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Want to earn college credit while enrolled in high school career and technology classes? Make an appointment with the director of CTE, Mrs. Singleton (951.8931), to find out information on which current CTE courses are offered at VHS for college credit by exam.
Vidor Independent School District offers all programs listed under "Courses Offered" at the high school level. Admission to these programs is based on interest, aptitude, course prerequisites and age. It is the policy of Vidor Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in its career and technology programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
|AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES
All Ag-Science Courses: Three-month supervised agricultural activity requirement for students enrolled in Agriscience includes agricultural entrepreneurship, involving the functions of organizing and managing the factors of production and distribution of goods and services; work experience in an agribusiness; and/or supervised out-of-class activities which require the development of skills necessary for employment in agricultural industry. A record book must be completed at the end of semester for credit in each course.
|Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Grades 9-12 (1 credit) Designed to provide an introduction to global agriculture and enhance the agricultural comprehension in Ag Science. The course includes instructional units in soils, plants, animals, agricultural construction, food science, supervised agricultural experience programs, leadership, career development, communications, personal finance and mechanized agriculture.
Formerly – Intro to Ag and Ag Science Tech
Grades10-12 (.5 credit) A course that includes principles of animal production and the management of animals as related to agriculture.
Formerly – Plant and Animal Production
Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies
Grades 10-12 (.5 credit) Designed to introduce the scientific principals, concepts and skill development necessary in agricultural mechanics. The course emphasizes soil and water conservation, electrification, concrete and masonry construction, building planning and construction, small engine and agricultural equipment maintenance and repair, and oxyfuel and electric cutting and welding.
Formerly – Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics
Grades 10-12 (.5 credit) Designed to develop knowledge and skills pertaining to the selection, nutrition, reproduction, health and management of horses.
Wildlife Fisheries and Ecology Management
Grades 10-12 (1 credit) Designed to examine the importance of wildlife and outdoor recreation with emphasis on using wildlife and natural resources.
Small Animal Management
Grades 10-12 (.5 credit) In Small Animal Management, students will acquire knowledge and skills related to small animals and the small animal management industry. Small Animal Management may address topics related to small mammals such as dogs and cats, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. To prepare for careers in the field of animal science, students must enhance academic knowledge and skills, acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. To prepare for success, students need opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.
Grade 11-12 (1 Credit) designed to develop skills in the maintenance, evaluation, design, and building of agricultural structures using approved construction techniques.
Formerly - Agricultural Structures Technology
Advanced Animal Science
Grade 11-12 (1 Credit) Advanced Animal Science examines the inter relatedness of human, scientific, and technological dimensions of livestock production. Instruction is designed to allow for the application of scientific and technological aspects of animal science through field and laboratory experiences. To prepare for careers in the field of animal science, students must attain academic skills and knowledge, acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry standards. To prepare for success, students need opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings
|ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION|
|Principles of Architecture and Construction
Grades 9-12 (1 credit) Designed to provide a basic understanding of career opportunities, training requirements, and minimal skills in seven construction-related careers: heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR), bricklaying/stone masonry, carpentry, electrical trades, painting and decorating, plumbing/pipefitting, and industrial/heavy construction.
Formerly - Introduction to Construction Careers (ICC)
Grade 11-12 (2 credits) Students will gain knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce as carpenters or building maintenance supervisors or to prepare for a postsecondary degree in construction management, architecture, or engineering. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in safety, tool usage, building materials, codes, and framing. For safety and liability considerations, limiting course enrollment to 15 students is recommended.In Construction Technology I, students will gain knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce as carpenters or building maintenance supervisors or to prepare for a postsecondary degree in construction management, architecture, or engineering. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in safety, tool usage, building materials, codes, and framing. Double Blocked.
Advanced Construction Technology
Grade 12 (2 credits) Continuation of Building Trades I. Instruction is designed to enhance entry-level training and employment in one of the five construction-related areas. Prerequisite: 8650 & 8651
Formerly - Building Trades II (BLDGTR2)
Grades 10-12 (1 credit) Focuses on the design of residential and nonresidential interior environments to achieve occupant well being and productivity. Content addresses design practices and influences, lighting, materials, furnishings, legal considerations, and the impact of technology on interiors. Budgeting, consumer decision-making, safety, the care and maintenance of interiors, career preparation, and the management of multiple roles are emphasized.
Formerly - Housing and Interior Design
Grades 9-12 (1 credit)
|Vet Med Application
Grades 10-12 (1 credit)
|Agriculture Structures Design and Fabrication
Grades 10-12 (1 credit)
|ART, A/V TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION|
Grades 11-12 (1 credit) Are you the student who looks at movies, TV shows, cartoons, or online advertisements and wonders, “How do they do that?” This course is an introduction to skills required for a career or hobby in animation. You will develop the technical knowledge and skills needed for success in this field. You will also devel9op an understanding of the history and techniques of the animation industry. This is a hands-on course and you will create your own animation projects using a variety of techniques and software programs. Your friends and family will be asking you, "How did you do that?" This course satisfies the local graduation requirement of 1 Technology Application credit.
