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Career and Technical Education

Career & Technical Education Department (CTE)


The purpose of the Career & Technical Education Department is to help students plan and prepare for their futures. Students have access to the Choices Planner website to develop their individual career and postsecondary plan:


Students are then encouraged to follow their plans by participating in over 50 high school CTE programs. For more information, visit the CTE website:




Students will learn the basic accounting principles and procedures and their application in the three major types of business organizations. Students will develop proficiency in the use of the computers to maintain accounting records. Through the use of technology and application of real-life scenarios, students will relate the accounting concepts to on-the-job-activities.


During the second half of the school year, students will receive an introduction to Business and Economics. Through collaborative learning and technology application, students will gain a global insight into the business world.



Architectural Drafting


The Architecture/CAD program opens the door to the art and science behind the design of buildings and structures. Students in the program, explore various aspects of architectural work, from creating buildings and landscapes, to designing entire cities. Students acquire techniques of architectural representation as they reach technical competency through a series of drawings, model making, and computer-aided design (CAD) assignments of increasing complexity and scale. Students have many options they can pursue on the post secondary level which include architecture, construction management, urban planning as well as vast opportunities in engineering.



Auto Body Repair


Introduction to Auto Body presents an overview of the various skills and techniques, as well as the job opportunities associated with the fields of Auto Body Repairs. Students learn to identify the various parts of an automobile and the tools used to repair the vehicle. Students are introduced to the basic auto body repair skills. Safety rules are taught, explained, and emphasized throughout the class





The Barbering program will provide interested students with skills (i.e. hair cutting, facial razor, aseptic techniques) and real-world experience necessary for entry-level positions.  Classes will take place in a room set up like a barbershop to give students hands-on training utilizing equipment and skills currently found in industry.





Carpentry is a 36-week course sectioned off into seven 5-week assessments. This course is designed to introduce students to the construction industry. Carpentry designed for sophomores provides the opportunity to learn about modern carpentry. Students will also learn skills, which will help them compete in for jobs. Students will learn the full scope of the construction industry. During the Carpentry period students will have shop work, which consists of general construction along with craft making projects.


Advanced Carpentry designed for Juniors/Seniors provides the opportunity to learn and build on prior knowledge of modern carpentry. Students will also learn skills, which will help them compete in for jobs. Students will learn the full scope of the construction industry. During the Carpentry period students will have shop work, which consists of general construction along with craft making projects.





Students will learn the fundamentals of Cosmetology. Students will be introduced to the ever-expanding, ever-changing and fascinating Beauty Industry. Students will be introduced to new techniques, new products and a variety of job opportunities. Students will learn the practical and the theoretical study of hair, skin, and nails. At the close of this three year program the students will be prepared to pass an Illinois State Board Examination. Students will also be prepared to launch out into the lucrative Beauty Industry with skill and creative talent.



Culinary Arts I/ Restaurant Management


Culinary Arts I is the introductory course to Advanced Culinary / Restaurants Management. Culinary Arts I will use curriculum that will integrate academic and hands on learning to provide an overview of the food service industry. Classroom instructions and workplace experiences are coordinated so that students will understand the world of work. The course will also show unique and common concepts of knowledge, skills and attitudes of competence in various phases of the hospitality industry



Early Childhood Education


As a student in the Early Childhood Education Childcare program students will study human development, pediatric diseases and disorders, and social and community services.  Students will learn how to provide instruction and care for children through lessons on goal setting and teaching strategies.  They will also learn to be able to practice hands-on skills in classroom through simulated situations and through work experiences in a daycare center.





The Electricity program is a three-year course sequence that introduces the basics of residential wiring.  Student learning included, but not limited to: what the building construction industry offers, tools, materials, and terminology associated with the electrical construction industry, workplace readiness tools, construction workplace safety, reading a measuring tape, applying basic construction math, Ohm's Law, and an introduction to blueprint reading.  Students who successfully complete the three-year sequence will earn an OSHA-10 card and a Certificate of Recognition from IBEW Local #134's apprenticeship school.                                                .                    

Web Design & Development


Web design encompasses many different skills and disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites. The different areas of web design include web graphic design; interface design; authoring, including standardized code and proprietary software; user experience design; and search engine optimization. Web design is the process of creating websites. It encompasses several different aspects, including webpage layout, content production, and graphic design. While the terms web design and web development are often used interchangeably, web design is technically a subset of the broader category of web development.

What is the difference between a web developer, a web programmer and a web designer? Design activity is usually related to graphic design, so a web designer will mainly take care of the visual side of a web site. Programming or development on the other hand is related to coding.


In an effort to address all student interest students will achieve course objectives by having hands on experience in graphic design, animation, videography, web design, web development and app development.                       




This is an introductory course that exposes students to the field of basic welding applications. Heavy emphasis will be placed on safety procedures and basic shop attitude. Students will have the opportunity to build beautiful and practical projects, which lead to a developing sense of self esteem.