Course Catalog 2019-2020

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Brattleboro, VT 05301

(802) 451-3586

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One Mission - Learner Success

 

A clear vision of effective communication and technology

supporting learners at every opportunity.

Table of Contents

WRCC Mission        2

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE        2

WRCC ACADEMIC and EMBEDDED CREDITS        3

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY        5

BUSINESS        6

CONSTRUCTION/ARCHITECTURE        7

CULINARY ARTS        9

ELECTRONICS/ELECTRICITY        9

ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING        10

FILMMAKING and DIGITAL EDITING        10

FORESTRY/NATURAL RESOURCES        11

HEALTH CAREERS        12

INTRO AND PRE-TECH EXPLORATORY COURSES        14

PERFORMING ARTS        15

PROTECTIVE SERVICES        18

TECHNICAL ENGLISH        19

TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS        19

ACADEMIC SUPPORT        20

DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES        20

WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAM        22

CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (CTSO’S)        22

WRCC Mission

The Windham Regional Career Center mission is to provide all learners with skills and competencies leading to post-secondary success.  The Career Center supports a system of communication promoting an organizational climate that maximizes learning opportunities.  The Career Center utilizes advanced technology to deliver valid curriculum aligned with recognized educational and industry standards and competencies to all learners in Windham County and the surrounding region.  

 

 A highly qualified, dedicated and caring administration and staff that models lifelong learning and                        professionalism.

➣ A safe, positive, respectful, environment which celebrates learning and achievement for all.

➣A culture with high expectations that promotes intellectual curiosity and creative thinking along with personal responsibility, effort, and citizenship.

➣ An administration and staff that provides a consistent approach to attendance and discipline with                   appropriate timely consequences.

➣A supportive and involved learning community (including students, parents, and staff) that provides an evolving and innovative curriculum which produces confident, self-motivated, skilled graduates with a solid work ethic.

The Windham Regional Career Center endeavors to maintain a safe and healthy school.  Career Center staff are committed to demonstrating the following:

➣ Caring and supportive action

➣ Maintaining accessibility for students

➣ Displaying a positive non discriminatory attitude towards all on our campus

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE

WRCC Admissions Policy and Procedures                                 

  1. All students are required to visit and participate in an interview as part of the admissions process for the Windham Regional Career Center.*  
  2. All students must complete this application.*
  3. Admission decisions are based on student interest, transcript review, attendance history, behavior history, recommendations from the sending school, space, and availability.
  4. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  5. Students will receive a letter of approval/denial from WRCC.
  6. All students, parent(s) and a Local Educational Agency Representative or designee  (guidance counselor, case manager, or administrator) from the sending school are required to participate in a transition meeting with WRCC staff to review the requirements of the program the student has been approved for and to determine what, if any, supports the student might need.  In the case of a student with either a 504 or an Individual Education Plan, this meeting must be a noticed, legal 504 or IEP meeting so that the team can determine if the WRCC setting is appropriate, and so the  student’s plan can be amended to meet the student’s needs in the WRCC setting.
  7. No new students will be approved after the announced add/drop date, unless they have started the program at another career center before moving to the WRCC region and have approval from the WRCC Director.

* Note: The exceptions to these requirements are the Biomedical program and the Geometry in Construction class.

Admissions application available online (www.wrccvt.com) or per request. Contact information (802 ) 451-3586

 

 WRCC ACADEMIC and EMBEDDED CREDITS

 

HIGH SCHOOL

REQUIREMENT

CAREER CENTER

COURSES

 

ENGLISH

Performing Arts - Acting

Performing Arts - Directing 

Marketing, Sales & Service (plus one business class)

 

          MATH

Building & Construction Trades

Must complete two year program

Electronics/Electricity (or Science)

Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (or Science)

Must complete two year program

MATH

Accounting

Geometry in Construction

 

SCIENCE

Forestry and Natural Resources

Must complete two year program

Automotive Technology

Must complete two year program

Culinary Arts

Must complete two year program

Protective Services—Fire Fighter

Protective Services—Criminal Justice

Must complete program

Filmmaking/Digital Editing +

Must complete two year program

Electronics/Electricity (or Math)

Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (or Math)

Must complete two year program

SCIENCE

Biomedical

Must take all four biomedical classes

PHYSICAL     EDUCATION

Performing Arts – Dance+ or

Dance: Intro to Dance or

Performing Arts - Circus

Must complete program

 

FINE ARTS

Filmmaking/Digital Editing +

Must complete two year program

Performing Arts Acting/Performing Arts Directing +

Performing Arts Dance +

Introduction to Dance+

Performing Arts-Circus+

 

+These courses can satisfy graduation requirements in more than one area but the student must choose which as they cannot satisfy more than one graduation requirement with a single course.  For example: Performing Arts Acting can satisfy either English or a Fine Arts requirement, but not both.

