Mills High School

Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) is an educational experience which incorporates academic learning and the development of technical skills. One year (10 credits) of CTE is required for graduation.  Two years (20 credits) are encouraged for CTE pathway completion.  Students participate in classroom presentations as well as perform hands-on experiences in a lab setting.  Study skills and job entry level skills are stressed with emphasis toward the world of work, career decisions, consumer knowledge and opportunities in higher education.  Several of the courses in the Career Technical Education Department have Tech Prep Articulation agreements with the College of San Mateo, Canada, Skyline and West Valley Mission Community College.  Tech Prep Agreements allow student advanced placement and college credit earned while in high school.  

 

Architectural Design I

Grade Levels: 9-12                   

Architectural Design is a one-year course focusing on the creative processes of planning and designing a single family home.  After studying the history and basic principles of architecture, the student will use AutoCad to create an original set of architecture plans.  Emphasis will be on creativity and original design, while incorporating solid design principles. 

This course meets the UC/CSU “f” VAPA requirement. 

This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement.

 

Architectural Design II

Grade Levels: 10-12

Prerequisite:  Architechtural Design I

Architectural Design II is an advanced course that builds upon the student's understanding of the principles of architecture and the elements of design acquired in the foundational course. The projects in this course will focus on community centers, recreational facilities, museums, art galleries, and schools as opposed to residential designs. Emphasis will be placed on Green Building strategies that help increase energy and water efficiency, use renewable energy and materials, and reduce consumption, pollution, and waste.  Students will use Autodesk Revit Architecture. The tools and features that make up Revit Architecture are specifically designed to support building information modeling (BIM). By utilizing BIM the student will create an intelligent model that allows changes made in one part of the model to be automatically applied to other parts. Using Revit Architecture will help students gain real-world experience using a BIM workflow to build high-impact 3D models. Students will design a project and communicate their design solutions through 3D drawings, models, written narratives and presentations.

This course meets the UC/CSU “g” elective requirement.

This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement.

 

Art of Video

Grade Levels: 9-12

This course teaches students the process of filmmaking from the brainstorming stage to taking the footage and editing into a final product. Students’ imaginations and creative abilities will be challenged through hands-on projects utilizing their understanding of, and experience with, the designing stores, writing scripts, directing and acting, framing composition, camera angles and movement, audio, light and editing. Students will become skilled in producing their artistic segments and will produce and manage their own news broadcast that goes out to the school and community.

This course meets the UC/CSU “f” VAPA requirement. 

This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement.

 

Art of Video – Advanced

Grade Levels:  9-12

Prerequisite: Art of Video or permission of the instructor

This course will produce videos that will be viewed by both our school community and our community at large.  Our state-of-the-art studio and control room is managed like a television station.  Advanced video students have the responsibility for the production of our weekly broadcasts.  Student executive producers oversee the production of the entire broadcast.  Segments have their own producer responsible for the camera work, interview content, writing, graphics, and editing.  Mills Broadcasting also partners with Millbrae Public TV, students are part of a real sports TV Crew and learn the skills involved in producing segments using mobile TV units.  This course meets the UC/CSU “f” VAPA requirement. 

This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement.

 

Art & Multimedia  1-­2  (Computer Art & Graphic Design)

Grade: 9-­12                                       

This one-­year course introduces students to digital based art and design. The students will explore a wide survey of art multimedia which includes photography, basic animation, and graphic design. As access to digital tools shifts with cell phones and software, this course will reflect new exciting opportunities in Art Multimedia.  Topics covered include the element of art, principles of design, fine art, graphic design, visual communication, media, and career exploration. Students  will  develop  creative  expression,  solve  visual  problems,  explore  software, DSLR cameras,  and  develop   digital  imaging  techniques. Students will develop a digital portfolio that reflects new industry standards.

This course meets the UC/CSU “f” VAPA requirement.

This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement.

 

Biotechnology I

Grade Levels: 10-12

Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of C or better

The focus of Biotechnology 1 is on mastery of basic standard laboratory operating procedures. Record-keeping, safe and proper use of equipment, and employee etiquette are stressed. Students learn sterile technique, cell culture, DNA and protein isolation and analysis, including electrophoresis. In the second semester students build on the skills developed in semester I with emphasis on assay development, spectrophotometry, recombinant DNA technology, and bacterial transformation. All pathway courses have workplace experiences.

This course meets the UC/CSU “d” laboratory science requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Computer Science Principles

Grade Level:  9-12

This course is an introduction to computer science that uses UC Berkeley’s CS10 “Beauty & Joy of Computing” curriculum.  Students learn algorithms and use programming techniques to solve problems.  The course covers the history, social implications, great principles, future of computing, beautiful applications that have changed the world, and progress in other fields that has resulted from computers and programming.  Relevance of computing to the student and society will be emphasized.  Students will complete a number of substantial programming projects.

This course meets the UC/CSU A-G “g” elective requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Culinary Arts

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Food and Nutrition or permission of the instructor

Culinary Arts is a concentration course serving as a career pathway in Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation.  The course is designed to help students expand their food preparation, menu planning, cost and nutritional skills beyond basic.  The course also includes a focus on the study of various cultures and cuisine, international food terms, special preparation techniques and use of seasonings.  Students will make connections to careers related to the food service and hospitality industry.  Students complete the industry recognized Food Handlers Certificate.  Students may earn up to 6 college credits at West Valley Mission Community College.  

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Engineering Technology

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisites: Algebra or concurrent enrollment.

When combined with mathematics and science classes, this course introduces the student to the full scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering. Whether a student plans to attend college or not, they will greatly benefit from the problem solving skills and logical thought processes they gain in this course.  Engineering will be taught in six modules, each will have a lecture/discussion and lab component.  Topics included will be mechanical design, solid modeling using CAD, computer programming, electrical theory, basic electronics, and robotics.

This course meets the UC/CSU “g” elective requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Foods and Nutrition

Grade Level: 9-12

Foods and Nutrition is an applied laboratory-based course designed to educate students about food preparation and the functional components of foods.  Students also learn about food safety and sanitation and students complete the industry recognized Food Handlers Certificate.  The comprehensive course in the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation Pathway helps students understand how food choices impact health.  Through examination of food labels, dietary guidelines, meal planning and dietary analysis students become aware of practical techniques of maintaining and improving health.  The course also explores the role of food in respect to it its historical, social environmental context through preparation of Regional Foods of the United States. Students will make connections to careers related to the food service and hospitality industry. 

The course meets the UC/CSU A-G "g" college elective requirement. 

The course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Journalism

Grade Level: 9-12 (Application required)

Journalism students work as staff writers to produce a monthly newspaper.  Students heighten their awareness of their community to determine what is newsworthy; generate story ideas; do research online, at the library, and through personal interviews; write first drafts; interpret copyediting symbols as they correct, expand and improve their first drafts; submit second drafts and third drafts electronically; accept rejection when some of their stories are not chosen for publication; and accept praise and/or criticism when the newspaper is published and their work is evaluated by their peers.  The students develop critical thinking skills and knowledge of ethical precepts when shaping stories with controversial content.  In addition to producing the newspaper, students complete independent assignments on grammar, copyediting, ethics, basic journalism style and the history of the print media.

This course meets the UC/CSU A-G “g” elective requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

This course may be repeated.

 

Publications (Yearbook)  

Grade Level: 9-12 (Application required)

Publishing a yearbook is a complicated, creative, time consuming process.  It is the only complete record of a particular school year that will ever be published.  It is the student’s job to be accurate, fair and well-rounded in covering all events of the school.  This book has five purposes-it is a memory book, reference source, community builder, self-esteem booster and educational tool.   Life skills explored:  Leadership, ethics, accountability, adaptability, personal productivity, personal responsibility, people skills, self-direction, and social responsibility.  This course may be repeated.

This course meets the UC/CSU A-G “g” elective requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

This course may be repeated.

 

Woodworking

Grade Level: 9-12

This is a one-year course that introduces students to basic woodworking skills which can lead to a career in the wood products industry or a satisfying hobby. The student begins by learning how to use hand tools, power tools, and stationary woodworking machinery safely.  After successfully completing the safety program, the student will learn the skills of material selection, measurement and layout, as well as how to design and plan a wooden project.  The student will continue to build on these basic skills and knowledge to plan, fabricate, assemble and finish several finely crafted wooden projects.  Career and higher education opportunities will be explored throughout the course. 

This course does NOT meet the UC/CSU A-G requirements.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.