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Career Technical Education

The Career Technical Education program (CTE) provides students with an opportunity to explore and/or develop a career. Courses offered provide career/technical skills training and/or on-the-job training with work-based learning. Generally, most students in CTE classes are 11th or 12th graders, but classes are accessible to 9th and 10th graders on a space-available basis. CTE courses may not be available every year and sometimes, new courses that aren’t on this list are added. Many of these courses are offered on other school campuses, but are open to students if scheduling permits. Course locations are noted when possible.

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Kwong, Edmond ex.5882 Art
Lloyd, Leslie (408) 522-2557 ex.5875 Drama
Porticos, Richard ex.5907 Science
Shelby, John ex.5878 Computer Science
Smare, Tom ex.2580 Work Experience
Taylor, Ed ex.2103 Computer Science
Unsinger, Harry ex.5857 Social Studies
Yoshida, Gary ex.5841 English, Culinary Arts

Courses

Administration of Justice

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: N/A
Location: Homestead
This course will help students acquire the basic knowledge of the law enforcement profession. This program is an articulated, feeder program to community college police science programs. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the role of the police in society, including crime evidence, laws of arrest, and overall protection objectives. Successful completion of this training will provide you with a good background for acceptance into police training program offered at community colleges.

Advanced Multimedia Technologies

Not currently offered at HHS

Advanced Studio Art

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: B or better in Art 2, or evaluation of student portfolio.
This course is designed for the student who is seriously interested in art as a potential college major or career. The curriculum will include the development of a portfolio that may be used for college admission and submitted to the College Board for the AP Examination. Students will be required to complete homework assignments outside of class and to maintain a sketchbook.

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: N/A
Location: Fremont
This program is designed to educate student in the field of Sports Medicine and other allied health professions. The field of Sports Medicine will be explored, including care and prevention of injuries, protective taping and wrapping techniques, stretching methods, overall wellness, and basic anatomy and physiology. Additional hours outside the classroom to further enhance their learning, and give their instructor another method of evaluating student progress. Students who earn a “B” or better in the class may earn 3 units of UC/CSU transferable credit at Foothill College for Kinesiology 16A.

Automotive Technology I & II (offered at FHS)

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: N/A
Location: Fremont

The Automotive Technology program is designed to provide pre-employment training to students for entry-level employment in the automotive service industry. Employment possibilities include parts assembly technician, technician helper, lube technician, tune-up technician and tire changer. Automotive Technology 1 provides students both theory and hands on experience in the following areas: shop safety, brakes, automatic transmission, electrical systems, suspension systems, air conditioning/heating and diagnosis and trouble-shooting repair procedures. Job search skills, business ethics, appropriate communication skills for the marketplace, and job retention skills, including attendance, punctuality and proper work attire will be reinforced at all levels of instruction.

Automotive Technology 2
Grades: 10-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: N/A
Location: Fremont
Recommended: Automotive Technology 1.
Automotive Technology 2 reinforces and builds on knowledge and skills developed in Auto Tech 1, and introduces advanced topics in diagnostics, engine performance, and fuel injection systems. Priority will be given to students who are progressing in the Transportation Pathway and choose this as one of their “First 6” classes.

Biotechnology I

Not currently offered at HHS

Commercial Art/Graphic Design

Not currently offered at HHS

Culinary Careers

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: N/A
Location: Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook
This is a preparatory course addressing many aspects of food preparation including safety and sanitation, measurement basics, kitchen tools and uses, nutrition, basic food science, and meal planning and preparation. The goal of this course is to introduce the kitchen novice to the world of food and flavors. Students also will explore the array of careers in the food industry.

Culinary Careers 2: Hospitality & Management

Not currently offered at HHS

Culinary Food Science

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: g
Location: Homestead, Lynbrook
Recommended: Passing grade in Biology and Algebra 1.
This course applies chemistry, biology, and basic scientific principles in analyzing the processing of food and food products, the preparation of recipes along with concepts of food preservation, the packaging and marketing of foods as well as discussions about scientific advances or consumer demands and the resulting effects on world food issues. The course takes a hands-on approach to learning through the preparation of foods by understanding the “how” and “why” of a recipe, and develops a student’s knowledge of the role of food in respect to its nutritional, social, historical, environmental and industrial contexts using research, reasoning, and prior knowledge. In accordance with the standards of Career Technical Education, the students will also learn about nutrition, sensory evaluation, and the safe handling of food through the use of written lab reports and kitchen lab experiments. Priority will be given to students who are progressing in the Hospitality Pathway and choose this as one of their “First 6” classes

Digital Electronics

Not currently offered at HHS

Introduction to Engineering Design

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: g
Location: Fremont, Homestead, Monta Vista
Recommended: Completed Algebra 1, enrolled in Geometry.
The major focus of this introductory engineering course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation found in engineering-related careers. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them create solutions to proposed problems. Students learn how to document their work and communicate their ideas to peers and members of the professional community.

Multimedia Design

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Location: Homestead, Monta Vista
Recommended: None.
This course focuses on the historical, theoretical, and cultural issues as related to the mass media and the Internet. In addition to theoretical and historical work, students will heighten their ability to critically analyze and create multimedia. Students will evaluate (verbally and in writing), design, create and present multimedia projects. Concepts and skills developed throughout the course are revisited and reinforced with each unit of instruction.

Principles of Engineering

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: g
Location: Fremont, Homestead, Monta Vista
Recommended: Completed Introduction to Engineering Design and completed Geometry (including Geometry Trigonometry) or enrolled in Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trig.
This survey course exposes students to some of the major concepts they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students will have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers, develop problem-solving skills, and understand engineering concepts. They will apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to real-world engineering problems. They will document their work and communicate solutions. Students work in both lab and classroom settings using industry standard software and the VEX® Robotics platform. Priority will be given to students who are progressing in the Engineering Design Pathway and choose this as one of their “First 6” classes.

Stagecraft Technology

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10 (repeatable)
UC/CSU Requirement: N/A
Location: Fremont, Homestead
An instructional program that emphasizes the techniques and processes involved in stage management, prop construction, lighting, the setup and operation of sound systems, and the operation of projection equipment. The program develops basic construction techniques for stage property and scenery; affords practice in stage crew work, which includes the erection and striking of scenery; and provides an overview of related occupations in television.

Technical Writing

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10 (repeatable)
UC/CSU Requirement: N/A
Location: Cupertino, Homestead
This course is an expansion of office computing, incorporating the use of a computer-based system and software with graphic capabilities to produce publication materials. Students will integrate typeset text and graphics on the page using accepted writing, publication and presentation techniques. This course is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the newspaper-publishing field. Students will produce desktop-published camera/copy ready masters for reproduction.

High School Graduation & College Entrance Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements

CTE courses are electives under Applied Academics. A student must earn 10 credits in two out of three selective elective areas (Fine Arts, World Languages and Applied Academics). For example, if a student earns 10 credits in a CTE course (Applied Academics) he/she would still need 10 credits from either World Languages or Fine Arts to satisfy the graduation requirement.

UC Eligibility

g. College Prep Elective – 1 year required.
There is not a CTE requirement; however, certain CTE courses can satisfy the "g" College Prep Elective requirement if a student earns 10 credits and a grade of "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved CTE course. See individual course descriptions for specific information about UC/CSU eligibility.