Educational Services » Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education

-- PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION --

WHAT IS CTE?

CTE provides students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to be a lifelong learner. CTE courses, programs, and training focus on the technical and academic skills needed to attain and maintain high-skill, high-demand careers. A quality CTE experience offers opportunities for learning in Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Readiness to students at a variety of grade levels.
In addition to technical training and career foundations, CTE courses also offer a wide range of additional educational benefits, including critical thinking development, technical literacy, public speaking skills, leadership development, and planning/organization skills. Qualifying courses and course instructors also offer college credit, industry certification, and internships for students.
----
SPOTLIGHT ON CTE
ARTS MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT (INDUSTRY SECTOR)
 

Design, Visual and Media Arts (Pathway)

 
Media in the Digital Age (Course IN)
______________________________
 
Media in the Digital Age is the foundational course in the Design, Visual and Media Arts pathway incorporating the elements of art and the principles of design through historical perspectives, to compare cultural trends in project-based assignments. Students interpret and create imagery utilizing media and technology to advance their visual and media literacy and connect professional/career opportunities and the role of artists and designers in today’s global society. Practical connections to real-world relationships in technological and commercial art professions allow students to understand relevant pathways to career and/or college success. This course promotes critical thinking/problem solving, creativity, collaboration, communication skills and emphasizes the importance of the client-customer relationship.
 
 
Digital Media Design and Communication (Course CO)
____________________________________________
This course is an advanced study in media arts with an emphasis on two and three-dimensional design and representation through film, photography, and other digital media. The class is structured around the completion of digital media arts and design applications that synthesize and demonstrate learning from the course of study, and that incorporates themes and topics explored in other fine arts courses. Digital Media Design and Communication emphasizes the theories and elements of art and the principles of design, as well as their use and application in a variety of digital mediums to inform, persuade, and entertain. Students will develop an understanding of traditional and contemporary artistic expression, as well as an understanding of the historical and contemporary role of video/film media as a means of communication, and its influence upon society and culture. Students will work individually and in collaborative groups to design, create, critique, and present two and three-dimensional visual and digital media projects. Students will use technology with industry-recognized software, including, but not limited to, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, GarageBand, and iMovie. Additionally, students will further develop critical thinking, problem-solving, writing, critical analysis, and presentation skills.
 
 
Advanced Multimedia Technology (Course CS)
_____________________________________
 
This capstone course covers the fundamental principles and elements of visual communication, including historical development in the Western world. Students engage in a comprehensive exploration of the various aspects of visual communication including theory, technology, and current practice. Advanced MultiMedia Technology develops self-motivation in students who wish to continue their education in the Graphic Design field, or who would like to contribute in a meaningful and tangible way to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, or the local design community through service projects. Students familiarize themselves with design concepts beginning with hands-on problem-solving exercises, abstract visual experimentation, and proceed to interact with state-of-the-art graphic design tools: Adobe CSS; Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, and gain a basic understanding of technologies which provided the foundation for current methods.
 
 
Production and Managerial Arts (Pathway)
 
 
Professional Musical Theater (Course CO)
__________________________________
 
This two-semester course provides a guided workshop in which students can practice and polish their musical-theatre audition and performance skills. It requires students to be self-disciplined and able to set and reach individual goals to make the best use of available resources. Students are required to give individual and ensemble performances on a regular basis and are expected to do homework outside of class, including research, report writing, and practice that engages the students in reflective and critical thinking. This course includes the study of the musical theatre form, history, and styles, as well as major figures in musical theatre. This course also provides students with the fundamentals and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the entertainment industry via online portfolios, audition/interview techniques, resumes, headshots, the building of promotional materials, and juries. Instruction comes from a combination of departments, including theatre, music, and dance.
 
 
Professional Actors Training (Course CO)
__________________________________
 
****This two-semester course provides a guided workshop in which students can practice and polish their musical-theatre audition and performance skills. It requires students to be self-disciplined and able to set and reach individual goals to make the best use of available resources. Students are required to give individual and ensemble performances on a regular basis and are expected to do homework outside of class, including research, report writing, and practice that engages the students in reflective and critical thinking. This course includes the study of the musical theatre form, history, and styles, as well as major figures in musical theatre. This course also provides students with the fundamentals and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the entertainment industry via online portfolios, audition/interview techniques, resumes, headshots, the building of promotional materials, and juries. Instruction comes from a combination of departments, including theatre, music, and dance.
 
