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Career Tech
Career electives are courses intended to provide students with semester-long introductions into various career fields. It is highly recommended that 9th and 10th grade students take the introductory course(s) associated with career tech programs they are interested in applying for.

Fairmont High School, Oakwood High School, and Centerville High School work together to teach students skills that prepare them for specific career areas. Students receive training that will prepare them for college and careers, including 21st Century skills for the workplace. Career Tech courses offer students the opportunity for $3000 scholarships to Sinclair Community College as well as transferable dual enrollment college credit.

View the Career Tech Pathway page for more information on possible college credit in Career Tech programs.

Courses
Career Exploration Lab
CT100
Credits:
Grades: 10
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This class focuses on the future workplace. Students work individually as well as in teams studying the choices and challenges of workers in the twenty-first century. Students work at hands-on technology stations in a variety of areas including: robotics, milling, transportation, plastics, construction, communications, medicine, and computer-assisted drafting.
Introduction to Sports Media
CT160
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This introductory course is designed for students who have an interest in sports reporting, sports talk radio, television anchoring, play-by-play announcing, or other forms of sports coverage in electronic communication (ex. the Internet). Instruction focuses on the fundamentals of mass communication, broadcasting, and basic media literacy. Writing for electronic media is a key component of this course. Access to Fairmont's radio and TV production facility provides students with hands-on specialized skills. Work is required outside of class time.
Intro to Engineering Design I
CT190
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Can be taken concurrently with Algebra I (MA121)
Notes: None
Course Description:
A course that teaches problem-solving skills using a national curriculum - Project Lead the Way. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed, and communicated using solid modeling computer design software. Using 3D computer modeling software (Inventor), students learn the design process, and they solve design problems.
Intro to Engineering Design II
CT290
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: IED I (CT190)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Advanced training using Inventor software to solve design problems as they develop, analyze, and create product models. At the completion of the course, students take a national exam to earn possible engineering college credit.
Intro to Fire Science
CT205
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course is for students interested in learning about the exciting career fields of fire science and emergency medicine. Students will be introduced to the basics of fire safety and fire behavior as well as introduced to the career of firefighting. Introductions to anatomy and basic medical care will also be included in this course.
Introduction to Healthcare Concepts and Careers
CT210
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course is designed for students interested in entering a healthcare profession. Students will learn about blood pressure, surgical procedures, disaster planning, and health and wellness in general. This course is highly recommended for anyone entering the medical field but especially for those sophomores who are interested in eventually applying for the Allied Health Career Tech program.
Digital Design Basics
CT240
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Students will learn how to use the computer to combine art and technology to communicate ideas. The basic principles of working with images and typefaces will be taught to create various produces that convey a message for a particular audience. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the primary software programs that will be used in this course. This course is highly recommended for anyone interested in applying to the Digital Design Career Tech program.
Introduction to Film & Special Effects Production
CT260
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This introductory course will teach students how to write, plan, shoot, edit, and score a film. Students will explore different types of films, including documentary and narrative genres. In addition, students will research and experiment with a variety of special effects techniques. Students will have access to Fairmont's TV production facility, including cameras, sound, lighting, and editing equipment. Students will be working individually and in teams to produce short films.
Film Production Level II
CT261
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Intro to Film & Special Effects (CT260)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course is for intermediate to advanced level film students. Students enrolled in this course should be interested in completing their own short film during the semester as well as serving as a crew member on other short productions. This course will build on concepts presented in the Intro to Film and Special Effects class. Students will research different types of films, including documentary and narrative genres. In addition, students will research and experiment with a variety of special effects techniques. Students will have access to Fairmont's TV production facility, including cameras, sound, lighting, and editing equipment. Students may enter films in local, regional, and national student film competitions. This course could be taken concurrently with Interactive Media.
Introduction to Computer Programming & Technology
CT270
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Students will be introduced to computer programming using script-based languages such as Python and HTML as well as the dual programming language Scratch. Students will also study the development of the digital computer as well as how to install, operate, and maintain computer systems.
Sports and Entertainment Marketing
CT280
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Sports and entertainment marketing will help students develop a thorough understanding of the marketing concepts and theories that apply to sports and events. This course covers topics such as sponsorship, distribution, pricing, market research, segmentation, endorsements, event management, marketing plans, and promotion.
PLTW Aerospace Engineering
CT291
Credits: 1
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121), IED I (CT190), and IED II (CT290) (can be scheduled concurrently)
Notes: None
Course Description:
In this program students will be engaged in engineering design problems related to aerospace information systems, astronautics, rocketry, propulsion, principles of aeronautics, structures and materials, and systems engineering. Using 3D design software, students work in teams utilizing hands-on activities, projects and problems, and are exposed to various situations encountered by aerospace engineers. Students can take the Aerospace class alone or as the first half of the PLTW Engineering Career Tech program. Students who have completed Aerospace Engineering (CT201), Principles of Engineering (CT292), IED I (CT190) and IED II (CT290) will be eligible for enrollment in the senior PLTW Engineering course (pending seats being available).
Introduction to Automotives
CT220
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge of basic automotive repair. The course will introduce vehicle workshop safety, introduction to common hand tools and equipment service publications, fasteners, construction, maintenance, and repair of automobiles. It will prepare students for the more advanced Automotives Career Tech program.
Principles of Engineering
CT292
Credits: 1
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course is designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors interest in pursuing Engineering in college who are either unable to take the PLTW Engineering block and are pursuing the Aerospace Engineering track. Various technology systems and manufacturing processes used by engineers will be explored. At the completion of the course, students take a national exam to earn possible college credit based on their test score.
Business Academy
CT300 CT400
Credits: 2,2
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121)
Notes: None
Course Description:
The Fairmont Business Academy is a two year program designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the exciting field of Business. The course will provide knowledge in the following areas: foundation of business, organizational behavior, operations management, basic accounting, and many more. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a minimum of 12 college credits. Additionally, students will be able to participate in the DECA student organization.
Allied Health
CT310 CT410
Credits: 2,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121), Biology I (SC201)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course is intended for students who are interested in a wide range of healthcare fields, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical assisting, radiology assisting, dental hygiene, dietetics, respiratory therapy, nursing, emergency medical services, surgical technology, or health information management. Successful completion allows students to by pass the health science wait list at Sinclair. Concurrent chemistry course strongly advised during the Junior year. Anatomy and Physiology (SC411) is required to be taken during the Senior year.
Automotives
CT320 CT420
Credits: 3,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Automotives is an industry certified ASE program. Junior year is devoted to the study of automotive systems and the design characteristics of different manufacturers. Senior year, students can specialize in the system of their choice. Successful seniors can be placed in part-time employment during the senior year. Successful graduates can move directly in to the Auto Technology program at Sinclair Community College. Students are eligible to earn ASE student certification industry credentials.
Biotechnology
SC331 SC431
Credits: 2,2
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121), Biology I (SC201), Concurrent or prior enrollment in Chemistry I (SC301) is required.
Notes: None
Course Description:
Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing career fields. This program provides opportunities for students to learn advanced knowledge and skills related to various biology related careers. Some topics of the course include: forensics, genetics, microbiology, and bioethics. This program includes numerous laboratory activities and several projects. Program completers earn college credit and are eligible to bypass the health science wait list at Sinclair. The credits earned in this course count toward the science graduation requirement.
Computer Information Technology
CT370 CT470
Credits: 2,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Join one of the fastest-growing career fields with high-paying, in-demand jobs. Students will study PC applications and software programming, computer operating systems,a s well as computer hardware and the fundamentals of electronics. Second-year IT students will analyze computer networking applications and network hardware, design and operate technical support systems, receive Microsoft Office Specialist training, as well as HTML5/CSS web development.
Construction Trades
CT330 CT430
Credits: 3,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121) is recommended.
Notes: None
Course Description:
Students prepare for a job in the construction industry. Areas of study include: blueprint reading, basic construction skills, use of power tools, and project planning. Students can earn certificates including OSHA 30-hour card, NCCER Core, and NCCER Carpentry.
Digital Design
CT340 CT440
Credits: 2,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121)
Notes: None
Course Description:
The course is for those interested in a number of creative career options including graphic/industrial design, fashion design, and interior design. Digital Design students will acquire the fundamentals of design through the use of the Adobe Creative Suite. Students work in a state-of-the-art computer lab utilizing professional software and develop important employment skills through participation int eh SkillsUSA student organization.
Fire Science
CT305 CT405
Credits: 2,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121), Biology I (SC201)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Fire Science will prepare students interested in pursuing a career as a firefighter or EMT for this exciting, in-demand job field. Students will be guided through instruction in Fire, EMS, technical rescue, and emergency vehicle operation. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to test for state firefighter I and II cards as well as the EMT-basic state certification. Students are encouraged to continue their education by transferring into a paramedic program at a post-secondary institution of their choice.
Early Childhood Education
CT350 CT450
Credits: 2,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Early Childhood Education is designed to help students prepare for a career working with children in the fields of education, child care, social work, or healthcare. Students master the fundamentals of child development, planning and teaching activities, providing a healthy and safe environment, guiding children's behavior, and management of an early childhood program. All students receive hands-on experience working with children in area preschools, child care centers, and elementary schools. Seniors have the opportunity for paid job placement. Students earn college credit at Sinclair Community College and are eligible for the tech prep scholarship.
Interactive Media
CT360 CT460
Credits: 3,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121) required, Intro to Film & Special Effects (CT260) recommended
Notes: None
Course Description:
Each student will experience radio and television production and performance, digital communications, campus and corporate production, basic graphic design and animation, and much more. The emphasis in this hands-on course will be completing real communications projects for real audiences and building a portfolio of work to show colleges and employers. Second-year students will participate in a variety of business and industry-based work experiences and will have the opportunity to participate in local and national professional competitions.
Marketing Communication / Marketing Work
CT380 CT481 CT481
Credits: 1,1,2
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This two year course focuses on developing young business profesionals for careers in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Students will focus on Professional and Technical Sales and Marketing Applications the junior year and work morning shifts in our school bookstore, Off the Shelf. Seniors will study Marketing Research, compete in Tech Prep Showcase, and study Integrated Marketing Communications. Seniors are required to work up to 10 hours per week in a supervised job placement experience. Both juniors and seniors are DECA members, an association of marketing students where they will have the opportunity to compete, travel, network, earn scholarships and build their leadership skills. Seniors with permission may register for Marketing I & II at the same time during the senior year.
PLTW Engineering
CT390 CT490
Credits: 2,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121), IED I (CT190), IED II (CT290) (can be scheduled concurrently)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Students receive classroom instruction in theory and hands-on experience in a variety of engineering skills including concepts in computer integrated manufacturing, welding, drafting, electronics, plastics, and engineering design and development. Students earn an associate degree at Sinclair and then complete their bachelor degree at the University of Dayton or Wright State at 1/3 off tuition.
Environmental Management
CT800 CT900
Credits: 3,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This program is taken at Centerville
Course Description:
Prepare for careers in environmental quality, water quality, land protection, testing procedure, abatement, plant, soil, and animal conservation.
Exercise Science
CT810 CT910
Credits: 3,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This program is taken at Centerville
Course Description:
This 2-year program provides Students a curriculum concentration in exercise science and sports recreational health care orientation, functional anatomy, injury recognition and prevention, rehabilitation treatment and health appraisal, fitness testing, exercise programming, nutrition and weight management, and emergency policies and procedures. Requires scheduling Anatomy and Physiology at Centerville.
Techincal Theater
CT820 CT920
Credits: 3,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This program is taken at Centerville
Course Description:
Learn the technical aspects of the design and construction of scenery, special effects and lighting. Other areas explored are sound, props, stage management, and costumes.
Culinary Restaurant Management
CT830 CT930
Credits: 3,3
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: This program is taken at Centerville
Course Description:
Restaurant Managers work with the chef deciding on recipes and planning menus. They manage everything down to the last detail, plan budgets, and make sure that everything is in order and the accounts balance. Be a part of a growing industry.