Career and Technical Education

    • High school students will explore one or two career clusters for further exploration and development. Students will understand educational requirements, entry-level and midpoint position expectations, salary bands as well as career attributes. Early college credit and work based internships are embedded into Pathway course sequences. Students who complete the required sequence of courses will be eligible for internship opportunities. Prior to graduation, students will receive financial aid literacy and in depth postsecondary selection support.

  • Accounting I (6824/6825)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC ACC 100 (Introductory Accounting I).

    Students will develop skills beginning with an understanding of the basic elements and concepts of double-entry accounting systems. Skills will include knowledge of the accounting cycle, entering transactions in journals, posting to ledgers, compiling end-of-period worksheets, adjusting and payroll systems, and writing communication examples.

  • Accounting II (6827 /6828)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: 6824/6825

    Students will analyze transactions involving departmental purchases, sales, cash receipts, and payments. Students will learn different methods of reporting prepaid and accrued expenses and income. Students will complete a simulation on partnerships and corporate financial activities. The student is exposed to transactions affecting capital stocks and bonds and corporate financial reports. The student becomes familiar with the basic principles of cost accounting found both in a service and a manufacturing business. The student will also be able to make basic management decisions by analyzing financial statements to determine what financial changes have taken place from one fiscal period to the next.

  • Advanced Web Development (6836/6837)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Web Development (6810/6811).

    Other Info: JHS only.

    This course is intended for students looking to build their skills in website development as part of the Web Design and Development Pathway. Students will learn advanced concepts of website development and design focusing on real world applications. Students will focus on advanced web page design with CSS, dynamic websites and HTMLS and advanced JavaScript programming.

  • Business Law (6819/6820)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC BUS 113 (Business Law).

    Students will identify law as it applies to our common experiences. Students will investigate the nature and kinds of laws; civil vs. criminal law, courts and the court system, legal rights and duties, how contracts are made, and when they are void or voidable. Students will compare and contrast buyer and seller, legal relations, the differences between real property and personal property, and landlord and tenant legal relations. Students will investigate the rights of holders of commercial paper and the liability of parties involved, including bailments, warranties, and product liability. Students will become engaged in a Mock Trial, playing the roles involved in a trial.

  • Computer Applications (6805/6806)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC OAT 141 (Spreadsheets I) and OAT 142 (Presentations I).

    This course integrates word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. The Microsoft Office suite is taught using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher. Students will develop awareness and understanding of application software and equipment used by employees to perform tasks in business, marketing, and management.

  • Computer Design (6807)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC OAT 145.

    This course utilizes the Internet and multi-media software to develop and create brochures, invitations, calendars, signs, and advertisements. The primary software used is Adobe lnDesign and Adobe Illustrator. Students will create, format, illustrate, design, edit, and print publications.

  • Computer Keyboarding (6801)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC OAT 101 (Document Production I).

    Emphasis is on technique, keying rate, numeric keypad proficiency and error correction. Basic skills in proofreading, formatting letters, reports and tables using computer software will be developed. Internet safety and web searching skills will be discussed.

  • Cooperative Work Program-Classroom (6851/6852)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Teacher or divisional recommendation.

    In the classroom portion of the Work Program, students will complete the process of finding a job, beginning a job, keeping a job, and leaving a job. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of human relation skills, communication skills, and mathematical skills needed to be a success in the world of work. Students will investigate the legal aspects of employment.

  • Digital and Print Production I (6840/6841)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11

    Prerequisite: C or higher in Foundations of Graphic Design (7847 /7848).

    Other Info: JHS only.

    This course is intended as a second level course with students learning the basics of print production within the Digital Print and Production Pathway. Students will learn the basics of running a print and production business including cost of equipment and materials, pricing out jobs, printing substrates, inks and toners, digital versus analog printing and applications of printing.

  • District 300 Internship Program (Semester 1-6869; Semester 2-6870)

    Length: May be taken for 1 semester or 2 semesters (each semester is scheduled as a double period,may also be combined with early release in order to provide robust internship experience)

    Credit: 1.0 units/2.0 units 

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: 2.5 unweighted GPA (cumulative).

