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Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education Courses Offered at Prospect

Prospect High School has a robust Career Technical Education program that offers a variety of industry level experience and education.  Upon completion of a pathway, students will receive the following recognition at graduation:
  • 2-year pathway, students will receive a Prospect CTE pin 
  • 3-year pathway, students will receive a Prospect CTE cord
  • 4-year pathway, students will receive a Prospect CTE stole
 
Below are the CTE pathways offered at Prospect high school as well as the course sequence, description, and pre-requisites.
 

Financial Services

Business Accounting & Personal Finance 1 (Formerly Accounting)
This is an intermediate level course designed to give students an overview of the principles of accounting and the systems used to implement the principles and implement an accounting cycle. This course is for those students that wish to pursue a post- secondary opportunity, or learn more about the Business and Financial Services career industry.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Elective
  • CTE Pathway: Financial Services
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU (g)
 
Business Accounting & Personal Finance 2 (Formerly Accounting 2)
The course will provide an in depth overview of the principles and procedures of the accounting function in a merchandise business organized as a corporation. Students will master the fundamental concepts of accounting as an essential financial aspect of every business organization. The complete accounting cycle is presented, and students learn how to acquire capital for growth and development, analyze and journalize financial transactions, create and analyze business financial reports, and calculate depreciation for plant assets. In addition, students will be able to analyze and interpret financial reports to make informed business decisions based on data.
  • Prerequisite: Accounting 1
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Applied Arts
  • CTE Pathway: Financial Services
  • CTE Course Level: Capstone
  • UC/CSU: Electives (g)

     

Digital Tools for Business
This Course is the introduction option for students to begin exploring the Financial Services CTE pathway. Students will investigate the field of financial management, including how it is impacted by industry standards.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Applied Arts
  • CTE Course Level: Introduction
  • UC/CSU: Electives (g)

 

Performing Arts

Theatre Arts 1 - Beginning
This course introduces and provides experience in all aspects of theatre arts. Students study basic principles of acting, including character analysis, textual interpretation, voice, movement, collaboration, improvisation, and critical analysis of performance. Additionally, students gain a working knowledge of theatre history and the multiple forms of theatrical performance, as well as the technical aspects of theatre and theatrical design. Special emphasis is placed on theatrical vocabulary and codes of conduct, as well as the creation, production, and direction of monologues and scenes.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Introduction
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f) 
 
Theatre Arts 2 - Production & Performance
This course focuses on styles of acting and performance and theatrical production. Class work focuses on scene study (including research, direction, stage management, character analysis, setting analysis, and design) and monologues from various theatrical eras and genres. 
  • Prerequisite: Theatre 1
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f) 
 
Theatre Arts 3 - Directing for Stage
This course is an extension of the Theatre Arts program, focusing on directing for the stage. Students engage in collaborative projects with acting students during which, they develop the critical leadership skills needed to succeed in the professional world. Focus is conceiving and then creating a total concept, peer coaching, and critical analysis of theatrical works. 
  • Prerequisite: Theatre 2
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f) 
 
Theatre Arts 4 Honors
This advanced level course focuses on the leadership and producing components of Theatre Arts. Students develop a clear understanding of all the components of the production process while gaining the critical career skills of collaboration, organization, and peer leadership. Students learn the business of theatre while deepening their skills as an actor and director. 
  • Prerequisite: Theatre 3
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f) 

 

Production & Managerial Arts

Technical Theater 1- Theater Technology and Design
This course develops knowledge of and experience in all the technical (nonperformance) aspects of theatrical production. Special emphasis is placed on the elements of theatrical design (scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costumes, and hair and make-up), design analysis, stage management, and production management. Additionally, students gain hands-on experience in all aspects of technical theater. Students design or crew on two productions.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Introduction
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)
 
Technical Theater 2- Stage Design
Technical Theater 2 continues to refine those concepts and skills outlined in Technical Theater 1. The course broadens the focus of design to include lighting and costumes and expands the student‘s understanding of the inter-relatedness of the various design aspects. The topics covered include research techniques and tools, play analysis for visual interpretation, graphic techniques of expression including sketching, drafting, rendering and model building. Students are directly involved in the technical aspects of the productions as they design and construct sets, costumes and makeup; hang lights, create special effects; paint; and build props for the productions. Students learn specialized vocabulary and explore set design, lighting design, and costume design. Students reflect on design elements found in school an outside production with design analysis and critiques. In the second semester, students explore mood, color, application and perspective. Problem solving, leadership, and working well under pressure are stressed as the students are exposed to the history of theatrical design and current trends in technical theater.  
  • Prerequisite: Technical Theater 1 - Theater Technology and Design
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)
 
