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El Camino High School

Career Technical Education classes include:

 

Arts, Media and Entertainment Industry Sector


Photography 1

Grades: 9, 10, 11 & 12

Meets district fine arts graduation requirements

Fulfills "f" of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements

A semester course designed for students wishing to gain a basic knowledge of photography.  Content includes information on camera selection, (composition, design principles, historical background), film developing, and print enlarging.  Both studio and field work are explored.  Reading and writing are a required part of the course.  This course meets the district's Fine Arts requirement.

 

Photography 2

Grades: 9, 10, 11 & 12

Meets district fine arts graduation requirements

Fulfills "f" of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements

Prerequisite: "C" in Photography 1 or teacher recommendation

This course is a continuation and expansion of knowledge and techniques learned in Photography 1.  Students continue with operation of a SLR 35 mm camera, film exposure and development, darkroom procedures, proper and safe use of photographic chemistry, how to enlarge, print and develop photographs, dodging and burning techniques, expanded composition and design principles, finishing and presentation of work.  This course meets the district's Fine Arts requirement.

 

Advanced Photography

Grades: 10, 11 & 12

Meets district fine arts graduation requirements

Fulfills "f" of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements

Prerequisite: "C" in Photography 2 or teacher recommendation (A 35 mm camera with manual settings is recommended.)

A third semester course designed for students who wish to expand their knowledge of photography and develop a series of creative photographs.  Students continue with operation of a SLR 35 mm camera, and expand knowledge of film exposure and development, darkroom procedures, proper and safe use of photographic chemistry, how to enlarge, print and develop photographs, dodging and burning techniques, expanded composition and design principles, finishing and presentation of work.  Successful completion of this course meets the district's Fine Arts requirement. MBRFC

 

Video Art

Grades: 9, 10, 11 & 12

Meets district fine arts graduation requirements

Fulfills "f" of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements

This course will cover pre-production planning, writing and script editing, on-camera acting, technical work, critical analysis, post-production editing, and presentation to outside audiences.  Students learn the history of film and video communication, the fundamentals of compsoition and movement, the aesthetic of light, color, and sound, and the art of storytelling, production design, and directing.  Students also learn the art of digital editing and graphic design, creative design in commercial and broadcast productions, career explorations, and portfolio development.

 

Advanced Video Art

Grades: 10, 11 & 12

Meets district fine arts graduation requirements

Fulfills SSFUSD Graduation Requirements only

A continuation of video art where students can expand their video arts techniques.

 

Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation Industry Sector

Foods 1

Grades: 9, 10, 11 & 12

Fulfills SSFUSD Graduation Requirements only

Students will learn proper safety and sanitation procedures in food preparation.  They will learn basic baking and cooking techniques using good time management.  There will be an emphasis on nutrition and its application to their daily diet.  Students will participate in labs throughout the course to enhance their learning opportunities.  Guest speakers will provide college and career awareness within the food service industry during the semester.

 

Culinary Arts 1

Grades: 10, 11 & 12

Fulfills SSFUSD Graduation Requirements only

Prerequisite: "C" or better in Foods 1 or consent of teacher

This course is designed for use of the national Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's ProStart program.  Students will learn the management and culinary skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry with an emphasis on safety, sanitation, and kitchen management essentials.  Students have the chance to gain mentored work experience to enhance their character development, and real world skills that may help launch their careers.  Students will participate in labs throughout the course to enhance their learning opportunities.  Guest speakers will provide college and career awareness within the food  service industry throughout the course.

 

Information and Communication Technologies Industry Sector


Exploring Computer Science

Grades: 9, 10, 11 & 12

Fulfills "g" (Mathematics  -  Computer Science) of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements

Prerequisite:  "C" in both semesters of Algebra
Introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics.  Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems.  The goal of the course is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today's students.  Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.

 

AP Computer Science (Advanced Placement)

Grades: 10, 11 & 12

Fulfills "g" (Mathematics  -  Computer Science) of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements

Prerequisite:  "B" in both semesters of Algebra 2
Students will learn to solve problems with a computer using the Java Programming Language.  In using Java, students will learn about Object-Oriented Program Design, Program Implementation, Program Analysis, Standard Data Structures, Standard Algorithms, and Computing in Context.

 

Health Science and Medical Technology Industry Sector


Biotechnology 1 & 2 (Genentech Program)

Grades: 10, 11 & 12

Fulfills "d" of UC/CSU A-G admission requirements

Prerequisite:  "A" in Algebra and "A" in Biology

This course will include the concepts of microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.  Through use of a lab notebook, students will develop laboratory, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry.  Biotechnology allows students  to increase conceptual background as they build lab proficiencies. Through extensive research and laboratory experience, students will also evaluate career opportunities in the field.

 

Transportation Industry Sector

Auto Mechanics 1

Grades: 9, 10, 11 & 12

Fulfills SSFUSD Graduation Requirements only

A study of basic automotive theory and a practical survey of present day automotive practices in construction, care, maintenance, and repair.  This course is designed for serious students wishing to become discriminating consumers or wishing to obtain the basic knowledge necessary for advanced study in Auto Mechanics 2, 3, 4 & 5.

 

Auto Mechanics 2

Fulfills SSFUSD Graduation Requirements only

Prerequisite: "C" grade in previous class or teacher recommendation
This course is designed to continue the study of automotive design and repair.  Expanded shop skills are taught.

 

Auto Mechanics 3, 4, 5

Grades: 10, 11 & 12

Fulfills SSFUSD Graduation Requirements only

Prerequisite: "C" grade in previous class or teacher recommendation

This course is designed to continue the study of automotive design and repair.  Classwork, homework, and shop assignments are an integral part of the course.  Up to 4 units of credit may be earned at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, or Skyline College and guaranteed placement in the Skyline College Auto program by completing at least one year of Auto, successfully completing a student's task list, and meeting the college deadline application.