Formerly - Digital Graphics
Audio Video Production
Grades 10-12 (1 credit).Video production is probably the most universally known of all visual media and is an integral component of many technology applications. Students will develop an understanding of the history and evolution of the audio and video production fields in addition to participating in preproduction, production and postproduction stages of video creation.
Formerly - Video Technology
|BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION|
|Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance
Grades 9-12 (1 credit) Students will gain knowledge and skills in economies and private enterprise systems, the impact of global business, marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing. Students analyze the sales process and financial management principles. This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems and settings in business, marketing, and finance.
Formerly – Introduction to Business
Business Information Management I
Grades 10-12 (1 credit) Prepares students to apply personal, interpersonal, and technology skills in other content areas such as the workplace, post-secondary education and business. The applications utilized in the course will include word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations, databases, Internet research, and a look at emerging technologies. While an emphasis will be placed on simulations related to business. Lab supplies (paper, flash drive, etc.) or fee may be required.
Certifications: Computer Technology Certification
Formerly - Business Computer Information Systems I
|EDUCATION AND TRAINING|
Grades 10 -12 (1 credit). Designed to focus on knowledge and skills related to the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children, their care, guidance, and protection. Instruction addresses the principles and procedures for promoting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of young children, including those with special needs. Other topics include characteristics of quality childcare, career options related to the care and education of children, and the management of multiple community and family roles.
Formerly - Parenting and Child Development
Instructional Practices in Education and Training
Grade 11-12 (2 credits) A field-based internship which provides students background knowledge of child and adolescent development principles as well as principles of effective teaching practices. Students in this course work under the joint direction and supervision of both a family and consumer science teacher and exemplary educators in direct instructional roles with elementary, middle, and/or high school-aged students. Students from the class plan and direct individualized instruction and group activities, prepare instructional materials, assist with record keeping, make physical arrangements, and complete other responsibilities of classroom teachers. The students are involved in observations as well as direct students instruction; placement rotations are utilized to allow students to have experiences in a full range of education career roles, grade levels, subject areas, and ability groups. During the course of each week, students enrolled in this course are involved in instruction from the family and consumer science teacher as well as involved in supervised field-based observations and applications of principles/practices studied in the class. Students registering for the Human Growth and Development should have an overall B average; work on grade level, with good attendance, good conduct, the ability to get along with others and the ability to work independently. Prerequisites: 8390 with an 80 average.
Formerly - Ready, Set, Teach I
Practicum in Education and Training
Grade 12 (2 credits) A continuation of Human Growth and Development. Students will observe in classrooms. They will plan and direct lessons, including preparing materials and completing responsibilities of a classroom teacher. Prerequisite: 8390 & 8393
Formerly - Ready, Set, Teach II
Grades 10-12 (1 credit) Students investigate the field of accounting, including how it is impacted by industry standards as well as economic, financial, technological, international, social, legal, and ethical factors. Students reflect knowledge as they engage in the process of recording, classifying, summarizing, analyzing, and communicating accounting information. Students formulate and interpret financial information for use in management decision making.
Grades 11-12 (1 credit) A continuation of Accounting 1 with more in depth application. Prerequisite: 8765
Grades 12 (1 Credit) Students apply technical skills to develop knowledge and skills in the economical, financial, technological international, social and ethical aspects of business to become competent consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. Students develop analytical skills by actively evaluating financial results of multiple businesses, interpreting results for stakeholders, and presenting strategic recommendations for performance improvement. Prerequisite: 8766
|Principles of Health Science
Grades: 9-12 (1 credit) An overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, environmental, and informational systems of the health care industry. The focus is on career exploration, leadership development, ethical and legal issues, and the history, economics, and trends in financing health care. Students will develop a concept of health and wellness from the perspective of a health consumer as well as a potential professional in the health care industry.
Formerly - Introduction to Health Science Technology
Grades 11-12 (1 credit) A one-year program that combines academic and clinical experience. Students will receive classroom instruction which includes lecture, classroom laboratory and individualized study that focuses on the basic knowledge and skills of medical terminology, communication skills, ethical and legal issues, employment skills, safety, and mobility, leadership and personal quality concepts and skills. As well as, skills in anatomy and physiology, first aid and emergency care, vital signs, infection control and asepsis, health career math and patient personal care skills. Prerequisite: 8929 Must be 16 years of age.
