Career Pathway Electives at OCHS

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Horticulture & Plant Science Systems

Agriculture Power, Structures, Technical Systems

Accounting

Cinematography and Video Production 

Teaching and Learning 

Agriculture Electives

Pathways: Agricultural Education; Agricultural Power, Structural, Technical Systems; Animal Science Systems; Horticulture and Plant Science Systems

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: None

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: .5

Course Description: This course provides instruction in the foundations of various segments of the agricultural industry. Agricultural career opportunities will be emphasized. Animal science, plant and land science, and agricultural mechanics skills will be the focus of the curriculum. The selection and planning of a supervised agricultural experience program and related record keeping will be presented. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Students will receive personal guidance and counseling with preparatory instructional program selection. . Leadership development will be provided through FFA activities.

Pathways: Agricultural Education; Agricultural Power, Structural, Technical Systems; Animal Science Systems; Horticulture and Plant Science Systems

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: None

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: .5

Course Description: Agriscience introduces the scientific agricultural approach to animal science and selection, and plant and land science. Agricultural career opportunities will be emphasized in each class. Laboratory experiences relating to basic and current technology will be part of the program. Content may be enhanced by utilizing appropriate computer applications. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Each student will be expected to have a supervised agricultural experience program and keep appropriate records.

Pathway: Horticulture and Plant Science Systems

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisites: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; and Agriculture Teacher Approval

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 One Semester Course

Course Description: This course is a study of agronomy and related sciences. Emphasis on soil and land use evaluation and the relationship of plants and soils to the environment. Leadership and career building skills included in course work. Leadership development will be provided through FFA.

Pathway: Horticulture and Plant Science Systems

Elective CourseSuggested Grade Level: 10 – 12

Prerequisite: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; and Agriculture Teacher Approval

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 One Semester Course

Course Description: This course provides instruction in home and commercial landscaping with emphasis on site development, plant selection, landscape drawing, and preparing bids and installation contracts. This course also provides instruction in greenhouse construction, plant propagation, plant growth, and commercial greenhouse crop production. Extensive laboratory experiences are provided. Leadership development will be provided through FFA activities.

Pathway: Horticulture and Plant Science Systems

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one other agricultural course.

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits 1.0

Course Description: This course includes identification of landscape plants and their characteristics, site evaluation, site design, calculation of materials needed, costs for bidding, and installing landscape plans. Landscape plant maintenance will also be presented. Selection, culture, and management of turf species used for lawns, golf courses, athletic fields and erosion control may also be included. Content may be enhanced by utilizing appropriate technology. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Each student will be expected to have a supervised agricultural experience program.

Pathway: Agricultural Power, Structural, Technical Systems

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12Prerequisites: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; and Agriculture Teacher Approval

Max G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Description: Prepares students to construct and maintain agricultural structures and equipment. Develops basic skills such as: tool identification, interpreting plans, calculating a bill of materials, electrification, carpentry, welding, metal fabrication, plumbing, and masonry. Leadership development will be provided through FFA activities.

Pathway: Agricultural Power, Structural, Technical SystemsElective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 11- 12

Prerequisite: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; Agricultural Construction Skills; Agriculture Teacher Approval

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Description: This course prepares students to design, evaluate and interpret construction plans and calculate a bill of materials. Students will be involved in extensive hands-on activities in a laboratory setting. Areas of study include woodworking, welding, electricity, concrete, and site preparation.

Business Electives

Pathway: Accounting; Business Management

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 9 – 10

Prerequisite: None

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Description: This course establishes basic foundations for further study in business and marketing courses and provides essential information for making financial and economic decisions. Students learn about the fundamentals of the American free enterprise system and world economies; application of sound money management for personal and family finances; credit management; consumer rights and responsibilities; forms of business ownership; risk and insurance; and the importance of international trade. Leadership development will be provided through FBLA and/or DECA.

Pathway: Accounting; Management & Entrepreneurship

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 10 – 12

Prerequisite: None

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: ½ year courses / 1.0 Performance Based Credit per course

Course Description: This course uses an integrated approach to teach accounting. Students first learn how businesses plan for and evaluate their operating, financing, and investing decisions and then how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decisions makers. This year-long course covers all the learning objectives of a traditional college level financial accounting course, plus those from a managerial accounting course. Topics include an introduction to accounting, accounting information systems, time value of money, and accounting for merchandising firms, sales and receivables, fixed assets, debt and equity. Other topics include statement of cash flows, financial ratios, cost-volume profit analysis and variance analysis.