    Other Info: An application and interview are required prior to enrollment in the program for the following school year.

    The District 300 Internship Program is a partnership between the high schools and the industrial, business, professional and service communities of the Fox Valley area. The program provides students with an opportunity for hands-on career exploration allowing them to observe daily operations, dialogue with personnel, and gain an understanding about how a particular job/career functions within a total system. Interns receive credit per semester per district guidelines. Interns are not paid and devote a total of 55 to 65 hours over a semester to their internship (ten hours are spent doing career related course work with the program coordinator). An application and interview are required prior to enrollment in the program for the following school year.

  • Essential Technology (6884/6885)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Students will provide first-line technical support resolving general device problems. Students will be trained to support end-users to ensure that all calls and problems are dealt with quickly and effectively. Troubleshooting hardware, basic network concepts, supporting new technologies, and repairing devices are taught in a hands-on class atmosphere. Students gain an understanding of how a help desk functions and the role of customer service in today’s world of technology.

  • Introduction to Business (6812/6813)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC BUS 110 (Introduction to Business).

    Students will become acquainted with forms of business organization, small business ownership, human resources, marketing, and management. Get the information you need to buy and insure a car, obtain credit, save and invest your money, and manage a checking account.

  • Marketing (6816)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC MKT 103 (Marketing).

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of the scope and importance of the field of marketing and distribution. Students will develop a basic knowledge, attitude and skills needed for entering the field of marketing and management. Students will be introduced to marketing research, product design, pricing, packaging, publicity, international marketing, and entrepreneurship.

  • Multimedia I (6808)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Students design logical, creative frames and screen presentations incorporating sounds, graphics, animations, paint and draw programs. Software used: Photoshop, Web Blender, Frames 4, Audacity, Mixcraft and Comiclife.

  • Multimedia II (6809)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Students create more advanced screen presentations, video editing, video special effects, sound editing, music editing, finalizing video for DVD format, Podcasting, and basic game design. Software used: WebBlender, Audacity, Mixcraft and Adobe Master Collection CS4 (Photoshop, Soundbooth, After Effects, Premier Pro, Encore, Contribute and On Location).

  • On-The-Job Work Program (6856/6857)

    Length: 2 semesters 

    Credit: 1.0 unit (depending on the job, this may be extended to a double period for 2.0 units-may also be combined with early release in order to maximize time on the job)

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Teacher or divisional recommendation.

    In On-The-Job, the student is placed in a job approved by the teacher/coordinator. The student is required to work at a part-time job a minimum of 15 hours per week. The job is a training station and credit is given for on-the-job training.

  • Personal Financial Concepts (6815)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    This course is designed to enable the student to recognize the role he/she plays as a consumer in our economy. Emphasis will be placed upon current consumer issues and decisions. Students will learn about housing, automobiles, informed and skillful buying, and money and investments. This course enables students to become educated consumers in our society.

  • Sales & Advertising (6817)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC MKT 105 (Sales).

    Students will demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the general principles of advertising and sales. The student will be prepared, as realistically as possible, for the business world. Students will discuss communication skills, advertising, publicity, sales promotion, and advertising layout. The student will complete an oral sales presentation as the culminating activity for the class.

  • Web Development (6810/6811)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC CIS 147 (Internet Publishing).

    Web Site Construction instructs students how to design and develop web sites. Students will use html language, graphics, buttons, and make animated movies to build web pages. Software used: Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash.



  • Child Development I (7851)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: 7851 & 7852 together articulated with ECC ECE 174 (Child Growth and Development).

    Students will learn techniques of working with birth to three year olds. Students will discover the importance of the early years in infants’ and toddlers’ physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

  • Child Development II (7852)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Child Development I.

    Students will focus on growth, development, and issues related to preschoolers through 9- year olds. Students will explore the areas of development, physical, emotional, social, and intellectual. Health and safety issues and observing young children will be discussed. Careers related to the child care field will be identified.

  • Child Development III (7853)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 1 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Child Development II.

    Students will evaluate the influence of caregivers and society on a child’s development. Special needs and crises situations for children will be discussed. Students will study lesson design, learning styles, and services/program available for children. Students will develop techniques to enhance a child’s development in music, art, math, science, nutrition, language, and social development. Students will plan, prepare, and present developmentally appropriate activities in the previously discussed areas. Students will continue utilizing observation and child guidance techniques through the lab experience.

  • Culinary Arts I (7856)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: 7856, 7857, 7858, 7859 together articulated with ECC CUL 100.

    Students will be introduced to the principles and practices of working with food and culinary equipment. Students will practice the basic skills and knowledge necessary for food preparation by planning, preparing, and evaluating a variety of simple, economical, and nutritious dishes including baking, dairy, eggs and grains. Students will survey careers in the area of foods and nutrition.

  • Culinary Arts II (7857)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I.

    Other Info: 7856, 7857, 7858, 7859 together articulated with ECC CUL 100.

    Students will expand upon principles and methods of cookery. Areas of focus include the preparation of yeast breads, quick breads, soups, meats, and the development of knife skills. Students will continue to develop and refine skills regarding safety, sanitation, kitchen management techniques, table etiquette, and personal qualities for employment success.

  • Culinary Arts III (7858)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Other Info: 7856, 7857, 7858, 7859 together articulated with ECC CUL 100.

    Students will focus on pastry preparation, cake preparation and decoration, ethnic cuisines, and influences on cuisine and quick prep dinner dishes. Students will continue to refine and develop skills regarding safety, sanitation, nutrition, kitchen management techniques, and personal qualities for employment success.

  • Culinary Arts IV (7859)

    Length: 1 semester (scheduled as double period for one semester)

    Credit: 1 unit 

    Grade: 11, 12

    Other Info: 7856, 7857, 7858, 7859 together articulated with ECC CUL 100.

    Students will produce quantity food products while demonstrating catering and restaurant management skills within the hospitality industry. Students will prepare specialty food items, apply garnishing techniques, and focus on the art of food presentation. Students will advance skills in safety, sanitation and kitchen management.

  • Fashion Merchandising (7867)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with IIA-S FMM 100 (Survey of the Fashion Industry).

    Students will evaluate how the field of fashion merchandising is incorporated in global society. Students will interpret the influence of design in merchandising selection and presentation. Students will explore techniques that are incorporated in marketing, advertising, and consumer behavior. Students will evaluate higher education and career opportunities in fashion merchandising through authentic situations.

  • ABC School of Cosmetology-Barbering 101 and Barbering 102 (BAR101/BAR102)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 2.0 units

    Grade: 12

    Other Info: An application and interview are required prior to enrollment in the program for the following school year. Textbook and lab fees are paid by the student. Counts as Strand 3. ABC School of Cosmetology offers classes leading to licensure in Barbering. Enrollment is limited.

  • ABC School of Cosmetology-Esthetics 101 and Esthetics 102 (EST101/EST102)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 2.0 units

    Grade: 12

    Other Info: An application and interview are required prior to enrollment in the program for the following school year. Textbook and lab fees are paid by the student. Counts as Strand 3. ABC School of Cosmetology offers classes leading to licensure in Esthetics. Enrollment is limited.

  • ABC School of Cosmetology-Nail Tech 101 and Nail Tech 102 (NTT101/ NTT102)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 2.0 units

    Grade: 12

    Other Info: An application and interview are required prior to enrollment in the program for the following school year. Textbook and lab fees are paid by the student. Counts as Strand 3. ABC School of Cosmetology offers classes leading to licensure in Nail Technology. Enrollment is limited.

  • ABC School of CosmetologyCosmetology 101 and Cosmetology 102 (COS101/COS102)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 2.0 units

    Grade: 12

    Other Info: An application and interview are required prior to enrollment in the program for the following school year. Textbook and lab fees are paid by the student. Counts as Strand 3. ABC School of Cosmetology offers classes leading to licensure in Cosmetology. Enrollment is limited.



  • Automotive Technology I (7801)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC AUT 100.

