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Programs

Arts, Media and Communication

Interactive Media Production

This program of study provides students a strong foundation in arts and communication with particular emphasis on design, graphic and media communication, interactive technologies, and project development. Students complete two (2) foundation courses before selecting one of two options for advanced study – Interactive Media Production OR Simulation and Gaming. Students who successfully complete the four (4) core program area courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in Interactive Media Production. This program of study is available to students starting in 9th grade.

Business Management and Finance

Marketing

In this program of study students learn about the consumer’s role, research in global marketing, developing a marketing plan and the importance of ethics and social responsibility. Internships and mentored projects are highly recommended. Graduates may earn college credit through articulation agreements, duel enrollment or by taking the Principles of Marketing CLEP exam.This program of study is available to students starting in 9th grade.

Construction and Development

Construction Design and Management

This program of study engages students in each phase of the design and construction process as they progress through the program. The first two courses require students to use design software to complete several projects and plans, including the use of 3-D modeling tools. In the advanced courses, students work in teams to complete a development project that emphasizes construction standards; coordination of the construction process; estimating, planning and scheduling; and site management. Students may earn industry certification through Autodesk and/ or college credit through articulation agreements with Construction Management programs. This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.

Carpentry
This program of study provides students with the opportunity to prepare for careers in the carpentry pathway in the construction trades cluster. Students learn career related information, safety, construction theory, and material and equipment use. Students will also be exposed to new technologies including green building, alternative energies, and weatherization. Students who successfully complete the four courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in Carpentry which satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement. This program of study is affiliated with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR)
This program of study provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required for college entry and career-related employment related to the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) industry. Students who successfully complete the three (3) program area courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in HVACR. The curriculum is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and is an approved MSDE Program of study which satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement.  This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.
Welding

This program of study provides students an opportunity to learn about the industry as it relates to welding. Students master a variety of welding skills including oxyfuel cutting and welding including SMAW. The course of study descriptions correlates to the modules of the NCCER national standards. NCCER meets the American Welding Society (AWS) Entry Level Welder – Phase One and Phase Two requirements of the AWS QC-10 and AWS EG2.0-95 guidelines. Students who successfully complete the three courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in Welding which satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement. This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.
Renewable Energies

Renewable Energies uses project assignments and teamwork to emphasize problem solving. The structured yet flexible high school program offers students in-depth, hands-on knowledge of engineering and technology based careers. The program prepares students for further education and careers in renewable energies or engineering. Students who successfully completed the five core program courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in renewable energies. This program of study is available to students starting in 9th grade.

Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism

Cosmetology

This program of study provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required to pass the Maryland State Board Examination to be a licensed cosmetologist. Students who successfully complete the 12 required credits will be issued a certificate of concentration in Cosmetology. Program concentration satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement. To complete the Cosmetology certificate, students must record 1500 hours of participation in Cosmetology instruction. This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.

Culinary Arts (ACF)

This program of study provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required for college entry and career-related employment related to professional cooking. Students who successfully complete the two (2) core two credit program area courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in Professional Cooking. The curriculum is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and is an approved MSDE Program of study which satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement.  This program of study is available to students starting in 11th grade.

Hospitality and Tourism Management

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program, developed by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, is a two-year curriculum that leads to an industry recognized professional certification to launch a career in hospitality. The Hospitality and Tourism Management Program is fully aligned with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and the national Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster frameworks.   Students completing the program will participate in work based learning experiences that will enhance their comprehension of the industry and provide additional certifications. Students who successfully complete the four (4) core program area courses and the mandatory work based learning experience will be issued a certificate of concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Program concentration satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement. This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.

Environmental, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture Science and Animal & Plant Biotechnology

This is a national program of study that offers students a rigorous curriculum designed to challenge students to perform at high levels. Through the use of activities, projects, and problem-solving, students explore agriculture subject matter while they learn necessary knowledge and skills. To establish these requirements, CASE incorporates the National Academic Standards and Agriculture Food and Natural Resources(AFNR) Content Standards. This program is a four-course sequence and will offer students the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful program completion. This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.

Health and Biosciences

Academy of Health Professions

Nursing (CNA): This program of study provides students projects and problem-based learning, clinical experiences, and classroom  lab instruction to teach students about the field of healthcare. Students are introduced to healthcare knowledge and skills through two foundation courses: Structure and Functions of the Human Body and Foundations of Medicine and Health Science. Students have the opportunity to earn state and/or nationally recognized certifications and/or college credit. This program of study is available to students starting in 11th grade.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA):

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Biomedical Sciences: Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
The Biomedical Science Program uses project-based and problem-based learning to engage students. The curriculum teaches students to solve problems, participate as part of a team, lead teams, conduct research, understand real-world problems, analyze data, and learn outside the classroom. The program prepares students for further education and careers in biomedical science. Students who successfully complete the four core program courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in biomedical science. This program of study is available to students starting in 9th grade.More Info

Human Resource Services

Criminal Justice

Students must begin this program of study in 11th grade This program of study provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment in a variety of careers in the criminal justice field. Students who successfully complete the four (4) core program area courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in Criminal Justice. Program concentration satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement. This program of study is available to students starting in 11th grade.

