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Career/Technical Education

Bethel Park School District

This program will prepare students for Career and Technical school while in high school.


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Steel Center Technical Education (Half Day)

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Steel Center AVTS and Parkway West Career and Technology Center: Students who attend these Vo-Tech Centers can gain a labor market advantage through active learning that meets the expectations of 21st century employers and colleges. Each program will guide students through rigorous career oriented practical activities reinforced through core academic instruction. Students’ employability will be further promoted by their opportunity to gain Industry Standard Certifications required by local employers. Students also have the opportunity to join a Career and Technical Student Organization where they will learn leadership and citizenship principles. For more information about the opportunities offered at Steel Center, please visit www.scavts.net and www.parkwaywest.org.


PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS OF STUDY – In accordance with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Act), all Postsecondary Institutions receiving funds under the Act are required to award college-level credit or equivalent clock hours to a matriculated student and apply that credit toward the completion of the approved Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Program of Study, leading to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree. The purpose of this Agreement is to ensure that students make the transition from a school entity (Steel Center) to another school entity, college or university or a business/industry without experiencing delays in or duplication of learning. This Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions for the awarding of college-level credit or equivalent clock hours to students who complete the approved PDE Program of Study at a Secondary School so that those students can seamlessly continue their education in a related Program of Study at a Postsecondary Institution. This agreement outlines the general conditions between secondary and postsecondary institutions.


STEEL CENTER COURSE OFFERINGS


Advertising & Design (Program of Study) CIP Code: 50.0402 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: Adobe Certified Associate/Photoshop CS6 & Flash CS6, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1000

In the Advertising and Design program, you will build upon your knowledge of design and fine-tune your ability to use typography, layout, and color theory to create eye-catching designs. Industry-related software is utilized to help you gain experience as you create designs for web and print media. You will also be introduced to the design principles which guide good design structure. Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design are the software applications used. Illustration is another form of visual media you will learn. You'll begin by building your knowledge of illustration history, theory, and trends. You will then move on to fine-tune your skills through drawing, painting, photography, and problem solving. You will use industry related software to execute ideas, design projects, and develop communication skills.


Automotive Mechanics (Program of Study) CIP Code: 47.0604 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: Pennsylvania State Automotive Safety Inspection, Pennsylvania State Emissions Inspection and EPA, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1001

With the continual advancements in automotive technology, there is an increasing demand for skilled automotive technicians. The Automotive Mechanics program allows students to receive both classroom and practical instruction related to the maintenance, repair, and diagnosis of today's cars and light trucks. Students will utilize computerized equipment, vehicle service information, and a variety of many advanced tools to assist in the diagnosis and repair of malfunctions that can occur within an automobile's many operating systems.


Baking/Pastry Chef CIP Code: 12.050 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

(Tech Prep Articulation Agreement with Penn College of Technology – Penn State University Affiliate)

Industry Certifications Available: National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (FSM), NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1002

The “icing on the cake” and a whole lot more is made by students in our Baker/Pastry Chef Program. Working under the same production conditions found in most commercial baking establishments, they learn how to properly use tools and equipment, weigh and measure ingredients, mix and bake recipes, as well as package and merchandise the finished products. The end result is delectable breads, pastries, donuts, cookies, cakes, pies, and other novelty items. All baked goods are delivered to the school store for sale to the public.



Building Trades (Program of Study) CIP Code: 46.0401 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certification, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builder’s Association Certification (PBA)

Bethel Park Course # 1003

To keep a building in proper running condition, a qualified facility supervisor needs to be knowledgeable in a variety of trade areas. Students in our Building Trades Maintenance program become skilled in the installation, repair, and maintenance of the structural and operating systems found in schools, hotels, hospitals, manufacturing plants, apartment complexes, and homes.


Carpentry (Program of Study) CIP Code: 46.020 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: Builders Association of Pennsylvania, NCCER: Core Competency and Carpentry, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builder’s Association Certification (PBA)

Bethel Park Course # 1004

From start to finish, students in our Carpentry Program learn to “do it all”. Through the completion of residential construction and remolding projects - both big and small - all phases of the carpentry process are covered. Using power tools, students practice residential and commercial construction applications. Each year students build multiple rooms within the program area. This activity helps them to develop such skills as tool usage, framing, flooring, drywall, staircase construction, window installation, siding, and roofing.


Collision Repair & Refinishing (Program of Study) CIP Code: 47.0603 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: I-CAR Welding, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1005

Students study all phases of automotive collision repair and restoration including damage analysis, structural / non-structural repairs, painting, welding and plastic repairs. In this Automotive Service Excellence certified program students are instructed in the latest techniques and practices within the industry. Skills are put to the test as students perform work on actual customer vehicles.



Computer Information Systems (Program of Study) CIP Code: 52.1201 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: Microsoft Certified Professional, A+, Net+, CISCO (CCENT), Oracle, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1007

The Computer Information Systems class prepares students for careers in the exciting and ever-growing field of Information Technology. This three year program covers a variety of computer skills. First year students will learn basic office, accounting and computers skills including MS-Office. Web design is covered using HTML and Dreamweaver. Second year students can qualify for A+ certification and develop basic database programming skills using SQL. Third year students cover the fundamentals of networking using the professionally acclaimed Net+ and Cisco curriculum.


Cosmetology (Program of Study) CIP Code: 12.0401 3 credits per year

(Tech Prep Articulation Agreement with Douglas Education Center) Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: Cosmetology License, Manicurist, Esthetician, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1008

If you possess creativity, artistic ability and enjoy working with people, then you may want to consider a career in Cosmetology. Our comprehensive program provides the tools you need to become a licensed professional. This specialized curriculum enables students to gain hours of instruction required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology to earn industry certifications. Students learn the latest techniques in the care and treatment of hair, skin, and nails. They practice and perfect their skills on mannequins then advance to performing hair and skin care services on actual customers. The program also offers instruction in salon operation.


Electrical Construction (Program of Study) CIP Code: 46.0399 3 credits per year   Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: PA Builders Association: House Wiring, NCCER: Associated Builders and Contractors, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builder’s Association Certification (PBA)

Bethel Park Course # 1009

If a supercharged career is what you are looking for, then Electrical Construction might spark your interest. From layout and assembly to installation, testing, and maintenance of power systems, this program takes a broad-based training approach to preparing students for employment in the electrical industry. Through practical training and classroom instruction, students learn the electrical trade practices used in the residential, commercial, and industrial fields and all in accordance with National Electric Code. Specialty areas including the installation of high voltage lines, pole climbing, and electrical distribution systems are also covered.



Food Service (Program of Study) CIP Code: 12.0508 3 credits per year     Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (FSM), NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1011

There are many career opportunities awaiting you in the ever-growing food service industry. Through classroom theory and practical experiences in our fully equipped commercial kitchen and dining room, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in this fast paced, highly demanding field. Students learn the basics of food preparation used in most restaurants, banquet facilities, and by caterers and institutions. Advanced instruction covers specialty and gourmet cooking, menu planning, purchasing, and management skills.


Health Assistants (Program of Study) CIP Code: 51.0899 3 credits per year      Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry, Basic Life Support Health Care Providers, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1012

The Health Assistants program at Steel Center provides students with basic knowledge of a variety of health careers and related theory information. The course consists of a theory and lab component along with a clinical portion if enrolled in the NNAAP program. This program provides the knowledge base for Health Occupation careers, including the Certified Nurse's Assistant curriculum. Students enrolled in the Nurse Aide curriculum will be provided the opportunity to experience required supervised clinical hours with local Health Service providers in order to gain industry certification. The Health Assistants program also prepares the student to become a Certified Nurse's Aide and obtain BLS and First Aid certification for adult, child, and infant. Students wishing to enroll in this program should be in good physical health, have the ability to work well with others, have a genuine interest in patient care, be motivated to learn, and demonstrate maturity, responsibility, and respect.


Medium/Heavy Truck (Program of Study) CIP Code: 47.0613 3 credits per year     Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: Pennsylvania State Automotive Safety Inspection, Pennsylvania State Emissions Inspection and EPA, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1015

Students receive classroom and applied instruction in the repair and maintenance of medium/heavy-duty diesel and gasoline engine trucks including all of their operational systems and components. Textbooks, on-line service manuals and laptop computers will be used to diagnose and repair operating system malfunctions. Students can obtain PA Vehicle Safety Inspection and Emissions certifications are emphasized in the senior year.


Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (Program of Study) CIP Code: 47.0201 3 credits per year  Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: EPA 608 Technician Certification, NCCER: National Center for Construction and Research Certification, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builder’s Association Certification (PBA)

Bethel Park Course # 1013

Students will become employable technicians through engaging in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigerant Maintenance Technology. Through practical and instructional experiences students will develop real world troubleshooting and problem solving skills pertaining to installation, repair, and maintenance of today’s heating and cooling systems. Students will leave the program with a solid foundation of transferrable skills, knowledge, and industry certification. Students will have access to up to date trainer systems, residential and commercial heating and cooling systems, and instruction. Indoor air quality and geothermal heating for residential and commercial structures will also be covered. Interested students should demonstrate teamwork and independent working skills, responsibility, and problem solving skills.


Protective Service (Program of Study) CIP Code: 43.9999 3 credits per year     Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: First Responder, Basic Life Support Health Care Providers, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification

Bethel Park Course # 1016

Do you possess a true concern for the welfare of others? Can you react quickly and think clearly in emergency situations? A career in public safety may be what you desire. Through theory and practical applications students in our Protective Services Program acquire the necessary skills to perform entry-level duties as an emergency medical technician, firefighter, or police officer. They learn the proper procedures for handling matters of public safety in the areas of criminal justice, emergency medical care, emergency management, and fire protection. Due to the nature of these occupations, physical development and stress management are also covered.


