Course Descriptions

 


Applied Engineering
This course promotes interdisciplinary learning with emphasis on high-interest projects that provide hands-on opportunities for students to master the applied engineering design process.  Concepts of electrical/digital circuit design and analysis, aerodynamics, robotics, automation, composite materials, programming, computer data analysis, and the manufacturing process are covered in depth.  Design projects include analyzing the design process, problem-solving budgeting, project management skills, identifying funding sources, scheduling, and presentation skills.


Automotive Technology I
This competency-based course introduces students to the field of Automotive Technician. Students receive instruction in component identification, fault diagnosis and replacement, precision measuring, rebuilding and repair, adjustment and servicing procedures. Instruction will provide students with entry-level skills in automatic transmission/trans-axle, brakes, electrical system, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and front-end repair. Instruction includes classroom lecture and hands-on practice in a lab along with community classroom/on-the-job training is held at auto shops and auto retail stores in the local area. Evaluation is academic and competency based. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, technology and other employment skills. Students will receive up to three hundred sixty (360) classroom hours and two hundred (200) community classroom hours with a total of five hundred sixty course hours. Students can continue theory and internship experience in Automotive II.


Automotive Technology II
This course is a continuation of Automotive I. Course is designed to train students in an advanced variety of automotive skill areas such as: tune-ups, brakes, safety, automatic transmission, engine repairs, service station skills and parts department. Classroom lecture and hands-on practice in a lab along with community classroom/on-the-job training is held at auto shops and auto retail stores in the local area. Evaluation is academic and competency based. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, technology and other employment skills.

Business Management and Leadership*
Skilled leaders motivate people or groups to achieve a common goal. Skilled managers plan, organize, staff, direct, and control an organization or group for the purpose of accomplishing a goal using available resources efficiently and effectively. This course explores leadership styles and economics, personal finance and soft skills, while providing a background in business management and leadership. Students engage with their peers, business professionals, and their community to actively practice the 21st Century skills of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. They will learn the best ways to manage an organization in management skills including, but not limited to, classical, administrative and behavioral. Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to participate and compete in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) activities and events. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


Business Marketing
Marketing is a course which provides a basic introduction to the scope and importance of marketing in the global economy. This course is based upon the Marketing Education Framework which includes business, management, and entrepreneurship; communication and interpersonal skills; economics; and professional development foundations. Emphasis will be placed on both oral and written communications, mathematical applications, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as they relate to selling, promotion, distribution, pricing, marketing-information management, product/service management, entrepreneurship, finance and career development. Instructional strategies may include computer/technology applications, as well as real and/or simulated occupational experiences and projects in the business and marketing functions. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


Business & Personal Finance*
Students will be introduced to the world of business and personal finance and to career options within the industry sector. Students will explore foundations of economics, business operations, and financial planning and will gain knowledge and skills required for success in career and consumer domains. Units of instruction will introduce economic systems, global markets, entrepreneurship, management, business finance, and personal finance.


Careers in Child Development*
Careers in Child Development provides students with specific training for occupations as a pre-school teacher, infant teacher, before and after school care teacher, family day care provider, foster care parent, teacher aide, camp counselor and recreation aide. Instruction includes: child growth and development, nutrition, child health and safety, positive discipline, curriculum and lesson plans and laws and regulations relating to child care services. Activities in this course include work-based learning that connects students to industry and the local community. Laboratory experience working with children is an optional component of this course. Students can successfully become employed as provisional teachers under Title 22. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


Careers in Education*
This course prepares students to assist with instructional activities and introduces a variety of careers in education. Students study such topics as standards and licensing regulations; operational procedures; emergency and disaster procedures; child growth and development; positive interaction, guidance and discipline; developmentally appropriate practices; nutrition; health and safety; instructional assistance; supervision; recreational activities; clerical work; use of computers and educational technology; and professionalism.