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* COURSE NAMES LISTED BELOW THAT ARE FOLLOWED BY AN ASTERISK DENOTE A DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Automotive Technology I # CL100031        Credits: BUHS 8 Sending Schools 2

Open to Grades: 10-12        Full Year

Automotive Technology I is a year long, one block class designed to give students the basic theories and concepts of today’s passenger vehicles. This course is the first of two courses to complete the automotive pathway. When students complete this course, they will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to move on to the next level of this pathway. Students  will share classroom and lab time while  learning about safety, tools, the systems of an automobile,vehicle identification numbers, automotive physics, body designs, engine configurations, the four stroke engine process, engine components, mounting and balancing tires, reading tire information, identifying tire wear patterns, vehicle scheduled maintenance and the procedures for performing oil changes and vehicle safety checks. Throughout the entire pathway there will be a strong emphasis on teamwork, work ethics, critical thinking, accountability in the workplace and the vitality of any job (regardless of status) being executed properly. There will also be a heavy emphasis on maintaining safety, professionalism and very high standards of vehicle repairs. The goal is  to prepare students for real life situations, and to create a strong foundation of skills and knowledge possessed by a highly skilled employee in the automotive industry.                                                                                                                                        

Prerequisites:  Math: Satisfactory (C or better) completion of 8th grade math

Reading: grade 9 

Automotive Technology II # CL200030             Credits: BUHS 12  Sending Schools 3 

Open to Grades: 11-12              Full Year

Automotive Technology II is a yearlong, two hour class designed to give students a more advanced concept of the diagnosis and repair of today’s passenger vehicles. This course is the second of two courses to complete the automotive pathway.  Upon completion of the program,  students will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to enter a post-secondary technical school or move into the workforce as an entry level technician. Students in this course will share classroom and lab time while learning about steering and suspension, brake systems, engine repair, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and electrical and electronic systems. Along with this curriculum students will be working in a live shop setting, which means they will be diagnosing and repairing customer vehicles, ordering parts and talking with customers.                                                                                                                                                                  

Throughout the entire pathway there will be a strong emphasis on teamwork, work ethics, critical thinking, accountability in the workplace and the vitality of any job (regardless of status) being executed properly. There will also be a heavy emphasis on maintaining safety, professionalism and very high standards of vehicle repairs. It is my goal to prepare students for real life situations, and to create a strong foundation of skills and knowledge possessed by a highly skilled employee in the automotive industry.                                                                                                                                            

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Automotive Technology 1                                                                                      Recommend: Driver’s Education

Math: Algebra 1 and Geometry

Reading: grade 9

  BUSINESS

Accounting* CCHS7815        Credits: BUHS  4 Sending Schools 1                                                Open to Grades: 10-12        Semester        

 This course teaches foundational skills, concepts, processes, and techniques necessary to understand and master basic accounting concepts and principles.  Students will learn the accounting cycle, steps and procedures for processing transactions for a sole proprietorship using multiple journals and ledgers, then advance their learning through the expansion of concepts required for the accounting requirements of a larger business in merchandising. Internet is required, as assignments require the use of the textbook related, online software, Aplia.                                                  

Prerequisites: none                                                                                                                                                               Recommended:  Successful completion of two math courses                                                                                                             Success requires basic math skills, ability to read at 10+ grade level and take notes on readings, ability to memorize, commitment to daily homework, excellent attendance, professional behavioral and communication skills.

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

Marketing, Sales & Service* # CCHS1007        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2        Open to Grades: 11-12        Full Year

Want to go to college with valuable skills?  Want to learn basic business essentials?  Want to go into the workplace with skills to sell?  Want success?  Come get it!  Learn many “best practices” businesses look for when selecting employees.  All skills taught will also help you achieve success in college and prove useful throughout life.  No matter what your future holds, having some business skills will enhance your ability to communicate and interact professionally, manage time and tasks, efficiently operate tools and equipment used in business offices/environments.  Learning and working in a simulated business environment, this course covers topics and trends in communication styles and techniques, writing and formatting a variety of professional documents including a resume, develop writing skills; activities to develop leadership, teamwork, decision making, priority setting, time management, plus learn business equipment, procedures, and techniques.  It’s fun, it’s project driven, it’s interactive, and it’s a challenge.  What you learn, you are guaranteed to use in your future, no matter what your career path!

Success requires maturity; ability to manage time in and out of class to complete class readings, research, writing assignments; ability to interact with classmates, the instructor, and the community.

Access to the internet is necessary to successfully complete assignments outside of class.

Prerequisites: At least one other business class or permission of the instructor

Recommended:  Algebra I, English 10

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

Computer Applications* CCHS1008        Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1

Open to Grades 10-12        Semester

Past graduates say this course is really valuable and needed, so you’ll be glad you took this class and moved beyond Google docs.  Learning and working in a simulated business environment, students will develop the technological skills in Microsoft Office that are necessary to function successfully in today’s global job market and post-secondary institutions.  Students are expected to effectively, professionally, and ethically work as both individually and  as part of a team. Successful students will develop competence in the manipulation of Word and Excel, professional emailing skills and best practices.  Office is the software that is “in demand” in the workplace and in college.  Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist credential will add prestige to your professional resume and portfolio.    

Prerequisites: none                                                                                                                                                                     This course may also be offered for college credit.  See Dual Enrollment Courses

International Business* CCHS5285             Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1 Open to Grades: 10-12                                                                              Semester

                                                                             This course introduces the student to the unique challenges and concepts necessary in today’s global workplace, including cultural and social influences, international trade, and career in the international marketplace.  Travel the world through interactions with local international business leaders.  The experiences and opportunities to learn about business from people who are successful in their own businesses will be memorable and eye-opening.  How did their success happen?  What are the challenges and opportunities in business?  Learn the answers through experiences, not just books.  This is more than a class; it’s an experiential learning opportunity.                                                                                            Success requires ability to read at 10th grade level, basic math skills, strong writing skills, commitment to learning, homework, and assignment deadlines, excellent attendance, ability to interact and communicate professionally with classmates, instructor, and community members.  

Recommended: successful completion of two math courses, two+ English courses, enrolled in a foreign language                      This course is a requirement for an International Studies Academy designation on the BUHS diploma..                                                                                                    Prerequisites: none

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

Personal Finance C0005255        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to Grades: 9 – 12        Semester

 You know how to make money, but will it be enough?  Do you really know how to manage your money for a successful financial future?  Personal finance will present activities for handling finances as a young adult through old age.  Students will learn money management, saving options, credit laws and reporting, personal decision making, managing risks, as well as consumer rights and responsibilities.  You will participate in a budgeting simulation sponsored by H&R Block that is real, relevant, and even grants scholarships to students who best manage their money throughout the simulation.  This is a “must have” class for personal financial survival…it’s real life stuff!

CONSTRUCTION/ARCHITECTURE

Construction and Architecture I # CL081000        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2

Open to Grades: 10-12         Full Year

Construction and architecture comprise one of the largest industries in the United States.  The construction and architecture level 1 program will prepare students with skills related to safety and the basics of construction and architecture including blueprint reading and basic design.   The level 1 program is designed to also give students a broad understanding of the different fields of construction and architecture.  Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in safety, hand and power tools, basic construction math, blueprints, material handling, and basic work-related skills.  Students may be exposed to some Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to create plans and three-dimensional drawings using industry standard dimensioning and notation.  Students will visit local job sites to see the industry in action.  Local industry will also be joining the classroom for presentations and observations.  
Students will begin to develop a physical and electronic portfolio. Students will also have the opportunity to earn several industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) applicable to construction and architecture.

 Prerequisite: Algebra 1

 Recommended: Algebra II and Geometry

 Recommended in conjunction with Const/Arch 1: Tech Math, or PreCalculus Topics

Construction Architecture  II # CL100022        Credits: BUHS 12  Sending Schools 3

Open to Grades: 11-12        Full Year  

                                              

 Construction and architecture comprise one of the largest industries in the United States.  The construction architecture level 2 program is designed to build on students’ knowledge of safety, fundamentals, and understanding of the basics of the building and architecture trades.  Students will practice and improve proper measurement, accurate assembly, applications of mathematical concepts, material estimating procedures, and safe work practices.  Upon completion of the level 2 program, proficient students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in framing, building science, and understanding blueprints.  Students will learn and practice how to frame floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, and stairs while safely employing tools used in the trade.  Students may be exposed to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to create plans and three-dimensional drawing using industry standard dimensioning and notation, and connect their drawing layouts to actual models, components, and possibly buildings.  Students will visit local job sites to see the industry in action. Local industry will also be joining the classroom for presentations and observations.  Second-year students will have the opportunity for work-based learning, with the potential to turn into full-time employment. Students will develop a photo and electronic portfolio. They will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) applicable to construction and architecture.Students will also be encouraged to join SkillsUSA, and Better Building by Design.

Prerequisite: Construction I with above prerequisites. Recommendation from instructor.                                            Recommended: Algebra II, Geometry , Tech Math 4, Precalculus Topics.

 

Geometry in Construction # C0007269        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2                  Open to grades: 10-11        Full Year  

Geometry in Construction is an alternative way to earn a Geometry credit in a project based/lab based class while learning the skills and opportunities that exist in the building and construction industry.  You will apply the lessons you learn in the Geometry classroom to “real world” situations in the Construction lab.  In this class, you will be concurrently enrolled in Geometry and Construction for the entire course and earn credits for each.  You will learn the same Geometry as students in a traditional class, and you will have the construction skills necessary to progress on to the Construction and Architecture level 1, or possibly level 2, class next year.

No WRCC application is required for admission to this course

 CULINARY ARTS

Intro. To Culinary A)rts # CLI10039        Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1      Open to grades: 10-12        Semester    

This is a hands-on course that introduces and develops basic cooking skills. This course introduces students to the food service industry.  Students will learn how to follow recipes, weigh and measure food, and properly use all kitchen equipment.  Basic culinary terminology is taught and students learn the basic techniques that are used in cooking, baking and customer service.  An overview of the food service industry helps students to understand the different career opportunities.

                                                                                                                                                                                Prerequisites: knowledge of basic math, specifically measurement of volume and weight and have at least a 7th grade reading level.

Culinary Arts II #  CL200041        Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 11-12        Semester

This program is centered on the food service industry, and geared towards students who want to work in the culinary field.  The course focuses on sanitation, customer service, menu planning, cooking methods, and baking, teamwork and kitchen work skills.  Students work in the dining room and kitchen of the WRCC Hideaway Restaurant practicing the skills needed to gain employment in hospitality and food service professions. 

ELECTRONICS/ELECTRICITY

Electronics and Speaker Building I # C0007361        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2 

Open to grades: 10-12        Full Year

This course provides the basics of electricity and electronics designed to enable students to move on to digital electronics.  Topics will include: safety, magnetism, AC and DC electronics, power generation and renewable energy, resistance, capacitance, inductance, RL and RC time constants, AC filters, series and parallel RCL circuit building, analysis and troubleshooting, robotics, speaker building and crossover network design, sound system designs and audio engineering, semiconductors, diodes, transistors, residential wiring, and computers and networking.  The theory presented during the course will be reinforced through lab experiments.                                                                                                                                                                                         Additional skills will include: use of test equipment, client/server computer networking, summarizing lab results, and working efficiently in small groups and pairs.

