BTEC Programs of Study

Instructor:  Donnie Sale

Prepares students to repair and refinish motor vehicle bodies. The course includes chassis alignment, reconstruction of components and repainting. Prerequisites - good color differentiation, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity. Note: not recommended for individuals with respiratory or allergy problems

Instructor:  Chris Frost

Prepares students to diagnose and repair motor vehicles. The course includes instruction in brake systems, engine tune-up and repair, electrical systems, cooling systems and suspensions. Prerequisites - mechanical aptitude, knowledge of basic mathematics and ability to read technical manuals.


Building Trades

Instructor:  Phillip Simmons

Designed to develop skills and training in carpentry, masonry, residential wiring and plumbing. Students learn to use, care for, handle safely, tools, machinery, equipment, and materials commonly used in all building trades areas. Prerequisites - good basic math skills. 

Computer Aided Drafting

Instructor:  Sherry Crickenberger 

Prepares students to enter the field of mechanical and architectural drafting. Students will be prepared to read and understand drawings, use equipment of the drafting profession, perform basic drawing procedures, and progress into more specialized work such as technical shop drawings. As students advance in skills training, they are introduced to and develop practical applications on the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) System.

Instructor: Chris Shaffer

This course allows students to gain practical experience in assembling a computer system, installing an operating system, troubleshooting computers and peripherals, and using system tools to diagnostic software.  Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in computer networking and resource sharing.  Upon successful completion of the course, students may qualify to take the A+ certification exam.


Instructor:  Tabitha McRoy

Prepares students for state licensing as cosmetologists. The course includes manicuring, shampooing, scalp and hair treatment, chemical services, hair styling and salon management. Prerequisites - hand-eye- coordination, manual dexterity, good color discrimination and ability to fallow oral or written instructions.

Criminal Justice

Instructor:  Lisa Assenat

Students are introduced to principles, techniques, and practices for pursuing careers within the criminal justice services system.  The course includes the Rule of Law, policing, crime scene investigation, the court system, juvenile justice, and careers in criminal justice.

Health Assistant 
Instructor: Mary Agee
Included in the 2 year program is theory and clinical instruction in the sciences and basic nursing arts. Prepares students for state licensure as a certified nursing assistant. Also, assists students who desire for higher level health care career, such as a practical or registered nurse, dental assistant or physical therapist upon graduation. Prerequisites - desire to work with people, good physical condition and good hand-eye coordination. (Strong background in science is recommended.)

Instructor:  Andy Bell

In this course, students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes for entry-level employment and advancement in areas such as landscape design, landscape construction, and landscape maintenance. They receive instruction in sketching and drawing, analyzing a landscape site, designing for function and aesthetics, identifying and selecting landscape plants, purchasing and installing plants, and maintaining the landscape by watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning and controlling pest. 

Natural Resources I&II

Instructor:  Andy Bell

(NRMI) Deals with the study and management of wildlife and its habitat, forestry, and conservation practices. (NRMII) is taken sequentially with NRMI to fulfill requirements for a dual enrollment course called Forestry and Wildlife Ecology. Topics covered will be forestry management, dendrology, GPS, mapping, saw-milling, wildlife management, forestry ecology and water resource management. 

Senior Seminar 
Leanna Rippey
Laura Keith 
Senior Humanities Seminar is an interdisciplinary, dual enrollment offering through BCPS and Virginia Western Community College. Students may earn up to 12 college credits in the program. Students are enrolled in English 111 and Political Science 211 in the first semester; English 112 and Political Science 212 are taught in the second semester. The classes are taught by a team of two teachers, and assignments frequently count in both classes. Students write a variety of essays and frequently complete group and individual projects. The courses are taught at the college level, so students should be prepared to invest more time outside of class to be successful.

Veterinary Technology
Andy Bell
Veterinary Technology enables students to acquire the employ-ability and technical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in post-secondary education as well as in a career in veterinary medicine or a related occupation. Course content integrates application of academics, development of career competencies, and instruction in course-specific knowledge and skills


Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow

Instructor:  Elizabeth Mauck

This course introduces high school juniors and seniors to a career in teaching and education through the Career Connections program. The primary elements of the curriculum components are the learner, the school, and the teacher and teaching. The components are intentionally broad in scope and provide a great deal of flexibility based on the career interest of a student. In addition to the fundamental curriculum components, all students are required to participate in an internship outside the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow classroom. The internship may involve the pre-school level through grade 8.

Instructor: Troy Linkenhoker & Chris Zalewski
Welding introduces students to cutting, welding and manufacturing processes. It will provide students instruction in the fundamental principles of joining metals, welding and cutting processes, equipment operation, and safety procedures that are used in today’s industrial environment.
Alternative Education
Instructor: Kathy Phillips & Kevin Painchaud
Offered for "at risk" students who desire to complete a vocational/technical course and receive two hours each day of assistance in preparation for taking the GED test. Prerequisites - at least sixteen years of age and two years behind in their educational training.

Instructional Resource Teacher
Teresa Simmons
This is not a program, but a resource that both students and teachers can take advantage of. IRTs are available at each school for helping teachers develop lessons and projects that incorporate technology and helping students complete those projects.