Child Care Occupations/Infant & Toddler
This course prepares students to work as a Teacher’s Aide in an infant/toddler center or other childcare related occupation.  In addition to classroom instruction, students have the opportunity to work with infant/toddler-aged children in a childcare center where parents are on-site.  Students supervise the infant/toddler in age-appropriate curriculum and activities, facilitating their emotional, physical, social and intellectual growth.  Students provide positive guidance, redirection and interaction.  In addition to working with infant/toddlers, students gain a working knowledge of licensing requirements, childcare standards and local health and safety regulations. Students demonstrate professionalism working with children, their families, other students and staff.  This course is WASC Accredited.  Students who complete this program may be hired as a Teacher according to Title 22.


Child Care Occupations/Preschool Age
This course prepares students to work as a Teacher’s Aide in a preschool or other childcare related occupation. In addition to classroom instruction, students have the opportunity to work with preschool aged children in licensed childcare centers. Students supervise the young child in age-appropriate curriculum and activities, facilitating their emotional, physical, social and intellectual growth. Students provide positive guidance, discipline and interaction. In addition to working with children, students have a working knowledge of licensing requirements, childcare standards and local health and safety regulations. This course is WASC Accredited. Students who complete this program may be hired as a Teacher according to Title 22.


Criminal Justice*
This course is designed to give students both theory and hands-on experience in law enforcement occupations. Included are an understanding of institutions and agencies within the administration of justice, criminal traffic, and juvenile proceedings, substance abuse, and emergency preparedness. Emphasized throughout the course is the importance of effective communication and interpersonal skills, personal and professional development, strong academic skills, problem-solving, safety, and the use of technology.


Digital Animation*
This competency-based course introduces students to the field of animation and helps them develop the essential skills for traditional animation and animated film making as well as gain knowledge about the career opportunities within the field. The course is based on three concentrations of all animation: Animation Mechanics, Art and Cinema Skills, Pencil-Acting and Story-Telling. Elements and techniques of the story, basic drawing, technical animation and timing, character construction and design, layout and the history of animation are also covered. Story telling and acting is emphasized. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety and technology.


Digital Graphic Design I*
This course helps students develop aesthetic criteria in order to create graphic art imagery using a microcomputer. The course emphasizes the knowledge and application of the art elements and principles of design as used in visual communication. Students use the computer and digital tools to apply or formulate programs to communicate creative visual ideas, including animation, game production, and artistic aspects of Web site design. This course may also include aspects of the Cinematography/Artistic Videos course. Students study artists who practice these art forms and learn and practice critiques of these art forms.


Digital Graphic Design II
This course is designed to provide instruction in theoretical and technical skills of advanced digital art and multimedia applications.  Students will have extensive hands-on use of computer-based materials to develop multimedia projects based on computer graphic applications.  Significant emphasis will be implemented focusing on individual artist’s creative expression using digital art and multimedia software applications.


Digital Graphic Design III
This is an advanced course that further explores how to utilize artistic elements and principles of design using various materials, from print media to digital media. The class is structured around various projects emphasizing the elements of art and principles of design. Some of these projects include posters, package design, and application design for the web. The curriculum is designed for a wider audience, whether they are projects for the school or the community surrounding them. This course is designed to further develop the student’s artistic processes and skills to create designs that demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate their design process. Students will further develop their portfolio to prepare for an internship or college. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


Emergency Dispatch
The Emergency Dispatch Course is an entry-level training that introduces students to the basic requirements of emergency dispatch. This course introduces the necessary skills and knowledge to work in a law enforcement communications center in a productive and professional manner. The course also prepares each student for the basic roles, responsibilities, and duties of a public safety dispatcher within the law enforcement agency. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


Engine Performance
This competency-based course is one in a sequence of courses designed to meet the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Program Certification Standards set by the National Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).  It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in an automobile are incorporating sustainable and green vehicle technologies.  Instruction includes classroom and workplace policies and procedures in accordance with federal, state, and local safety and environmental regulations.  It covers the proper use, maintenance, and storage of auto repair tools and equipment, the effective use of service manuals and computer-based information systems, and an introduction to the different engine designs, automotive electricity, hybrid vehicles, and alternative fuel vehicles.  Emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas or engine performance diagnosis and repair: general computerized engine controls, and ignition system. It also teaches trade mathematics, resource management, and employability skills.  The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.