Prerequisites: Algebra I or interview with instructor.

Electronics/Photonics II* # CL200035        Credits: BUHS 12  Sending Schools 3         Open to Grades: 11-12                                                                                   Full Year

 

This course provides the basics of digital electronics and fiber optics designed to enable students to move on to technical college or a career in electronics or fiber optics.  Topics will include: safety, logic gates, timers,  registers, counters, analog to digital and digital to analog converters, binary and hexadecimal codes, computer networks, data and telecommunications, lasers, optics, fiber optic cable types, termination and splicing methods, fiber optic testing methods, and fiber optic switching equipment.  The theory presented during the course will be reinforced through lab experiments.  When a student has successfully completed this course, he/she will be eligible to become a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. Additional skills will include: Use of test equipment, client/server computer networking, summarizing lab results, and working efficiently in small groups and pairs.                                                                                                      Prerequisites: Algebra I, Electricity, Electricity /Speaker Building or permission from instructor.        

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING 

Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing I* # CL161000        Credits: BUHS 16 Sending Schools 4

Open to grades: 10-12        Full Year

This project based course is designed to develop a student’s proficiency in the field of manufacturing. Students will learn by designing and fabricating projects through a series of activities, building skills in the area of design communication, material properties, manufacturing methods, machine controls, and quality assurance.  Students will use a computer lab, precision fabrication laboratory, and robotics for a hands-on  approach to manufacture projects with various materials. This course is aligned with Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Geometry

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing II* # CL200025        Credits: BUHS 12 Sending Schools 3

Open to grades: 11-12        Full Year  

 This project based course is designed to develop proficiency in manufacturing processes, machine programming, pick and place robotics, metrology and lean manufacturing.  Students will learn by designing and programing Cartesian robots to manufacture projects to technical specifications.  Students will work with prospective employers on a collaborative project to emphasize ISO standards, process control, safety, machine language, quality control and automated systems used in industry. This course is aligned with Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

                                                                                             

Prerequisites: Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing I

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

 FILMMAKING and DIGITAL EDITING

Filmmaking and Digital Editing I* # CCHS1851        Credits: BUHS 8 Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 10-12*        Full Year

                                                                                       Learn how to make your own movies and videos!  Whether you’re interested in becoming a filmmaker in  Hollywood or in developing your own projects for the web, this course will put you ahead of the competition by teaching you the fundamentals of filmmaking and content creation through nonlinear digital editing, HD camerawork, compositing and using iMacs with a variety of industry standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud.  You will explore screenwriting, directing, working with actors, cinematography, lighting, picture and green screen, special FX, and sound editing.  Working individually or as teams, you will create various projects designed to introduce you to the fictional narrative, the documentary, and the experimental film.

                                                                                                                                           

 Prerequisites: initiative, imagination, creativity, access to transportation during non-school hours (particularly in the spring semester)

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

 *Open to sophomores in Visual & Performing Arts Academy

 

Advanced Filmmaking # CADV1851        Credits: BUHS 8 Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 11-12        Full Year  

        

Students will expand and hone their filmmaking skills by engaging with more challenging projects.  Each student will have increased opportunity to work with various professional tools found within the filmmaking industry, such as Steadicams, camera dollys, and jibs.  Students will also be offered the opportunity to make a short feature film, and/or web series based upon screenwriting developed in the class.  An additional emphasis will also be placed on working with performers and crew.

Prerequisites: Filmmaking & Digital Editing I

FORESTRY/NATURAL RESOURCES

Forestry and Natural Resources I # CL100016        Credits: BUHS 16  Sending Schools 4

Open to grades: 10-12        Full Year    

                                               

 This program will introduce students to various forest management practices and skills involved in natural resource careers.  This course will focus on proficiencies in several skills that include: Dendrology (tree and leaf identification), map and compass use (orienteering), tractor safety and maintenance, basic welding, chainsaw safety and operation, and an introduction to the Vermont Soils and Land Judging Competition.  This course will provide students with the proper vocabulary, understanding, technical knowledge, and physical skills necessary for natural resource careers.  Students will also receive First-Aid, CPR, AED, Northeast Woodland Training(Game of Logging) levels 1 and 2 training.  

Applicants should have completed and passed two semesters of Physical Education and be able to control the reactive forces of chainsaws. 

Prerequisites:  Students must have a Ninth-grade reading level with some higher level vocabulary.

                            Basic Middle School Math including Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry.

FFA participation recommended.

Forestry/Natural Resources II # CL200015        Credits: BUHS 12  Sending Schools 3                 Open to grades: 11- 12        Full Year  

                                                               

This is an outside environmental course that will engage students with hands-on project-based learning activities with opportunities for community service projects, field trips. job shadowing, and cooperatives.  Focus areas will include subsurface drainage design and construction, sawmill operation, lumber grading, introduction to maple syrup production, skidder safety and operation, timber harvesting, and wildland fire control. Additionally, students will be able to identify indigenous and invasive plants and trees.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Northeast Woodland Training (Game of Logging) certification program.  

Potential students must have completed Forestry/Natural Resources Level 1 with a passing grade of at least a 75. 

