WOHS Career Education Post

Future Business Leaders Start Here Edition:Winter 2021

News from Ms. Mullin

As we approach the new year, I reflect with pride the accomplishments of our students and staff in all of our programs. Despite the hardships we all have faced over the last several months, WOHS students are cementing their futures by developing their skills and techniques needed to be stars in their selected career pathways. Several of the courses below are part of a scope and sequence of courses which make up our state approved Career and Technical Education Programs of Study or CTE programs. (Click on the headings below to see the scope and sequence of our programs.) As such, students earn real-world experience, stackable credentials and pre-apprenticeship opportunities.

Best of all, students in many of our programs have the opportunity to earn dual-credit from colleges such as Hudson Community College, Rider University, Rutgers University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as other top schools. I must not forget the success of our clubs such as FCCLA and FBLA. But I will let you read ahead to hear directly from our incredible staff.

Enjoy reading more about what is happening in our classes in the first edition of the WOHS Career Education Post.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Mrs. Mullin

Look What's Cooking...

Culinary Arts students, fine-tuned knife skills, baked and prepared delicious recipes which filled our hallways with delightful cooking scents.

Our new Chefs, Abramo and Higgins along with our student chefs are turning up the heat in the Culinary Arts department! We are in full swing in the kitchens and we are cooking up a storm. The Culinary Arts department has done multiple cooking labs, and activities since being back into our kitchens.

Our Introduction to the Culinary Arts Level 1, Global Cuisine 1, and Creativity and Innovation in the Culinary Arts classes are preparing delicious recipes of all kinds. Introduction to Culinary Arts classes are mastering Safety & Sanitation, Knife Skills, and Measuring Techniques by creating several dishes including Ratatouille, Fall Apple Pies, and Pizza! Global Cuisine classes started their cooking journey in France! They created dishes such as Croque Monsieur, Everything Gougeres, and Crepes, just to name a few. They are now continuing their journey to Mexico. Our Creativity and Innovation in Culinary Arts class is diving deep into mastering a variety of soups, and sauces. These students take a standard recipe given, and elevate their recipes adding their own "flare", by adding spices, and unique garnishes. A few of the dishes have included designing a Chicken Pot Pie, Sicilian Pizza, and Chicken Francese.

Make sure to sign up for one of our culinary classes, let's get cooking! Follow us on Instagram to see what the chefs will be stewing up next! @woculinaryarts

Calling All Future Chefs

WOHS ACF Culinary Arts Pre-Apprenticeship Program

West Orange High School applied for and was awarded an Expand Pre-Apprenticeship Grant in Culinary Arts for a total of $200,000 over the last 2 years. The grant allowed us to create the WOHS Pre-Apprenticeship ACF Culinary Arts Program for students age 16 and above.

If you are interested in the Culinary Arts profession you now have the ability to jump-start your career through a pre-apprenticeship grant opportunity WOHS is participating in with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and our employer partner, Maschio’s. You will learn specific culinary arts skills and techniques that lead to the ACF Fundamental Cook certification while in high school. The ACF Fundamentals Cook Program provides the student introductory culinary skills while gaining valuable industry exposure. The trainee gains the knowledge and skill set necessary to achieve the Certified Fundamental Cook® (CFC®) certification.

Click here to learn more about the program and to complete the application form.

Contact Ms. Mullin if you have any questions;


Early Childhood and Family Studies

Our preschool was up and running for the first semester. Students in our Early Childhood Program, creatively worked on their lesson plans and delivered engaging experiences for the preschool students.

The high school students have been creating “hands-on” interactive preschool lessons according to a theme such as Fall, Colors/Shapes, Five Senses, Space, Nutrition, Community Helpers, People in the World/Diversity, and Nutrition/Healthy Eating Habits for in-person and virtual instruction. In addition, high school students are creating preschool bulletin boards utilizing preschoolers’ names with themes such as “Half Day is Full of Smart Cookies" based a book written by Laurie Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond and “Let’s TACO-O-Bout Reading."

Other Early Childhood and Family Studies classes are created an elementary floor plan with supplies and equipment as a “shadow box” showcase according to their classroom budgets. High school students are interacting with preschool age children creating exciting cooking experiences such as “Snowman Soup '' ; a recipe of hot milk chocolate cocoa mixed with all the ingredients. They also created a fun Winter Wonderland poem and a craft of a snowman from cotton balls. The preschool children enjoyed all of the activities!

Are you dreaming of becoming an educator, doctor, social worker or choosing a career pathway which involves working with children? If so, our unique program offers you the opportunity to earn six credits per class towards graduation and hands-on experiences working in our preschool. In addition, we are a post secondary dual credit affiliated program with Fairleigh Dickinson University. That means you can earn college credits while in high school!

See Ms. Mullin for more information! Upcoming Freshman must apply for the program. Click here for the application.

Learn more about our preschool program by clicking here.

Tomorrow's Teacher

Tomorrow's Teacher is a class for students in grades 11 or 12 who are considering teaching as a career. The experience helps students solidify their career choice. The class even includes an extremely rewarding few weeks of working with classroom teachers for a practicum experience later in the year. Students may earn dual credit from Rider University as well.

Click here for the application.

Fashion Clothing, Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design Production

Walk into our Fashion and Interior Design studios, to see the next designers busily sewing masks, or designing rooms to meet the needs of future clients.