Engineering Manufacturing Technology*
Engineering Manufacturing Technology formalizes cross-curricular involvement between core academics and the application of knowledge. This course promotes interdisciplinary learning with emphasis on high interest projects that provide hands-on opportunities for students to explore engineering and manufacturing processes. Special projects include actual design and construction components. Integrated throughout the course are Career Preparation Standards that include basic safety, technology and employment skills such as communication, interpersonal skills and problem-solving. Student outcome is contingent upon a major yearly project that combines academic, manufacturing/technology and imaginative skills. Students demonstrate leadership and management skills. They advertise their projects and enlist corporate and local sponsors. Teams organize budgets, develop timelines and project work schedules. Students develop entry level machining operations on lathes and mills and welding fabrication.


First Responder/Intro to EMT
This course prepares students in entry-level skills as First Responders emergency personnel who provide immediate care to an ill or injured person and assist emergency medical services (EMS) providers. Included are an overview of EMS, CPR, first aid, patient assessment, legal and ethical issues, and triage and emergency responsibilities. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, technology, and other employment skills. Completion of this class is recommended prior to enrolling in the EMT class and also provides a strong background for those interested in lifeguard positions, fire service, and a variety of health-related fields.


Food Service (Pro-Start II)
Students will be introduced to the fast growing industry of culinary (foods)/hospitality careers. The Pro-Start curriculum is developed by the National Restaurant Association. Skills related to the food (culinary) industry and other service occupations will be covered in the class setting. This is a 4-term class open to juniors and seniors.  The class offers both classroom learning and work experience to succeed in these careers. Hours outside of normal school day are required occasionally. Students will be assisted in finding a job where they will need to work 400 paid hours during the school year. Students desiring national certification must also register in Culinary/Hospitality Pro-Start Cooperative Work and pass National Pro-Start Year 1 and 2 test to qualify for articulation at a community college culinary arts programs and some 4-year programs.


Food Service & Hospitality
This program prepares students for a minimum of an entry-level position in the restaurant field. Students complete both practical experience in the on-campus restaurant lab and advisory approved curriculum to best prepare them for real life experiences. Students are exposed to most aspects of the restaurant industry such as: fast food, banquets, fine dining, delivery service, catering, customer service, purchasing, receiving, food cost percentage and profit and loss. In addition, students have an understanding of basic California State safety and sanitation guidelines, employment skills and menu planning. Students demonstrate professionalism working with staff, student staff, student employees, customers and purveyors.


Forensic Science I*
This course is designed as an introduction to the field of forensic science. This will provide students with the entry-level skills for future opportunities in this field. The course will introduce the students to crime scene investigation, photographing of the crime scene, collection and preservation of evidence, and fingerprint techniques including comparison, rolling of prints, pattern identification and the Henry Classification.


Hospital Occupations I*
This course is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the hospital and/or community setting. Emphasis is placed on those skills required of a health care worker in an acute care hospital setting and to provide practical information about career opportunities in the medical field. Important topics are Medical/Surgical Asepsis, Anatomy and Physiology, Vital Signs, First Aide, CPR, and Safety.


Law Enforcement Academy
This course is designed to give the student both hands-on and theoretical experience needed to begin a career within law enforcement.  Upon graduation from the program, the individual will have the necessary training for a position as an Explorer Scout with a municipal police department, state agency, or sheriff’s department.  The training will give the student a greater understanding of criminal law, juvenile law, patrol procedures, arrest techniques, investigation, and life-saving techniques leading to a position within the criminal justice system.  Strong emphasis will be placed on ethics, communication, interpersonal skills, safety, and physical training.  Training will take place in the classroom and at various community sites (sheriff/police departments).


Medical Assistant
Students are trained in medical assistant administrative and clinical skills which include: answering telephone, greeting patients, updating, and filing patient medical records, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and bookkeeping, taking medical histories, recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, basic laboratory testing, preparing and administering medications and immunizations, drawing blood and performing electrocardiograms. The Medical Assistant-Clinical will provide students with skills necessary to obtain entry-level positions within a medical facility. Instruction will include medical and surgical asepsis, assisting the physician with physical examination of the patient, assisting in office surgery, electrocardiography, administration of medication by physician order, laboratory skills, assisting with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, nutrition, vital signs, introduction to anatomy and physiology and related diseases and conditions, and medical terminology, along with basic core class skills. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which includes communication, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving safety, technology, and employment skills.