Prerequisite: Forestry/Natural Resources I

                                                                                                                                           

HEALTH CAREERS   

Principles of Biomedical Science # CLPB7304        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1  

Open to: grades 9-12                                                                                      Semester

 Students will explore biology concepts through the study of human diseases. Students will work collaboratively and independently to determine the factors that led to the death of a conal person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine and research processes. Note that this is a course within the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) sequence of Biomedical Science courses and that a significant amount of work will be conducted online. There will be regular homework in this course including reading, organization of a binder, and maintenance of a laboratory notebook. Note that this class alone does not fulfill a BUHS science graduation requirement. Please see a counselor for required classes.                                                                                                                                                           

Prerequisites: none   

WRCC application is NOT required

Human Body Systems* #CCHS7306        Credits: BUHS 4, Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 9-12        Semester

Students will undertake a detailed study of human body systems through organ dissection, guided internet research, and 3-D modeling of major organs. Labs will feature data acquisition software used to monitor body functions such as blood flow, muscle reflexes, and respiratory capacity. Case studies will explore the roles of biomedical professionals as they diagnose fictional patients and devise treatment plans. Research projects will examine the interactions between body systems and the careers available to those who work in health-related professions. A unit on bone-based and DNA-based forensics is also included. Note that this is a course within the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) sequence of Biomedical Science courses and that a significant amount of work will be conducted online.


Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology or Principles of Biomedical Science

WRCC application is NOT required

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses        

Medical Interventions* #CCHS7307             Credits: BUHS 4, Sending Schools 1 Open to grades: 10-12              Semester                                                                                       Students will follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students will explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students will be exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Note that this is a course within the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) sequence of Biomedical Science courses and that a significant amount of work will be conducted online.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Human Body Systems

WRCC application is NOT required

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses                

Biomedical Innovation* #CCHS7308        Credits: BUHS 4, Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 11-12        Semester

In the final capstone course of the Biomedical Science sequence, students will build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. Students will address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They will have the unique opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution. Note that this is a course within the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) sequence of Biomedical Science courses and that a significant amount of work will be conducted online.


Prerequisites: Successful completion of Medical Interventions

WRCC application is NOT required

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses        

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Human Growth and Development* # CCHS7309        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 11-12        Semester

This course is designed to teach the developmental stages of humans from conception through the aging process.  Course content includes general and specific principles and concepts of growth and development, as well as physical, motor, cognitive, and psychosocial characteristics of the various developmental stages.  The course implements the philosophy and objectives of the program by stressing the importance of the changes that occur at each stage of the life span.  This course may be offered for college credit through Vermont Technical College.    

 Prerequisites: none                                                        This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses

        

Medical Terminology * # CCHS7301        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 11-12        Semester    

                                                       

This course is for the student interested in the field of medicine or human services.  The curriculum will focus on the meaning and pronunciation of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, root words, and medical abbreviations.  In this course you will be guided along a path of vocabulary development that is interesting,  enjoyable and prepares you to communicate in the field of medicine.  A variety of classroom learning activities will allow you to practice and to grow confident in your use of medical terminology. Eligible students seeking an additional challenge may opt to take a final exam for Medical Terminology in order to receive college credit from the Community College of Vermont.

Prerequisites: Human Body Systems                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This course can be taken for college credit through CCV. Please note: Students must pass the final exam with a specified grade or higher in order to receive college credit.  Those students who register for college credit but do not pass the final exam will receive a failing grade on their CCV transcript.

Nutrition* # CCHS7330        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 11-12        Semester

The focus of this course is to provide sound, relevant background knowledge in the science of human nutrition and to translate the scientific principles of nutrition into applicable concepts of care.  This course offers opportunities for the student to identify dietary modifications relating to the developmental stage of the patient as well as the role of adequate nutrition in maintaining the health of the individual throughout the life-span.  

                                                                                                                                                                           

Prerequisites: none

This course may also be offered for college credit. See Dual Enrollment Courses        

Licensed Nursing Assistant #C0007302        Credits: BUHS 8 Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 11-12        Single semester, Double Block

Licensed nursing assistants manage patients’ physical, mental and emotional needs. They assist with daily living activities, including dressing, bathing, feeding, taking blood pressure, personal hygiene, and moving and positioning bedridden patients. They additionally provide range of motion activities and assist with serving meals. They are an integral part of a healthcare team in both hospitals and long-term care facilities. This course will include a total of 40 hours of clinical work experience at both a hospital and a long-term care facility. At the conclusion of this course, students will be provided the opportunity to earn their Vermont state licensing credential through successful completion of a national licensing exam and demonstration of competence in performing nursing procedures and care skills. With this license, students will be able to apply for employment as nursing assistants, a career which is in high demand.

Prerequisites: none

Recommended courses: Principles of Biomedical Science, Medical Terminology

                                                                                                          

INTRO AND PRE-TECH EXPLORATORY COURSES

Introduction to Manufacturing and Design# C0001100        Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1

Open to Grades: 9-11        Semester

Do you have an innovative spirit, mind open to ideas and possibilities, willingness to stretch beyond pre conceived comfort zones, and an understanding that constructive criticism is part of the inventive process? Introduction to Design and Manufacturing is for you.                                                                                                                                                              What does it take for an idea to become a reality?  Through small group and independent work, students will delve into interest areas and develop skills using technology, research, and hands-on activities in a workshop setting. Students will look into problems, work on solutions, design and create prototypes, meet with peers, re-design, manufacture, and market a product.                                                                                                                                                                                                 As part of career planning, we will incorporate the basics of cover letters and resumes.  Additionally, basic interview skills will be cultivated.  Entrepreneurship will also be addressed.  Proper use of tools and machinery and safety procedures will also be covered. Reading and writing will be required, as well as a level of maturity to respectfully and safely use tools and run machinery.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Prerequisites: basic math, measurement and fractions.                                                                                                               Reading level: grade 8.

