Course Descriptions


Accounting, Computerized
This course is offered to students with various level of accounting knowledge. Students with no previous accounting experience will complete the Basic Accounting Principles module before attempting the Computerized Accounting module. The Basic Accounting Principles module introduces and reinforces the principles and processes involved in manual entries of the double-entry accounting system. The Computerized Accounting module introduces and reinforces the use of various computerized accounting systems in recording business financial transaction. Both the Basic Accounting Principles and the Computerized Accounting modules cover accounting for service, manufacturing, and merchandising businesses organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. Each module includes the analyzing, coding, and recording business transactions, payroll preparation, inventory control, cash and bank reconciliation, and other financial statements and analysis reports. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards.


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 dept.  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.


Principles of Bio Medical – PLTW
This course provides an introduction to the bio-medical sciences through exciting hands-on projects and problems.  Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.  They determine the factors that led to the death of fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.  The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics.  Key biological concepts including homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum.  Engineering principles including the design process, feedback loops, and the relationship of structure to function are also incorporated.  This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Bio-medical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.


Business Marketing
Students will receive instruction in advertising, communications, merchandise display, human relations, retail management, and economics. Salesmanship, the psychology of selling and customer service will also be covered.  Students will have the opportunity to earn extra credits while working at local retail stores.


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 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.


Certified 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. 


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.


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 hand-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.


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.


Introduction to Engineering Design – PLTW *
Introduction to Engineering Design is a high school-level survey course of engineering.  The course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study.  Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high tech careers in engineering. This survey course gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts thought activity, project, and problem based (APPB) learning.  Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills based upon engineering concepts.  It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.


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.


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 carryout 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.

*  Indicates a-g subject requirement