Career and Technical Education Classes

Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. Through CTE programs, you have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in your chosen course and gain real world experience. Many programs offer you the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications which you can use to get a job to pay for college or as the start of your career. Upon the completion of the programs listed, students will be industry certified in their career and technology subject area. The certifications offered are administered through industry recognized testing partners such as: CompTIA, Pearson VUE, Certiport, NOCTI, and NCCER.


Automotive Technologies

Instructors: Mr. D. Morisette, Mr. M. Sierra, Mr. M. Schnier, Mr. S. Turczyn
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Overview

The automotive program prepares students in the area of Automotive Technology using a rigorous curriculum with a minimum of 1,080 hours of classroom instruction combined with practical experiences. The curriculum provides students experience in each of the following areas: electric applications, steering and suspension, brakes, engine performance, and live shop which leads to work-based learning opportunities.

Students will work out of the Automobile Live Shop while honing their skills in maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting automobiles, and experience actual coniditions that a technicion faces each day in the automotive industry. Students will take one of eight National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessment (NA3SA) each year. They will also be Snap-on, Solus Ultra Scanner and Multimeter Certified.

10th Grade

The program begins in 10th grade with Automotive Electric & Electronics. The Auto Mechanics Electric Lab covers from basic electron theory to an introduction to automotive computers. This course begins with electric circuits, components and their operation. The use of basic diagnostic test equipment and diagnostic procedures are an integral part of this course. A Snap-on Multimeter course, which culminates in an industry, recognized certification is achieved through the use of simulator boards to conduct electrical tests. This course also reinforces Language Arts skills. The emphasis is on the use of computers and the Internet in projects that are interdisciplinary based. This course culminates with students taking an additional industry-recognized certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence: A6-Electrical/Electronic Systems Student ASE certification. Students also receive a Snap-on Multimeter Certificate.

11th Grade

The 11th grade automotive program is divided in half. Students receive instruction in Steering Suspension and Brake systems during one semester, and Engine Performance in the other. Steering and Suspension is an advanced program, introducing the automobile chassis and its various systems. There is an emphasis on wheel alignment, steering and suspension component repairs. This course centers on the theory of wheel alignment and steering geometry. The brake course concentrates on brake system theory operation and hydraulic theory are emphasized on actual vehicles and mock-ups. The introduction of precision measurement tools such as micrometers and dial indicators are infused to reinforce math skills. Basic machining skills are utilized with brake drum and rotor resurfacing lathes. A Snap-on Torque course which culminates in students receiving an industry recognized certification is achieved through the use of various torque tools and instruments. This course culminates with students taking two additional industry-recognized certifications through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence: A4 – Suspension & Steering and A5 – Brakes.

In the Automotive Mechanic Engine Performances course, students will address the actual engine drivability problems incurred with today’s complex computerized vehicles. The introduction to diagnostic procedures and the use of oscilloscopes, diagnostic scan tools and multi meters are thoroughly addressed. Students perform hands-on activities on live engines which are used to troubleshoot and diagnose computer and performance related problems. A Snap-on Solus Ultra Scanner course which culminates in students receiving an industry recognized certification is achieved through the use of the latest Snap-on diagnostic equipment. Language Arts skills are emphasized through the use of project based learning. Interdisciplinary projects utilizing the computer, internet, Microsoft word, and PowerPoint reinforce these skills. This course culminates with students taking an industry-recognized certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence: A8 – Engine Performance.

12th Grade

12th grade Automotive Service is a two term course, where students make the leap into the automotive field. The culminations of skills from the various courses in their 10th and 11th grades are all put to the test each day. This course provides the student with actual conditions that a technician faces each day in the automotive industry. Students work on actual cars that are brought into the lab to be repaired. The vehicles belong to parents, teachers, other students, and members of the community. Students perform a variety of tasks such as tune-ups, brake jobs, wheel service, wheel alignments, and New York State Inspections. The top students are chosen to compete in various competitions such as: the GNYADA Troubleshooting competition and the SkillsUSA Automotive Technology and Service Competitions, which take place at the city, state and national levels. Here the students will display their knowledge and skills in a competition based setting. This course culminates with students taking an industry-recognized certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence: G1-Auto Maintenance and Light Repair.

