WHS Career & Technology Education

A look inside WHS's 2020-2021 CTE Programs.

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What is Career & Technology Education or CTE?

Career & Technology education programs consists of coherent sequences of courses that offer industry-based certificates and work-based learning in order to prepare students for in-demand, high-skill, and high-wage careers in Texas. At WHS, we are proud to offer a variety of programs of study for students to choose from as well as continue to grow the programs offered by adding courses each year.

CTE courses are intended to introduce students to different career fields and allow for them to deepen their understanding of the employability those career fields offer. At Wylie High School we offer the following career clusters with varying programs of study within each cluster.
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, Audio Visual, and Communication
  • Business, Marketing, and Finance
  • Education & Training
  • Health Science
  • Culinary Arts
  • Information Technology
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics


Below you can read about some of the courses offered within these programs, watch videos created by our student production team, and get a glimpse of what WHS students have the opportunities to learn.

Goals of WHS CTE Program

  • Educate, market, and build robust programs

  • Align and deepen programs

  • Engage in the Abilene community

  • Partner with community to create pipelines into local industries

  • Provide exposure to workforce to our students

  • Provide relative work experience for CTE students through our community

2020-2021 CTE Highlights

  • CTE program partnership with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce

  • The Purple Dog Company continues to be a profitable student run business

  • The Purple Dog Company launched a new branch of business with a graphic design company

  • AV courses have become a staple at most Wylie events for producing and streaming

  • Students continue to flock to Ag courses in order to learn to weld, work with animals, and enter competitions

  • Human Services and Culinary Arts classes are a student-favorite due to real-world skills taught

  • Students making investing decisions after taking courses such as Dollars & Sense and Securities and Investments

  • Seven students earned their Commercial Drone Pilot’s License through senior level Robotics course

  • 2021-2022 WHS will offer a practicum course in which students can earn their Certified Veterinary Assistant license -- partnership with multiple local veterinary clinics

  • 2021-2022 WHS will offer a practicum course in which students can earn their Certified Nursing Assistant license – partnership with Mesa Springs Healthcare Center (pending application)

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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Programs Offered:

Animal Science

Applied Agricultural Engineering

Plant Science

Animal Science

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Ag, Food, and Natural Resources

- Small Animal Management

- Equine Science

- Livestock Production

- Veterinary Medical Applications


Teacher: Ashley Howard


About the program:

This program focuses on the science, research, and business of animals and other living organisms. It teaches students how to apply biology and life science to real-world life processes of animals and wildlife. This is a great program that builds on itself as you progress throughout high school. Students dive deep into small to large animals.


Program Highlights:

Next school year, 2021-2022, Animal Science students can take the capstone practicum class and earn a Certified Veterinary Assistant License. Students will spend two class periods working toward this licensure with classroom study as well as on-site experience at a local veterinary office.

Applied Agricultural Engineering

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Ag, Food, and Natural Resources

- Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies

- Agricultural Structures Design and Fabrications

- Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources


Teacher: Cody Smith


About the Program:

This program allows students to explore occupations and educational opportunities within engineering technology, machinery, and structures. Students spend many hours in the shop learning shop safety and how to weld. In the practicum course students can earn a industry recognized welding certificate and earn hours through Cisco College.

Plant Science

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Ag, Food, and Natural Resources

- Floral Design

- Horticultural Science


Teachers: Ashley Stegemoeller and Emily Albert (not pictured)


About the Program:

This program focuses on the science, research, and business of plants and other living organisms. Students grown and maintain plants in the WHS Greenhouse, create flower arrangements for special occasions, and host an annual plant sale each Spring.

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Architecture and Construction

Architectural Design

Courses Offered:

- Architectural Design I

- Interior Design I


Teachers: Chad Widder (not pictured) and Daisy Blair


About the Program:

This program explores occupations and opportunities associated with developing, engineering, and designing building structures and facilities. Students learn how to utilize an AutoCAD drafting program in Architectural Design. In Interior Design students learn how to scale, balance, and design residential and commercial interior environments.

Arts, Audio Video Technology, and Communications

Programs Offered:

Digital Communications

Design & Multimedia Arts

Digital Communication

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications

- Audio/Video Production

- Audio/ Video Production II

- Audio/Video Production III


Teacher: Justin Holland


About the Program:

This program explores occupations and teaches the skills associated with the production of audio and visual media formats for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures. Students explore the operating machines and equipment to record sound and images, such as microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, sound and mixing boards, and other related equipment.


