: Articulation Agreement in place with The Art Institute of Washington. Contact your teacher or counselor for details.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Introduction to Technology

Grade 6

Students discover what technology is and are provided with learning experiences in technology. Students are also introduced to problem-solving and discover that this is an integral part of technology education. The modular lab will also be introduced to the students.

Students will:
  • be able to explain/use the problem-solving process
  • be introduced to the modular lab
  • select and use drafting and measuring tools
  • identify and use tools, machines, and equipment located in the Technology Education lab
  • demonstrate good safety practices while using the power and hand tools in the lab
  • understand the purpose of each of the tools and machines located in the lab
  • analyze a simple plan and understand how to read and transfer this information to a finished project
  • solve a transportation problem by applying tools, materials, mathematics, and science
  • prepare modules or projects for display or competitive events related to transportation, production, and communication

Inventions and Innovations

Grade 7

Students build models and research existing inventions. Students also look at innovations of existing inventions or new inventions. The problem-solving process is utilized and refined in this course. Advanced technological equipment will be introduced as the students work in the modular lab.

Students will:
  • review and be able to explain the problem-solving process
  • study the importance of history in the development of technology
  • demonstrate project planning procedures
  • identify and use tools, machines, and equipment located in the Technology Education lab
  • demonstrate good safety practices while using the power and hand tools in the lab
  • assess alternative solutions to select the best ideas
  • construct and illustrate an invention idea to show how it works
  • rotate through two rotations in the modular lab
  • experience Computer Aided Design using AutoSketch software

 

Technological Systems

Grade 8

As the name implies, students look at technological systems. Students acquire an overall view of technology through simulating various technological systems, assessing their impacts, and determining if the system is meeting the intended need. Students will work with advanced technological equipment as they move through the modular lab.

Students will:
  • explain the problem-solving process
  • identify tools, machines, and equipment located in the lab
  • demonstrate good safety practices while using the tools and equipment in the lab
  • describe the system model to show input, process, output, and feedback components
  • solve a problem by following the steps in the problem-solving system
  • keep information (sketches, notes, and reports) in a notebook or log
  • design and build carbon-dioxide powered race cars and air transportation vehicles
  • apply materials, processes, and other resources to solve problems to improve the world
  • experience Computer Aided Design using AutoSketch software
  • rotate through a number of the modular lab stations
     
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