 
Stage and Studio Production (Course CS)
__________________________________
 
Stage & Studio Production is a practical orientation to nine diverse aspects of technical theatre: sets, lighting, costume, make-up, media/sound, stage managing, house managing, graphics, and production assistance. Students will be introduced to stage technology (set design and construction, lighting and sound, props, costumes, and make-up) and performance production (house management, stage management, publicity and graphics, directing, and actings). Students will work on all school and some community theater productions. The reinforcement of basic skills is provided as part of the general instruction of this course. In particular, the course is designed to assist students in practicing communication skills by emphasizing the importance of speaking clearly using standard English, using listening skills to follow directions, and reading to gain information and to perform assignments and tasks as directed. Emphasis will be directed on leadership, collaboration, teamwork, troubleshooting, critical thinking, creative thinking, and time management.
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES (INDUSTRY SECTOR)
 

Cabinetry, Millwork, and Woodworking (Pathway)

 
Construction and Design (Course CO)
______________________________
 
In this course, students will develop the basics of drafting and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)or other industry-recognized software applications. This course clearly articulates connections between geometric concepts and the creation of 3-dimensional wooden projects. They will also learn mill and cabinetry, from the basics of hand tools to the power tools of the trade. This is an integrated course utilizing Geometry concepts in a Building and Construction Trades environment. This course is a part of the Building and Trades Pathways as a concentrator course in a sequence of construction and integrated math courses.
 
 
Construction Technology (Course CS) (Course CO)
____________________________________________
This course has been developed to integrate skills and concepts from the Building and Construction Trades with applied mathematics and English. As a natural progression, students will apply the craft skills required to design and build a variety of scaled structures that meet current code requirements. In addition, students will make real-world connections between construction, math, and English using written projects, construction documents that include creating construction drawings, project packets, and student-centered construction projects. This course provides students the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and technical skills through a hands-on curriculum that meets pre-apprenticeship requirements for the National Building Trades Council.
ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE (INDUSTRY SECTOR)
 

Engineering Design (Pathway)

 
Robotics Engineering Technology 1 (Course CO)
______________________________
 
Students will work in engineering teams to design, build, and test increasingly complex robots. The course will illustrate the engineering design process, the importance of integrating sensors, effectors, and control, and briefly discuss robot learning and multi-robot systems. In the lab, robots will be used to solve weekly challenges. The course culminates in a final project where student teams design, build and program a robot for a final competition.
 
 
Robotics Engineering Technology 2 (Course CS)
____________________________________________
Students will work in engineering teams to design, build, and test increasingly complex robots. The course will illustrate the engineering design process, the importance of integrating sensors, effectors, and control, and briefly discuss robot learning and multi-robot systems. In the lab, robots will be used to solve weekly challenges. The course culminates in a final project where student teams design, build and program a robot for a final competition.
 
HEALTH SCIENCE & MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY (INDUSTRY SECTOR)
 

Patient Care (Pathway)

 
Exploration of Health Careers and Personal Wellness (Course CO)
______________________________
 
This foundational course for MPUSD’s Health Science and Medical Technology industry sector will provide students with an opportunity to explore and understand personal wellness, the history of health professions, and the extensive range of career options within the healthcare industry. Students will achieve competency in medical terminology, fundamental human anatomy and physiology, medical asepsis, patient confidentiality, medical ethics, and the legal aspects of the healthcare industry with the overarching theme of personal health. Students will explore the use of several different types of instrumentation that is utilized in various medical settings. Students will retrieve and analyze copies of medical and clinical records. Students will explore the major career fields and be able to distinguish between entry-level, technical, and professional level positions within each area. The course may be used as a prerequisite or co-requisite course for nursing, direct patient care, and sports medicine. Exploration of Health Careers will support students as they develop communication and interpersonal skills for success.
 
 
Patient Care and Personal Wellness (Course CS)
____________________________________________
Patient Care and Personal Wellness is designed to integrate concepts and skills students are developing throughout the pathway for work in direct patient care settings. Students will practice medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, patient intake procedures, vital signs, physical measurements, procedures to prepare patients for examinations. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards that include basic academic skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, and technology. Worksite learning is an optional component of this course and is available to eligible students. Students will have the opportunity to become certified in Basic Life Support: CPR and A.E.D.
 
 
Introduction to Nursing (Course CO)
____________________________________________
Introduction to Nursing is designed to teach students the clinical skills necessary for employment in a variety of medical settings. Students will practice medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, patient intake procedures, vital signs, physical measurements, procedures to prepare patients for examinations. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards that include basic academic skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, and technology. Work-based learning opportunities will be provided throughout the course. Note: A negative TB test might be required for participation in some work-based learning opportunities.
 
 
Emergency Nursing (Course CS)
____________________________________________
Emergency Nursing is designed to teach students the skills necessary for employment in a variety of emergency health care settings, including but not limited to acute and urgent care facilities, hospital emergency rooms, emergency medical services (EMS), and to prepare students to take the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) and First Aid certifications. Students will practice medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, emergency patient assessment, emergency care, and treatment procedures, as well as out-of-hospital acute medical care. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards that include basic academic skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, safety, and technology. Work-based learning is an integral component of this course. Note: A negative TB test might be required for participation in work-based learning job shadowing or internships.
 
 
Health Science: An Experience in Healthcare (Course CO)
____________________________________________
Health Science Careers provides a student experience that develops career-ready practices through career exploration in the context of project-based learning. All knowledge and skills are based on career cluster and pathway standards to promote college and career readiness. This course is designed to be a career survey and lab for students to determine which health career they have the most interest and aptitude. Ten Healthcare Areas (HCA) include Biotechnology R&D, Clinical Lab Practices, Dentistry, Emergency Medical Technician, Forensics, Medical Imaging, Mental Health, Nursing, Ophthalmology, and Pharmacology. Students will: work productively in small teams of 2, use technology to enhance productivity, plan education and career paths, utilize critical thinking, define problems and persevere in solving them, demonstrate creativity and innovation, employ valid and reliable research methods, and apply appropriate academic & technical skills. Every unit requires that students submit evidence of learning for each project, write in context (narrative & argumentative), and complete 2 objective assessments as proof of knowledge and skill attainment.
 
 
Sports Medicine Kinesiology (Course CO)
____________________________________________
This course is designed for students interested in science-related careers with an emphasis on sports medicine. Students will receive core classroom instruction in kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, healing processes, CPR/First Aid/AED training, injury evaluation, and basic knowledge of sports medicine, personal training, physical therapy, and fitness instructor. Also, students will take part in labs in the classroom that will enable them to use a hands-on approach to understanding the lecture materials.
 
 
Sports Medicine Athletic Training (Course CS)
____________________________________________
In this CTE and science standards-based course, students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the human body, the interaction of body systems, theories and methods of prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of sports and exercise-related injuries. The body’s chemical response to pharmaceutical agents, disease, injury, and stress will be addressed. Students will use scientific methods of observation, investigation, experimentation, data collection, and data analysis. Laboratory and practicum work is performed both in and outside of the classroom. Students are provided substantial opportunities to practice and apply learned theories and techniques working with school athletes, athletic trainers, and other practicing professionals in the field after school hour
 
 

Biotechnology (Pathway)

 
Biotechnology 1 (Course CO)
______________________________
 
Biotechnology 1 is a course designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices from the fields of science, mathematics and engineering used in the field of biotechnology and health science. The knowledge and skills acquired in Biotechnology 1 will lay the foundation for students moving onto Biotechnology 2. The lecture and laboratory portion of the course will require students to apply science concepts and theory, utilize critical thinking, and practice communication skills through informal and technical writing, speaking, and reading, all of which are competencies required in the field of biotechnology and health science. Students will explore and evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology and health science by way of guest speakers, site visits to biotechnology companies and facilities, and researching career opportunities in related fields. Opportunities for post-secondary education and employment will be explored allowing students to gain a broad awareness of both scientific and non-scientific career paths.
 
 
Biotechnology 2 (Course CS)
____________________________________________
Biotechnology 2 revisits the scientific principles, concepts, theories, and laboratory practices learned in Biotechnology 1. Biotechnology 2 will emphasize more depth and application of the foundations established in the first year of the course. In addition, students will formulate, design, and carry out an independent scientific research project. Additional topics building upon Biotechnology 1 will include exploring the process of natural products drug discovery, biostatistics applied to data, DNA forensics, the Human Genome Project, plant tissue cloning, and maintaining a digital laboratory notebook. Students will explore job opportunities, internships, and job shadowing in the field of biotechnology. Opportunities for post-secondary education and employment will be explored allowing students to gain a broad awareness of both scientific and non-scientific career paths.
HOSPITALITY, TOURISM, & RECREATION (INDUSTRY SECTOR)

Food Service and Hospitality (Pathway)

 
 
______________________________
 
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the culinary arts including an overview of the restaurant and foodservice industry; food safety and sanitation; culinary arts basics; personal nutrition; breakfast cookery; salad preparation; soups, stocks, and sauces; vegetables, grains, and pasta; non-yeasted bread, cookies, pies, and tarts; beverage preparation and service; and professionalism. The course is a combination of lectures, labs, guest speakers/panels, and real-world applications. Students will develop competencies in the culinary arts based on CTE content and anchor standards, the application of literacy and math standards, and career-ready practices. The overall goal of this course prepares students for access to the Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation CTE Industry Sector, entry-level work in the culinary industry, and advanced post-secondary certificate, college, and career opportunities.
 
 
Catering and Food Service (Course CO)
____________________________________________
This course will allow students to produce numerous projects and a portfolio using a variety of culinary techniques, using restaurant-quality equipment and materials. Students will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills “through hands-on” experiences based on the learning units listed in the course outline.
 
 
Advanced Culinary Arts (Course CS)
____________________________________________
This course provides advanced training in culinary arts. Instruction will cover the following areas: advanced food preparation, menu planning and preparation, service of foods and beverages, sanitation and safety, pricing, purchasing, operating controls for food service, equipment safety, food handling and sanitation as it applies to National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, use, and care of professional equipment, culinary techniques, terminology, garnishing and presentation, quantity techniques, use of fresh herbs, customer service skills, table service, marketing, employee traits, career opportunities and advanced education, and management techniques for career preparation. Students will use equipment which includes: gas ranges, grills, steamers, Hobart mixers, food processors, and various chef knives. The students will develop competencies in academic core reinforcement, leadership skills, management career awareness, and employability skills as they apply to the food and nutrition industry. This course includes a combination of lectures, hands-on activities, guest speakers, and field trips designed to assist the student in developing the attitudes and career opportunities related to the field of culinary arts, restaurant management, and other jobs related to the hospitality service industry.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (INDUSTRY SECTOR)
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have expanded the need for employees who can understand, manage, and support all rapidly emerging, evolving, and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming, and information systems. Essential skills for careers in the ICT sector include understanding systems that support the management and flow of data, the ability to work well and communicate clearly with people, and the ability to manage projects efficiently. The ICT sector meets national criteria for high demand, high wages, and high skills and provides students with excellent opportunities for interesting work and good pay.
 

Software and System Development (Pathway)

 
 
Exploration of Computer Science (Course CO)
 
 
______________________________
 
Exploring Computer Science is a course designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, problem-solving, and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.
 
 
AP Computer Science Principles (Course CS)
____________________________________________
The main goal of the AP Computer Science (CS) Principles course is to provide students a foundation in computer science concepts and practices so that students learn to reason using computational thinking and critical thinking skills. This course will engage students in the problem-solving and creative aspects of the field by creating products that involve the computational process in the same way real-world professionals do. By applying the content and skills emphasized in the course, namely, problem-solving, abstraction, the use of and analysis of data, algorithmic thinking, creativity, programming, the effects of the Internet, and global impacts of computing, students will engage in rigorous instruction in order to become active and informed citizens in a global and technologically driven society. High School Course Catalog, 2019-2020 Page.

district CONTACTS   

Catalina Bojorquez, CTE Office Supervisor 
Email:
cbojorquez@mpusd.k12.ca.us
Phone:
(831)645-1224
 
Reina Fleck, Work-Based Learning Specialist
 
Lisa Glick, CTE Coordinator
Email:
lglick@mpusd.k12.ca.us
Phone:
(831)645-1230
 
Kimberly Moir, CTE Career & College Planning Specialist
 
Amanda Parker, Work-Based Learning Specialist
Email: aparker@mpusd.k12.ca.us
BUSINESS HOURS
Business Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed for Lunch
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm