All students graduating from high school are expected to enroll in a sequence of courses that prepares them for college and/or employment. A series of Technical Preparation courses have been designed to prepare students in a variety of technical areas. Technical Preparation is defined as a sequence of study beginning in high school and continuing through at least two years of postsecondary education. Applied academics in mathematics, science, and communications form the academic foundation for Technical Preparation. These applied courses enable students to understand complex technologies and new skill requirements in work environments. Students are prepared for highly skilled technical occupations that allow either direct entry into the workplace after high school graduation and/or continuation of study at a business/technology school or college. In addition to a wide variety of elective courses, Career Technology Education (CTE) provides high school students an opportunity to pursue a sequential technical and academic program of study leading to advancement in a career field. These careers require varying levels of education—from high school and postsecondary certificates, to apprenticeships, or two- and four-year college degrees. Students add value to their overall education by completing CTE programs of study that provide opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and college credit while still in high school.
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Network Systems Administration
As a student in this two year program, you will learn the networking skills to install applications and systems, work with multiple operating systems, setup and configure network hardware and software, install and configure TCP/IP protocol on workstations and servers, troubleshoot and maintain a network server, work in a team setting, use HTML. Students will be able to sit for IC3, MOS, A+, and Net+ exams. Students may also be eligible to receive proficiency credits from Anne Arundel Community College. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2)
Baking & Pastry (ACF)
An opportunity to learn ingredients recognition, cost conversion, bake shop production, use of equipment, basic decorations, airbrush applications is provided in this course. Students may receive national sanitation certification and can have a job shadowing experience. Career opportunities include cake decorator, baker, caterer, consultant, food service manager. Students are eligible for college credit through Anne Arundel Community College upon successful completion of the program. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2)
Culinary Arts (ACF)
Students will learn the use of commercial equipment, purchase food, plan menus, provide banquet buffet service, management, cook, bake, and sanitation techniques, and may be eligible to receive sanitation certification. Career opportunities include dining room management or supervisor, food service management or supervisor, food service manager, purchasing agent, proprietor, host/hostess, consultant, dietitian, caterer or cook/chef. This program is certified by the American Culinary Federation Foundation. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2)
AutoCAD Credentialing, Revit Architecture Certification
Construction Design and Management
This program is a four course CTE Program of Study. Students will develop an understanding of the built world through the design and construction process. Each course uses a project-based learning approach to advance students’ understanding of the design-build-maintain process. Advanced architectural drafting and design skills are developed through lab-based instruction using Autodesk software tools (AutoCAD and Revit Architecture). Throughout the program, students will develop a portfolio to demonstrate knowledge of each phase of the design and construction management process. Students will also have the opportunity to earn industry certification in AutoCAD. AACPS adopted the MSDE program and will meet all of the standards outlined in the State approved Program of Study. Additionally, each course will be expanded to include ‘real-world’ projects and problem solving to align with the school’s Signature— Community Development & Global Citizenship
ASE Student Certification
Auto Collision Technology/Repair
Techniques and spray painting in the repair of automobile bodies is offered in this two to three year course. Technician and restorer positions are available in garages, shops, and dealerships. This program is ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2
Automotive Technician (NATEF)
An opportunity to learn how to inspect, repair, and adjust automobiles is provided in this two to three-year course. Positions as Specialist in alignment, engine tune up, fuel injection, brake, engine repair, trouble shooting, air conditioning and electrical systems are found in auto repair centers. This program is ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Students enrolled in Auto Technology 1 will be enrolled in C01 (Pre-Engineering). Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2. Prerequisite: Current enrollment in Algebra 1 Note: C01 Honors Pre-Engineering is taken concurrently with Level 1.
Diesel Power Technology (State name: Diesel Engine Technology)
The Diesel Power Technology course prepares the student to service and repair a wide variety of die sel powered vehicles and equipment. This program provides training in the Inspection, diagnosis, repair and service of diesel engines, brakes, suspension & steering, electrical/ electronic systems, heating, ventilation & air conditioning, preventative maintenance Inspection, and hydraulic systems. This course has been developed in partnership with Cummins Power Systems and is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2)
IT Networking Academy (CISCO)
Students will be taught the conceptual and technical skills to design, install, operate and maintain state-of-the-art computer networks. Each participant will have the opportunity for theory, component recognition, cabling techniques and design. This two year course is a Cisco Systems Certified program and students can elect to test for accredited industry standard networking certification (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) during the second year of the program.) Students may be eligible to earn proficiency credits from Anne Arundel Community College upon successful completion of the program. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2)
CPR, Infection Control, National Board Expanded Function
Students will be instructed in the areas of receptionist, chairside assistant, business office manager, and dental laboratory assistant. Clinical experiences and observations take place in a dental clinic and are supervised by a doctor of dentistry. A senior year clinical experience may be available in a dental office. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2).