    Small Engine Tune-Up, Overhaul and Diagnosis Introduction to Transportation and Automotive Technology focuses on the theories related to transporting people and cargo. Students will learn about the impact of technology on various types of transportation. Students will also learn basic automotive engine fundamentals as well as fundamentals of other propulsion engines used in land, water, air, and space transportation. Students will also explore career opportunities in the transportation industry.

  • Automotive Technology II (7802)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC AUT 152. Vehicle Maintenance and Tune-Up.

    This course is an introduction to the following areas as defined by NATEF: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission and Transaxle, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning, Engine Performance and Vehicle Maintenance. Students are introduced to a variety of tools and equipment to supplement their learning. Entry- level skills are reinforced and put into practice. Safety is stressed. Career exploration opportunities will provide students with information about the automotive industry.

  • Automotive Technology III (7803)

    Length: 1 semester (this course is scheduled as a double period for one semester, in the second half of the year)

    Credit: 1.0 unit 

    Grade: 11, 12

    This class prepares students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) testing that leads to certification. The units of instruction will consist of the following 8 areas as defined by NATEF: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission and Transaxle, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes,

    Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning, Engine Performance and other related units approved by the instructor. Lab activities center on the automobile. Students apply newly learned skills on late model vehicles in the auto shop. Students use a variety of testing devices, equipment and specialty tools to supplement their learning in the areas of advanced systems diagnosis. Entry- level skills are reinforced and applied. Safety is stressed.

  • Computer Aided Design I (7805)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC CAD 108 (Intro to Micro-CAD/ Auto-CAD) if taken with 7806.

    Students will learn the importance of drafting and other communication technologies in a variety of industrial occupations. Students will learn basic drafting and communication methods and techniques and become familiar with the language of those technical fields. Students will be introduced to computers, computer-aided-drafting (CAD), image duplication and other similar forms of technical communication. This course will also provide the opportunity for the student to become familiar with the most popular drafting software available today-AutoCAD. The student will be taught basic AutoCAD drawing and editing commands, layout procedures, layering techniques, input methods, set-up processes, dimensioning, and plotting.

  • Computer Aided Design II (7806)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: 7805.

    Other Info: Articulated with ECC CAD 108 (Intro to Micro-CAD/ Auto-CAD) if taken with 7805.

    Computer Aided Design II introduces students to advanced drafting principles and practices. Students will use their previously acquired geometric construction and dimensioning skills to complete multi-view drawings, auxiliary views, sections views, revolutions and working drawings. The student will be taught advanced AutoCAD drawing and editing commands, layout procedures, layering techniques, input methods, set-up processes, blocks, hatching, dimensioning, and plotting.

  • Pre-Engineering CAD/3D Modeling (7807/7808)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: 7805 and 7806.

    Pre-Engineering CAD is a capstone class designed for the college bound engineering student. This course will teach the student solid modeling by creating and manipulating solid, three-dimensional (3D) representations of a model, otherwise known as solid modeling. The student will be taught basic and advanced 3D modeling CAD commands including: creating and editing, modeling parameters, feature relationships, manipulation and assembly, layout, dimensioning and plotting. Designing and printing products using the 3D Printer will also be covered.

  • Video Production I (7873/7874)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Other Info: DCHS and JHS only.

    This course teaches students various aspects of video editing and production. The students will learn how to properly operate a video camera. Students will also learn how to acquire usable footage, digitize the video into clips and then edit the clips using a non-linear editing program. Additional topics covered will include the history of video editing, careers in video production and editing, interviewing skills, methods of video editing and related computer software. The final project will be set to music in the form of a video yearbook. Additional time outside of the school day is required for filming and editing.

  • Video Production II (7875/7876)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: 7873/7874.

    Other Info: DCHS and JHS only.

    The objective of this course is to use a handson approach to further the concepts in video production, focusing on studio projects both student-created and staff requested. Course information will be tied to productions of personal, informative and/or promotional nature. Students may work in teams or individually to create various video projects which are scripted or need to be written and produced. Off-site shoots may be necessary as requested during and after the student school day. The culminating project may include a personal project or staff requested project. This course is intended for students with interests in furthering their video production knowledge in the area of studio production. Additional time outside of the school day is required for filming and editing.