Childcare and Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to prepare students for continuing education in preparation to be public school teachers and/or child care providers in family and group care settings. Students completing the capstone Early Childhood Learning Experience course may qualify for the Level 2 Maryland Child Care Credential. Students who successfully complete the four (4) core program area courses and Health, Safety & Nutrition for Young Children will be issued a certificate of concentration in Early Childhood Education. Program concentration satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement. (A “B” average in this Tech Prep program of study earns articulated college credit at Wor-Wic Community College.) This program of study is available to students starting in 11th grade.

Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)

This program prepares students for further education and careers in the education profession. The program focuses on human growth and development through adolescence, teaching as a profession, curriculum and instruction, and an education academy internship. Upon completion of the program and passing the ParaPro text or PRAXIS Core, high school graduates are ready for employment in the teaching profession. This program is based on the outcomes of the Maryland Associate of Arts in Teaching(A.A.T) degree, which aligns with the National Council for the Accreditation for the Teacher Education standards. Student can receive college credit and scholarships to several Maryland baccalaureate teacher education program. This program of study is available to students starting in 10th grade.

Engineering

Pre-Engineering: Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) incorporates the national standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Standards and the International Technology Education Association. The program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. Students who successfully complete the five (5) core program area courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in Pre-Engineering. This program of study is available to students starting in 9th grade.

Transportation Technologies

Automotive Technology

This program of study provides students with the opportunity to prepare for careers in the automotive industry. Students learn the operation, diagnosis and repair of the systems and components of modern automobiles. Students who successfully complete the six (6) core courses will be issued a certificate of concentration in Automotive Technology which satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement. This program is affiliated with National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  This program of study is available to students starting in 11th grade.

Academics

AP Environmental Science

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of a course in Chemistry, Biology

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college course in Environmental Science. The goal of the course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. This course is designed to prepare students to take an advanced placement test and earn college credit in Environmental Science. This course satisfies the Maryland Environmental Literacy Graduation requirement.


College Writing

Prerequisite: 9th grade student

This course deals with ecology; the study of how life interacts with its environment. Man’s effects on the environment will be traced from the days of the early cave man to the present. Field studies will be conducted to examine the plants and animals of various ecosystems. Also the effects of various chemicals on the environment will be studied. This course satisfies the Maryland Environmental Literacy Graduation requirement.

Accelerated Physics

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Trigonometry. Completion of Physics is helpful but not required.

Accelerated Physics is a semester long course preparing the student for the Advanced Placement Physics B course. The content will include; Linear motion in one and two dimensions; Gravitational, electrostatic, and contact forces and fields; Energy and momentum; Fluids: Charge conservation and simple circuits; Wave motion; and Thermodynamics. Significant emphasis will be placed on interpretation of laboratory data.

Advanced Placement Physics C

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Accelerated Physics

This is a college level Physics course offered only at Worcester Technical High School that serves as a the foundation in physics for students intending to major in engineering. It is designed to prepare students to take an advanced placement test and earn college credit for Physics. This class will consist of; kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation.


Marine Biology
Marine Biology involves the study of selected groups of marine plants and animals to develop an understanding of biological marine principles. Topics will include the marine environment, adaptations of marine life, and the effect of humans on the marine ecosystem.
This course may include the dissection of preserved animal specimens. Alternative activities are provided should the student or parent request non-participation. The parent should submit a written request for the alternative activities to the course instructor. This course satisfies the Maryland Environmental Literacy Graduation requirement.
Accelerated Biology

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Chemistry and Biology. Zoology is highly recommended

Accelerated Biology is an in-depth study of molecular and cellular biology to prepare students for Advanced Placement Biology. Topics to be studied include: Organic chemistry, bioenergetics, molecular genetics, cytology, and genetic engineering.

This course may include the dissection of preserved animal specimens. Alternative activities are provided should be the student or parent request non-participation. The parent should submit a written request for the alternative activities to the course instructor.

AP Biology

This is a college level course in Biology. The course is designed to prepare students to take an advanced placement test and earn up to eight college credits in Biology. Students are requried to perform all of the twelve laboratory exercises (3 hours each) some of which may extend beyond the school day.

This course may include the dissection of preserved animal specimens. Alternative activities are provided should the student or parent request non-participation. The parent should request non-participation. The parent should submit a written request for the alternative activities to the course instructor. This course satisfies the Maryland Environmental Literacy graduation requirement.

British Literature
British Literature is the basis of this curriculum. It is a historical survey starting with Anglo-Saxon literature, proceeding through Medieval, Renaissance, Puritan, 17th Century, 18th Century, Romantic, Victorian, and 20th Century writers. The literature used as a departure point for a variety of writing exercises. Specific and appropriate reading skills are taught. In addition, students are required to read four full-length works per semester. Instruction in language and grammatical skills is systematically provided. Usage and fundamental communication skills are reviewed. Because this is the last formal educational situation for many of our students, the primary thrust of the language instruction is clear communications.
 