Post Secondary Partners

  • Universal Technical Institute
  • Lincoln Educational Education

Industry Partners

  • Star Toyata of Bayside
  • High Velocity Automotive

CISCO Networking

Instructors: Mr. J. Akner, Mr. J. Kalloo
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Overview

The sequence of courses introduces and builds on fundamental networking concepts and technologies. Students are taught skills necessary to plan‚ implement‚ manage and troubleshoot computer-based networks across a range of applications. Students will also learn how to setup and secure wireless networks using Linksys routers and equipment.

10th Grade

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of computers in their first year of this program, such as the various parts of a computer, how to assemble a computer properly and more. Students are also introduced to the foundation of different network technologies and concepts. This first year culminates in the CompTIA Network+ exam.

11th Grade

In this year, students build upon the concepts learned in the previous course. Students are taught how to perate and troubleshoot small networks, as well as basic network security. This course culminates in the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification exam.

12th Grade

The sequence of courses introduces and builds on fundamental networking concepts and technologies. Students are taught skills necessary to plan‚ implement‚ manage and troubleshoot computer-based networks across a range of applications. Students will also learn how to setup and secure wireless networks using Linksys routers and equipment. Upon completion of the programs‚ students qualify to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry recognized certification exam.


Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

Instructor: Mr. B. Roopnarine

Overview

This course is a three year program where students learn various tasks and skills required for employment in the collision industry. The Collision Repair Education Foundation is working on a new way for you to show support to collision repair programs. By clicking on the link below you can make a donation that will go towards Thomas Edison Collision Program through the Foundation. These donations will be used to help purchase tools and equipment necessary to keep the classroom updated. https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/Edison

10th Grade

Students enter the tenth grade where they learn about safety: various hazards and preventative methods are covered in detail and reinforced through the 10 hour OSHA online course. Career opportunities that are available in the collision industry are covered. Detailing is covered utilizing products from Gliptone, Presta and 3M. Students learn what it takes to properly detail a vehicle and remove above and below the surface contaminations. Tools used in this part of the curriculum include, Tornador Foam and Cleaner guns, Mytee Hot Water Carpet extractor, ozone generator, polishers, 3M Denibbing kits and color sanding using 3M polisher with 1500 and 3000 grit paper. Electrical theory covers the basics of electricity and use of a multimeter. Vehicle component identification of interior, exterior and suspension components are covered, students learn about lifting and securing the vehicle. Fasteners are covered and the identification, removal and replacement of various types of fasteners including one-time fasteners are explained. Vehicle design and advancements in technology sum up the year where students learn about the various vehicle designs including unibody, body-over-frame and space frame. The various types of steels and composite materials as well as the methods used to make these components are covered. Students understand what happens in a collision and why cars crumple and deform the way they do.

11th Grade

In the 11th grade students learn damage analysis and repairing of damage using various tools such as hammer and dollies and stud welders. Students learn to properly identify damage and select the repair method best suited for the task at hand. Theory on aluminum repairs are covered along with various tools used for such repairs. Estimating is covered in detail and students learn the necessary critical information for properly writing an estimate. Manual estimating is done at first then students learn through software such as Audatex and CCC One. Students then learn the basics of MIG Welding through the use of virtual technology then by applying to physical exercises. Students learn to perform welds necessary to meet the requirements of the I-CAR WQST certification test. Plastic repair is covered where students learn to identify the various types of plastics used in modern automobiles. They then learn various adhesive repair techniques which include cosmetic, two-sided repairs and tab repairs. Students take the Student ASE Non-Structural Damage Analysis and Repair certification test upon completion of the course.

12th Grade

The senior year introduces students to the refinishing process. Various equipment used in refinishing is covered such as paint guns, safety items, and spray booths. Students learn the various chemicals that are utilized in a refinishing task; these include various primers, corrosion protection, reducers and base coats. Water based and solvent based paint products are discussed and the importance of such products. Students learn to mask a vehicle in preparation for refinishing utilizing various masking techniques and products. Students utilize their past knowledge to repair a vehicle, prime and paint. Customer service skills are enforced as students prepare for interaction with various types of customers. Part of the course is focused on career and finance management where students learn resume writing, interview skills and qualities that employers look for in new employees. This course completes with students taking the Student ASE in Painting and Refinishing. Students will have the opportunity to utilize previous knowledge in order to prepare and refinish a vehicle utilizing modern spray technology from SATA paint guns to an Accudraft Titan Spraybooth.

Program Support

Support for the program in the form of donations, training and advisement on development of curriculum to meet industry standards come from various sources.

Ray Baxter from American Autobody Supplies located in Flushing, NY (718-463-7400) has been a critical component in the development of the collision program. He has spent countless hours in the classroom conversing with students about various opportunities available in the industry and performing mock interviews with students to have them career ready. He is very instrumental in setting up trainings and demos with companies such as House of Kolor, 3M, Presta and PPG. As a member of the advisory board he focuses on providing the best information and opportunities for students in the collision program. He has been a key figure in the planning and implementation of the new Titan spray booth which the school has obtained as a result of the support of the Thomas Edison administration. Ray has provided students with job opportunities as well as donated his time and supplies to helping improve the program.

The work in the classroom is only as good as the skills that employers are looking for in the industry. Through collaboration with collision repair facilities we are able to ensure that the skills being taught in the classroom are indeed required and up to date for the industry. Mid Island Collision 20 Lakeview Ave Rockville Centre, NY 11570 (516) 415-0356 plays an essential role in providing mentoring to students and works with the instructor in ensuring the curriculum is up to date. Students spend time in the shop side by side with technicians learning the techniques required to safely and correctly prepare and repair vehicles. The students also perform mock interviews with James Moy and Larry Montanez in order to hone their softskills. It is through partnership such as this that students are able to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a production shop environment.

Collision Repair Education Foundation (www.collisioneducationfoundation.org) is another critical component in the development of the collision program at Edison. The mission of the Foundation is “To secure and distribute charitable donations to support endeavors that promote, qualify, and properly train employees entering the collision industry.” Through their efforts Thomas Edison Collision Program has received donations in the form of products and equipment from companies such as: 3M, H&S Autoshot, MCR Safety, CAPA, Rustoleum, National Coating and Supplies, Matrix Paint, Motor Guard, Cintas, Cumberland Paints, Quest, CCC, Audatex, AirbagSolutions.com, Hobart, CollisionWeek, Rydell Chevy. These donations vary from software, to safety items, parts and product to use in the classroom.

Other forms of support come from the support received from manufacturers such as BMW North America collision training and Toyota collision repair training, and Porsche. The ongoing support from OEM facilities emphasizes the importance of classroom training in preparing for entry into the collision repair industry. It also forms a connection between the importance of proper education in the repairing of these modern vehicles. It is due to the support of the industry along with other factors that have allowed the program to be successful. In 2013 Shasim Nasim advanced to the SkillsUSA National competition where he won gold. In 2014 Melissa Kalloo won Silver in the New York State SkillsUSA Refinishing competition. In 2015 Cristian Guzman won Silver at the New York State SkillsUSA Refinishing Competition.

The Thomas Edison Collision program was awarded a $50000 makeover grant in 2014 and in 2015 awarded a $5000 grant from AkzoNobel.

Here is an example of how our Industry Partners are working with us.


Commercial Art

Instructor: Dr. P. Lewis

Overview

Students learn the fundamentals of Commercial Art including creative thinking, typography, illustration, and product design. They use traditional art media and non-traditional art media, including the computer. They are introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, PhotoShop, and InDesign. In both the junior and senior years, students split their time between the art classroom and the computer lab. Students also create portfolios for college admission, scholarship applications, job interviews, and CTE endorsement. The course culminates in the PrintED/Skills USA exam in Advertising and Design. Students have the opportunity to participate in internships both at school and at various locations outside of the school. They also participate in contests and competitions. College credit is earned through Connect2College, a dual-enrollment program with Queensborough Community College.

10th Grade

Students take Visual Design in the 10th grade. The class meets five days a week for two periods for a full school year (40 weeks) and is a prerequisite for the 11th grade shop. Students develop their drawing and painting skills using traditional art media, supplemented by the computer for reference and typography. Students hone their drawing and painting skills during the first semester and then apply them, as well as creative thinking and problem-solving, to commercial art applications during the second semester.

Students completing this course demonstrate a thorough understanding of

  • The elements and principles of art
  • Color theory
  • Depth and perspective, including linear and atmospheric
  • Drawing people and objects
  • Mixing and using various painting media
  • Steps of production from thumbnails, layouts/roughs and comprehensives to camera-ready mechanical art
  • Commercial art applications including but not limited to advertising, product and poster design
  • Typography: terminology and uses

Through this course of study students improve their drawing and painting skills, explore the work of various artists, and apply what they have learned to projects based on real-world applications. Instruction includes demonstrations, lecture, cooperative learning, self-evaluation, and application of work-based activities. This course provides students with literacy skills, two-dimensional design skills, and drawing and painting skills.

11th Grade

Students take Introduction to Commercial Art in the 11th grade. This course meets five days a week for two periods for a full school year (40 weeks). Students taking this course will have completed the 10th grade prerequisites of Visual Design. Students gain six college credits through a dual enrollment program with Queensborough Community College.

Students continue to develop their drawing and painting skills, using traditional art media as well as the computer. They learn to use the computer as an artistic tool, completing projects in both Illustrator and Photoshop. The focus is on integrating drawing skills and illustration techniques, both digital and traditional, with graphic design in the Commercial Art working environment. Students are also exposed to various artists and painting styles as a foundation for: understanding the history of art; relating art trends to world events, and developing their own unique styles.

Students completing this course will demonstrate a thorough understanding of:

  • The art skills needed to be successful in Commercial Art.
  • Visual arts and computer graphics terminology and concepts.
  • The development of art trends and their influence on Commercial Art.
  • The value of creativity and development of a unique style.
  • Use of the computer as an artistic medium using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Appropriate use of computer applications in the Commercial Art setting.

Instruction includes demonstrations, lecture, cooperative learning, self-evaluation, and application of work-based activities. Instructional time is split between the traditional art room and the computer lab. This course provides students with literacy skills, two-dimensional design skills, drawing and painting skills, and computer application skills.

12th Grade

Students take Commercial Art in the 12th grade and the course meets five days per week for two periods per day for a full school year (40 weeks). Students have already completed the 10th and 11th grade prerequisites. The course culminates in the Skills USA Advertising Design exam.

Students continue to learn the various real-world applications for their class projects, using both traditional and non-traditional art materials. The focus is on both two and three-dimensional works and their place in commercial art. They develop creative thinking and an individual style, which culminates in a portfolio of finished work. Career and Financial Management is also incorporated into the curriculum.

Students completing this course demonstrate a thorough understanding of:

  • The creative process and its application in commercial art
  • The art skills and personal habits necessary for success in commercial art
  • The importance of an individual style to commercial success
  • Using Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, and InDesign in the creative process

Through this course of study, students experiment with various media in their quest to develop a personal style, and learn the importance of that style in the workplace. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, cooperative learning, self-evaluation, and work-based learning. This course provides students with design, creative thinking and problem-solving skills

Post-Secondary Partners

Students are eligible to recieve credit from the following schools for work completed in this course.

  • Queensborough Community College
  • New York City College of Technology

Industry Partners

  • Bonnier Corporation
  • International Informatics Institute
  • Keys Media Inc.

Computer Aided Design & Drafting

Instructors: Mr. J. Rodriguez, Ms. S. Mullings

Overview

This program is a three year sequential program, which prepares students for careers in Drafting-CAD and related industries for college and professional tools. Introduced to the fundamentals in the 10th grade, students go on to learn about the industry leading software programs such as AutoCAD and Revit in their 11th and 12th grade years, respectively.

10th Grade

Students entering this program in the sophomore year learn the basics of different tools (T-Squares, triangles, compasses, scales and protractors), types of media, and types of drawings (oblique, isometric, axonometric, and orthographic projection).

11th Grade

Students entering the junior year are introduced to CAD file management and basic commands, such as line layers. Students become AutoCAD certified in their junior year after meeting the necessary requirements and passing the certification exam.

12th Grade

During the senior year, students learn the concepts of Revit (the leading 3D architectural software). Students become Revit certified in their senior year after meeting the necessary requirements and passing the certification exam.


Computer Forensics

Instructor: Mr. N. Haripersaud

Overview

This sequence of courses introduces and builds on fundamental concepts of computers and transitions into security awareness, hacking, and mobile device and advanced computer forensics.

10th Grade

In the first year of the Computer Forensics sequence, students will learn the fundamentals of Information Technology (IT). In this course, students will learn about the different types of internal/external hardware. Students will also learn about the various types of software and common file types. The course also covers the basis of security and networking in a business environment. In addition, students will learn basic IT literacy and soft skills to guide them when working in a customer environment. The course will be completed by the students taking the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam.

11th Grade

During the second year of the course, students begin the introduction to Computer Forensics. Students will learn to gather, preserve, analyze and document data. Then, they will learn to collect their findings and present it in a court room system. In the second term, students will learn the fundamentals of mobile forensics and learn to gather, preserve, analyze and document data from smartphones, phones, laptops, tablets, netbooks and other mobile devices.

12th Grade

In their final year, students will learn a foundational-level of security skills and knowledge. Students will learn how to implement security configurations on network devices and understand basic network security procedures. Students will also familiarize themselves with common protocols and security services. They will also learn about the various types of security threats and vulnerabilities in the computing environment. In addition, students will learn the foundation on cryptography and utilize appropriate cryptographic methods. The course will be completed by the students taking the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.


Electrical Installation

Instructor: Mr. J. Isaacman

Overview

This course of study proceeds from the wiring of simple circuits‚ low voltage circuits to the study of sophisticated control systems. Devices studied and used run the gamut from signal systems‚ burglar alarms and other low voltage systems to computer-controlled motors‚ operations and robotics. The electrical and electronics theory is taught over a three-year span. This program prepares students with the skills necessary to enter industry directly or to enter college to pursue other electrical careers, such as electrical engineering.

10th Grade: Signal Wiring

This course gives the student a solid theoretical and practical understanding of the characteristics and properties of electricity. The student will learn about electrical charges, electron theory, current, voltage, magnetism, and electromagnetism. The student will also cover DC circuits, direct current, resistors, Ohm’s law, power, series circuits, parallel circuits, and series parallel circuits. The student will then progress on to alternating current and voltage. Topics include AC circuits, resistance, inductance and capacitance.

In addition, practical operation of multimeters for voltage, current, and resistance readings, operation of electromagnetic devices, conductors, insulators, insulation, trade math, and trade safety will be covered The course concludes with an introduction to the National Electrical Code.

Students will use the labs as vehicles to understand these concepts. The content of the labs will include the following, bells, double contact pushbuttons, annunciator circuits, open and closed circuit burglar alarms systems, fire alarms, telephones, basic electronics, wiring in raceways.

In addition, the students will have the opportunity to become certified in OSHA safety. Final projects will be to wire a three wire return call system. Guest speakers will talk about Fireproof and Arc proof clothing.

11th Grade: Residential Wiring

The students will concentrate on the theoretical and practical applications of the National Electrical Code pertaining to the complete wiring of residences. Topics include schematic and blueprint reading, circuit layout, load computation, service panels, installation of lighting and power circuits, switches and receptacles, grounding rules, pulling wires, conduit bending, special wires, appliance wiring, special outlets, electrical meters, electrical testing and troubleshooting. In addition, students will learn the wiring techniques used in residential homes. The certification exam will be the SkillsUsa exam given in June

Guests will be from the construction skills program. Final projects will be a lighting circuit using bx cable, nmc cable and plastic and metal boxes. Trips will be to Lincoln tech if available.

12th Grade: Industrial Controls

This course focuses primarily on AC and DC motors, controls, and their related components. The students will concentrate on single and three phase motors and control devices such as push-buttons, pilot lights, starters, contactors, relays, solenoids, control transformers, heavy fuses, and circuit breakers.

The students will also gain an understanding of ladder diagrams including the reading and development of such diagrams. Additional topics include low voltage applications, high voltage applications, a basic introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), industrial maintenance, and the National Electrical Code requirements of motors and controls.

Final projects will be , wiring a three point starter to a DC motor. The students will also be allowed to complete certifications that they did not complete. Guests will be from the MtA and construction Unions.

Post-Secondary Partners

Students are eligible to recieve credit from the following schools for work completed in this course.

  • Lincoln Tech

Industry Partners

  • John Pastore Electric and Electric Solutions
  • Construction Skills
  • Metropolitan Transport Authority

Graphic Arts

Instructor: Mrs. E. Loveras

Overview

Students learn the fundamentals of graphic arts including typography‚ desktop publishing‚ Digital Photography‚ B/W Photography‚ Advertising Design‚ Package Design‚ Xerox digital printing and Adobe Creative Suite CS5. Students will concentrate on Graphic Design by using the Adobe Creative Suite programs to emphasize photo retouching‚ photo manipulation and design using Adobe Photoshop‚ Layout Design using InDesign drawing techniques and logo design using Illustrator‚ a Vector Art program‚ B/W and digital photography. Students are also offered in-house internships as well as internships through the Center for Arts in various design companies. Students also have the opportunity to enter many design competitions where prizes and recognition are given. Upon completion of the program students may obtain certificates in Adobe Certified Associate.

10th Grade

Students develop their art fundamentals using Adobe Photoshop. This course culminates with the industry recognized Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Photoshop certification. Students completing this course demonstrate a thorough understanding of

  • The elements and principles of art
  • Color theory
  • Depth and perspective, including linear and atmospheric
  • Steps of production from thumbnails, layouts/roughs and comprehensives to camera-ready mechanical art
  • Graphic arts applications including but not limited to advertising, product and poster design
  • Typography: terminology and uses

Through this course of study students improve their drawing and painting skills, explore the work of various artists, and apply what they have learned to projects based on real-world applications. Instruction includes demonstrations, lecture, cooperative learning, self-evaluation, and application of work-based activities. This course provides students with literacy skills, two-dimensional design skills, and drawing and painting skills.

11th Grade

In the second year of this course, students work in Adobe Illustrator. Students further explore creating logos and graphics using the program, in preparation for the senior year Adobe Illustrator certification.

12th Grade

In final year of this course, students work in Adobe InDesign in addition to Adobe Illustrator. Students further build upon the skills attained in their prior years with various projects utilizing InDesign and Illustrator. This course culminates with the industry recognized ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Illustrator certification.


IT Specialist

Instructors: Mr. AC Bell, Ms. P. Sharma

Overview

This course teaches the fundamentals‚ concepts and technologies of computers (Desktops/Laptops), printers (Inkjet/Laser Printer) and networking. Students learn how to assemble and configure computers and printers. Students also learn how to maintain and troubleshoot computers and to diagnose printer faults. Furthermore‚ students will be educated with the knowledge of network topologies (types of network designs)‚ network cabling/connector types and how to set-up a Network (LAN and Wireless/PC or Laptop). Upon completion of the program, students qualify to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam, and the IC3 digital literacy certification.


Medical Assisting

Instructor: Dr. M. Savitzky

Medical Assisting Overview

This program helps students to develop a complete understanding of the medical profession and the clinical and administrative skils necessary to work in a healthcare facility. Students will be required to have a strong knowledge of biology and chemistry as prerequisites for the course.

During their junior and senior years, all students have the opportunity for a volunteer internship in a healthcare setting. Students will sit for certification exams at the end of their junior and senior years. This program has developed strong relationships with industry and post-secondary partners that provide workshops that allow for a smooth transition to a post-secondary instution or the work force, and pursue a career in healthcare.

10th Grade
Health Occupations Education Program

This course has been developed by New York State Education Department, and is a mandatory course for all students entering the medical assisting program at Thomas Edison C.T.E. High School. “The curriculum will “…provide students with the broad, transferable skills required by a variety of health provider jobs, both now and in the immediate future…The knowledge and competencies in the Core are considered common to all job titles in the Health Occupations field. These skills have also been identified as useful in many health professions, thus facilitating cross training or retraining…The Health Occupations Education Core identifies factors contributing to the personal health of individuals throughout the life cycle. The skills, knowledge, and behaviors identified in the Core modules include the development of communication techniques, computer literacy, leadership skills, and resource management techniques. Students will build on these skills while exploring the health careers. Terminology is addressed in each module.” (March 1987, Revised 2009, The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department, Bureau of Business, Health and Service Programs, Albany, New York)

Guest speakers will be invited to speak to the students, to help expose them to career options they can pursue with the knowledge they are gaining in this program. The course culminates in a final examination; written and performance knowledge and skills will be tested. The student is strongly encouraged to become an active member of HOSA – Future Health Professionals. The mission of this organization is: “…to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.” (HOSA Website). Through their involvement with HOSA, students will begin to develop their leadership skills and demonstrate their health care related competencies at state and national conferences and competitions.

11th Grade
Clinical Medical Assisting

This course is designed to bring together knowledge acquired in the freshman and sophomore years, to develop a more complete understanding of the medical profession. Students will be required to have a strong knowledge of biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology as a prerequisite for this class. These prerequisite classes include: Living Environment, Chemistry and Health Occupations Education courses. Upon successful completion of this program, students will have the clinical skills necessary to work in a health care facility. Topics in the curriculum include infection control, preparation/assisting in the physical examination, performing/recording vital signs, eye and ear examinations, urinalysis, venipuncture, ECG testing, drug administration, physiotherapy and clinical laboratory testing. The course will terminate in a written and performance examination to evaluate their retention of information presented over the school year.

During this year, students will have the opportunity to visit local post-secondary campuses to learn of health care related programs available. Guest speakers will also visit the class to share academic, internship and career opportunities they can pursue using the knowledge and skills they have acquired through the medical assisting CTE program. Students are expected to continue their active involvement with HOSA – Future Health Professionals, as well as other professional organizations offered at school.

12th Grade
Adminstrative Medical Assisting

This course is designed to bring together knowledge acquired in the freshman, sophomore and junior years, to develop a more complete understanding of the medical profession. Students will be required to have a strong knowledge of biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology and clinical medical procedures as prerequisites for this class. These prerequisite classes include: Living Environment, Chemistry, Health Core Education and Clinical Medical Assisting. Upon successful completion of this program, students will have the administrative skills necessary to work in a health care facility. Topics in the curriculum include patient reception, appointment scheduling, office safety, telephone and written communication, medical insurance, coding and billing, medical record management, and office management. Students are strongly encouraged to remain active members of HOSA – Future Health Professionals, so that they may continue to accrue health care knowledge, leadership and technical skills, and have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a competitive setting.

During this year, students will have the opportunity to visit local post-secondary campuses to learn of health care related programs available. Guest speakers will also visit the class to share academic, internship and career opportunities they can pursue using the knowledge and skills they have acquired through the medical assisting CTE program. At the end of this year, students will take a certification exam (written and performance) in order to achieve an endorsed Regents diploma upon graduation. Based on their score on this exam, the student may be eligible to sit for a nationally recognized certification exam (AMCA). If the student passes the AMCA certification exam, they will become a certified medical assistant and able to enter the health care workforce in medical office and hospital

Post-Secondary Partners

Students are eligible to recieve credit from the following schools for work completed in this course.

  • Plaza College
  • Monroe College

Industry Partners

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens
  • New York Presbyterian-Well Cornell Hospital
  • Mt.Sinai/Beth Israel Petrie Division
  • Parker Jewish Institute and Rehabilitation

Robotics

Instructor: Mr. S. Zainule

Overview

This multimedia curriculum is an ideal tool to introduce robotics engineering to high school students. This is an engaging program designed to teach STEM concepts utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robots. Students learn how to program basic robot behaviors using motors and rotation, sound, light, touch and ultrasonic sensors.

