Barrington High School (Barrington, RI). The Allied Arts department includes courses in Business Education, Engineering and Technology, and Family and Consumer Sciences. The current departmental goal is to develop career paths that integrate validated learning across disciplines in an effort to meet student needs. National and state standards anchor the curriculum and courses are developed through direct communication with local post-secondary institutions and industry. Student learning is enhanced by technology in our classrooms and labs, including an award-winning television production studio and a design and manufacturing lab equipped with 3D printers and a laser cutter. Our growing Internship Program is designed to enhance students’ college/career readiness and experience in a pathway of their choosing.
South Aiken High School (Aiken, SC). An impressive 92% of our juniors are certified Work Ready, having earned national career readiness certificates on Work Keys assessments. The Career and Technology programs provide students from all grade levels the opportunity to enhance their college and career readiness skills. The Business Cluster offers courses in Integrated Business Applications, Desktop Publishing, Personal Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Advertising. Future Business Leaders of America and DECA provide our students with real-world applications to apply their knowledge and skills. Our marketing students travel throughout the state and nation to study careers in fashion, sports and hospitality marketing, while participating in conferences and competitions. The school’s DECA chapter operates a school-based enterprise managed and maintained as a hands-on laboratory. The South Aiken Culinary program gives students practical and theoretical experiences in preparation for entry-level food service positions. The Welding Program and the iron-work of our students was featured in The Welding Journal, an international welding publication, during the 2014-15 school year. South Aiken’s student welders may gain technical school credit for their classes and must pass the same professional competencies as workers in the field.
William Mason High School (Mason, OH). The MHS Applied Technology Department offers Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Advanced CAD Engineering CAD, Architecture CAD, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) (1-3) for elective credit for all grade levels. Pre-college CAD and CAM experience is important for students interested in STEM careers and guides students’ ability to model, adapt, and develop ideas using their science and math skills, engage in 3-D visualization and design (using a commercial 3D printer), and develop an understanding of the need for quality and precision in making things.
The MHS Business Department is a leader in providing students with real-world experiences and ways to apply their learning in work contexts. Students in grades 9-12 enroll in Microsoft Office Certification, Honors Microsoft Office Certification, Financial Literacy, Accounting I, Honors Financial Accounting, Entrepreneurs in Action, Online Entrepreneurs in Action, Small Business Management Internship, Introduction to Web Design, Website Design and Management, Banking & Investments, Integrated Media Internship, Comet Savings & Loan, and Mason Innovation Lab (student-run Genius Bar). About 19% of MHS students pursue a business degree in college, and many of those students have successfully “tried on” their major through these business offerings. Several MHS students have left high school as CEOs of their own successful companies that they developed and grew at MHS!
Along with a world language, tomorrow’s workers need to understand code. MHS offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn Visual Basic 6.0, C++ and Java in four levels of Computer Programming (including Android and Apple app development), culminating in AP Computer Science.
MHS students in grades 9-12 interested in becoming future educators can explore that passion in the school’s Teaching Professions Academy, an Ohio Career Pathway Program. As juniors, students can take Teaching Professions and as seniors, Honors Teaching Professions, which offers up to 6 hours of dual credit at Xavier University.