Center for Technology, Essex (CTE)

  • The Center for Technology, Essex (www.ewsd.org/cte) provides comprehensive technical programs which include career exploration, preparation and technical literacy in a respectful learning environment. All students will be afforded the opportunity to acquire skills necessary to reach their individual goals.


    AUTOMOTIVE TECH
    Course Number: V001       1 Mathematics, 1 Physical Science, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12      

    The Automotive Technology Program provides training and experience in the principles of automotive diagnosis and repair. Areas of study include: braking systems, steering and suspension systems, all-wheel alignment, welding, engine overhaul, and basic electricity including starting and charging systems.


    AUTOMOTIVE TECH 2
    Course Number: V002       1 Mathematics, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 12      

    Advanced students use computerized test equipment to diagnose charging, ignition, fuel injection, and computerized engine control systems. Students will learn both basic and advanced technical skills and essential worker traits to secure and retain employment in the automotive and related fields.
    Prerequisites:   AUTOMOTIVE TECH 1


    BUILDING TECH: Residential
    Course Number: V100       1 Mathematics, 1 Physical Science, .5 Practical Arts Credit      Grades: 11-12   

    The Building Technology Program prepares students to properly and safely operate hand and power tools used in the trade. Students gain basic and advanced skills and essential worker traits needed to gain employment in the construction industry. Eligible students work in either a residential or commercial construction site in a Career Work Experience.


    BUILDING TECH: Systems
    Course Number: V101       1 Mathematics, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 12      

    The Building Technology Program prepares students to properly and safely operate hand and power tools used in the trade. This course concentrates on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for residential housing and office buildings.


    CHILDHOOD EDUCATION/HS
    Course Number: V200       1 English, 1 Social Studies, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12    

    The Childhood Education and Human Services Program is designed to prepare students to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. Students are introduced to careers in education and instructed in the steps they need to take to pursue a teaching career. This program introduces students to elementary school math, science, reading, and social studies instruction. Students are also trained to work with people with disabilities and the elderly.


    CHILDHOOD EDUCATION/HS 2
    Course Number: V201       1 English, .5 Social Studies Credit      Grades: 12    

    The Childhood Education and Human Services Program is designed to prepare students to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. Students who successfully complete this program and meet other qualifications are invited to apply to our apprenticeship program. Students involved in this program work at area child care facilities. This is a supervised work experience and students are expected to fulfill the planned course work at the center as well as complete a college level course.
    Prerequisites:   CHILDHOOD EDUCATION I


    COMPUTER ANIMATION
    Course Number: V760       1 English, 1 Fine Arts, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12  

    The Computer Animation and Web Page Design program is designed for students interested in acquiring new media skills and entering the fast paced and rapidly changing area of animation and web design. Students will design web sites with creative interfaces, strong graphic images, functional site organization and logical navigation. Starting with the design first, students will brainstorm layout ideas, create mockups by hand and in different illustration programs such as Photoshop. Once the design is complete students then go on to bringing it to interactive life through current and emerging industry technologies. The marriage of front end technologies (HTML5 / CSS / JavaScript) is extensively pushed.


    COMPUTER ANIMATION 2
    Course Number: V761       1 English, 1 Physical Science, 1 Fine Arts Credit      Grades: 12      

    The Computer Animation and Web Page Design program is designed for students interested in acquiring new media skills and entering the fast paced and rapidly changing area of animation and web design. Second year students go on and look at the server side of web design, with databases and continued in-depth work with languages such as PHP and Javascript. Photography, special effects video with After Effects, and Robotics Programing are all part of Cawd2.
    Prerequisites:   COMPUTER ANIMATION I


    COMPUTER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY
    Course Number: V175       1 Mathematics, 1 Physical Science, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12      

    The Computer Systems Technology Program prepares students to enter a career in computer support as part of an Information Technology team. Students will learn how to diagnose and solve computer problems, upgrade computer systems, properly install computer components, and maintain computers in a Windows or network environment. Students gain necessary skills to become support/service/bench or helpdesk technicians. This program prepares students to take national exams which can earn them professional industry certifications such as the A+ (Computer Service Technician) often required by Information Technology support staff.