Formerly-Health Occupations II
Practicum in Health Science
Grade 12 (2 credits) Combines advanced academic and clinical experience in the areas of medical terminology, communication skills, health care history, safety and mobility, employment skills and leadership concepts and skills. Also, anatomy and physiology, ethical-legal, first aid and emergency care, vital signs, infection control and asepsis, health career math, nutrition and patient personal care skills are included for entering the RN program at the post secondary level. Prerequisites: 8929 & 8930
Certification: CPR and CNA (Certified Nurse’s Aide)
Formerly - Health Occupations III
Grade 12 (1 credit) Prerequisite: Biology1 & 8929
This course meets the 4th year of Science requirement for graduation on the RHSP or DAP
Anatomy and Physiology Honors (Dual Credit with LSCO)
Grades 11-12 (1 credit/ 9 college hours) The TEA TEKS requirements for Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems are met by the completion of BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402. Prerequisites:, parent permission and obtaining a passing score or exemption from college entrance requirements. Prerequisites: 90 in Biology 1, 85 in Chemistry, 85 Algebra 2 and Physics or currently enrolled. This course meets the 4th year of Science requirement for graduation on the RHSP or DAP.
|HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM|
|Culinary Arts 1
Grades 11-12 (2 credits) Culinary Arts begins with the fundamentals and principles of the art of cooking and the science of baking and includes management and production skills and techniques. Prerequisites: 8384 Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness
Certification – Safe Serve, Texas Food Handlers
Practicum in Culinary Arts
Grade 12 (2 credits) A continuation of Culinary Arts with much emphasis on employability skills, job interview techniques, communication skills, financial and budget activities, human relations, and portfolio development. Prerequisite: 8385
|Real Life 101
Grade 9 –12 (1 credit) A study of skills related to family living, home management, nutrition, child-care, housing, clothing and careers, including interpersonal skills; decision-making; promotion of family strengths and well being; positive relationships, child development and care and many other aspects. Semester projects are performed relating to classroom experiences.
Formerly – Personal and Family Development
Intro to Culinary Arts
Grades 10-12 (1 credit) Concentrates on nutrition, food choices, and food management skills for individuals and the family throughout the life cycle. Instruction addresses nutrition and food science from the perspective of food habits and wellness; menu planning; special dietary needs; food costs and budgeting; consumer food-buying strategies; food safety and sanitation practices. Meal etiquette; career options; and techniques for managing multiple family, community, and wage earner roles are part of the content.
Principles of Human Services
Grade 9-12 (1 credit) No prerequisite.
Grades 10 -12 (1 credit) Designed to provide individuals opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in preparation to function effectively in the role of parent or care giver. Content stresses parental responsibilities; child guidance techniques; parents as positive role models; parents as their children’s first teacher; and parenting practices that promote a child’s development, health, safety, and well being. No prerequisite. Designed to focus on knowledge and skills related to the development, care, guidance, and protection of children. Instruction addresses the principles and procedures for promoting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of young children, including those with special needs. Other topics include characteristics of quality childcare, career options related to the care and education of children, and the management of multiple community and family roles.
Formerly - Parenting and Child Development
Introduction to Cosmetology
Grades 9-10 (1 credit) Allows the student to explore such areas as hair styling, manicuring, shampooing and the principles of hair cutting, hair coloring and facial makeup.
Grade 11-12 (3 state, 1 local) the first year of a scientific study of general beauty culture where student operators are trained in the basic requirements for preparation in taking the State Board Exam. Included in basic theory are shampooing, hair styling, hair coloring, hair cutting, permanent waving, manicures, artificial nails, facials and makeup. Classroom theory and lab practices are used in the instruction. By the end of Cosmetology I, students will earn a total of 540 Time Clock Hours. Vidor Cosmetology is a licensed school by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years old.
Grade 12 (3 state, 1 local) the second year of a scientific study of general Beauty Culture. Advanced theory in all areas of and concentrated training in speed drills are used to prepare the student operators for the State Board Exam taken in May of the second year. All second year students must take the State Board Exam to complete the course and receive credits for Cosmetology. Prerequisite: 8611 and have 540 clock hours.
Certification: Cosmetology Operator License
|Principles of Information Technology
Grade 9-10 (1 credit) This course focuses on the assembly and disassembly of modern computer systems. The study of electronic theory necessary to perform basic system maintenance will be included. The operation and check out of computers, systems board circuitry, monochrome and color monitors, disk drive systems, computer architecture, and schematic diagrams will be presented. An introduction to disk operation system (DOS) software installation and the use of DOS in troubleshooting system abnormalities will be integrated with basic electronics and hardware needed to properly diagnose malfunctions.