Medical Core*
This course is for students who are or will be enrolled in a skills-specific ROP class and for those pursuing a career requiring post-secondary education. Topics include socio-economic issues affecting health care in the United States, anatomy and physiology, pathologies of the various systems, job titles and changes in levels of responsibilities, basic medical terminology, and career planning. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, technology and other employment skills. This course assists with preparation for a career in the medical field.


Networking I
This competency-based course prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of information technology support. The course covers computer installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting, introduction to computer network operation systems, connecting and login, accessing data files, OSI model, IEEE network configurations, network architecture, network layout and design, network media, network interface cards, network protocols, and standard network operating systems. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communications, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety and technology. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


Personal Trainer
This course is designed to prepare students with entry level employment skills in the areas of fitness and exercise, physical therapy and athletic training.  Instruction will include basic anatomy and physiology, vital signs, first aid, CPR and nutrition for fitness and sports.  Specific topics such as training room management, theory, and application of exercise (isometric, isotonic, isokinetic), injury prevention and rehabilitative exercises are also taught.  This class prepares students to take the Personal Trainer Certification Test, but is not funded or administered by the ROP.  Students are responsible for the cost of the Certification Test. 


Photography, Commercial*
This course is designed to prepare students for careers in photography and/or explore career options related to photography or an ancillary field. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, technology, and other employment skills. The class includes black and white and color film developing, black and white and color negative printing, basic photographic presentation techniques, photo equipment identification and use. The class also provides students opportunities through laboratory experiences to learn portraiture, wedding, commercial photography and current techniques in photo journalism. A major emphasis is placed on the fine arts aspect of photography through discussions and critiques of the photographs of great master photographers, as well as technical comparisons to student-produced work. A portion of this class is dedicated to photo composition via technology. Students at all levels will have the opportunity to use digital cameras, photo-editing computer software, basic scanning equipment, and general digital photographic processes using Macintosh computer systems. Students will prepare a digitally mastered CD portfolio of examples of their best work.


Physical Therapy Aide/Restorative Aide
Rehabilitation and specific skills such as range of motion, positioning techniques, minor physical therapy and use of adaptive and assistive equipment are taught in this class. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety technology and other employment skills. The Community classroom methodology allows students to train at non paid employment sites.


Pre-Engineering Technology*
This course is designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging engineering technology that will empower them to enter employment and/or further education and training. Content standards are based on a task analysis of current industry/occupational standards, including manufacturing technology, basic electricity and electronics and aerospace technology. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem-solving techniques in applying science, mathematics, communication and other concepts to engineering and technology. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, technology, and other employment skills.


Public Safety Academy
The Public Safety Academy is designed to prepare the student for entry-level jobs in the field of security and law enforcement. The classes build a strong commitment to the rigors of the knowledge of law as it pertains to security and law enforcement. The classes offered in the academy consist of the following: AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), Chemical Agents Training (Mace & Pepper Spray), Communications (Tactical), Computer Security & Forensics, Cultural Diversity, Case & Liability Law, Community First Aid/CPR & Safety, Criminal Law, Drugs & Narcotics, Executive Protection, Ethics, Handgun Safety Training, Homeland Security, Juvenile Law, Corrections, Law of Arrest, Officer Survival, Patrol Operations, Report Writing, School Security, Sexual Harassment Prevention, Stun Gun, Weaponless Defense, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.


Retail Sales & Merchandising
This course prepares students for entry-level employment in retail sales and merchandising through classroom instruction and on-the-job training at various community sites. Included are retail operations, sales and marketing, advertising, shipping, receiving, customer service, cashiering and visual display. Note: This course is offered at Puente Hills Mall.


Robotics*
This course introduces students to the working principles and foundational knowledge of robotics.  Students learn to control a single robot and multiple robots by graphical user interface, pose teaching, and object-oriented programs. Students write robotics programs to perform various tasks based on the sensory information of the robot.  Through hands-on problem-based projects, students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, and team work skills.  Robots are used as platforms to engage students in collaboratively learning science, technology, engineering, and math.  This course emphasizes hands-on robotic activities with a concentration on algorithm development or solving problems in math and science.


