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Career Technical Education

Students must earn at least 10 units in either Business, Consumer Family Studies, Industrial Technology, or the Regional Occupational Program, in grades 9-12.

ROP classes in this section are on campus



Full year course, 10 units, (Co-Op work experience is an optional part of this class), grade 12

Prerequisites: Students who have taken Marketing with a minimum "B" semester grade, application, and recommendation of 2 teachers, with approval by teacher.

Description: Economics of Business is a two-semester course.  Fall semester focuses on microeconomics concepts: supply & demand, business organization and competition, international trade, the marketing process, management structures, and the Corporate Form of Business in the US.  The Junior Achievement Corporation (with corporate sponsors) is a major portion of first semester.  Second semester focuses primarily on Macroeconomics with volunteers from the Venture Capital Roundtable of Silicon Valley to assist students with Business Plans, International Marketing/Business Plans, Market Research Projects, and other written events for DECA competitions.



Full year course, 15 units each semester (5 units classroom, 10 units Co-op), grades 9-12 (Students must also be enrolled in 5 other classes). Prerequisites: Interest in the field of marketing: advertising, fashion, merchandising, sales, distribution, business communications, product development, and leadership.

Description: Marketing Occupations is a three-part

program focusing on:

1) Classroom instruction: Marketing careers, economics, selling, fashion merchandising, advertising, the consumer market, pricing and product strategies, retail store organization and management, communication skills, and marketing math

2) Co-Op (on the job training): An important component of this program, Co-Op consists of approximately 12 hours paid, on-the-job training per week (or 150 cumulative hours per semester) at an approved job site.

3) DECA: The CVHS DECA chapter is part of a national association of marketing and business students.  It is a vehicle which provides students with a program of leadership, personal development, competition, and travel.



Full year course, 10 units, grades 10-12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the world of sports and entertainment marketing. Students will learn how to apply the marketing mix (product, place, price, and promotion) to the sports and entertainment industries. Students will learn about sponsorships, careers, look at advertising, the media, licensing, merchandising, copyright laws and create promotional materials. Students will gain a greater awareness of marketing campaigns used to sell products in each of these industries as well as understand the economic impact of sports and entertainment. Students will also have opportunities to participate in community classroom and/or cooperative vocational education (CC/CVE) and DECA.



Full year course, 10 units, grades 10-12

Prerequisites: B or Higher in previous English class


Description:Photojournalism is a two-semester course that combines the high-level critical thinking, reading and writing skills of print journalism with the artistic, creative and aesthetic skills of the visual and graphic arts. Students will study reading, writing, photography, graphic design and editing, as well as further develop their research skills, providing them with the journalistic expertise necessary to design and produce a year-end journalistic volume of student photography, research and writing.

Students master the reading, writing and editing of the most common forms of journalistic stories; write and rewrite routinely for a range of tasks and purposes; comprehend complex informational texts independently and proficiently; examine and analyze the structure of texts in order to model them in their own writing; learn concise and precise writing skills in order to convey information clearly and accurately; demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage; learn and practice the basics of graphic design and layout; learn communication, leadership management, and evaluation skills for individuals and small teams; and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical responsibilities and communications law.


Consumer Family Studies


Foods and Nutrition

Full year course, 10 units, grades 10-12

Prerequisites: None

Description: A study of basic principles of food preparation which will include instruction in nutrition, purchasing, food handling, safety, sanitation, serving, and storage of food.  Food-related careers will be explored.  Laboratory includes preparation and evaluation of individual food products.


Computer Technology



One semester course, 10 units, grade 9-12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course introduces students to computer applications for business and home use. Topics covered include hardware and common software applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Plus an understanding of an Internet Browser for the World Wide Web, HTML, personal computer, and familiarization with its capabilities in a Windows environment.  Typing skills and web page building will be included in the course.


CISCO ADVANCED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Full year course, 10 units, grades 9–12 (Students must also be enrolled in 5 other classes).

Prerequisites: Electronics recommended or teacher approval.

Description: This course will introduce students to computer hardware, software, operating systems, networking concepts, mobile devices, IT security, and troubleshooting. These courses will help students develop the necessary skills to work as a technician in the field of IT. Specific skills will be covered in each chapter on the online courses, which can be accessed through a smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc




Description: This course introduces students to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. It will help students develop the necessary skills to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. Specific skills will be covered in each chapter on the online courses, which can be accessed through a smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.