Pre-Tech Exploratory # CPTE0010        Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 9-10        Semester

Exploratory students will consider career options that connect with their interests.  They will each have the opportunity to learn about and attend Career Center programs. Learning the fundamental skills involved in acquiring and successfully maintaining a job is vital for today’s job market.  Through the exploration of multiple career pathways, students will engage in hands on activities and projects in the classroom, in the shop, and while experiencing other Career Center classes.  Students will be given the opportunity to earn a workplace readiness credential (IRC). This exploratory class will provide many means by which to learn the basic soft and hard skills needed to be successful in varied pathways.

Prerequisites: basic math, measurement, fractions                                                                                                                         Reading level: Grade 7                                                                                                                                                                              A willingness and commitment to explore multiple CTE programs with an open mind. A clear understanding that the class will require reading, writing, technical education, and visits to other programs.

Pre-Tech Foundational # C0006008        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 9-10        Semester

Along with developing foundational math and English skills, students will learn and practice proper work and safety habits and the soft skills that are so necessary for career success in the twenty first century. These skills will be put into practice in the operation of a woodworking business, where students will help to create, design and construct a multiplicity of products to be sold to the public. Students will also learn the basic skills needed for the successful operation of a small business, including marketing, writing of proposals/contracts and record keeping. Students must bring a charged Chromebook to every class. Students taking the class for the first time will be given acceptance priority.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prerequisites: none

 PERFORMING ARTS

Performing  Arts Acting # C0004635           Offered 2019-2020        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 10-12*        Full Year  

                                                         

 This is a performance-based program for students who wish to learn about acting and theatre related professions.  No previous acting experience is required, however students should be eager to take creative risks and to receive critical feedback on their work.  Active daily participation is required.  Students will learn how to interpret text and to develop believable characters.  Units include auditioning, acting for the camera, commercial work, makeup, and different acting styles including classical Greek, Shakespearean, and high comedy.  Because this course may qualify as English III or English IV for some students, rigorous academic work is included in the curriculum.  Students write eight major essays, a research paper, frequent short reviews, an actor’s journal, and they prepare an actors’ professional portfolio.               Note:  this course is offered every other year on a rotating basis with Performing Arts – Directing.

Performing  Arts Directing # C0004655        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 10-12*        Full Year

                                                                   

This is a rigorous academic course for students who wish to learn more about directing for the stage and other technical aspects of theatre production.  Previous acting experience is highly recommended as students will both direct and act with classmates in a number of directing exercises and scenes.  Active daily participation if required.  Students must be eager to take creative risks and to receive critical feedback on their work.  Because this course may qualify as English III or English IV for some students, rigorous academic work is included in the curriculum.  Students write eight major essays, a research paper, frequent short reviews, and prepare a director’s prompt book.  Note:  this course is offered every other year on a rotating basis with Performing Arts – Acting.  

                                                                                                           

Notes: English III or English IV credit provided English II has been previously completed.  *Open to sophomores in Visual & Performing Arts Academy Academy

Theater Capstone # C0004657        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 12        Semester

Students enrolled in the Theater Capstone will design a course of advanced theater studies in the areas of acting, directing, or technical theater with an approved mentor.  Upon completion of the course of study, some form of public performance or portfolio will be required.

                                                                                                                                       

 Prerequisites: Must have completed Acting and Directing courses.

Introduction to Performing Arts #C0007215                                                        Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1

Open to: 9th graders accepted into the VPA Academy; 10-11                                  Semester

This course is an introduction to performing arts including circus arts, dance and theatre. This course includes physical training in circus, dance and theatre which involves skill development, basic vocabulary, body awareness and safety. circus arts skill building includes physical training in individual and group acrobatics, juggling, aerials and flexibility.  This course includes academic assignments including lectures and research projects on the history of European and American circus, introduction to dance genres including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre, theatre studies including physical theatre and clowning. This course will begin the development of artistic literacy through performance review and critique.  Students will learn individual and group performance techniques and skills. There is no prerequisite for this course and no experience necessary.

Performing Arts Circus I#C0007216                                                                     Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1

Open to: Grades 10-12                                                                                             Semester

This course includes physical training in circus and performing arts including skill development, vocabulary, conditioning and flexibility, health and safety practices. Students will learn and develop individual and group performance pieces in acrobatics, aerials, juggling, dance and clowning.  Academic assignments include lectures, discussions, essays, research papers, tests and quizzes on circus history and contemporary circus performance. The final projects is the development and performance of a circus showcase, highlighting the students at their own level.  This course will develop artistic literacy through performance review and critique.  Students will learn and develop physical skills and build soft skills for a variety of careers including team building and leadership skills, work ethic, self-confidence and presentation skills.

Performing Arts Circus II#C0007217                                                                         Credits: BUHS 4 Sending Schools 1

Open to: Grades 11-12                                                                                                 Semester

In addition to the skills taught in Performing Arts-Circus 1, students will refine artistic literacy skills through performance review and critique.Students will learn and develop physical and performance skills and build softs skills for a variety of careers including team building and leadership skills, work ethic, self-confidence and presentation skills.  Students will be required to choose additional projects to be completed outside of class which may include community outreach, social circus assistant teacher training, additional physical training, rigging training and/or academic research projects.  

