• Career & Technical Education

    The mission of Career and Technical Education is to provide offerings that meet student needs, interests, abilities, and aspirations and respond to actual or anticipated opportunities for employment, advanced education, and practical life application.  The Career and Technical Education Section promotes best practices that enhance teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement and encourage teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement and encourage responsible career choices.  http://www.wcpss.net/domain/60

    Exploring Life Skills I

    This middle school course allows students to explore life skills essential for their roles as managers, consumers, workers, and family members both now and in the future.  Areas of study include managing resources, relating with others, making healthy food choices, learning about children, and preparing for careers.  Literacy, art, mathematics, and science are reinforced.  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

    Exploring Life Skills II

    This middle school course allows students to further explore life skills essential for their roles as managers, consumers, workers, and family members both now and in the future.  Areas of study include managing resources, relating with others, making healthy food choices, learning about children, and preparing for careers. Literacy, art, mathematics, and science are reinforced.  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

    Exploring Career Decisions

    This middle school course provides an orientation to the world of work. Emphasis is placed on self–‐awareness, understanding the world of work, and the career planning process. Based on the National Career Development Guidelines, skills learned in this course include, but are not limited to, communication, personal management, and teamwork. English language arts are reinforced. Work–‐based learning strategies appropriate for this course include business/industry field trips and job shadowing.

    Computer Skills and Applications I

    This middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to allow students to learn the touch method of keyboarding, basic digital literacy and computer knowledge, and basic word processing and document formatting skills.  English language arts and mathematics are reinforced.  Work–‐based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, service learning, and job shadowing.  Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course.

    Computer Skills and Applications II

    This middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to provide hands–‐on instruction in digital literacy and software applications.  The software applications include word processing, desktop publishing, presentation software, spreadsheets, and databases.  English language arts and mathematics are reinforced.  Work–‐based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, service learning, and job shadowing.  Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course.

    Computer Skills and Applications III

    This advanced level middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to provide advanced instruction on digital literacy concepts and use of software applications.  Software applications include web page design, word processing, desktop publishing, presentation software, spreadsheets, and databases.  English language arts and mathematics are reinforced.  Work–‐based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, service learning, and job shadowing.  Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course.