Mills High School

Career Technical Education

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

 

 

Career Technical Education (CTE) is an educational experience which incorporates academic learning and the development of technical skills. Ten credits of CTE are required for graduation beginning with the Class of 2016.  Students participate in classroom presentations as well as perform hands-on experiences in a lab setting.  Study skill 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. Tech Prep agreements allow student advanced placement and college credit earned while in high school. 

 

Architectural Design

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.

 

Art of Video

Grade Levels: 9-12

 This two semester course teaches students the process of filmmaking from the idea-brainstorming stage to taking the footage and editing the footage 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, and 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 is a University of California approved elective course.  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 the 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.

 

 

Biotechnology 1

Grade Levels:10-12

Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of C or better

Each semester of the biotechnology pathway fuses academic and technical training to prepare students to work in the growing biotechnology industry. 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 Biotechnology 2 students build on the skills developed in Biotechnology 1 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.

 

Culinary Arts

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Food and Nutrition or Instructor’s Approval

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.  Student will make connections to careers related to the foodservice and hospitality industry.  Student may earn 6 college credits at Skyline and West Valley Community College.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Digital Photography

Grade Level: 9-12 

Photography teaches the basic skills and knowledge needed to enter the field of photography, as well as providing a solid foundation for further photographic training in college level courses.  This yearlong course explores elements of design and principles of art essential to photography.  It also covers digital photographic equipment, materials, and methods through theory and hands on practice.  Students focus on the history of photography and photographers, studying and emulating a variety of photographic styles.  Students utilize traditional photography techniques and experimental styles in the creation of several projects.  

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

This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement.

 

Engineering Technology

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisites: Algebra or concurrent enrollment.

Engineering Technology is a one-year course.  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” college elective requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

 

Foods and Nutrition

Grade Level: 9-12

This is a comprehensive course in food and nutrition designed to help students understand how food choices impact health.  Students learn fundamental scientific principles of nutrients and foods.  Through examination of My PLATE, Food Labels, Dietary Guidelines, Meal Planning and Dietary Analysis, students become aware of practical techniques for maintaining and improving health.  This applied laboratory-based course is designed to educate students about the functional components of foods and food preparation including nutrient composition, analysis and preservation in addition to food safety, sensory evaluation and quality control.  This course also explores the role of food in respect to its historical, social, environmental and industrial contexts.

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

This 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.  They develop critical thinking skills and knowledge of ethical precepts when shaping stories with controversial content.  In addition to producing the newspaper, they 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” college elective requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

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 this particular school year that will ever be published.  It is YOUR 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:  Leadership, Ethics, Accountability, Adaptability, Personal Productivity, Personal Responsibility, People Skills, Self-Direction, Social Responsibility.  This course may be repeated. This course meets the UC/CSU A-G “g” college elective requirement. This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Principles of Computer Science

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 CTE district graduation requirement.

 

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 “a to g” requirements.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.