Transcripted Credit Courses
This class is transcripted with Lakeshore Technical College for 2 free college credits which transfer to other colleges and universities. This class will provide animal science fundamentals including animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and animal-related safety. This class is in the Animal Systems and Health Occupations Pathways.
This class will introduce the student to the plant from germination to growth and flowering. The various life cycles will be studied as well as biotechnological techniques that are prevalent. Students will utilize the greenhouse for enhanced laboratory experiences. Get your gardening gloves out and prepare to discover one phenomenon after another. This class can by applied as a 1/2 Biological Science equivalency in order to fulfill the graduation requirement.
- Identify the main functions and parts of a leaf, stem, root, flower, seed and fruit
- Diagram the processes of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and transpiration
- Examine the advantages and disadvantages of asexual propagation in the production of plants
From the soil to the food we eat, students will study the science involved in these areas. We start with the wonder of the soil and its ability to support life on this planet and move to the basic science of many of our foods. There will be many labs and activities in this class. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and then washing up for supper, come on in! This class can by applied as a 1/2 credit Physical Science equivalency in order to fulfill the graduation requirement. Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.
- Evaluate the physical properties of a soil
- Amend soil for plant growth
- Prepare potting media for container plant growth
- Prepare a soil sample for evaluation
- Analyze soil sample for nutrients and pH
- Describe the process of hydroponics
- Evaluate the effects of nutrients on plant production
- Explain the macronutrients and micronutrients needed in plant growth
- Evaluate plants for nutrient deficiencies
Why should I care about farming? Do you like to eat? Then you should care about the science behind your food supply. Feeding the world’s ever-increasing urban populations presents both significant challenges and surprising opportunities. As cities continue to grow, millions of individual families, and governments are turning to forms of urban agriculture to help meet their food security needs. Urban agriculture practices involve the growing, processing, and distribution of food and other products through intensive plant cultivation and sustainability. Learn more about urban agricultural practices through hands-on learning growing produce in the greenhouses, community gardens, local community, and even your own backyard. Topics include worm composting, gardening, local foods nutrition, marketing, food system mapping, and further investigations in the food supply. You will create a plan to grow and market your products.
- Conduct research
- Explain the importance of economics and basic economic principles
- Differentiate among economic resources
- Practice maintenance of regular checking and savings accounts
- Identify personal financial management tools and strategies
- Develop an organizational chart
- Explain the benefits and liabilities of owning an agricultural business
- Prepare a personal budget
- Identify the components of the marketing process
- Set profit goals
It’s a jungle out in our greenhouse. Students will learn the basics of plant production in a greenhouse setting. Students will spend the majority of their time in the greenhouse learning planting and germination techniques, management skills, and operation of a computer-controlled greenhouse. Over fifty types of annuals are grown, managed and sold through this class. Students will also learn identification of plants, pest-management, and marketing.
- Examine career opportunities in the greenhouse plant production industry
- Explore greenhouse and/or nursery facilities
- Propagate plants
- Investigate how temperature affects plant growth
- Identify the importance of light in plant production
- Manage pests
- Produce horticultural crops
- Identify floriculture plants
- Explore business markets
In this class students will be introduced to the elements of home and commercial landscaping. After learning basic techniques, students will make use of a CAD based design program used in the industry today. Students will also utilize digital cameras to take pictures of their home and develop a landscape plan. Students will gain knowledge of shrubs and trees commonly used in landscapes. Anyone interested in landscaping, drafting or designing their own landscape will benefit from this class.
- Apply principles of the landscape design process
- Demonstrate landscape presentation graphics techniques
- Establish requirements of the commercial inventory survey
- Incorporate technology into the landscape design process
- Examine specialty garden styles
- Explore the use of water features in the landscape
- Analyze hardscape options in the landscape
- Identify plant materials for landscape installation
- Calculate landscaping cost estimates
This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Gateway Technical College Students will discover what business is, does, and how it impacts everyday living. Students will develop characteristics, habits and practices that will make effective and forceful workers. The class is broken into two phases: basic economics and personal economics [taxes, careers, marketing, and budgeting]. Basic economics is a study of economic systems, the various ways that nations produce goods and services to meet the wants and needs of people. Economic problems that face businesses will be reviewed, including inflation, recession, depression, and international trade. Personal economics is a study of economic problems faced in the enterprise systems. Topics include: careers, good buying, types of taxes, and simple investments.
- Compare and evaluate the different types of economic systems within our global economy
- Differentiate between business structures and illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of each
- Describe the impact of consumer motives on purchasing choices
- Evaluate sources of and cost of credit
- Create an effective marketing plan and publicity campaign
- Analyze career options and opportunities within the world of business
Strong keyboarding skills are critical for the jobs of the future. Students will develop accurate “”touch”” keyboarding skills and work at increasing their typing speed throughout the first semester. During the second half of the course, students will learn skills that include producing unbound reports with page numbers, quotations, numbered lists, references, and title pages. In addition, students will produce business letters and learn basic word processing functions.
