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Networking Fundamentals (23096)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day only on Tuesday and Thursday – 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12     Elective
Prerequisite: Good communication and basic keyboarding skills; Completion of the Vocational
Co-op Application and Selection by the Instructor


The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential is a professional credentialing program for individuals who will focus on a broad range of issues on the Windows 7 client operating system, desktop applications, mobile devices, networking, and hardware support. Earning this credential is the ideal way to demonstrate your ability to use Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 to excel in a job relevant in today's market.

The MCITP credential is in high demand in the business world. This widely recognized technical certification indicates that the individual has the skills necessary to lead organizations in the successful design, implementation, and administration of the most advanced Windows operating systems of Windows 7 and Microsoft Server Products.

At the completion of this program, the students shall be employable in entry-level network administrator jobs or be ready to move into the post-secondary programs of computer technology. This program provides the necessary training to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and MCITP tests.


COSMETOLOGY I AND II (07066, 08046)

2 Semesters, 4 periods per day – 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12     Elective
Prerequisite: Pass preadmissions test, an Interview and Instructor’s Permission
Class Location & Calendar: Knox Beauty School on IN 8. Students will follow the Knox School Calendar.


Cosmetology is taught at the Knox Beauty School in Knox, Indiana. Students will have to provide their own transportation to class. Cosmetology includes segments in cutting, styling, perming, coloring, manicuring, pedicuring and facials. The course includes both scientific and artistic ability. Within the 1500 hour course, the student will discover the necessity of acquiring knowledge of all phases of personal development, sterilization and sanitation, anatomy and
physiology. Two years are required to successfully complete


HEALTH SCIENCES I (73036)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day  – 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12     Elective
Recommended: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I, Algebra II - Requires Application & Instructor  Permission
**Student enrolled In this course will have opportunity to earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College
Class Location & Calendar: Plymouth High School and Knox High School. Students will follow the PCSC Calendar


Students are responsible for their own transportation.
This is a three period, two semester course. Health Sciences I content includes a core of entry level skills such as patient nursing care, dental care, animal care, medical laboratory and public health. Course content includes an introduction to health care systems, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. An in-school laboratory provides hands-on, simulated experiences. An extended laboratory experience may also be used as a method of providing clinical exposure to the actual health care work settings. Successful completion of this course provides students with the certificates of technical achievement in bioscience and health occupations. Actual instruction and supervision is given by qualified health practitioners in the clinical setting. Leadership skills developed through HOSA participation are also included.


HEALTH SCIENCES II (74036) – CNA CLASS

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day – 6 Credits
Grade Level - 12     Elective
Prerequisites: Health Sciences I - Requires Application & Instructor Permission **Student enrolled In this course will have opportunity to earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College
***Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to take the State Certification Exam to be a Certified Nurse Assistant


Class Location & Calendar: Plymouth High School and Knox High School. Students will follow the Plymouth/Knox School Calendar (instructor will provide instructions)

Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Health Sciences II is a three period, two semester course. Health Sciences II course content includes the competencies that prepare the student for a specific occupation within a health career cluster which is CNA. This course builds on those competencies acquired in Health Sciences I and allows for more in-depth knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be developed in a specific occupation. Simulated in-school laboratory experiences are also a part of this course. An extended laboratory experience will also be scheduled at a local nursing home.


AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY I & II (53046 or 54016)

2 Semesters, 4 periods per day – 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12     Elective
Prerequisite: Requires Application & Instructor Permission
Class Location & Calendar: The SCILL Center, Knox, Indiana. Students will follow the Knox School Calendar.


The automotive technology course is two semesters in length, and should be taken in both the junior and senior years for a total of four semesters. The class is taught at the SCILL Center that is just west of Knox, Indiana. Over the two-year period, the course will cover automatic transmissions, breaks, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and suspension and steering. When completing the Automotive Technology program and successfully completing the required tests, students will be awarded the Automotive Service Excellence Certificate that will help them become employed in the Auto Service industry. Students interested in this class should have a career interest in automotive service, good attendance, and transportation to the SCILL Center.



CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY I & II (53036 or 54046)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day – 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12     Elective
Prerequisites: None--However, for those students who are really focused on a trade in the Construction Area, any of the classes offered in the Construction Cluster and Design
Process/Computer Design Area would be highly recommended.
Requires Application & Instructor Permission


Vocational Building Trades is a vocational program designed to teach students the skills needed to construct residential buildings. It is also designed to provide training toward an occupation that students could follow after graduation such as: carpenter, electrician, mason, cement finisher, plumber, sheet metal worker, roofer, painter, drywall hanger, drywall finisher, or landscape worker. Students in Building Trades will attend regular classes part of the school day and then report to the school operated construction site for the remainder of the day.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (07086)

2 Semesters, 3 Periods Per Day – 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11 or 12     Elective
Prerequisites: Vocational Application required; FACS course such as Child Development and
Parenting, Orientation to Life and Careers, Nutrition and Wellness recommended.


Expenses: Enrolled students are responsible for their own transportation to ECVE classroom and field placement assignment. The course fee is $20.00 and the student consents to a tuberculin test (TB) at no charge provided by the sponsor’s registered nurse.

Selection: Selection of qualified students will be guided by the following criteria: Student’s career goal; attendance record; access to a reliable vehicle for personal transportation; and the recommendation of a guidance counselor.

ECVE Classroom Locations: For Starke County students the ECVE classroom is located at Knox Middle School and in session each Thursday from 8:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. or 11:40 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Central time). Students attend either a morning or afternoon session.

For Marshall County students the ECVE classroom is located at Kaleidoscope Children’s Center, 1901 PIDCO Drive, Plymouth and in session each Wednesday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time). Students attend either a morning or afternoon session.

Course Description: Early Childhood Education focuses on a child’s development from birth to age nine, a time of dramatic growth. The course helps to prepare the student for a career in the fields of education, special education, social work, psychology, and nursing. The combination of classroom instruction with field placement experience allows the student to put into practice newly acquired knowledge in real time with a professional practitioner.

Course work includes intensive study of early childhood development, early childhood education best practices and hands-on projects. Students will assist the Cooperating Field Placement Teacher with classroom activities to promote young children’s development.

All enrolled students are assigned to a field placement classroom for real time experience working with young children the four other days of the school week. The cooperating teacher provides guidance, mentoring, and evaluation of the student. Field placement options include the following: Head Start preschool classrooms at Plymouth, Knox, North Judson and Kindergarten classrooms at Culver, Knox, North Judson, and Plymouth schools.

College Credit: Qualifying first year students may earn six college credits at no cost from Ivy Tech State College which may be transferred to other colleges/universities. Second year students receive three additional transferable college credits and are eligible for a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the best first step on the path of career advancement in ECE. The professional CDA Credential is the only recognized, portable, reciprocal, competency-based credential of its kind in the country. The CDA commands a higher starting wage for those entering the field.


GRAPHIC IMAGING TECHNOLOGY (15011)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12     Elective
Prerequisites: None--However, for those students who are really focused on a trade in the Graphic Design area, any of the classes offered in Digital Design area would be highly recommended.
Class Location and Calendar: Knox High School; Students will follow the Knox School Calendar
Requires Application & Instructor Permission


Graphic Communications will include organized learning experiences that focus on theory and laboratory activities in prepress, press and finishing operations. Emphasis will be placed on elements of design and layout leading to computerized electronic image generation, plate preparation, pressroom operations, and finishing techniques. Instructional activities will enhance student’s language arts skills through the use of proofreading, spelling, and punctuation exercises. The course will include actual production processes in conjunction with classroom assignments embracing the technologies of printing, publishing, packaging, electronic imaging, and their allied industries.


RADIO & TELEVISION I (35096)

2 Semesters, 1 periods per day - 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12     Elective
Prerequisites: None--However, for those students who are really focused on a trade in the Broadcasting area, any of the classes offered in the Broadcasting area would be highly recommended.
Class Location and Calendar: Plymouth High School; Students will follow the Plymouth School Calendar
Requires Application & Instructor Permission


Radio/TV Broadcasting/Telecommunications provides instruction to develop and enhance competencies in various communication, marketing, media, production, and technical functions and tasks performed by employees, including management personnel, in radio/TV broadcasting and telecommunications occupations. Emphasis is placed on career opportunities, production, programming, promotion, sales, announcing, broadcast equipment operation, news and sportscasting, broadcast regulations and laws, station organization, technical oral/written communication, and listening skills. Instructional strategies may include a hands-on school-based enterprise, real and/or simulated occupational experiences, such as the operation of an in-school radio, television, telecommunications, or distance learning studio, job shadowing, field trips, and internships.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE (83073)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12    Elective
Prerequisites: None
Requires Application & Instructor Permission


Criminal Justice includes specialized classroom and practical experiences related to public safety occupations such as law enforcement, loss protection services, and homeland security. Training is based on standards and content similar to that provided by officially designated law enforcement agencies. Instruction includes procedures for patrolling on foot or in an automobile during the day or at night; dealing with misdemeanors, felonies, traffic violations, and accidents;
investigative and evidence collection procedures; making arrests; and testifying in court. Students will have opportunities to use mathematical skills in crash reconstruction and analysis activities requiring measurements and performance of speed/acceleration calculations. Additional activities simulating criminal investigations will be used to teach scientific knowledge related to anatomy, biology, and chemistry. Oral and written communication skills should be reinforced through activities that model public relations and crime prevention efforts as well as the preparation of police reports.


WELDING TECHNOLOGY (56041)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12    Elective
Prerequisites: None
Requires Application & Instructor Permission


Welding Technology I includes classroom and laboratory experiences that develop a variety of skills in oxy-fuel cutting and Shielded Metal Arc Welding. This course is designed for individuals who intend to make a career as a Welder, Technician, Sales, Designer, Researcher or Engineer. Emphasis is placed on safety at all times. OSHA standards and guide lines endorsed by the American Welding Society (AWS) are used. Instructional activities emphasize properties of metals, safety issues, blueprint reading, electrical principles, welding symbols, and mechanical drawing through projects and exercises that teach students how to weld and be prepared for college and career success. Students will have the opportunity to take AWS certification tests and serve an internship on Fridays.


PRECISION MACHINING (54047)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12    Elective
Prerequisites: None
Requires Application & Instructor Permission


Precision Machining I is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the precision machining processes used in industry, manufacturing, maintenance, and repair. The course instructs the student in industrial safety, terminology, tools and machine tools, measurement and layout. Students will become familiar with the setup and operation of power saws, drill presses, lathes, milling machines, grinders and an introduction to CNC (computer controlled) machines.