Circus Capstone # C0004659        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 12        Semester  

                                                     

The Circus Capstone is a course designed to represent the students' culminated training in the Performing Arts Circus strand of the Performing Arts Academy program.  Students will be expected to set goals and work toward creating an innovative final performance project.  Projects may include but are not limited to: creating solo and/or group work, expansion of related proficiencies such as physical skill development, teaching, directing, choreography, costuming, makeup, theatre technician, and/or promotional and professional growth.  The final production will be documented on film, and include written documentation of the process, including reflections of the project.

Prerequisites: Prior circus experience. Enrollment in VPA Academy.

Dance I: Intro to Dance # C0007137        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 10-12        Semester 

Dance I uses a variety of dance styles to explore movement as a creative art form.  Students learn kinesthetic awareness, proper body alignment and physical strength, flexibility, and endurance as they relate to folk dance, social dance, historical dance, concert dance, and theatre dance.  The goals of identifying how dance is connected to our lives and to different cultures are pursued through the thoughtful critique of dance performance and class work.  Students will experience a variety of ways of moving and will explore more specific areas of dance through project work.

Performing  Arts Dance # C0007110        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 10-12        Full Year

 Dance students engage in a rigorous course of study preparing them for advanced work in concert dance and related fields.  This program emphasizes the development of strong dance technique in the disciplines of ballet, modern and jazz dance.  Additionally, students will study improvisation, composition, dance history and culture, anatomy of movement, health and nutrition, and stagecraft.  A spring field trip to the National High School Dance Festival has become a typical component of the program.

Prerequisites: Performing Arts Dance: Although students do not need to have prior dance experience, good physical conditioning is recommended as this is a physically rigorous program.

Recommended: Students without prior or some dance experience should begin with Intro to Dance.

 

Dance Capstone # C0004658        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 12        Semester

The Movement Capstone is a course designed to represent the student’s culminated training in the Performing Arts-Movement Academy.  Students will choose a mentor to create an agenda for the semester, which will include the following curriculum components: They will identify an area of emphasis such as performance, choreography, production, and teaching in the area of dance.  They will determine a final goal which will represent their training, such as choreographing an evening length showcase.  This would require the creation of a month long syllabus of classes including lesson plans and student goals, standards and evaluations, or producing a performance.  Students will outline with their mentor a list of supporting academic evidence of their training and they will present their final showcase or product with evidence of its completion.

Prerequisites: Prior dance classes. Enrollment in VPA Academy.

                                                                       

 PROTECTIVE SERVICES 

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)# C0007140        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 10-12        Semester

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for employment or a volunteer position in a variety of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings.  

Prerequisites: None

Firefighter # C0007260        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 10-12        Full Year

This is an introductory program emphasizing fire and emergency hands on training. The course allows candidates the chance to test for the Vermont State Firefighter I certification. Topics covered range from fire science/behavior to emergency medical procedures. There are several class trips to visit area emergency service providers.

 

Prerequisites: A desire to be involved in fire or emergency services.

 

Criminal Justice # C0007255        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 11-12        Full Year

This program is for students considering a career in the criminal justice (CJ) field. It offers a wide variety of  experiences and exposure to many exciting professions.  These include police, probation, corrections, game wardens, attorneys, judges, EMS, detectives, and crime scene investigators.  This course will give a sampling of a full criminal justice program allowing the student to decide which career paths they may wish to pursue.   Numerous guest speakers will provide an interesting introduction to unique subjects. Students wishing to enter the CJ field will learn how to develop an affordable career plan, and how to best market themselves. Students will complete a hiring plan, portfolio, and experience a practice job interview.

Prerequisites: None

TECHNICAL ENGLISH

Technical English and Communications 3 # CE000211        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1                               Open to Grades: 11-12        Semester

                                                                                 

Students will develop professional writing and critical thinking skills transferable to most industries needed for income security. You’ll explore the communications, publishing, and entertainment industries to prepare for careers in industries such as book publishing, television, newspaper, magazine, marketing and public relations. Bring your creativity, as we will write fiction as well as business related projects, including, but not limited to, scripts, stories, social media content and documents for use within other career programs at WRCC while building a career portfolio.

Technical English and Communications 4 # CE000212        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to Grades: 11-12        Semester

In the advanced class, learning will focus more on editing and improving skills developed in English 3, while  exploring the same subjects in more depth as well as expanding the width of knowledge in specific career paths most interesting to you. You will continue to develop professional writing and critical thinking skills transferable to most industries needed for income security while still working in the fields of communications, publishing, and entertainment industries. We will take creativity to the next level, hone skills, and complete career portfolios.

 TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS

WRCC Technical Math classes employ a hands-on interactive, workplace-centered approach to teaching  concepts.  The math curriculum is designed to prepare students for more advanced high school classes, for college level mathematics and for the workplace. These courses fulfill high school math requirements.

Technical Math III # CM007814        Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1       Open to grades: 11-12 (current or completion track students)        Semester

Technical Math III helps diverse learners’ master algebraic and geometric concepts that are essential for success in today’s high-tech workplace. Students will be engaged in mathematics appropriate for rigorous secondary-level first-year algebra and geometry courses.  Algebra topics include Basic Operations, Using Formulas, Solving Linear Equations, and Linear Functions.  Geometry topics are addressed in the context of workplace applications.  Coursework is designed to ensure students reach college placement levels on the Arithmetic Proficiencies of the Accuplacer test.

Technical Math IV # CM007810         Credits: BUHS 4  Sending Schools 1

Open to grades: 11-12 (current or completion track students)        Semester

This course is ideal for the student who has completed Algebra I and Geometry, wants to reinforce these concepts and to preview Algebra II. Students build upon their algebra and geometry foundations as they expand their understanding through other mathematical experiences and become prepared for college level mathematics.  It is also an excellent choice for students to take after Algebra II if they need to review those concepts and ensure a smooth, successful transition into college level math.  Coursework is designed to ensure students reach college placement levels on the Algebra Proficiencies of the Accuplacer test.

Geometry in Construction # C0007269        Credits: BUHS 8  Sending Schools 2

Open to grades: 10-12        Full Year

 

Geometry in Construction is an alternative way to earn a Geometry credit in a project based/lab based class while learning the skills and opportunities that exist in the building and construction industry.  You will apply the lessons you learn in the Geometry classroom to “real world” situations in the Construction lab.  In this class, you will be concurrently enrolled in Geometry and Construction for the entire course and earn credits for each.  You will learn the same Geometry as students in a traditional class, and you will have the construction skills necessary to progress on to the Construction and Architecture level 1, or possibly level 2, class next year.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

WRCC Academic Support # C0007400                                                                   Credits: BUHS 2  Sending Schools .5                                    Open to students enrolled in WRCC                                                         Semester

 The Windham Regional Career Center provides educational support services for sending school students who are on Individual Education Plans or would benefit from additional academic supports.  In addition, students can receive supports in the areas of study skills, organizational skills, career development, and coordination with other service providers.

DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES

  WRCC COURSE NAME

  COLLEGE AWARDING                      CREDIT

BUSINESS PATHWAY

 

MARKETING SALES & SERVICE (3 college credits)

             PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

RVCC

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3 college credits)

            COMPUTER APPLICATION SKILLS

CCV

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (3 college credits)

CSU

ACCOUNTING (3 college credits)

RVCC

SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS PATHWAY

 

ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING I (12 college credits)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN

NHTI

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING

MACHINE PROCESS I

NHTI

RVCC

ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING II (4 college credits)

 

COMPUTER INT. MANUFACTURING

NHTI

ELECTRONICS/PHOTONICS II (3 college credits)

 

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS

NHTI

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PATHWAY

 

FILM MAKING and DIGITAL EDITING (3 college credits)

LRCC

HEALTH & BIO-MEDICAL SCIENCES PATHWAY

 

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (3 college                                                                 credits)

VTC

HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS (3 college credits)

Marlboro College

MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (3 college credits)

SVT

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3 college credits)

CCV

NUTRITION (3 college credits)

VTC

WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAM

Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational experience that offers students an opportunity to reinforce their learning, explore career fields, and demonstrate program skills in their chosen career cluster.  WBL experiences effectively facilitates the transition from school to career by enhancing the student’s employability and the value of their program experiences.  Through WBL opportunities, the student’s career center program becomes more relevant, rigorous and rewarding for students, parents, educators, business and industry and the community.  There are three options offered for work-based learning experiences at the Windham Regional Career Center; Job Shadowing, Career Work Experience, and Cooperative Technical Education, all of which must be arranged through the Work-Based Learning Coordinator.

The Work-Based Learning Coordinator and the program instructor collaborate with eligible students to investigate an appropriate work placement and develop goals for the work experience.  Students interested in undertaking a WBL experience may speak with their program instructor, WRCC Counselor, or WBL Coordinator for further information.

Examples of previous WRCC work placement sites include:  Brattleboro Police Department, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, A.L. Tyler and Sons, Twin State Truck Service, Rescue Inc., Oak Grove School, Vernon Elementary School, Physical Therapy Services of Brattleboro, WTSA Radio, Tayne Rancourt Excavating, and GS Precision.

Please Note:

Students seeking a WBL placement will need to have the recommendation of their program instructor, a completed resume, and the ability to interview in order to secure a work-based learning placement at a worksite established through the Windham Regional Career Center.  

CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (CTSO’S)

                                                                                                                                                                                                             WRCC sponsors a number of organizations and activities that provide WRCC students with opportunities to build upon and practice both knowledge and skills acquired in technical programs.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.  FBLA-PBL's  National Awards Program, commonly called competitive events, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.  Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, members compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills.  Top winners in each state are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

 

Future Health Professionals (HOSA)

(formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America)

HOSA is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE.

 

National FFA Organization  

(formerly known as Future Farmers of America)

FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.  FFA is an integral,intra-curricular part of the agricultural education program, providing leadership training to supplement classroom education and hands-on career exploration.

SkillsUSA

The goal of SkillsUSA is to develop employability, participatory, and quality skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in trade and technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites.  SkillsUSA programs and activities help members develop public-speaking skills, conduct and participate in meetings, manage financial matters, strengthen problem-solving abilities, and assume civic responsibilities. Students participate in state, national, and international skill competition each year.  The organization's 250,000 nationwide members strive to become world-class workers and responsible American citizens in the trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

NTHS members are selected based on academic and technical excellence, leadership, and community service. NTHS members organize center-wide activities to promote a sense of community to all WRCC students.

 

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