Program Highlights:

The AV Program students, also known as Bulldog Productions, run all sound and video at all Wylie Bulldog football games, all events held in the Performing Arts Center, and contribute their time and efforts to marketing campaigns for district and community groups.

A New Era of Video Production (2020-2021)

Design & Multimedia Arts

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications

- Graphic Design and Illustrations I

- Graphic Design and Illustrations II

- Fashion Design I

- Career Preparation


Teachers: Lainey Alcorn and Daisy Blair


About the Program:

Graphic Design is one of WHS's most popular elective course. This is an exploratory course to gain an understanding of graphic design as a profession. Students develop visual perception, aesthetic awareness, cognitive thinking, and visual problem solving skills. Students will gain a proficient understanding of Adobe Photoshop. This project-based learning environment includes student projects like: Publication Design, Brand Identity, Logos, Digital Illustrations, Photo Manipulation, and Typography.


In Graphic Design II, students take their design skills to the next level using both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Throughout the school year students work with many organizations, clubs, and events to design posters, invitations, t-shirts, and other retail items. Students participate in The Bulldog Christmas Market with their one of a kind designs.


All graphic design students have the opportunity to compete in design competitions to win prizes or have the opportunity to sell their designs through our student-run business, The Purple Dog Company.


Program Highlights:

After Graphic Design II, students can apply to join The Purple Dog Company Designs where they can watch their designs create real revenue and gain work-based learning experiences.

WHS Graphic Design Program

Business, Marketing, and Finance

Programs Offered:

Accounting and Financial Services

Business Management

Entrepreneurship

Marketing and Sales

Accounting and Financial Services

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

- Business Information Management I

- Financial Mathematics

- Dollars and Sense

- Accounting I

- Securities and Investments

- Career Preparation


Teachers: Kelly Smith, Pam Mauldin, and Shannon Martin


About the Program:

Overall students will learn how to examine, analyze, and interpret financial records as well as the skills necessary to perform financial services, prepare financial statements, give financial advice, and introduce students to investment opportunities.


Program Highlights:

Students can earn Microsoft Office Certifications through BIM. In Securities and Investments, students compete against students across the state in The Stock Market Game in which students are given virtual $100,000 to invest in the stock market that mimics the actual stock market in real time.

Business Management

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

- Business Information Management I

- Business Law

- Entrepreneurship

- Business Management

- Career Preparation


Teachers: Laura Vinson, Shannon Martin, Melissa Kelley, Pam Mauldin


About the Program:

This program concentrates on how to plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative services and operations of an organization. Students learn the skills necessary to formulate policies, manage daily operations, and allocate the use of materials and human resources.


Program Highlights:

Business Management is better known as The Purple Dog Company which is a student run company that operates an online store, maintains the website and marketing, and generates revenues and expenses. Students apply to join The Purple Dog Company. Follow The Purple Dog Company on Facebook and Instagram.

WHS Business Courses

Marketing & Sales

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

- Fashion Marketing

- Sports and Entertainment Marketing

- Career Preparation


Teacher: Megan Rausch


About the Program:

This is the first year for the WHS Marketing program! Marketing students work closely with The Purple Dog Company in creating campaigns for new product launches. Students also learn how to collect information to determine potential sales of a product, create marketing campaigns, gain an understanding of demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits.


Students in Fashion Marketing gain a working knowledge of promotion, textiles, merchandising, selling, visual merchandising, and career opportunities in the fashion sector. Students do a lot of work surrounding store ownership and design-- creating our own storefronts and choosing items that we would want to market and sell! Students work with an online simulation (like a game) to review concepts we have covered in the class as well. Check out a sample of students' work!


Sports and Entertainment Marketing focuses on marketing and management functions/tasks that can be applied in amateur or professional sports or sporting events, entertainment or entertainment events, products and services related to hobbies or cultural events, or businesses primarily engaged in satisfying the desire to make productive or enjoyable use of sporting events or concerts. We are learning about all aspects surrounding running a venue-- the students have chosen one in particular to research through the semester. In addition, as we cover a new topic, we have many different activities associated with each concept and are working to put them into practice. We are working to collaborate with local sports and entertainment businesses (ACU, HSU, and McM to name a few) to show off our skills!