Pathway: Accounting

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 10 – 12

Prerequisite: Accounting and Finance Foundations

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: ½ year courses / 1.0 Performance Based Credit per course

Course Description: The accounting principles taught in this course include an in-depth study of accounting principles, procedures, and techniques used in keeping financial records for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. There is an emphasis on automated accounting. Topics include a more analytical approach to accounting.

Pathway: Accounting; Business Management

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: NoneMax. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 Performance Based Credit / One Semester Course

Course Description: This course emphasizes the skills needed for managing a business that involves the selection and supervision of employees including efficient use of time, personnel, facilities, and financial resources. Students will explore forms of business ownership; typical business organizational structure; product or service promotion in business; effective communications; human relations skills required in dealing with employees; and effective management strategies used in personnel, finance, production, marketing, and information processing.

Pathway: Accounting

Offered at OCHS

Suggested Grade Level 10-12

Prerequisite: None

Max. GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Description: Provides an introduction to the computer and the convergence of technology as used in today’s global environment. Introduces topics including computer hardware, software, file management, the Internet, e-mail, the social web. Green computing, security and computer ethics. Presents basic use of application, programming, systems, and utility software. Basic keyboarding skills are strongly recommended.

Pathway: Accounting; Business 

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: NoneMax. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 

Course Description: This course provides a basic foundation for further study in marketing. Students study economic functions at work in the marketplace, marketing functions including purchasing, pricing, and distribution functions. This course is based on the business and marketing core that includes communication skills, economics, financial analysis, and promotion. Both marketing and employment skills learned will improve and increase the chance of successful transition into the world of work.

 

Cinematography and Video Production Electives

Pathway: Cinematography and Video Production 

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite: NoneMax. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

*Cource can be used to meet the Humanities graduation requirement.

Course Description: An introduction to and survey of the creative and conceptual aspects of designing media arts experiences and products, including techniques, genres and styles from various and combined mediums and forms, including moving image, sound, interactive, spatial and/or interactive design. Typical course topics include: aesthetic meaning, appreciation and analysis; composing, capturing, processing and programming of media arts products, experiences and communications; their transmission, distribution and marketing; as well as contextual, cultural, and historical aspects and considerations.

Pathway:  Cinematography and Video Production 

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Decription: This course will expose students to the materials, processes, and artistic techniques involved in creating video productions. Students learn about the operation of cameras, lighting techniques, camera angles, depth of field, composition, storyboarding, sound capture and editing techniques. Course topics may include production values and various forms/styles of video production (e.g., documentary, storytelling, news magazines, animation, etc.) As students advance they are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles. Major cinematographers, video artists and their work may be studied.

Pathway:  Cinematography and Video Production 

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Media Studies and Video Studio Fundamentals 

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Description: This course explores the role of the director within the studio system. Students develop knowledge and skills in studio multi-camera and field television production. Students also develop performance skills for broadcasting including interpretation of copy, news casting, and ad lib announcing. The course covers techniques of narrative and non-fiction writing and scripting, the analysis and writing of radio, television, and video materials, including storytelling and screenwriting.

Pathway:  Cinematography and Video Production 

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: None

Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Description: In this course students will explore the creative and conceptual aspects of designing and producing moving images for the variety of cinematic, film/video, and multimedia presentations including: fictional dramas, documentaries, music videos, artistic and experimental presentations and/or installations, interactive, immersive, and performance media.

Teaching and Learning

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description:  Provides opportunities to survey the field of education through the study of educational theories, field experiences, and evaluation of education as a career. Some fieldwork required during class hours.

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: The Teaching Profession EDTP 201
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

Course Description:  This course introduces pre-service teachers to the planning and preparation skills needed to be an effective classroom teacher. These skills include identifying learning goals and objectives based upon standards-based curriculum; designing learning experiences with developmentally appropriate instructional strategies; creating a variety of assessments to gauge learning and motivate students to learn; managing a range of students, materials, and classroom activities to honor students' diversity. This course is a prerequisite to admittance to the Teacher Education Program