    COMPUTER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY 2
    Course Number: V176       1 Mathematics, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 12    

    Students who successfully complete the first year can apply for Year-Two to work on Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), in combination with co-op placement, will help students qualify for this challenging license respected by Information Technology support staff. Students successfully completing the second-year program can qualify 4 college credits through the Community College of Vermont.
    Prerequisites:   COMPUTER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY I


    COSMETOLOGY
    Course Number: V300       1 English, 1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12      

    The Cosmetology Program covers the theory and application of practical skills related to the cosmetology field. This is a Vermont State Licensed School of Cosmetology Arts and Science regulated by the Vermont State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering and overseen by the Office of Professional Regulations.


    COSMETOLOGY 2
    Course Number: V301       1 English, 1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science Credit      Grades: 12      

    The Cosmetology Program covers the theory and application of practical skills related to the cosmetology field. This is a Vermont State Licensed School of Cosmetology Arts and Science regulated by the Vermont State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering and overseen by the Office of Professional Regulations. In the State of Vermont, 1500 clock hours in a School of Cosmetology or 2000 apprenticeship hours are required for candidates to become eligible for the cosmetology licensing examination. Hours are accrued over two academic years.
    Prerequisites:   COSMETOLOGY I


    DENTAL ASSISTING
    Course Number: V400       1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, .5 Practical Arts, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 11-12      

    The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This challenging career, demanding versatility and a willingness to assume responsibilities for many diverse tasks, is attractive to students who are strong in science and want to work with people. It includes a variety of learning experiences that incorporate essential worker traits into the curriculum. The curriculum sequence presents theory first then guided practical applications.


    DENTAL ASSISTING 2
    Course Number: V401       1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 12   

    The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This challenging career, demanding versatility and a willingness to assume responsibilities for many diverse tasks, is attractive to students who are strong in science and want to work with people.Externship and field placements provide practical experience and on-the-job-training in dental offices. These practical experiences are vital in developing a sense of initiative and responsibility and are a required component of the curriculum.
    Prerequisites:   DENTAL ASSISTING I


    DESIGN AND CREATIVE MEDIA
    Course Number: V750       1 English, 1 Mathematics, 1 Fine Arts, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12   

    This creative/technical design-based hands-on program is for students who thrive on technology, a challenge, and love computers; for students who are curious about color, imagery, photography, how design interacts with people on a daily basis; for students who want to explore careers in communication and creative media while learning graphic design for print and new media. This program mirrors a graphic design studio. Students take a design project from concept creation through digital production and preparation for output to various media. Students learn the Adobe creative suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, etc) software on a MAC computer.


    DESIGN AND CREATIVE MEDIA 2
    Course Number: V751       1 Mathematics, 1 Fine Arts Credit      Grades: 12    

    This creative/technical design-based hands-on program is for students who thrive on technology, a challenge, and love computers; for students who are curious about color, imagery, photography, how design interacts with people on a daily basis; for students who want to explore careers in communication and creative media while learning graphic design for print and new media. This program mirrors a graphic design studio. Students take a design project from concept creation through digital production and preparation for output to various media. Students learn the Adobe creative suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, etc) software on a MAC computer. On the second year program career-based client driven design studio is managed by the students.
    Prerequisites:   DESIGN AND CREATIVE MEDIA I


    ENGINEERING/ARCHITECTURE DESIGN
    Course Number: V450       1 Mathematics, .5 Fine Arts, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12      

    The Engineering and Architectural Design Program teaches students the graphic language basic to all forms of engineering, architecture and design. The program provides an essential background and early opportunity for students to explore a challenging and rewarding career field prior to college.