Retail Food Merchandising & Production CIP Code: 12.0506 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

(Tech Prep Articulation Agreement with Penn College of Technology – Penn State University Affiliate)

Industry Certifications Available: National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (FSM)

Bethel Park Course # 1017

Within the food service industry, one of the professions in highest demand is meat cutting. Students who successfully complete this program can find themselves on the road to a rewarding career upon high school graduation. Through the operation of the school's Meat Shop, Deli, School Store, and Smokehouse, students in this program learn to identify, process, and prepare various types of meats, seafood, and deli products. Proper handling and cutting procedures, equipment operations, wrapping and pricing, display, and customer service are all a part of the training. Students are given the opportunity to create their own specialty products in the project development section of the program.


Welding (Program of Study) CIP Code: 48.0508 3 credits/year

Grades 10-12

Industry Certifications Available: NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, American Welding Society Certification (forthcoming)

Bethel Park Course # 1110

An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in gas, arc, shielded and non-shielded metal arc, brazing, flame cutting and plastic welding. Hand, semi-automatic and automatic welding processes are also included in the instruction. Students learn safety practices and types and uses of electrodes and welding rods; properties of metals; blueprint reading; electrical principles; welding symbols and mechanical drawing; use of equipment for testing welds by ultrasonic methods and destruction and hardness testing; use of manuals and specification charts; use of portable grinders and chemical baths for surface cleaning; positioning and clamping; and welding standards established by the American Welding Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Bureau of Ships.




PARKWAY WEST COURSE OFFERINGS


Digital Multimedia (Bethel Park Course # 1105)

Digital Multimedia provides instruction in basic graphic design using computers and design software such as Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. Students learn entry-level skills for desktop publishing, web design, digital photography, and graphic animation utilizing Flash. Several software applications are used to design, edit, and publish documents, images, and multimedia presentations in print and electronic form. From designing a poster to developing a website, students will have the opportunity to apply their creativity to projects that resemble those within industry. Students can earn the Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication and the Adobe Certified Associate in Web Communication certifications via Certiport.


Masonry (Bethel Park Course # 1106)

Masonry offers instruction in the construction of brick and block walls for residential or commercial structures. Students learn techniques of ornamental masonry, ceramic tile, and natural or cultured stone installations. Students will also be introduced to versa-lok, an interlocking retaining wall system. Students will be given the opportunity to earn a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction card and may have a greater opportunity to join the Bricklayers’ Union (BAC) after graduation.


Welding Technology (Bethel Park Course # 1107)

Welding Technology covers several types of welding processes by which metal may be bent, cut, or welded together, including oxy-fuel, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, flux core welding, carbon arc, plasma cutting, and oxy-fuel brazing. Students will learn the importance of industry safety, measuring instruments, hand tools, grinders, metallurgy, blueprint reading, electrical principles, layout/design, and fabrication, as well as how to prepare materials lists for cost estimates. Students have the opportunity

to earn several American Welding Society (AWS) certifications.


Veterinary Technology (Bethel Park Course # 1101)

Veterinary Technology students will learn to keep medical records, schedule, offer client education, practice laboratory procedures, assist with nursing duties, prepare for surgeries, and assist during a routine exam. Students will also gain a solid educational base on which to build a post-secondary degree. This program may lead to additional career pathways such as Animal Trainer, Animal Breeders, Non-Farm Animal Caretakers, Laboratory Animal Caretakers, Groomers, Animal Control Worker, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technologist, and Veterinarian. Upon accreditation, students may earn the Purina Certified Weight Coach, Pharmacy Technician, and Veterinary Assistant certifications.


Information Technology Essentials (Bethel Park Course # 1108)

Information Technology Essentials prepares students who are interested in networking and computer diagnostics. It begins with Cisco IT Essentials, PC hardware and software, and network operating systems. Students initially prepare for CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Server+ certifications and then, through the Cisco CCNA Discovery course, students learn networking concepts based on typical networks that one might encounter in a home or small office, or in larger, more complex enterprise models. Finally, students can prepare for the Cisco CCENT and Cisco CCNA certifications.



Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Technology (Bethel Park Course #1111)

The Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Technology (SMARTT) Program prepares students to work in the field of physical therapy, occupational therapy and sports medicine. Students will develop skills in prevention, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, assessment, prognosis and the rehabilitation of injuries and other health conditions. Students will learn the principles of developing a plan of care including: evaluation, interventions (exercise, manual therapy, modalities and neuro re-education), assessment, goal setting and discharge. Students will also learn how to develop a proper diet for healthy individuals and tailor it for special populations through a comprehensive understanding of nutrition. Upon successful completion, students should be able to assist in the development and implementation of a plan of care for healthy and special populations.



Careers available directly out of the program could include: Personal Trainer, Coach, Physical Therapy Aid. This program also provides a solid educational base on which to build a post-secondary degree or advanced certification. Careers available with additional post-secondary schooling include: Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Medical and Exercise Physiology researcher, Sports Psychologist, Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist.