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Career Pathway Electives at OCHS

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Jobs for America's Graduates Kentucky (JAGKY) 

JOBS FOR AMERICA'S GRADUATES 

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0

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Course Description: JAG KY inspires, empowers, and prepares the youth of the Commonwealth to become leaders in tomorrow’s workforce. We assist students in overcoming barriers so they will graduate from high school and transition successfully into the workforce, military, and/or post-secondary education. JAG KY has delivered on this promise for 30 years.

Horticulture & Plant Science Systems Pathway

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: .5
Course Description: This course provides instruction in the foundations of various segments of the agricultural industry. Agricultural career opportunities will be emphasized. Animal science, plant and land science, and agricultural mechanics skills will be the focus of the curriculum. The selection and planning of a supervised agricultural experience program and related record keeping will be presented. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Students will receive personal guidance and counseling with preparatory instructional program selection. . Leadership development will be provided through FFA activities.

AGRISCIENCE (2nd Semester)

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: .5
Course Description: Agriscience introduces the scientific agricultural approach to animal science and selection, and plant and land science. Agricultural career opportunities will be emphasized in each class. Laboratory experiences relating to basic and current technology will be part of the program. Content may be enhanced by utilizing appropriate computer applications. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Each student will be expected to have a supervised agricultural experience program and keep appropriate records.

INTRODUCTION TO GREENHOUSE AND CROP PRODUCTION (1st Semester)

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; and Agriculture Teacher Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 One Semester Course
Course Description: This course is a study of agronomy and related sciences. Emphasis on soil and land use evaluation and the relationship of plants and soils to the environment. Leadership and career building skills included in course work. Leadership development will be provided through FFA.

GREENHOUSE TECHNOLOGY (2nd Semester)

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; and Agriculture Teacher Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 One Semester Course
Course Description: This course provides instruction in home and commercial landscaping with emphasis on site development, plant selection, landscape drawing, and preparing bids and installation contracts. This course also provides instruction in greenhouse construction, plant propagation, plant growth, and commercial greenhouse crop production. Extensive laboratory experiences are provided. Leadership development will be provided through FFA activities.

LANDSCAPE AND TURF MANAGEMENT

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level 11-12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one other agricultural course.
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits 1.0
Course Description: This course includes identification of landscape plants and their characteristics, site evaluation, site design, calculation of materials needed, costs for bidding, and installing landscape plans. Landscape plant maintenance will also be presented. Selection, culture, and management of turf species used for lawns, golf courses, athletic fields and erosion control may also be included. Content may be enhanced by utilizing appropriate technology. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Each student will be expected to have a supervised agricultural experience program.

 

Agriculture Power, Structures, Technical Systems Pathway

PRINCIPLES OF AGRISCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (1st Semester)

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: .5
Course Description: This course provides instruction in the foundations of various segments of the agricultural industry. Agricultural career opportunities will be emphasized. Animal science, plant and land science, and agricultural mechanics skills will be the focus of the curriculum. The selection and planning of a supervised agricultural experience program and related record keeping will be presented. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Students will receive personal guidance and counseling with preparatory instructional program selection. . Leadership development will be provided through FFA activities.

AGRISCIENCE (2nd Semester)

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: .5
Course Description: Agriscience introduces the scientific agricultural approach to animal science and selection, and plant and land science. Agricultural career opportunities will be emphasized in each class. Laboratory experiences relating to basic and current technology will be part of the program. Content may be enhanced by utilizing appropriate computer applications. Leadership development will be provided through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Each student will be expected to have a supervised agricultural experience program and keep appropriate records.

AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION SKILLS

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 10-12Prerequisites: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; and Agriculture Teacher Approval
Max G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Prepares students to construct and maintain agricultural structures and equipment. Develops basic skills such as: tool identification, interpreting plans, calculating a bill of materials, electrification, carpentry, welding, metal fabrication, plumbing, and masonry. Leadership development will be provided through FFA activities.

AGRICULTURE STRUCTURES AND DESIGNS

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 11- 12
Prerequisite: Principles of Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriscience; Agricultural Construction Skills; Agriculture Teacher Approval
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This course prepares students to design, evaluate and interpret construction plans and calculate a bill of materials. Students will be involved in extensive hands-on activities in a laboratory setting. Areas of study include woodworking, welding, electricity, concrete, and site preparation.

Business Electives

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 9 – 10
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This course establishes basic foundations for further study in business and marketing courses and provides essential information for making financial and economic decisions. Students learn about the fundamentals of the American free enterprise system and world economies; application of sound money management for personal and family finances; credit management; consumer rights and responsibilities; forms of business ownership; risk and insurance; and the importance of international trade. Leadership development will be provided through FBLA. Business Simulation called "Knowledge Matters" through Microsoft is utilized. 

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE FOUNDATIONS (1st Semester)

Pathway: Accounting; Management & Entrepreneurship
Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: ½ year courses / 1.0 Performance Based Credit per course
Course Description: This course uses an integrated approach to teach accounting. Students first learn how businesses plan for and evaluate their operating, financing, and investing decisions and then how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decisions makers. This year-long course covers all the learning objectives of a traditional college level financial accounting course, plus those from a managerial accounting course. Topics include an introduction to accounting, accounting information systems, time value of money, and accounting for merchandising firms, sales and receivables, fixed assets, debt and equity. Other topics include statement of cash flows, financial ratios, cost-volume profit analysis and variance analysis.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (2nd Semester)

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Accounting and Finance Foundations
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: ½ year courses / 1.0 Performance Based Credit per course
Course Description: The accounting principles taught in this course include an in-depth study of accounting principles, procedures, and techniques used in keeping financial records for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. There is an emphasis on automated accounting. Topics include a more analytical approach to accounting.

INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT (1st Semester)

Elective Course
Suggested Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0 Performance Based Credit / One Semester Course
Course Description: This course emphasizes the skills needed for managing a business that involves the selection and supervision of employees including efficient use of time, personnel, facilities, and financial resources. Students will explore forms of business ownership; typical business organizational structure; product or service promotion in business; effective communications; human relations skills required in dealing with employees; and effective management strategies used in personnel, finance, production, marketing, and information processing.

JCTC INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (CIT 105 – 3 hours): COMPUTER LITERACY (2nd Semester)

Offered at OCHS
Suggested Grade Level 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: Provides an introduction to the computer and the convergence of technology as used in today’s global environment. Introduces topics including computer hardware, software, file management, the Internet, e-mail, the social web. Green computing, security and computer ethics. Presents basic use of application, programming, systems, and utility software. Basic keyboarding skills are strongly recommended.

 

Cinematography and Video Production  Pathway

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: NoneMax. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
*Course can be used to meet the Humanities graduation requirement.
Course Description: An introduction to and survey of the creative and conceptual aspects of designing media arts experiences and products, including techniques, genres and styles from various and combined mediums and forms, including moving image, sound, interactive, spatial and/or interactive design. Typical course topics include: aesthetic meaning, appreciation and analysis; composing, capturing, processing and programming of media arts products, experiences and communications; their transmission, distribution and marketing; as well as contextual, cultural, and historical aspects and considerations.

VIDEO STUDIO FUNDAMENTALS (2nd Semester)

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Decription: This course will expose students to the materials, processes, and artistic techniques involved in creating video productions. Students learn about the operation of cameras, lighting techniques, camera angles, depth of field, composition, storyboarding, sound capture and editing techniques. Course topics may include production values and various forms/styles of video production (e.g., documentary, storytelling, news magazines, animation, etc.) As students advance they are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles. Major cinematographers, video artists and their work may be studied.

STUDIO DIRECTING AND PERFORMANCE

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Introduction to Media Studies and Video Studio Fundamentals 
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This course explores the role of the director within the studio system. Students develop knowledge and skills in studio multi-camera and field television production. Students also develop performance skills for broadcasting including interpretation of copy, news casting, and ad lib announcing. The course covers techniques of narrative and non-fiction writing and scripting, the analysis and writing of radio, television, and video materials, including storytelling and screenwriting.

ADVANCED STUDIO PRODUCTION - MOVING IMAGES

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Max. G.P.A.: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: In this course students will explore the creative and conceptual aspects of designing and producing moving images for the variety of cinematic, film/video, and multimedia presentations including: fictional dramas, documentaries, music videos, artistic and experimental presentations and/or installations, interactive, immersive, and performance media.

 

Teaching and Learning Pathway

Pathway  Course Description: Students develop an understanding of the various responsibilities and systems involved in the K-12 educational system. Specifically, students will acquire the knowledge of education through the perspective of classroom, school, district, state, and federal roles. In clinical experiences, students are embedded in observational and small group or individual teaching settings. They engage with students, schools, and stakeholders across the community to better understand how the community functions as a system, noting how elements within the system relate and interact and the impact of students.

The Learner Centered Classroom / FOUNDATIONS OF INSTRUCTION - EDTP 215 - UofL (3 credits)

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the course, The Teaching Profession (EDTP 201) 

Max. GPA 5.0 Credits 1.0

UofL Course Description: 

Pathway Course Description: This course will develop rising educators' awareness of their funds of knowledge, as well as their personal biases that develop from their life experiences. Using research-based methods, rising educators will develop methods to impact student equity based on culturally competent models as well as growth mindset methods. NOTE: Teacher Certification requirements for this course: Must have a Rank II valid teaching certificate, plus 5 years teaching experience.

 

Human Development and Learning - EDTP 107 - UofL (3 credits)

Elective Course

Suggested Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the course, The Teaching Profession (EDTP 201) and Foundations of Instruction (EDTP 215)

Max. GPA 5.0 Credits 1.0

UofL Course Description:  Introduction to the basic principles of human development and learning as applied to home and school settings of children from birth to adolescence. This course includes Community-Based Learning (CBL).  

Pathway Course Description: This course will develop rising educators’ awareness of their funds of knowledge, as well as their personal biases that develop from their life experiences. Using research-based methods, rising educators will develop methods to impact student equity based on culturally competent models as well as growth mindset methods. The students will be embedded in classrooms in observing and active teaching roles (any of the 5 co-teaching models). They will experience a variety of settings in order to reflect on their developing understanding and skills across the K-12 spectrum.