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Majority Pre-AP and AP Coursework

School of Health Professions

School of Health Professions (Dallas, TX). The campus has positioned itself to create a college going culture by offering only Pre-AP and AP options in the majority of its core courses and enrolling students who meet entry requirements into dual credit courses. Implementing these practices helps the campus maintain a rigorous curriculum and its status as a high performing CTE high school. In Career and Technical Education (CTE), the School of Health Professions provides opportunities for students to acquire the foundation for a career or continued studies in health care, with a prescribed set of courses to complete at each grade level. Every student’s program of study culminates in a hands-on nine-week spring semester internship during their 11th grade and/or 12th grade year. At the completion of their 12th grade internship, students are eligible to take a national certification exam aligned to their specific 4-year pathway of study, if available, in: Dental Assisting, ECG Technician, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Office Assistant and ServSafe.

The career cluster pathways students select from are clinical medical assisting, communication disorders, culinary arts, dental assisting and technology, medical laboratory, pharmacy technician, therapy careers and veterinary careers. Other unique aspects of the campus are that 100% of the career pathway instructors are highly qualified and certified in their program areas and have the equipment and resources at their disposal to conduct hands-on instruction; this prepares students physically and emotionally to successfully complete their off-site internships. For the dental assisting program, the campus maintains and operates an on-site dental clinic that serves the community and allows students to complete internship hours under the apprenticeship of a licensed dentist on campus.

All but one internship occur during the instructional day and transportation is provided by the campus, solving the two major barriers to participation by disadvantaged students: afterschool transportation and/or work or family obligations. Participation has enabled some students to receive paid summer internships. Besides increasing their marketability on their resumes, the real-world application adds another level of preparation for the students’ upcoming national certification exams. Once passed, these exams position students to become eligible for jobs in that field immediately after high school graduation. Some students use this benefit to pay for their post-secondary education.


Industry-Certification in High School

Tunstall High School

Tunstall High School (Dry Fork, VA). Career and Technical Education programs offer opportunities for students to earn a State Board of Education-approved industry certification and/or a professional license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Passing an industry-approved examination verifies that students have the knowledge and skills to compete for higher education and career opportunities after high school. Vocational courses rendering these certifications are taught at the Pittsylvania County Technical Center (PCTC) in Chatham, VA, as well as Tunstall and include: Auto Body Repair, Auto Science Technology, Building Trades I and II, Computer Systems Technology I and II, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice I, Culinary Arts II, Emergency Medical Technician, Industrial Maintenance Technology-Electrician I and II, Industrial Maintenance Technology-Mechanic I and II, Nursing Assistants, Precision Machining, Small Animal Care/Vet Science and Welding I and II. Students taking these PCTC courses can earn 36 different industry certifications. CTE courses at THS include Agriculture Education, Business and IT, Economics and Personal Finance, Family and Consumer Sciences, JROTC, Marketing, and Technology Education/Engineering. Students taking these courses at THS can earn 38 different industry certifications.


CTE for All

Kerr High SchoolKerr High School (Houston, TX). Technology/Career-Technology Education (CTE) courses are offered to students in all grade levels and all students take at least one CTE or other technology course in computer science, computer applications, or digital art and media. Technology application TEKS are taught and reinforced across the curriculum with a focus on college and career readiness; these skills are embedded in all curriculum areas. Students use an online learning management system that provides 24/7 access to curriculum and assignments, school-provided email account, cloud storage with the ability to collaborate, and research tools and resources. Kerr’s technology courses focus on hardware components, information input skills, laws, issues, and ethics in societal use of technology, research skills, and collaboration in order to deliver products in a variety of media formats.

Students learn skills in web design, computer programming, digital media, video technology, business and finance, accounting, desktop publishing, animation, robotics, and Microsoft Office. The CTE department enables students to earn certification in several programs, including Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Master. A variety of devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks as well as students’ personal devices, ensure that technology is available on demand. Students also participate in state and national competitions through the Future Business Leaders of America chapter, Microsoft, National Center for Women and Information Technology, and student publication contests.


AP for All

George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology

George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology (Towson, MD). A rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, combined with challenging courses in arts and technology, fosters students’ ability to question, analyze, and problem solve, ensuring they are fully prepared for college and career. In Maryland “College and Career Readiness” is defined as “ready to take a credit-bearing course in college.” Carver Center’s schoolwide goals are focused on PSAT and SAT achievement. All students take and pass one Advanced Placement course prior to graduation. Each teacher has Student Learning Outcomes to ensure they are supporting students’ efforts to be college and career ready. Assessments identify students for support in advanced coursework and AP courses. Students who are not college- and career-ready at the end of grade 11 enroll in SAT Prep-Critical Reading and Writing or in Khan Academy online modules.

Three Career and Technology Education (CTE) magnet programs in Carpentry, Cosmetology, and Culinary offer students the opportunity to pursue a technical and academic program leading to postsecondary education and industry credentials. 

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