- Improve keyboarding techniques
- Increase keyboarding speed and accuracy
- Key and format letters, memos, reports, outlines and tables
- Develop or update a resume
- Complete a job application form
- Summarize issues with Internet safety
This course will prepare students for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification and the IC3 certification-Key Application module. This course provides students the opportunity to learn the Microsoft Office Suite of Programs. This is a valuable class for the college-bound students as well as the student interested in the business field. The Word unit will include use of spellchecker, format painter, styles, columns, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, clip art, auto shapes, page formatting, templates, macros, and table of contents. The Excel unit will focus on designing and creating spreadsheets using formulas and functions to solve business problems and project future trends through charting. The PowerPoint unit will allow students to prepare quality presentations using animation, clip art and movie clips. Students will also learn to create and maintain databases through Access.
- Demonstrate proficiency of common features in several application software programs
- Analyze, organize and interpret data to find solutions using various software programs
- Design, create and produce original works and innovative presentations
- Incorporate media and technology to create and communicate information
- Discover and differentiate the integration features of a software package by importing, exporting, and merging data
Entrepreneurship is the art of owning and operating your own business. In this class, students will explore and assess their entrepreneurial attitudes and ability, learn how to assess business competition, and create a business plan. Students will learn from entrepreneurs who will speak in class, projects, videos, traditional assignments, and from the semester project of developing their own business plan. This class will also utilize the new FAB Lab in various course projects.
Laws are a part of everyday life. Explore your legal rights and responsibilities. Discover how law relates to you and to business; its history, its natures and types, and its place in society. Areas of study include how laws were formed, procedures in civil and criminal cases, making contacts, terminating contracts, responsibilities of minors, being a consumer, purchasing power, purchasing insurance, and personal and real property rights. Gain knowledge of legal problems and develop the ways to analyze, evaluate, and resolve legal disputes.
- Analyze legal terminology, concepts, and precedence’s and their impact both on personal life and business situations
- Differentiate between the jurisdictions of various court systems and describe civil and criminal court procedures
- Analyze the elements of a contract to determine if a valid contract exists
- Summarize the legal rights of citizens and identify corresponding responsibilities of citizens
- Explain federal and state laws that afford consumer protection
Take this course to learn why Apple, ESPN, Twitter, Google, and Nike are considered successful marketers. Students find out what it takes to market a product or service in today’s fast-paced business environment. They learn the fundamentals of marketing using real-world business examples. They learn about buyer behavior, marketing research principles, demand analysis, distribution, pricing, and product management.
This course helps students understand the scope of marketing and the importance of marketing in our economy. Changes and trends in the consumer goods market of the United States and foreign markets are covered. Consumer behavior is examined as well as retailing and wholesaling structures.
This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2 Accounting uses an integrated approach to teach accounting. Students first learn how businesses plan for and evaluate their operating, financing and investing decisions and study how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decision makers. This year-long course will include all of the learning targets of a traditional college level financial accounting course, plus those from a managerial accounting course. Topics include an introduction to accounting, accounting information systems, time value of money, and accounting for merchandising firms, sales and receivables, fixed assets, debt and equity. Other topics include statement of cash flows, financial ratios, cost-volume profit analysis and variance analysis.
- Research events of unethical accountancy activities and possible consequences to individuals and the economy
- Complete all steps of the accounting cycle
- Perform accounting procedures using spreadsheet software
- Analyze accounting concepts in inventory
- Record depreciation of plant assets
- Compute depletion and journal entry for depletion
- Perform notes payable and notes receivable activities
- Prepare payroll entries
- Implement accounting for partnerships and for corporations
- Analyze financial data
Payroll and Income Tax Accounting is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Students will acquire basic knowledge in processing payroll and preparing income tax returns. Students will be working with tax tables and forms and learn how to determine gross and net earnings of an employee. Deductions for social security, Medicare, federal and state income taxes will be computed. Students will also be able to determine the employer’s liability for payroll taxes including unemployment and workers’ compensation premiums. Electronic software will be utilized to input and run a company’s payroll for one quarter along with manual preparation of federal tax forms. Students will prepare personal and state income tax returns and have the opportunity to complete income tax returns for the public and gain community service hours through a VITA site.
