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Steel Center/Parkway West Offerings

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 CS6 Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification


Bethel Park Course # 1000


An instructional program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of printed media. This program includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage and computer graphics.


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


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles and light trucks. This program includes instruction in the diagnosis and testing, including computer analysis, of malfunctions in and repair of engines, fuel, electrical, cooling and brake systems and drivetrain and suspension systems. Instruction is also given in the adjustment and repair of individual components and systems such as cooling systems, drive trains, fuel system components and air conditioning and includes the use of technical repair information and the state inspection procedures.


Baking/Pastry Chef CIP Code: 12.0501 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


Specialized classroom and practical work experiences associated with the preparation of breads, crackers, cakes, pies, pastries and other bakery products for retail distribution, for consumption in a commercial food service establishment or for special functions. Instruction includes making, freezing and handling of bake products; decorating; counter display; and packaging of merchandise. This is a comprehensive program to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of occupations in the baking industry.


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


Industry Certifications Available:  NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builder’s Association Certification (PBA), OSHA-10 Hour Training CareerSafe


Bethel Park Course # 1003


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to keep a building functioning, and to serve a variety of structures including commercial and industrial buildings and mobile homes. Instruction includes the basics of carpentry, millwork, plumbing, painting, glazing, electricity, plastering, welding, minor sheet metal, concreting, bricklaying, tile setting, hardware usage, heating, ventilation, waterproofing, roofing and record keeping.


Carpentry (Program of Study) CIP Code: 46.0201 3 credits per year Grades 10-12


Industry Certifications Available: NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builders’ Association Certification (PBA)


Bethel Park Course # 1004


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out, fabricate, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures using hand and power tools. This program includes instruction in common systems of framing, construction materials, estimating, blueprint reading and finish carpentry techniques.


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


Industry Certifications Available: Collision Safety & Pollution Prevention (S/P2), I-CAR Welding, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification


Bethel Park Course # 1005


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair damaged automotive vehicles such as automobiles and light trucks. Students learn to examine damaged vehicles and estimate cost of repairs; remove, repair and replace upholstery, accessories, electrical and hydraulic window and seat operating equipment and trim to gain access to vehicle body and fenders; remove and replace glass; repair dented areas; replace excessively damaged fenders, panels and grills; straighten bent frames or unibody structures using hydraulic jacks and pulling devices; and file, grind and sand repaired surfaces using power tools and hand tools. Students refinish repaired surfaces by painting with primer and finish coat.




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


Industry Certifications Available: Microsoft Certified Professional, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification


Bethel Park Course # 1007


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to support the design and development of software applications, manage data systems and related mathematical statistics for analysis and forecasting of business data, process and retrieve business information, and prepare and interpret process and data models. Students will create a relational database, receive instruction in a variety of computer programming languages including writing, testing and debugging code; writing related system user documentation; demonstrating an understanding of core computer concepts to include the internet and the basic functions of business desktop applications; and analyzing common hardware, software and network processes. Students will receive instruction in business ethics and law, economics, office procedures and communications. Students will learn office safety, computer fundamentals, database administration and computer maintenance/troubleshooting.


Cosmetology (Program of Study) CIP Code: 12.0401 3 credits per year Grades 10-12

(Tech Prep Articulation Agreement with Douglas Education Center)


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


Bethel Park Course # 1008


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills related to experiences in a variety of beauty treatments including the care and beautification of the hair, complexion and hands. Instruction includes training in giving shampoos, rinses and scalp treatments; hair styling, setting, cutting, dyeing, tinting and bleaching; permanent waving; facials; manicuring; and hand and arm massaging. Bacteriology, anatomy, hygiene, sanitation, salon management including record keeping and customer relations are also emphasized. Instruction is designed to qualify pupils for the licensing examination.


Culinary Arts (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 # 1114


An instructional program that prepares students for employment related to institutional, commercial or self-owned food establishments or other food industry occupations. Instruction and specialized learning experiences include theory, laboratory and work experience related to planning, selecting, preparing and serving of quantity food and food products; nutritive values; use and care of commercial equipment; safety; and sanitation precautions. Instruction skills are provided to individuals desiring to become employed in all areas of the food service industry at entry level.






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


Industry Certifications Available: NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builders’ Association Certification (PBA)


Bethel Park Course # 1009


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills necessary to install, operate, maintain and repair electrically-energized residential, commercial and industrial systems, and DC and AC motors, controls and electrical distribution panels. Instruction emphasizes practical application of mathematics, science, circuit diagrams and use of electrical codes and includes blueprint reading, sketching and other subjects essential for employment in the electrical occupations. Reading and interpretation of commercial and residential construction wiring codes and specifications, installation and maintenance of wiring, service and distribution networks within large construction complexes are also critical components of the program.


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 Healthcare Providers, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification



Bethel Park Course # 1012


A cluster program with a combination of subject matter and experiences designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment in a minimum of three related health occupations under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional. Instruction consists of core course content with clinical experiences in one or two health related occupations. The core curriculum consists of planned courses for introduction of health careers, basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, legal and ethical aspects of healthcare and communications and at least three planned courses for the knowledge and skills for the occupational area such as medical assisting, ward clerk, nursing assisting, etc.




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


A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the specialized maintenance and repair of trucks, buses, and other commercial and industrial vehicles. Includes instruction in diesel engine mechanics, suspension and steering, brake systems, electrical and electronic systems, preventive maintenance inspections, drive trains, HVAC systems, and auxiliary equipment installation and repair.


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

CIP Code: 47.0201


Industry Certifications Available: EPA 608 Technician Certification, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification, Pennsylvania Builders’ Association Certification (PBA)


Bethel Park Course # 1013


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, repair and maintain commercial and domestic heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Instruction includes theory and application of basic principles involved in conditioning of air (cooling and heating); filtering and controlling humidity; operating characteristics of various units and parts; blueprint reading; use of technical reference manuals; the diagnosis of malfunctions; overhaul, repair and adjustment of units and parts such as pumps, compressors, valves, springs and connections; and repair of electric/electronic and pneumatic control systems.


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


Industry Certifications Available: National Incident Management System, Emergency Medical Responder, Basic Life Support Health Care Providers, Hazardous Materials Response Awareness, NOCTI Skills Testing Certification


Bethel Park Course # 1016


An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills required for performing entry-level duties in law enforcement, firefighting, EMT and other safety services. This program stresses the techniques, methods and procedures peculiar to the areas of criminal justice and fire protection especially in emergency and disaster situations. Physical development and self- confidence skills are emphasized due to the nature of the specific occupation(s). In addition to the application of mathematics, communication, science and physics, students receive training in social and psychological skills, map reading, vehicle and equipment operations, the judicial system, pre-hospital emergency medical care and appropriate emergency assessment, treatment and communication.  





Welding (Program of Study) CIP Code: 48.0508 3 credits per 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.