Full year course, 10 units, grade 11-12

Prerequisites:  Application and teacher approval

Description: This course gives students a more in depth introduction to fundamental advanced networking concepts, Cyber Security Essentials and technologies. It will help students develop the necessary skills to plan and implement small/larger networks across a range of applications. Students will learn the basics of staying online, learn the different types of malware attacks, how organizations protect themselves against these attacks and explore the career options in cybersecurity/ Specific skills will be covered in each chapter on the online course, which can be accessed through a smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc. (Certificate upon successful completion of course work)



In conjunction with Engineering, Construction and

Technology Academy

Full year course, 10 units, grade 10-12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the ability to visualize objects in three dimensions, prepare working drawings, read working drawings blueprints, think through drafting problems clearly and completely, draw clearly and accurately, and obtain practice in drafting techniques through the use of a computer-aided drafting (CADD)


AUTO 1-2 (ROP)

Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 9-12 (Students must also be enrolled in 5 other classes). Prerequisites: None

Description: Auto 1-2 is an introductory course that explores the modern automobile, its major systems, and the automotive industry. The emphasis of this course is on consumer and car owner knowledge, (e.g., how to buy a car, how to take care of its appearance, and how to maintain it mechanically). Topics will include the theory, repair, and maintenance of engines, transmissions, suspensions, steering, brake, and electrical systems, including computer controls.  The first part of the course is primarily in the classroom in conjunction with hands- on activities with engine components to apply the concepts learned in the classroom. Students will be allowed to work on their own cars during the latter part of the course after they have mastered the basic concepts.


Full year course, 10 units each semester, grades 11-

12 (Course is repeatable for credit.) Students must also be enrolled in 5 other classes.

Prerequisites: None; however, Auto 1-2, Small Gas

Engines, or outside experience is recommended. Description: This course provides students the opportunity to develop entry level job skills in the automotive industry such as basic service, tune-up, and major engine overhaul.  Units of instruction also include transmissions, differentials, brakes, carburetion, ignition, electronics, computer, and emission controls.  Basic shop skills including fundamentals of welding, fasteners, and measurement will also be taught.  Major emphasis is hands-on learning.  Class may be repeated for credit with instructor’s approval.



One semester course, 5 units, grade 9-12

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course introduces the basic fundamentals of vehicle service, maintenance, and car care. It is an excellent entry way into the automotive industry, for either an automotive technician or an automobile owner. The lab activities covered include, under hood checks, safety inspections and emergency procedures. After completion of this course, students will have a basic understanding of vehicle service requirements and safety procedures.



Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra1/Integrated 1. Recommendation: At least a “B” average in Algebra 1/Integrated 1.

Description:  Introduction to Engineering Design

(IED) is a high school level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In IED students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Utilizing the activity project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. In addition the development of computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented. Alignment with NGSS, Common Core, and other standards is available through the PLTW Alignment web-based tool. Activities, projects, and problems are provided to the teacher through the PLTW Learning Management System in the form of student-ready handouts, teacher notes, lesson planning resources, and supplementary materials. The course requires a rigorous pace.  Building enthusiasm for and a real understanding of role, impact, and practice of engineering is a primary goal of the course.



Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Engineering.  Successful completion of Algebra1/Integrated 1 with a grade of  “B” or better.

Description: Principles of Engineering (POE) is the2nd foundation course of the high school PLTW engineering pathway. This survey course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. Students have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APB) learning. By solving rigorous and relevant design problems using engineering and science concepts within a collaborative learning environment, APB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.



Full year course, 10 units, grades 11-12 (Students must also be enrolled in 5 other classes). Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to provide their own camera.

Description: This course teaches the introduction to basic black & white and digital photography skills. The course includes “traditional” black & white processing and printing, as well as and digital photography, including digital image workflow and management, scanning, editing, image correction and output.  Both the “traditional” and digital platforms explore the image making techniques used in fine art and commercial photography. Students are expected to acquire an understanding of “visual literacy” as well as problem solving skills through the exploration of Photography.  The course emphasizes the critical thinking and collaborative skills necessary for entry into more advanced training at the college level or in the entry-level work force. Students will leave the class with a portfolio, a resume listing the relevant skills they have learned, and basic interviewing techniques.



Full year course, 10 units, grade 12. (Students must also be enrolled in 5 other classes.)

Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least one previous year-long course in photography with a grade of  "C" or better or instructor approval. Description: The Advanced Photography course extends the students’ basic photography, problem solving and visual literacy skills.  Additionally, students will be introduced to more advanced photographic techniques: using artificial light sources, studio lighting and digital image management and editing techniques using professional standard software.  Students will be required to refine their printing and Photoshop skills and produce black and white & digital images suitable for portfolio presentation or exhibition.  Students will learn to create images suited to the specific needs of a “client” and create multimedia presentations that can be easily adapted for web-based presentation. Students will also generate a professional resume and a portfolio consisting of either “traditional” black & white and/or color images in a digital-format that can be used to apply for entry-level internships, jobs or admittance to a college-level photography course.