Writing is the direct result of ideas encountered in literature. Sentence sense, paragraph cohension, and thesis development are stressed. These writing techniques are reviewed and practiced while elements of developing a personal style of writing are introduced. Writing is essentially an intergrated thinking process, and as such, it is the most important activity of the Twelfth Grade curriculum.
 
Some formal speech instruction is provided, and occasional formal speaking opportunities are an option available to all students.
 
Informal speaking skills are the main thrust of classroom speech instruction. The course’s literary study is generated from an active informal speech environment. Much of British literature can only be understood through thorough discussion and intensive idea exchange between peers and teachers. As a result, students are expected to verbally challenge, interpret, clarify, and digest the ideas and materials they encounter.
 
Listening instruction is an ongoing process of an intergrated curriculum. Students are taught to focus on the listening task, recognize verbal cues, identify main ideas, interpret meaning and evaluate the validity of a speaker’s tone and purpose.
Data Analysis/Statistics

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Geometry and HSA-related or Maryland College and Career Ready courses in Algebra II or Algebra II, part 2

This course provides students with an introduction to concepts and applications associated with the study of statistics and data analysis. Descriptive statistics involve methods of organizing, representing, and summarizing information from samples or populations. Inferential statistics involve methods of using information from a sample to draw conclusions regarding the population. Also covered are random variables, probability laws, counting techniques, binomial and normal distributions, applications to the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals and tests of statistical hypotheses involving the mean and proportions. One and two sample tests with dependent and independent samples are examined and topics from linear regression and analysis of variance are introduced. Topics from parametric and non-parametric statistics are introduced.

Environmental Science 9
Prerequisite: 9th grade student
 
This course deals with ecology; the study of how life interacts with its environment. Man’s effects on the environment will be traced from the days of the early cave man to the present. Field studies will be conducted to examine the plants and animals of various ecosystems. Also the effects of various chemicals on the environment will be studied. This course satisfies the Maryland Environmental Literacy Graduation requirement.
Foundations of Technology
This course provides students an overview of how to apply technology, resources, requirements, trade-offs, process and controls within structural, mechanical, information, and biotechnical systems. Students explore the design aspects of technology – its evolution, utilization, social and cultural significance. Knowledge and skills in technology systems are acquired through ingenuity challenges and experimentation. This course satisfies the Maryland Technology Education graduation requirement.
Pre-Calculus

Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry and Algebra II

This single semester course bridges mathematics skills beyond those studied in the (3) Maryland College and Career Ready courses of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II and continues a students’ mathematical progression towards the study of calculus. The Common Core State Standards-Mathematics document refers to Precalculus as the “4th course” in a high school program. Emphasis in this course is placed on a multi-representational approach to solving problems which are graphical, numerical, analytical, verbal and technological in nature. Topics in this course include analysis of families of functions, exponential, logarithmic, polar and transcendental functions; real and complex numbers, polynomial and rational functions; trigonometric functions and analytical and parametric equations, and concepts associated with the derivative and integral in calculus. Students will be required to use a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator.

US History
This course is a chronological survey of United States History from 1877 to the present. Emphasis is given to the acquisition of skills so that students can evaluate social, economic, political, and diplomatic developments in the United States. Students are expected to complete extended reading and writing assignments. The ultimate goal of the course is to have students gain sufficient knowledge and understanding of the past so they will be better prepared as responsible adult citizens. This course satisfies the United States History course requirements for graduation.
World History
This course is designed to help students become familiar with diverse civilizations and develop an understanding of the history which has culminated in current world situations. Students study at least one new European civilization in depth while surveying the history of humankind from the Renaissance to the present. Students examine the geographic, economic, and social conditions and their influence on the modern world. Students also study the concepts of industrialization, nationalism, revolution, and imperialism. In the final units, students focus on the modern world with an extensive review of (1) World War II and (2) the Soviet economy, government and history followed by (3) an examination of present day world problems (the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe). Students are expected to complete extended reading and writing assignments.
College Algebra and Trigonometry

Prerequisite: Satisfactory Completion of Geometry and HSA-related Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2, or Maryland College and Career Ready Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2

This duel enrolled course covers the advanced algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry necessary to prepare a student for the study of calculus. Topics include linear and quadratic functions, right-triangle and unit-circle trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, and graphing of polynomial functions. This course may not be offered at all schools.

Elementary Statistics

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Geometry and HSA-related Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2, or Maryland College and Career Ready Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2

This college level duel enrolled course provides an opportunity for students to investigate elementary statistics through a critical examination of its subjects and applications. Topics from descriptive statistics include data organization, expectation and measures of variation. Also covered are random variables, probability laws, counting techniques, binomial and normal distributions, applications of the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals and tests of statistical hypotheses involving the mean, median and proportions. Topics from parametric and non-parametric statistics are introduced. This course may not be offered at all schools.

Fundamentals of English

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of three Level 3 English courses

This dual enrolled course is designed to help students develop their college-level writing skills with an emphasis on the writing process. This course includes an introduction to research skills. Students write summary assignments and a series of essays in various modes, culminating in argumentative research paper. Students must earn a “C” or better in this course in order to enroll in fundamentals of English II (DE). This course may not be offered at all schools.

 

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