Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways are a series of rigorous courses that prepare students for both college and career in a specific area of industry, often with the option to receive college credit and/or earn an industry certification. The course of study forms a powerful and positive integrated link with all other disciplines. Knowledge and skills across disciplines are enhanced and reinforced through the practical application of technology. A strong understanding of the benefits of technology helps students realize how the world of work is rapidly changing with the increased use of computers and related technology. Some classes offer credit with the College of Marin. The option to earn an industry specific certification is available after the final course in most CTE Pathways. CTE courses must be taken in sequence for certification eligibility. CTEPathways at SMHS are open to all students who have the drive to achieve at high levels. There is no application process.

Biotechnology Pathway

Principles of Biotechnology 1 : Grade 11

Description: This one-year biotechnology course will cover relevant topics in the field of biotechnology. Students will learn laboratory skills and techniques used in the field and study topics such as bioethics, careers in Biotechnology, uses of databases and other resources, scientific recordkeeping, communication of data and the process of product research and development. The course will prepare students to work in the Biotechnology environment and pursue the study of Biotechnology at the college level. The course can be the first of an optional two-year Career Technology Education (CTE) program that leads to a certification to work in the Biotechnology industry.

Principles of Biotechnology 2 : Grade 12

Description: This one-year Biotechnology courseis the second of a two-year Career TechnicalEducation (CTE) program that would lead to acertification to work in the Biotechnologyindustry. Students will learn advancedlaboratory skills and techniques used in the fieldand study topics such as plant reproduction, manipulating and studying plants and discovering new medicines, genomics, DNA studies, proteomics and protein studies, careers in Biotechnology, uses of databases and research development. The course will prepare students to work in the Biotechnology environment and pursue the study of Biotechnology at the college level. The course will include four components, lecture, lab, current research article discussion groups and a work-site based research project.

CISCO Networking Pathway

CISCO IT Essentials (CTE Pathway): Grades 9-11

Description: This is the first of three courses in the CISCO Pathway. The IT Essentials course covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software and advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an IT professional. Other topics include mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and client-side virtualization. Students will learn about internet include security, networking, and troubleshooting. Hands-on lab activities are
essential elements that are integrated into the curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to use virtual software to disassemble and
reassemble desktop and laptop computers. It is designed for students who want to pursue careers in ICT and students who want to gain practical knowledge of how a computer works. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install
an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to connect to the Internet and share resources in a networked environment.

CISCO Networks (CTE Pathway) Grades 10-12

Description: This is the second of three courses in the CISCO Pathway. The Cisco CCNA Discovery curriculum helps students prepare for entry level
career opportunities, continuing education, and globally recognized Cisco certifications. CCNA Discovery teaches networking concepts within the context of
environments ranging from small office and home office (SOHO) networks to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models Critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills are emphasized. Rich multimedia content includes Flash-based interactive activities, videos, games, and quizzes to address a variety of learning styles, help stimulate learning, and increase knowledge retention. This is a hands-on course.

CISCO Switching & Routing (CTE Pathway) Grades 11-12

Description: This is the third of three courses in the CISCO Pathway. The CCNA Routing and Switching course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with virtual LANs and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco CCENT and CCNA certification exams, networking related degree programs, and entry-level networking careers. Students will be prepared to take the Cisco CCENT® certification exam. The curriculum also helps students develop workforce readiness skills and builds a foundation for success in networking-related careers and degree programs. This course emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills.

Multimedia Design Pathway

Multimedia Design (CTE Pathway) Grades 9-12

Description: This is the first of three courses in the CTE Pathway. This is an introductory course to multimedia design and production. The
course provides fundamental knowledge of visual design as it applies to multimedia and graphic design. Students will be introduced to graphic design and basic animation using industry standard software. Students will analyze, evaluate, and identify practical and creative strategies for creating each of the course projects. Design skills are developed through projects, research, and critiques. The research components are part of the objectives
so that students learn the most effective means to visually communicate their idea as individuals and as a group. General topics include illustration, logo design, packaging, photo processing, photo correction, and visual design for websites. Assignments involve the creation of original work using current digital software tools. Subsequent courses in this CTE pathway will be offered in 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

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