BTEC Programs of Study
Auto Body Technology

Instructor:  Donnie Sale

Prepares students to repair and refinish motor vehicle bodies. The course includes chassis alignment, reconstruction of components and repainting. This is a two-year ASE Certified Program for this highly technical field. Prerequisites - good color differentiation, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity; students must receive a "C" or better in Level I and complete the safety certification to enroll in Level II. Note: not recommended for individuals with respiratory or allergy problems.

Dual Enrolled through Virginia Western Community College; Level I = 8 college credits; Level II = 6 college credits

Auto Service Technology 

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 suspension.  This is an ASE Certified two-year program.  After the successful completion of Level II, dual enrolled students will earn the Automotive Analysis and Repair Career Studies Certificate.  Students must receive a "C" or better in Level I and complete the safety certification to enroll in Level II.  Prerequisites - mechanical aptitude, knowledge of basic mathematics and ability to read technical manuals.

Dual Enrolled through Virginia Western Community College; Level I = 9 college credits; Level II = 9 college credits.

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. Students must receive a "c" or better in Level I and have completed the safety certification to enroll in Level II. Prerequisites - good basic math skills.

Dual Enrolled through Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; Level I = 6 college credits; Level II = 3 college credits.

Computer Systems Technology

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 and diagnostic software.  Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in computer networking and resource sharing.  The advanced course provides students with training in procedures for optimizing and troubleshooting concepts for computer systems and subsystems.  Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, skill-building, and workplace readiness.  Upon successful completion of the course, students may qualify to take the A+ certification exam.


Instructor: Whitney Witt

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

Dual Enrolled through Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; Level I = 4 college credits; Level II = 8 college credits.

Criminal Justice

Instructor:  Lisa Shaffer

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.  Topics introduced are the Rule of Law, policing, crime scene investigation, the court system, juvenie justice, and careers in criminal justice.  In their second year, students will be provided a more in-depth look at the criminal justice system, with emphasis on communication skills, arrest procedures, and collection of physical evidence.

Instructor:  Shanon Griffin

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. Students must receive a "B" or better in Level I to enroll in Level II.  Prerequisites - desire to work with people, good physical condition and good hand-eye coordination. (Strong background in science is recommended.)
Dual Enrollment through Dabney S. Lancaster College; Level I = 6 college credits; Level II = 6 college credits.


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 pests.  Landscape projects are approached from an entrepreneurial aspect.  Applications of technology in the design process and management of a landscape business are utilized.  The course emphasizes leadership development through participation in the FFA. 

Natural Resources Management I & II

Instructor:  Andy Bell

NRM I - This class studies management of wildlife and its habitat, forestry, and conservation practices. 

NRM II - This class is taken sequentially with NRM I to fulfill requirements for a dual enrollment course, Forestry and Wildlife Ecology. Topics covered will be forestry management, dendrology, GPS, mapping, saw-milling, wildlife management, forestry ecology, and water resource management. 

Dual Enrolled through Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Instructors: Leanna Rippey & Aaron West 

Senior Humanities Seminar is an interdisciplinary course, in which students are enrolled in English 111 and Political Science 211 in the first semester and English 112 and Political Science 212 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 often 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.
Dual Enrolled through Virginia Western Community College; students can earn up to 12 college credits.

Veterinary Technology

Instructor:  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. Prerequisite:  GPA of 2.7 and submission of an essay. 

Dual Enrolled through Shenandoah University

Instructors: Troy Linkenhoker and 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.  Professional welders are in high demand and can earn accordingly.  In Welding II and Welding III, students will fine tune and advance the skills they have learned in prior classes.  Welding III students will utilize state-of-the-art equipment in one of the best welding labs available in the state of Virginia.  Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in Level I and have completed the safety certification to enroll in Level II.
Dual Enrolled through Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Additionally, BTEC accommodates the following alternatives and resources:

Instructors:  Kathy Phillips and 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

Instructor:  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.