- Describe methods used to determine gross earnings (e.g., piece-rate, hourly, salary, commission, overtime, bonuses)
- Explain the purposes of withholding’s and other deductions
- Maintain employee earnings records
- Generate payroll checks
- Prepare employer payroll tax returns, sales tax returns, and individual tax returns
- Learn and improve speed using 10-key calculator
- Use spreadsheet software to compute calculations
The course has five main themes: Planning Personal Finances, Banking and Credit, Investing Financial Resources, Protecting Your Finances, and Business Finance Basics. Students will create a personal budget and learn how to use it. Students will learn how to file a 1040EZ tax form. Students will compare advantages and disadvantages of renting vs. buying a house. Students will compare the advantages and disadvantages of leasing vs. buying an automobile. Students will learn about home, automobile, health, disability, and life insurance. Students will evaluate savings and investment options to meet short-and long-term goals. Students will analyze factors that affect the choice of credit, the cost of credit, and the legal aspects of using credit.
- Manage money effectively by developing financial goals and budgets
- Make responsible consumer decisions using available resources
- Assess advantages and disadvantages of credit and debt management
- Evaluate services provided by financial institutions and maintain related accounts
- Recommend plans for future financial security by comparing long-term saving and investing options
- Analyze and balance risk against benefits regarding the role of insurance in financial planning
- Develop the skills needed to achieve desired financial growth while analyzing the relationship between education, income, career, and desired lifestyle
This introductory course tours the related hospitality fields of hotels, tourism, food service, and attractions with an emphasis on customer service. The course will cover the typical types of establishments found in the US and Wisconsin. Students will be introduced to common job titles, organizational structures, career opportunities, and trends in this field.
Introduction to Service in the Hospitality Industry discusses customer service in the hospitality field and how it is the backbone of this industry. Students will learn how to identify good and not so good service as well as how correct service evolved and the reasons for its existence. Students will learn how to deal with upset customers and gain basic dispute management skills.
Hospitality Management prepares students for the exciting and customer focused hospitality field. With a focus on customer service, students will explore the tourism, hotel, and foodservice industries within their coursework and internships. Graduates will have the skills for an entry level position in one of the many local tourism and hospitality establishments including entertainment facilities, tourism attractions, conference centers, hotels, restaurants, and food and beverage operations.
This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Students will review and strengthen their basic computational skills with all types of numbers. Many areas of mathematics will be explored including Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Statistics as they relate to the technical trades. Practical applications and real life applications of mathematics in the trade industries will be learned. Students will apply useful equations and formulas in real life problem solving situations.
- Perform operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and signed numbers
- Use proportions and percents to solve appropriate real-world problems
- Use English and Metric units of measure and tools such as rulers, micrometers, and calipers
- Perform unit conversions
- Solve one-step and multi-step equations and formulas
- Convert numbers from standard to scientific notation and back
- Calculate perimeter, circumference, and area of polygons and circles
- Calculate volume and surface area of 3-dimensional figures
- Use trigonometry and Pythagorean theorem to solve right triangles
- Solve systems of equations
- Solve quadratic equations
- Read and construct displays of data
- Use appropriate measures of central tendency
Principles of Engineering (POE) is a year long transcripted Project Lead The Way course designed for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students. This survey course exposes students to major concepts they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation. Topics include mechanisms, electricity, energy, robotics, statics, materials, and kinematics. They will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. Accelerated credit is available to students upon successful completion of a PLTW portfolio at the end of either or both semesters. An end of the year assessment, which when passed and accompanied with a portfolio, serves as an AP credit at most accredited universities within the United States. Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.
Introduction to Engineering Dersign (IED) is a transcripted yearlong course that Project Lead The Way designed for 9th through 12th grade students. The major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their course work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.
In this course, students will examine the structure and theory of four-cycle engines. Fuel systems, lubrication systems, ignition systems, and valve train operations will be explored. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to disassemble, diagnose engine problems, and reassemble a four-cycle engine. This course is transcripted through Gateway Technical College.
Construction I is a semester course that provides students with an understanding of building construction, home maintenance, and AutoCAD. Students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to plan, design, select, and construct basic structures that fall under the realm of home maintenance and construction. This is accomplished by means of projects including home repair, electrical wiring, drywall and mudding, framing, basic plumbing, finish work, and AutoCAD blueprint development. Career information and an opportunity to meet with area construction occupations will be included. The purpose of this course is to aid in becoming more productive and useful at home and on the job.
Construction II is a semester course that provides students with an understanding of building construction.Students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to plan, design, select, and construct basic to complex structures. Career information and an opportunity to meet with area construction occupations will be included. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the many aspects involved in building construction. This program covers construction from the planning phase, project design, site selection, to the construction of the structure. It will include the selection and cost analysis of building materials, the safe use and function of various tools, and an understanding of local codes.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is a year long transcripted Project Lead The Way capstone course. Students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. Students will have access to the FAB Lab, Woods Lab, and Metals Lab. Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.
Welding I is a semester course that is designed to give students insight and practical knowledge of the machining and welding industry. Course experience will also include the study of blueprint analysis (orthographic layout, line styles, symbols, and dimensions). Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the welding processes of oxy-acetylene, SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW. Students will be involved in the production of parts and projects based on given blueprints. Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.