• Career & Technical Education

    Automotive Collision and Repair

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
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    Students will acquire the knowledge and skills used by auto collision technicians in the repair and refinishing of damaged vehicles. Instruction will involve the I-CAR curriculum, classroom theory, demonstrations, and hands-on repair of practice panels and customer vehicles. Students will train on school-supplied tools and shop equipment using current technology. Successful completers of this program will be prepared for related entry-level employment and/or continued education at the post-secondary level. Students will participate in SkillsUSA as part of the course requirements.

     

    Automotive Technology

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
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    Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and experience in the repair and maintenance of automobiles and light trucks. Efficient application and use of safe shop practices, tools and equipment is an important part of the training. Through the ASE curriculum, and classroom and live shop experiences, students will have an opportunity to learn entry-level skills needed in the repair and maintenance of cooling systems, brakes, steering and suspension, as well as engine performance. Successful completers of this program will be prepared for related entry-level employment and/or continued education at the post-secondary level. Students will participate in SkillsUSA as part of the course requirements.

     

    Computer Science

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
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    This course is the C++ and Java programming languages. Using C++, the student will focus on structured programming techniques, proper program design and object-oriented programming techniques, proper program design and object-oriented programming concepts and skills. Topics include basic object-oriented programming, events, logic structures and simple input/output techniques. Using the Java programming language, the student will focus on structured programming techniques, proper program design and object-oriented programming concepts and skills. Students will participate in SkillsUSA as part of the course requirements.

    Prerequisite: At least a C in Algebra for classes at high schools and a 2.5 GPA and B or better in Algebra 2 for Manual

    Major Events: CodeFest and Coding Olympiad

     

    Construction Technology

    Target Grade Level: 10-12
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    Students will acquire knowledge and skills such as safety, framing, roofing, hanging drywall, installation of interior and exterior trim, doors, and windows, blueprint reading and construction estimating. Model construction and on-site construction projects are used to provide students with project-based experience using current tools, equipment, and materials. Students completing this program will be prepared for related pre-apprentice opportunities and/or continued education at the post-secondary level. Students will participate in SkillsUSA as part of the course requirements.

     

    Culinary Arts

    Target Grade Level: 10-12
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    Students will receive instruction and participate in project-based experiences in the fundamentals of safe and sanitary food handling and operation of a commercial kitchen. Students will use a variety of cooking methods to produce entrees, salads, desserts and other dishes. Students will become familiar with the different phases involved in the operation of a restaurant, including management of a kitchen and dining area. Successful completers of this program will be prepared for related entry-level employment and/or continued education at the post-secondary level. Students will participate in SkillsUSA as part of the course requirements.

     

    Educator Prep

    Target Grade Level: 12
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    Students considering the elementary or secondary teaching profession will interact with students K-8 as pre-professional teachers. The course offers students to receive foundational teacher training as well as practicum experience. Each student is assigned to an elementary or middle school within the attendance boundaries. Students will participate in Educators Rising as part of the course requirements.

    *Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA and 90% or better attendance

     

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

    Target Grade Level: 12
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    This course is designed to take high school students with little or no medical background and teach them to work in an ambulance using Basic Life Support Measures. Students that successfully pass all requirements are eligible for an apprenticeship with the Kansas City Fire Department. Students will participate in HOSA as part of the course requirements.

    *Partnership with Kansas City Fire Department

    Course Locations
    Manual Career & Technical Center*
    * Must be a senior

     

    Health Science

    Target Grade Level: 10-12
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    Students will acquire knowledge and skills in core competencies including an introduction to the health care delivery system, human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, infection control, human growth and development and interpersonal communication. During the required clinical experience, students work closely with professional staff providing project-based care and emotional support to residents in health care facilities. Prior to completion of the program, students will sit for the CNA exam and be prepared for entry-level employment and/or continued education at the post-secondary level. Students will participate in HOSA as part of the course requirements.

    *Partnership with Truman Medical Center for Pathways to Nursing Program

     

    Project Lead the Way Computer Science

    Target Grade Level: 9-12
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    PLTW Computer Science empowers students in grades 9-12 to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. The program’s interdisciplinary courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges. As students work together to design solutions, they learn computational thinking – not just how to code – and become better thinkers and communicators. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

    Prerequisite: At least a C in Algebra

     

    Project Lead the Way Engineering

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
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    Students will dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Students will also explore various technology systems and manufacturing processes to discover how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem-solving process. The course addresses concerns about the social and political consequences of technological changes. Emphasis is also placed on career possibilities in the field of engineering and engineering- related technologies. This course is in the Project Lead the Way course sequence.

    *Partnership with the KC STEM Alliance

    *Part of the ecosySTEM KC

     

    Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology

    Target Grade Level: 7-8
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    PLTW Gateway to Technology empowers students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. And as students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

    Course Locations
    Central Middle School

     

    ProStart

    Target Grade Level: 10-12
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    Students follow the new Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts curriculum, developed by industry and academic experts to learn how to be an industry professional through hands-on work under the direction of a mentor. Mentors help students make the connection between their present performance and their future career.

    Course Locations
    Central High School