Formerly - ICM
Grade 11-12 (1 credit) Designed to provide job-specific training for entry-level employment in the rapidly expanding computer maintenance career field. Includes electricity/electronic theory, computer systems, data-communications, digital electronics, installations, inspections, adjustments, repair and maintenance, safety, and career opportunities. Prerequisite: Must be 16 years of age and have taken 8605.
Grade 12 (2 credits) A continuation of the first year, with instruction designed to enhance the job-specific training for entry-level employment. Prerequisite: 8606
Digital and Interactive Media
Grades 11 - 12 (1 credit) This course develops proficiencies in designing, importing, and manipulating advanced text, graphics, audio, and video used in presentation management, multimedia productions, publishing systems, and emerging technologies. This course satisfies the local graduation requirement of 1 Technology Application credit. Prerequisite: 8740
Formerly - Business Image Management and Multimedia
Grades 11-12 (1 credit) The World Wide Web (WWW) is the fastest growing part of the Internet. The popularity of the WWW is due largely to the ease with which users can access and navigate the web as well as create pages of information to share with others. This course focuses on scripting, developing searching strategies, publishing skills, and serving information on a web server. Students will be the webmasters for the class, school, or district, participating in a real global community of learners and collaborators. This course satisfies the local graduation requirement of 1 Technology Application credit.
Formerly - Web Mastering
Dollars and Sense
Grades 9-12 (.5 credit)
Yearbook 1 and 2
Grades 10-12 (1 credit each)
|LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS AND SECURITY|
|Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Grades 9-12 (1 credit) This course provides instruction in security, ethical considerations; the nature and impact of security; and an overview of security systems, agencies, and practices. The concepts and skills for security officer plus Texas’ rules and regulations; security specialist training and certification; organization of personnel; security applications; and security problems are taught. Instruction is based on the content required by the Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agency.
Law Enforcement I
Grade 10-12 (1 credit) A course designed as a study of the history and philosophy of criminal justice and its ethical considerations. Crime is defined. Its nature and impact are explored. Instruction includes as overview of the criminal justice system, law enforcement and the court systems, a study of prosecution and defense, trial processes, and corrections and penal systems. Prerequisite: 8948
Formerly - Technical Introduction to Criminal Justice
Grades 11 - 12 (1 credit) A course designed to provide a study of correctional systems, correctional roles, institutional operations, treatment & rehabilitation of criminals, and current & future issues in the law enforcement field. Prerequisite: 8948 & 8950
Certification: Criminal Justice Certification
Formerly - Correctional Systems & Practices
Law Enforcement II
Grades 11-12 (1 credit) Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement. This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunication equipment, and courtroom testimony. Prerequisite: 8950
Grade 11-12 (1 credit) This course uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes. This course may count as one science credit. Prerequisite: 3103 & 3351
Formerly - CSI
|Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies
Grades 10-12 (1 credit) Designed to introduce the scientific principals, concepts and skill development necessary in agricultural mechanics. The course emphasizes soil and water conservation, electrification, concrete and masonry construction, building planning and construction, small engine and agricultural equipment maintenance and repair, and oxyfuel and electric cutting and welding.
Formerly - Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics
Intro to Welding
Grades 11-12 (1 credit) Instruction is designed to provide job-specific training for entry-level employment in welding careers. Instruction includes blueprint reading, cutting and welding with oxygen and gas fuels, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc and gas metal arc welding processes. Prerequisite: Ag Mechanics or Ag Fabrication. Must be 16 years of age.
Formerly - Welding I
Grade 12 (2 credits) This course is a continuation of Intro to Welding. Instruction is designed to enhance job-specific training for employment in welding careers. Prerequisite:
Certification: Level 1 Welding certification possible with proper skills.
Formerly - AG Mechanics/Welding II
Grades 11 -12 (1 credit) An introductory course designed as a portfolio-based personal development course for all students. Students will develop a systematic approach for evaluating and seeking career opportunities by discovering how personal qualities to successful performance. This course is for students exiting the Marketing Work program.
Formerly - Marketing Yourself
Career Prep 1
Grades 11-12 (2 credits) Work Co-Op
Career Prep 2
Grade 12 (2 credits) Work Co-op
|SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS|
Grade 12 (1 credit) Prerequisite: 3103 & 8929
This course meets the 4th year of Science requirement for graduation on the RHSP or DAP.
Certification: Pharmacy Tech
|TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS|
Principles of Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Grade 12 (2 credits) This course is a continuation of the first year, with more in-depth study in the automotive engine repair and service career-field. Instruction emphasizes use of repair manuals and the service and/or repair of basic automotive components; fuel systems, engines, emission control, power train, chassis, electrical systems, brakes and heating and air conditioning. Instruction includes safety and career opportunities. Prerequisite: 8601
Certification: Career Safe and ASE Auto Technician