    ENGINEERING/ARCHITECTURE DESIGN 2
    Course Number: V451       1 Mathematics, 1 Fine Arts Credit      Grades: 12      

    After completion of technical drafting, the student may enter the design area in which he/she wishes to concentrate – Mechanical Design or Architectural Design. Work in those areas is done entirely on the computer with AUTOCAD, Solidworks 3-D modeling and other software.
    Prerequisites:   ENGINEERING/ARCHITECTURE DESIGN I


    HEALTH INFORMATICS
    Course Number: V600       1 English, 1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, .5 Practical Arts, .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 11-12    

    This program focuses heavily on medical science, trains for diverse administrative positions and serves as an introduction to clinical health care professions. The business of medicine increasingly relies upon the expertise of staff trained in interpersonal communications and technical skills.


    NATURAL RESOURCES - FORESTRY
    Course Number: V650       1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, .5 Practical Arts, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 11-12   

    Forestry provides students the opportunity to gain skills in timber management, logging, greenhouse production, and landscaping. 


    NATURAL RESOURCES - MECHANICAL
    Course Number: V651       1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, .5 Practical Arts, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 12     

    Mechanical science includes heavy equipment operation, welding, small power equipment, and electricity.  Apprenticeship positions in water technology, electrical and plumbing are available to advanced students who qualify.


    PRE-TECH
    Course Number: V700       1 English, 1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, .5 Fine Arts, .5 Practical Arts, 1 Physical Education, 1 Physical Science Credit      Grades: 10      

    Pre-Technical Education is a program for sophomores who thrive in project-oriented experiences that emphasize applied academics. Students are involved in a wide variety of activities where they learn science, mathematics, social studies, and communication skills while building personal development assets. Much of the learning takes place outside a traditional classroom and instead uses authentic locations to engage reluctant students and to provide experiences for deeper and more relevant learning. The four tracks in Pre-Tech are: 

    • Building Arts and Small Engine Systems
    • Informational Technology, Design, Engineering and Arts
    • Food Health and Human Development
    • Natural Resources and Forestry

    PRE-TECH FOUNDATIONS: INTRO TO AUTOMOTIVE TECH AND TRANSPORT
    Course Number: V017       .5 Practical Arts, .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 9-10      

    This course is designed for ninth and tenth grade students interested in automotive and transportation-based careers. Students are introduced to the basic skills and knowledge that will help them better plan for continued exploration in the Automotive Technology 
    Prerequisites:   Recommended Prerequisite: Intro to Algebra or a similar math course. Note: This class meets the first block of the morning every other day


    PRE-TECH FOUNDATIONS: INTRO TO ENGINEERING
    Course Number: V013       .5 Fine Arts, .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 9-10      

    Do you like to design and create? Is a career in engineering or architecture for you? This course was developed for ninth and tenth graders to give them a taste of how designers, engineers and architects create and design products, like buildings or machines, for our society. Students learn the elements and principles of art and how they are used in the design process by practicing the skills of drawing, sketching, 2-D computer aided design, 3-D computer aided design and problem solving to complete projects. Students will also learn about career paths in engineering and architecture and what colleges/universities require for entrance. Hands-on projects and field trips to industry sites are a regular part of this curriculum. This class is limited to 18 students. Note: This class meets the first block of the morning every other day


    PROFESSIONAL FOODS
    Course Number: V800       1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science, .5 Practical Arts Credit      Grades: 11-12      

    The Professional Food Services 1 Program provides students with both basic and advanced technical skills and essential worker traits to secure and retain employment in the food service field (restaurants, hotels, college cafeterias, etc.). Students work and learn in a commercial kitchen and use professional equipment as part of their training. Part of the instruction includes operating the Center`s student-run bakery and restaurant. Students work and learn in a fast-paced, physically demanding, constantly changing, and very realistic setting.


    PROFESSIONAL FOODS 2
    Course Number: V801       1 Mathematics, 1 Natural Science Credit      Grades: 12      

    The Professional Food Services 2 Program provides students with advanced technical skills and essential worker traits to secure and retain employment in the food service field (restaurants, hotels, college cafeterias, etc.). Students work and learn in a commercial kitchen and use professional equipment as part of their training. Part of the instruction includes operating the Center`s student-run bakery and restaurant. Students work and learn in a fast-paced, physically demanding, constantly changing, and very realistic setting.
    Prerequisites:   PROFESSIONAL FOODS I