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Career Technical Education

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Career Technical Education Courses Offered at Prospect

Accounting: In this full-year course double-entry accounting is taught and skills are developed that assist students in obtaining employment. Theory and practical application are stressed to prepare students for the required college courses of a business major. The entire accounting cycle is covered and reports. Once students have learned accounting procedures through manual exercises, they record routine accounting transactions on the computer, Learning the techniques of inputting data, as well as preparing statements and interpreting financial results.

Banking: Students work in the school bank accepting and counting deposits, writing checks, and maintaining student body account records. They perform general bank teller and account clerk duties and prepare accounting reports using the computer for data entry and reporting.  Prerequisite: Accounting

Digital and Graphic Tools: This course is designed to equip students with core tools for interactive development in a challenging technological environment. Communication skills, basic mathematical concepts and critical thinking are reinforced through software applications. Multidisciplinary projects involve the use of a variety of programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, image editing and graphic design, digital sound and video editing, web design and presentation software. Topics covered include history, hardware, computers and society, safe internet access, copyright issues and computer ethics. Hands-on projects focus on essential skills and provide experience in working in a broad range of media. Simulations, projects, portfolios and teamwork provide opportunities for the application of instructional competencies.

Digital Design for the Web: The one-year course introduces students to a variety of tools to design, develop, and deliver web-based multimedia projects using industry- standard authoring software. Students learn how to create images, animations, interfaces, and motion graphics for web-based multimedia. The course focuses on new and emerging technologies and applications, and investigates design processes and principles for creating digital products. Hands-on projects may focus on a variety of the following areas: Graphic Design, Web Page Design, Multimedia Authoring, Digital Sound, 2D-3D Animation and Digital Video. In addition, students study accessibility, copyright, and communication issues related to successful digital design. Technology explored may include digital cameras, digital video, movies and presentations. Writing and story script skills are emphasized in this course.

*Westmont students take the course online with students at Prospect. Prerequisite: Digital and Graphic Tools.

 

Video Production 1: The purpose of this course is to provide a project-based video media program which guides students to achieve the standards in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Pathway of career technical training by providing students with the technical instruction and practical experiences for aspiring video and film makers in the production of film, video, and new media projects. Students experience both the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking in conjunction with learning about historical and contemporary traditions and conventions. Students are instructed on the three stages of project creation. 

Video Production 2: The purpose of this course is to provide a progressive, project-based video media program which builds on the skills learned in Video Production 1. Students work individually and as group members in the production of film, video, and new media projects. Students experience both the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking in the three stages of project creation: pre-production, production and post-production. An emphasis will also be given to traditional and new methods of distribution. 

Video Production 3: This is the capstone course for the Arts, Media, and Entertainment Pathway of Career Technical Education. Building upon what the students have learned in Video Production 1 and 2, they will create and executively produce original films using industry standard equipment over the course of each semester. This will require advanced long-term planning, organizational, communication, and technical and artistic aptitudes that will prepare them for employment in the industry and/or post-secondary education.