Education and Training

Programs Offered:

Early Learning

Teaching and Training

Early Learning/Teaching and Training

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Education and Training

- Principles of Human Services

- Child Development

- Career Preparation


Teachers: Sara Blakely and Amber Jansa


About the Program:

This program prepares students for careers related to teaching, instruction, and creation of instructional and enrichment materials. Courses focus on early childhood learning and creating activities that promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.


Program Highlights:

In Child Development, students take home baby simulators home to experience what it is truly like to be a parents. In Principles of Education, students interact with early learning classrooms and gain hands-on experience by observing and assisting teachers.

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Health Science

Programs Offered:

Healthcare Diagnostics

Healthcare Therapeutic

Nursing Science

Health Science Progams

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Health Science

- Medical Terminology

- Anatomy and Physiology

- Health Science Theory


Teachers: Donna Lang, Brian Stuart, Kathryn Gay


About the Program:

In this program students are introduced to careers in the medical field and the expectations of knowledge and skills of health professionals. As students progress through the program they learn basics regarding diagnostics, patient care, how to monitor/check vitals, development and implementation of care plans, maintenance of records, and pain management.


Medical Terminology is an introductory course in Health Sciences that gives a full year of study of body systems and terminology associated with those systems. In each chapter, students learn about the anatomy of the system, terms to describe each part, and an in-depth coverage of disease conditions and treatments for those systems. Also addressed in the individual systems are the healthcare specialty areas that would be involved in the specific system of study. Students who take Medical Terminology can also follow the track to complete Health Science Theory and then take the course to complete the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).


Anatomy & Physiology is a senior-level course which prepares students interested in pursuing healthcare careers with advanced-level coursework. The course is both a science credit and a Health Sciences elective. The A&P course is focused on providing students a strong foundation of the Anatomy and Physiology of body systems, as well as an emphasis on disease processes. There is also a strong focus on medical treatments as it is important for healthcare practitioners to have an understanding of the applied nature of health sciences. Case studies are examined on a regular basis. In addition, the rigor of the course is meant to help prepare students for their first year anatomy course in college. A&P explores a deeper understanding of body systems by also participating in specific lab activities and also organ dissections, including the cow eye, sheep brain, pig and sheep kidney, and sheep heart.


Program Highlights:

Next school year, WHS will offer a Practicum in Health Sciences. Students who have completed Health Science course work will be eligible to apply for the practicum in which students have the opportunity to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant license. WHS is currently developing partnerships with local healthcare professionals to help enhance the health sciences program at Wylie High School. We are very excited about the opportunities the partnerships will afford our students!

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Program

Courses Offered:

- Introduction to Culinary Arts

- Culinary Arts


About the Program:

This program introduces students to occupations related to planning, directing, and preparing activities of a food and beverage organization as well as preparing food. Students learn about table settings, nutritional values, different ingredients, and spend class time in the kitchen putting their knowledge to practice. This is the 1st year for the second level of Culinary Arts which is a two-period course allowing students extended time in the kitchen.


Program Highlights:

Next year students will have the opportunity to take Advanced Culinary Arts! Students can earn an industry certification within this program!

WHS Culinary Arts

STEM & Information Technology

Programs Offered:

Web Development

Program and Software Development

Robotics

Program and Software Development

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Information Technology

- Computer Science I

- Computer Science II

- Career Preparation


Teachers: Deana Evenden


About the Program:

In this program students explore creating, modifying, and testing codes, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Students explore educational opportunities within researching, designing, developing, and testing operating system-level software. Students can earn two credits in foreign language after successful completion of Computer Science I and Computer Science II.

Robotics

Courses Offered:

- Principles of Applied Engineering

- Robotics I

- Robotics II

- Scientific Research & Design (Robotics III)


Teacher: Darren Wilson


About the Program:

Students gain knowledge and experience in robotics by exploring the assembly, operation, maintenance, and repair of electromechanical equipment or devices. Each level of course builds on each as students take on independent learning and project-based learning with LEGO kits and VEX Robotics kits. This program encourages innovation and independent trial and error.


Program Highlights:

Senior level Robotics students earned their Commercial Drone Pilot's license in the fall. Read about it here.

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Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Automotive

Courses Offered:

- Automotive Technology I: Maintenance and Light Repair

- Automotive Technology II


Teacher: Cisco College


About the Program:

In this program students learn how to repair and service various types of vehicles. These courses are taught at Cisco College for dual credit during 7th and 8th periods.

Note: Some pictures and videos were taken and filmed prior to the 2020 state mask mandate.