Small Engine Technician
Small Engine Technician introduces students to internal combustion gasoline engine technology. Basic concepts will be taught which are built upon to lead the student into an understanding and working knowledge of all engine systems. Academic work in the classroom will be applied in a hands-on engine lab. Live-running single cylinder engines will be used to expose students to the practical real world activities related to engine service and repair. This course will prepare the student for advanced training in the service and repair of small engines. This course also prepares the student for further training in the automotive area of study.


Sound Engineering Technician
Sound Engineering Technician introduces basic audio for use in video and computer media applications. Topics include basic sounds characteristics, microphones, single and multi-track recording techniques, and sound reinforcement and enhancement. Students work on a production team to complete audio productions. Covers the acquisition, recording, processing, mixing, and distribution of digital audio for media applications. Students get hands-on practice working in multimedia, web, and digital video environments. Format includes readings, lectures, demonstrations, and audio-related projects in various digital media.


Sports Medicine
This is a course that prepares the student as a Physical Therapy Aide, Athletic Trainer Assistant, or Exercise Assistant. During the practical application of their content skills, students will support the athletic programs being conducted at their school. After successful completion o this course, students will have the prerequisites skills to pursue advanced studies at the neighboring colleges and universities. A NATA certified athletic trainer may teach the course.


Steering and Suspension
This course provides an in-depth study of the design and operation of domestic and import suspension and steering systems.  Emphasis is placed on the problems of accurate diagnosis and the proper repair procedures for these suspensions and steering systems.  This course is designed for the learner wishing to develop skills in diagnosis and repairing contemporary technologies of suspension and steering.


Surgical Technician
Surgical Technicians are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. Surgical Technicians prepare the operating room by preparing and selecting sterile supplies, preparing patients for surgery, review patient charts, and observe vital signs. Surgical Technicians function as the sterile member of a surgical team who will pass instruments, sutures, and supplies during surgery. This course provides an overview of the patient care concepts, including the ethical and legal responsibilities of the Surgical Technologist. Communicating with the patient, pre-operative care, and patient’s response to illness and hospitalization, as well as, assessment of the patient’s physical and psychological needs. Other topics include: medical terminology, operating room environment and safety, pharmacology, anesthesia, incision sites, physiology of wound healing, and biomedical sciences. Characteristics of the Certified Surgical Technologist, related professional organizations for surgical technology, as well as, continuing education and credentialing requirements are covered. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


The Art of Teaching*
This course is designed to introduce students to theories of teaching and learning. Public speaking, problem-solving, analytical reading, expository writing a, and critical thinking skills are embedded throughout the course. The course offers students opportunities to explore and research career options in teaching and educational fields. This course covers the evolution of the U.S. Educational system, sociological factors influencing the educational system, education policy and politics, the psychology behind learning and teaching, curriculum design and educational standards, culminating in assessment and evaluation in education. Students will participate in critical assessment of current models of instructional design and methodologies. A multi-disciplinary approach requires students to produce essays, oral presentations, work based projects, and assessments on a number of academic topics related to education. Integration of theory and practice is enhanced through work based learning opportunities in class and at various K-12 school sites under the supervision of a mentor teacher. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning/Community Classroom.


Video Game Design
Students in this course will learn to analyze, design, and create interactive three-dimensional animation and games.  Instruction will include an overview of 3D graphics, modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rules of game play.  Industry software will be utilized to create simple games as individual or group projects.


Video Production I*
This course prepares the student to work in a broadcast TV studio, cable television production, independent video production company, audio/video departments, and post-production companies. Basic production skills, studio operation, on-location taping and working together as a production team prepare the student for an entry-level production position. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, technology and other employment skills.


Video Production II
Students in this instructional program will be trained to carry out support tasks involved in the successful production of a live television broadcast. They gain expertise in the use of lighting, sound, camera, and switching equipment and software used in various live broadcasts (news, dramatic, musical, dance, and reality based performance genre). Students will become familiar with the skills and equipment necessary for each production element, as well as the collaborative interaction required for success.


Video Production III
This course is under development and we currently do not have a course description.

*  Indicates the course is a-g approved