Career and 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 enchance teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement and encourage teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement and encourage responsible career choices.
Middle School students are offered exploratory courses in business and information technologies, life skills, technology systems, and career decisions. Each middle school has a Career Development Coordinator to support the school-to-career connection and facilitate business alliance activities.
At ECMS, we offer CTE courses in Business (Keyboarding, Business Computer Technology, and Exploring Business Technology), Technology Education, and Life Skills (Family & Consumer Science).
This course is designed to teach middle grades students basic keying skills, which consist of fluent manipulation of letter, figure/symbol, and basic service keys by touch. Emphasis is on daily use of a computer system and appropriate software to provide integrated training through a learn/practice/sustain/assess plan of skill building. Communication skills are reinforced as students format, compose, and proofread. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are service learning, field trips, and job shadowing. Simulations, projects, teamwork, and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences, and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.
Exploring Technology Systems
This course allows students to explore basic technological concepts and principles and related career fields. Topics include design and problem solving, technology assessment, technology systems, technical sketching, CAD, graphic design, modeling skills, computer systems, electronics, and audio/visual production. Activities are structured to integrate physical and social sciences, mathematics, and language and fine arts. This course contributes to the creation of a career development plan. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing and field trips. This course and TSA technical and leadership activities enhance the students appreciation of technical and engineering career fields.
Business Computer Technology
This course is designed to provide hands-on instruction in basic computer hardware components and software applications. Emphasis is placed on extending and reinforcing touch keying skills while providing experience for learning word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, multimedia, and telecommunications applications. Communication skills and basic mathematical concepts are reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are field trips and job shadowing. Simulations, projects, teamwork, and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences, and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.
Exploring Life Skills
This course explores life skills essential for the adolescent now and in the future. Units include resource management, relationships, nutrition and wellness, child care, and career pathways. Resource management includes decision-making, interior design, and managing a sewing project. Relationships focus on personal and social responsibilities with emphasis on the family across the life span. The focus is on developing a foundation for the application of life management skills. Skills in applying basic academics, problem solving, decision making, and creative and critical thinking are reinforced in this course. This course also contributes to the development of the career development plan. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include field trips, job shadowing, and service learning. Life skill development and FCCLA leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply instructional competencies and workplace readiness skills to authentic experiences.
Exploring Business Technology
This course is designed to explore the nature of business in an international economy and to study related careers in fields such as entrepreneurship, financial services, information technology, marketing, office systems technology, public relations and promotion, and travel and tourism. Emphasis is on using the computer while studying applications in these careers along with problem solving and thinking skills. Communication and mathematics skills are reinforced as students explore business applications and careers. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are service learning, field trips, and job shadowing. Simulations, projects, teamwork, and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences, and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies. This course contributes to the development of a career development plan.