Technical Theatre 3 – Production Staff
Technical Theatre 3 focuses on the production staff aspects of putting on a show. Such positions include: stage manager, technical director, as well as set, costume, prop and lighting designers. As outlined in the California Department of Education State Standards, this class may require students to participate in extra rehearsals and performances beyond the school day.  
  • Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 2
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)
 
Technical Theatre 4 Honors – Theatre Leadership
Technical Theatre 4 Honors deepens the focus on the production staff aspects of putting on a show. Such positions include: stage manager, technical director, as well as set, costume, prop and lighting designers. Students also must produce a production. Technical Theatre 4 Honors requires the student to investigate, arrange, and complete an internship with a professional theatre company. As outlined in the California Department of Education State Standards, this class may require students to participate in extra rehearsals and performances beyond the school day.  
  • Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 3
  • Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts, CTE, Electives
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)

 

Software & Systems Development

Computer Programming
This course is an introduction to computers and programming. The course is designed to introduce students who have sufficient math background to the fundamentals of computer programming and data manipulation. Through a project-oriented approach, students will explore a variety of programming systems and languages to create interactive applications and systems. By collaborating in a hands-on environment, students will learn problem solving, software design, debugging strategies, and the foundations of computer science (data structures, procedures, and algorithms). Students will work on projects (both individual and team) in the areas of graphics and games and animation and art, all using open-source software tools such as Scratch, Python, JavaScript and Java. This course is excellent preparation for Advanced Placement Computer Science.  
  • Advisory Pre-requisite: Computer Science Discoveries
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Mathematic
  • CTE Course Level: Capstone
  • UC/CSU: Elective (g)
 
Advanced Placement Computer Science
The AP Computer Science A course is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. 
  • Prerequisite: Integrated Math 3/Integrated Math 3 STEM, or Algebra 2 and Computer Programming or Keyboarding Skills
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Mathematic, Applied Arts
  • UC/CSU: Elective (g)

 

Systems Programming/Networking

GenYES
GenYES is a digital survey course that is designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills, values, and experience that will help them succeed in an increasingly digital world. Students will develop a strong understanding of the 21st century tools and applications to help them succeed and also assist others navigate technology in the educational setting and beyond. This course is based on the curriculum developed by Generation YES, a nationally acclaimed organization.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Graduation Credit: Elective
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Elective (g) 

 

Visual, Design & Media

Digital Filmmaking 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.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Applied Arts
  • CTE Course Level: Concentrator
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)
 
Digital Filmmaking 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. 
  • Prerequisite: Video Production 1 or instructor approval.
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Applied Arts
  • CTE Course Level: Capstone
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)
 
Digital Filmmaking 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.  
  • Prerequisite: Video Production 2 or instructor approval.
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Applied Arts
  • CTE Course Level: Advanced Capstone
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)
 
Digital Filmmaking 4
This is the final course in the pathway and in addition to applying what they have learned the previous 3 years, students will research and explore specific jobs in industry as well as take on leadership roles within our program.  
  • Prerequisite: Video Production 3 or instructor approval
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Applied Arts
  • CTE Course Level: Advanced Capstone
  • UC/CSU: Visual & Performing Arts (f)
 
 

Work Experience

General Work Experience Education (GWEE)
This one-year course is designed for juniors and seniors. It combines supervised part-time employment with academic and skill preparation in the classroom. Students are assisted in acquiring desirable work habits and attitudes. Students meet on the high school campus at least one period per week. Credit is awarded based on the number of hours spent at the paid employment site, their classroom preparation, and in the completion of all paperwork and assignments.
  • Prerequisite: Students must be at least 16 years of age and employed by the first class meeting. Jobs must be approved by the instructor.
  • Graduation Credit: CTE, Applied Arts 
  • CTE Course Level: None
  • CSU/UC: None