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Welding & Metal Fabrication Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

This course prepares students for various construction welding trades. Areas that will be covered in the year one are: oxy-fuel cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), blueprint reading, metallurgy and occupational safety. Students will apply math, science, language arts and problem-solving skills in daily activities. In year two, students will study various applications of Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). Students will be exposed to small business procedures, job estimation, and accounting. After rotation through all the areas, the student will select an area for in-depth study that includes career research.

This program includes the following credential(s): ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Transportation Science Technology Program | Certification

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

The Transportation Science Technology (TST) program is NATEF certified in the area of Maintenance and Light Repair. Students work in the classroom and lab area involved in practical job service, with over half of the total program time spent working on vehicles. Instruction will focus on personal and environmental safety practices, service maintenance, brakes, engine fundamentals, steering and suspension diagnosis and repair, front end geometry and wheel alignment. Students will also work on developing competencies with electronic and other test equipment in the areas of automotive electricity and engine performance. Time management, professional conduct, organizational skills, and the completion of work in accordance with industry standards are emphasized.

This program includes the following credential(s): Vermont State Inspection Certification; Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level Certification Maintenance & Light Repair; ACT National Career Readiness Certificate

Natural Resources Program | Certification

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

This program will introduce students natural resource management careers. The focus is broad, however specific proficiencies in several skills will be included: tractor operation, equipment maintenance, gathering and analyzing inventory data, management planning, map use, maple syrup production, sawmilling, timber harvesting and chainsaw use, wildlife management, and arboricultural techniques. Students will learn and practice the ecological principles that help them understand the methods and importance of being a good steward.

The goals of this program are: Foster an understanding of the complexity inherent in natural systems; appreciate the interrelatedness between and within the geological, hydrological, and biological components of local forest, aquatic, and agricultural ecosystems; build an awareness of the connection between good management practices and the resulting social, environmental, and economic benefits; introduce students to a variety of careers in natural resources; provide students with the vocabulary, conceptual understanding, technical knowledge, and physical skills necessary to pursue natural resource careers; engage students in hands-on project-based learning activities to develop safe and effective working practices; enhance students’ transferable employment practices and values; engage students with their local community by providing opportunities for field trips and community service projects.

This program includes the following credential(s): National Safe Tractor & Machinery Operation Certification; Game of Logging Chainsaw Safety Training Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 Certification; ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mechatronics (S.T.E.M.) Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

The Mechatronics Engineering Technology program teaches mechanics, electronics, control theory, and computer science. Upon completion, students will be able to maintain, troubleshoot, and diagnose advanced automated systems. Year one students will learn the fundamentals of hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, mechanics, robotics, and electronic components and their applications including resistors, diodes and capacitors. Year two focuses on preparation for the Level I Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification and the Systems Approach to Mechatronics. Year two will also incorporate industrial design using automated equipment and 3-D software such as Solidworks in the development of projects. Work in this portion will include design build projects using 3-D printers and CNC machines. Students will be well prepared to enter a number of STEM related postsecondary programs including mechanical and electrical engineering or begin a job as an entry-level technician.

This program includes the following credential(s): Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistant Certificate & ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Human Services Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

This program is designed to prepare students for early childhood education, health care, social services, and related fields. This program focuses on learning about all stages of human development. Other areas explored include nutrition, health, unique populations, and job skills, as well as preparing for a career in human services.

Students will be required to complete homework assignments, in-depth research projects, and actively participate in class activities –including public speaking. Through research and study, students will develop the ability to work with children and families. Students will also learn to organize lesson plans, activities and appropriate environments to promote positive physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth in children. The second-year curriculum includes an option for dual enrollment credit through the Health Sciences 2 Human Growth and Development class (with the recommendation of the teacher). Students will have an opportunity to learn about and explore the career options in the field of human services, such as teacher, school counselor, mental health worker or case manager, and individual or family therapist.

This program includes the following credential(s): ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

Students are exposed to the basic maintenance and operation of construction equipment: bulldozers, excavators, loaders, backhoes, dump trucks, graders, and trailers. The main emphasis in the program is on safety and work ethics. Students will also learn the basics of the 1-800-DIG-SAFE system, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, trench safety, basic first aid, personal protective gear and clothing, hand signals for equipment control, motor carrier safety regulations, the use of fire extinguishers, basic mechanics, basic welding, the proper use of hand tools, fluids, types of soils, erosion control, contamination considerations, stump and snow removal, reading blueprints, the use of transits, leveling/grading, preventative maintenance, road design, and job skills.

This program includes the following credential(s): ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Health Sciences Program | License

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

Health Sciences I includes anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, infection control, legal responsibilities, medical terminology, job safety, employability skills, and much more. A clinical component is included to provide hands-on experience in areas including nursing, physical therapy, radiology, respiratory therapy, dental care, nutrition, surgical services, veterinary science, and more. In Health Sciences II, students continue to expand skills and career path options and choose between Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) or dual enrollment in the Human Growth and Development course. All students study medical terminology for optional dual enrollment credit.

This program includes the following credential(s): Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) & ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Culinary Arts Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

The Culinary Arts program provides the student with hands-on learning in food service in a professional kitchen and restaurant setting. The Falcon Café is a student-run full-service restaurant that allows students to experience all aspects of the restaurant business. Students in Culinary Arts I learn to prepare baked goods, learn and practice cooking techniques, cook for the restaurant and engage in customer service.

Students start portfolios that document their work in the culinary program, explore food service careers and demonstrate employability skills. In Culinary Arts II, students will build on the acquired skills and take leadership roles. The students use the second year to explore the area of food service that most interests them. Students continue to expand their knowledge of food services, food preparation, demonstrate bakery production skills and gain a greater understanding of the hospitality industry.

This program includes the following credential(s): National Restaurant Association-ServSafe Food Handler Certificate & ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Cosmetology Program | License

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

Students who are interested in the cosmetology profession will learn through e-books, textbooks, lectures, guest speakers, career-related field trips, research, and projects. This program uses both classroom experience and hands-on training in a salon-like setting and off-site field experience.

Students will study professionalism; leadership and ethics; sanitation; sterilization and hygiene; anatomy; laws, rules, and regulations; shampooing; waxing; permanent waving, hair straightening; finger waving, pin curls, roller formation, blow-waving; manicuring; basic aestheticism, facials, makeup; tinting, bleaching, rinsing, and reconditioning, and haircutting.

Year two students will be more involved with scheduling appointments and performing services on clients both in the school setting and out in the community. Upon completion of the program, students may use some of the accumulated hours towards the 1500 hours required for the cosmetology licensing examination depending upon their academic standing in the program and the post-secondary school of their choice.

This program includes the following credential(s): ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Computer Programming & Game Design Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

This program forms the groundwork for the increasing number of Internet and Computer Game and Entertainment Related Careers ranging from Computer Programmer (covering applications, web and game programming), Game Designer, Web Designer, Graphic Designer (for web-based graphics, print-media and game graphics) and Database Designer. Web programming (using JavaScript and PHP) and E-Commerce are covered. Programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, PHP and SQL will be covered as well as multimedia tools: Photoshop, Blender, Inkscape and Game Programming tools (Gamemaker). Additional topics such as interactive websites with JavaScript and 3D Game Programming will also be covered.

This program includes the following credential(s): ACT National Career Readiness Certificate