Students so far this year, are learning to sketch, hand-sew, use the sewing machine and use the elements and principles of design in Fashion. Interior Design students are learning about one-point perspective and floor plans. Many of the students compete in the fashion category at the FCCLA convention, which is held twice a year in New Jersey. You can read about our success at the first competition by clicking here. If you are in our program, you will also have the opportunity to be part of the yearly fashion/display show where you can share the wonderful garments you create throughout the year.

Accounting and Honors College Accounting

Students in our Accounting program prepare for one of several careers in the field. There are opportunities for students to apply for scholarships and earn dual credit from Fairleigh Dickinson University while in our program.

Students starting out should take Accounting 1A and Accounting 1B the first year.

See Ms. Hanson for more information about the program.

IT Essentials & Honor's Cyber Security

Do you want to be a Cyber Defender? If so, enroll in the Honor's Cybersecurity course to gain the skills you need to be the best Cyber Defender. Honor's Cybersecurity students are learning how to do ethical hacking, which involves using many different types of tools to test and protect the network. Cybersecurity students learn how to verify the security of a network and its systems using many network penetration testing tools. Cybersecurity students also learn how to use hacking tools in order to perform network penetration tests. Some of the tools the students are using include password crackers, wireless hacking tools, packet sniffers, rootkit detectors, fuzzers to search vulnerabilities (Skipfish, Wapiti, and W3af), and forensic tools.

There is an increase in demand for Cyber Security professionals in the industry, so many universities now offer a degree in the field as well. This Honor’s level year-long credit course also offers students an opportunity to earn 3 college credits as a part of our dual-credit agreement with Fairleigh Dickinson’s Middle College Program.

Start by signing up for IT Essentials to learn about software and hardware. IT Essentials is offered as a foundation course. This year-long course is recommended for students who have an interest in networking and Cybersecurity, but only have an introductory knowledge of computers. We look forward to seeing you in our Cisco Networking Lab at WOHS.

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Business Organization and Management

This class is the first level of the courses offered in our program. Students are learning how the business world operates and is managed in a successful global market-place. We have explored such topics this semester as forms of ownership, leadership and management strategies, hard and soft skills, and the hiring process including resumes and interviewing preparedness.

Next semester we move onto such topics as finance, payroll, marketing, ethics in business and more! We strive to enhance our students critical thinking skills, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Concepts of Entrepreneurship

This year-long course prepares students to curate their ideas into products. Students are learning about patents and trademarks, researching customer needs and wants, and how to eventually pitch their ideas after putting their idea through many steps. Guest speakers include our own WOHS Entrepreneur, Lucas Maher, owner of The Connect Clothing Store in Montclair who took this course in high school.


Since the start of the semester, students have learned how to brand a product, the decisions that need to be made regarding where the product is sold, and pricing strategies that impact consumers' decisions. Students are currently learning the five types of promotion and how to effectively develop each type.

Check out our most recent branding project. Which snack would you want to try?

Honors Virtual Entperprise

VE, our dual-credit, honors, cap-stone course, offers all students meaningful skills-based career experiences. Through our hands-on, task-based curricula, students test drive potential careers and develop in-demand skills and competencies that post-secondary institutions and employers are seeking. By managing the day-to-day operations of a company, students not only develop business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, they also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents, and aspirations.

This year's Virtual Enterprise team created the GenMe business which incorporates virtual campus tours with much needed tutoring to ensure the success of students across the international, virtual business platform.

Watch this video to learn more about the Honors Virtual Enterprise program at WOHS.

Digital Design and Multimedia Applications

In our Digital Design class, we use Industry-standard software products, the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, to create high-impact professional desktop publishing designs and documents.

The students are truly enjoying themselves this semester, first learning the basics of InDesign and moving onto intermediate and advanced features.

With all this foundational design knowledge, we will be moving forward this semester to work on creating logos, advertisements ~ web and print-based, brochures, newsletters and more.

The students are loving tapping into their creative side and will leave with advanced skills useful in either college or the workplace!

Supply Chain Management

If you stop by Mr. Jackson's Supply Chain Management class, you would have a glimpse into one of the top career pathways and learn about the opportunities awaiting our students. Students are learning about logistics involved in product development from supplier, to manufacturer, to the customer. This project-based course prepares students for opportunities with NJMEP including a program which leads to industry certifications. Students may earn 3 college credits from Rutgers University by meeting certain criteria.

See Mr. Jackson for more information.

Work Based Learning Opportunities for Seniors

Cooperative Education Program

Seniors who are interested in our Cooperative Education program, which requires students to attend school in the morning and work in the afternoon, should speak to instructor Mr. Cowins for more information. You will also need to fill out this application and meet certain requirements in order to participate.

Personal Finance: Graduation Requirement

This class fulfills the financial literacy requirement for high school graduation.

Students today face an increasing number of financial choices as a result of the global economy in which we live. This course focuses on the financial-life aspects of the student’s roles as citizens, family members, consumers, and active daily participants in the business world. This course is designed to assist students in recognizing their financial responsibilities today and those they will encounter in the future. Topics will include budgeting, banking, consumer credit, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and money management strategies.

Students take the Nationally recognized W!SE Financial Literacy Online Test.

Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about any of our programs, please reach out to Ms. Nancy Mullin.

You can also read more about our programs by visiting our department website.