Building/Property Maintenance & Management
This career education path is designed for those students who are interested in gaining a variety of skills needed to maintain and improve residential, commercial or industrial property. This program is open to juniors and seniors. It consists of six units: Building Maintenance, Floor Care, Painting, Floor Covering Installation, Fence Installation and Distribution and Warehousing. Students must have transportation for second semester senior year to be a completer in this program. The last semester will consist of a mandatory work experience or intern ship at a local business and will be supervised by the class instructor. Students are expected to take the NCCER Core Certification exam. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 1)
An opportunity to learn to construct new buildings, handle work connected with remodeling, maintenance, and repair is provided in this two to three-year course. Positions as rough, finish or maintenance carpenter, inspector, home remodeling, project superintendent, and selfemployment are included in the job opportunities. This program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and students may also be eligible to receive proficiency credits from Anne Arundel Community College. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2).
Electrical - Construction Trades
Students will be instructed in wiring diagrams and schematics, electrical safety, wiring methods, blueprint reading, furnace controls, wiring heat lamps and air condition electrical motors and starters is provided. Career opportunities include line meter installer, cable splicer, wire-person, inspector, trouble shooter, motor repair person, control expert, distribution panel installer, electrical contractor or self employment. This program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2).
Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Basic principles and practical applications to the Air Conditioning and Heating Industry are introduced in this course. Electro-Mechanical Theory, basic electricity, and wiring diagrams are studied. Outcomes include trouble shooting, maintenance, wiring diagram, ducting, and repair of central heating and air conditioning systems. Jobs are available in manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, and building maintenance. This program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2).
Masonry - Construction Trades
Students will learn to work with brick, block, stone and concrete. They will be able to estimate the cost of materials, read blue prints, and layout projects. Career opportunities in this trade offer a promising future for graduates as a Masontender, Bricklayer, Layout person, Foreman, Estimator, Superintendent, and Contractor. This program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2)
Plumbing - Construction Trades
Students will be instructed in the areas of soldering, brazing, repairing sinks and toilets, repairing water heaters, reading blueprints and designing bathrooms. A senior year internship is available, which can lead to an Apprenticeship program. Career opportunities exist as plumber, gas fitter, maintenance engineer, engineer, steam fitter, sprinkler system mechanic, boiler mechanic, plumbing sales representative, service person or estimator. This program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2).
Welding - Construction Trades
Students will be instructed in blueprint reading, oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, brazing, arc welding, plasma cutting and welding, and pulse MIG welding. Career opportunities exist as production welder, machine operator, job shop welder, fabricator, pipe line welder, sheet metal mechanic and welder, construction welder, and welding shop owner. This program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2)
Print Ed. Certification
Students will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the printing process including: digital printing, digital file management, offset lithography, binding and finishing, and production planning. Students will learn to use iMac computers, Adobe Suite, computer to plate system, printing press, and bindery equipment. Students will develop an understanding of inventory and cost control, electronic prepress and employment responsibilities. Career opportunities include: pressman or bindery operator, prepress technician, production planning, purchasing and customer service. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2).
Software Development Fundamentals, Windows Development Fundamentals, Web Development Fundamentals
Information Technology (IT) Software - Computer Sciences
The Information Technology (IT) Software Pathway program, Computer Science, prepares students for further study and careers in the field of Computer Science. Students complete a sequence of four courses, starting with an overview of the Computing and Information Technology field and progressing through a more in-depth study of computer science. Throughout the program, students will learn all aspects of Computer Science including: programming, hardware design, networks, graphics, databases and information retrieval, cyber security, software design, programming languages, logic, programming paradigms, translation between levels of abstraction, artificial intelligence, the limits of computations, applications in information technology and information systems, and social issues (Internet security, privacy, and intellectual property). Upon completion of the program sequence, students may earn college credit for introductory-level Computer Science through Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science exam(s). In addition, students may earn industry certification as a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA). Certification options include Software Development Fundamentals (Exam 98-361), Windows Development Fundamentals (Exam 98-362), or Web Development Fundamentals (Exam 98-363). Students in the Computer Science CTE Program of Study are required to take at least one of the assessment options listed above (leading to industry certification and/or early college credit).
Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness
The Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HS/EP) Program is a Career and Technology Education instructional program which integrates government, academia, and private sector training/educational initiatives to help students understand how the United States and its interests worldwide are protected against threats to public safety, both natural and man made, through effective communication, preparedness, detection, prevention, response and recovery.
State Board of Cosmetology Certification
Cosmetology provides students an opportunity to learn hair shaping, manicuring, hairstyling, facial massage, make-up, hair coloring and salon management. Graduates of this 1500 hour/ three year program are required to sit for a state exam. Job opportunities include haircutting specialist, hair color or permanent wave technician, make-up artist, and owner-manager of a beauty salon. Required: T86 Technical Math (taught concurrently with Level 2) .
Transportation, Logistics and Cargo Security Certificate (AACC), Global Logistics Associate (GLA)
In response to community demands for career-ready high school graduates, North County High School offers students unique thematic courses and co-curriculuar opportunities that are challenging and workforce relevant and may include technical, community college, and/ or four-year college pathways. This is the first completer program that directly supports AACPS Signature initiatives. Students will experience purposeful, real-world learning, career opportunities, transportable credentials and higher education experiences. This program combines Career and Technology Education with Early College Access, and will allow students to graduate with 18 college credits and a Certification in Transportation, Logistics and Cargo Security, while preparing them to earn the Global Logistics Associate (GLA) Industry Certification. The program is a combination of courses developed by both AACPS and AACC. The six AACC courses are taken through the dual credit program.