10th Grade
Robotics Engineering Level 1 and Level 2 10th Grade

This multimedia curriculum is an ideal tool to introduce robotics engineering to high school students. This is an engaging program designed to teach STEM concepts utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robots. Students learn how to program basic robot behaviors using motors and rotation, sound, light, touch and ultrasonic sensors. In-depth research lessons are based on real-world robots. Students start by learning basic robot building instructions, programming and movement then move on to working with sensors and more complex robot behaviors. Twelve in depth research projects cover key STEM concepts, step-by-step programming instructions, and many challenging questions to reinforce key educational outcomes. Students follow the engineering process while they develop innovative robotic solutions to open-ended engineering problems. Math and science concepts are applied as they work through each step of the engineering process. Students start with Guided Research Investigations where students are challenged to build and program the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot using the engineering process to simulate three real-world robots.

10th Grade Lessons

11th Grade
ROBOTC for LEGO MINDSTORMS and TETRIX 11th Grade

This multimedia curriculum includes 20 classroom programming challenges and assessments to check student’s performance. It is designed to take new programmers and lead them step by step into the world of C-programming. ROBOTC is recognized as the best programming language to program the NXT Robots. ROBOTC uses industry standard C programming.

OBJECTIVES: After completing this course, the student will be able to do the following:

Fundamentals – safety, project management, programming basics and hardware for MINDSTORMS
Setup – build Mindstorns robots, learn what firmware is, and download the firmware.
Movement – program robots to solve the Labyrinth Challenge, and learn how to control a robot’s direction and speed autonomously.
Sensing – learn how robots use feedback from sensors to interpret the world around them. Students are challenged to write a program that lets their robots complete the Obstacle Course autonomously.
Variables – learn how to store values by using variables, perform calculations on the variables to derive other important values, use variables to count, and create functions that can be used over and over.
Remote Control – learn how to control a robot using built-in Bluetooth connectivity via a Logitech remote control.

11th Grade Lessons

12th Grade
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology/Technicians

This multimedia curriculum includes 20 classroom programming challenges and assessments to check student’s performance. It is designed to take new programmers and lead them step by step into the world of C-programming. ROBOTC is recognized as the best programming language to program the NXT Robots. ROBOTC uses industry standard C programming.

OBJECTIVES: After completing this course, the student will be able to do the following:

Fundamentals – safety, project management, programming basics and hardware for MINDSTORMS
Setup – build Mindstorns robots, learn what firmware is, and download the firmware.
Movement – program robots to solve the Labyrinth Challenge, and learn how to control a robot’s direction and speed autonomously.
Sensing – learn how robots use feedback from sensors to interpret the world around them. Students are challenged to write a program that lets their robots complete the Obstacle Course autonomously.
Variables – learn how to store values by using variables, perform calculations on the variables to derive other important values, use variables to count, and create functions that can be used over and over.
Remote Control – learn how to control a robot using built-in Bluetooth connectivity via a Logitech remote control.

12th Grade Lessons


Web Design

Instructors: Mrs. S. Cruz, Ms. K. Kuntz

Overview

In this Visual Arts track, students specialize in using Photoshop to create web ready graphics, and using Dreamweaver to create webpages.

10th Grade

During the 10th grade, students are immersed in learning digital editing and creating web ready graphics using the industry standard Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator programs. Each student will take the Photoshop certification exam in May of his or her 10th year

11th Grade

During the 11th grade, students prepare to work on client sites by learning how to construct semantic websites using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. In the beginning, students will use TextEdit to learn HTML5 syntax and structure. They will then transition to Sublime Text, an industry standard mark-up tool. Adobe Dreamweaver is then used as the industry standard web editor for the creation and maintenance of client sites. Each student is expected to take the Dreamweaver certification exam in May of his or her 11th year.

12th Grade

During the senior year, students are immersed in The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum. This course has been designed to introduce students to entrepreneurship through the Lean Startup methodology where students will create a business plan, website and app centered on a new idea that solves a problem through research. Students will develop a Content Management System website and an App using Treehouse videos.