Career & Technology Classes
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Denton High School
Advanced Technology Complex
Career Classes at DHS
Career and Technology Education courses are designed to prepare students in the technical and professional skills necessary to succeed in today’s job environment. Students have the opportunity to utilize their skills in the following classes.
Not sure where to start? Click on the program below to view and try out an introductory course that aligns.
Denton ISD Program of Study
Includes Animal Science, Plant Science & Agricultural Engineering
Try out Principles of Agriculture
Includes Arch Design both exterior or interior, & HVAC
Try out Principles of Arch & Architectural Design 1 (@ ATC)
Includes Audio/Video, Graphic Design, Animation or Commercial Photography
Try out Principles of Arts, AV, Tech & Comm
Includes Accounting, Finance, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, or Marketing/Sales
Try out Principles of Business or Business Info Management 1 (BIM 1)
Includes Early Learning or Teaching/Training
Try out Child Development or Principles of Education or Principles of Human Services
Includes Medical Assisting (CCMA), Nursing (CNA), EMT or Pharmacology
Try out Principles of Health
Includes Culinary Arts or Lodging/Resort Management
Try out Intro to Culinary or Principles of Hospitality
Includes Cosmetology or Family/Community Services
Try out Principle of Human Services or Principles of Cosmetology
Includes IT Computer Maintenance or Cisco
Try out BIM 1 or Principles of Information Technology or Computer Science
Includes Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, Forensic or Firefighter
Try out Principles of Law
Includes Metal Manufacturing or Welding
Try out Principles of Manufacturing or Intro to Welding
Try out Intro to Engineering Design & Principles of Applied Engineering
Try out Principles of Transportation, Automotive Basics, Intro to Aircraft Technology, Auto Tech 1 (ATC) or Aircraft Tech (Tarrant County CC).
Career Classes at ATC
The Advanced Technology Complex (ATC) is dedicated to providing students of Denton County with an outstanding career and technical educational opportunity, designed to help students enter the work force and/or prepare them for their future education at college. Here at DHS students either provide their own transportation or they take a bus from the campus. For 2019/2020, the ATC starts at 8:25am (much earlier than DHS hours) so students needing the bus must arrive DHS before 8:00am (before normal buses arrive), afternoon bus transportation is after A lunch. For recent schedule change updates, see Mrs. Holladay to be on Remind 101. More details to come regarding transportation in 2020/2021 school year.
** Attention 9th, 10th and 11th graders. There are some classes that have REQUIRED meetings in order to be in the program. Courses like Cosmetology, Health, EMT, Fire or HVAC, click here for details **
For additional information about the ATC Campus, classes & 2021 fees, click here.
Architecture Principles of Arch & Arch Design 1 (10-12) two creditsArchitectural Design II (11-12) two creditsPracticum in Architecture Design (12) two creditsHVAC I (11-12) Dual Credit two credits at DHS through NCTC
Arts, Audiovisual Technology Commercial Photography I (11-12) two credits Click here. Commercial Photography II (12) two creditsAudio Video Production I (11-12) two credits Click here. Audio Video Production II (12) two creditsAnimation I (11-12) two creditsAnimation II (12) two creditsGraphic Design & Illustration I (11-12) two creditsGraphic Design & Illustration II (12) two credits
Education & TrainingInstructional Practices (11-12) two creditsPracticum in Education & Training (12) two credits Click here
Health Science Health Science H.S. (Principles of H.S. required) (11-12) two creditsCertified Clinical Medical Assistant-CCMA (12) (H.S.required) two creditsCertified Nurse Aide-C.N.A (12) (Health Science required) two creditsPharmacology (12) ( Health Science required) two creditsEMT-Dual Credit (12) (Principles of H.S.required) two credits Click here
Hospitality & TourismCulinary Arts (11-12) two credits Click hereAdvanced Culinary Arts (12) two creditsPracticum in Culinary Arts (Food Truck) (12) three creditsHospitality Services (11-12) two creditsPracticum in Hospitality Services (12) two credits
Human Services Cosmetology I (11) 4 credits (must attend meeting Freshman year) Click hereCosmetology II (12) 4 credits
Information TechnologyComputer Maintenance (11-12) (yr 1) two creditsComputer Technician Practicum (12) (yr 2) two creditsCisco Networking 1 & 2 (11-12) two creditsPracticum in IT (12) two credit
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and SecurityCourt Systems & Practices (11-12) one creditPolitical Science (11-12) one creditLaw Enforcement l (11-12) one creditLaw Enforcement ll (11-12) one creditDisaster Response (11-12) one creditForensic Science (11-12) one credit (science credit)National Security (11-12) one creditCriminal Investigation (11-12) one credit Pre-Law Practicum (12) two credits (requires application)Practicum in Law Enforcement (12) two credits (requires application)Fire Fighter 1 (11) Dual Credit two credits (meeting required) Click here
ManufacturingAuto Tech 1 & 2. Click hereWelding I (11-12) two credits Click hereWelding II (12) two creditsPrecision Metal Manufacturing I (CNC) (11-12) two credits Precision Metal Manufacturing II (CNC) (12) two credits**Aircraft Technology at Tarrant Community College
Science, Technology, Engineering Engineering PathwayClick hereIntro to Engineering Design/Digital Electronics (10-12) (Yr 1) two creditsEngineering Science one science credit/Robotics (11-12) (yr 2) two creditsEngineering Design & Problem Solving (12) (yr 3) one science credit (required plus choose one from the list below)Civil Engineering and Architecture (11-12) one creditAerospace Engineering I (11-12) one creditComputer Integrated Manufacturing (11-12) one credit
Looking for more information?
Try looking in our Denton ISD Course Catalog
On our 2020-2021 Career Pathways? Try looking here.
CTE? Click here for more information about Denton ISD CTE & CTE Online.
Need to know what pathways/programs go to which Endorsement? Scroll to the bottom to view recommended sequences.
What about Arts & Humanities Endorsement? Try looking here.
CTE classes offered at DHSAccounting 1 Grades: 10-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Do you like working with numbers? Students will explore the field of accounting, as well as the economic, financial, technological, international, social, legal, and ethical issues related to the maintenance of financial records. Students will record, classify, summarize and analyze accounting information in order to communicate it effectively to others. Students will learn to formulate and interpret financial information used in management decision making. Students will learn these processes both on paper and electronically.
Accounting 2Grades: 11-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.(Math Credit)Students continue to explore the field of accounting. Studies will include industry standards and the impact of economic, financial, technological, social, legal and ethical issues in the field. Students will integrate and interpret managerial and cost accounting information as it would relate to managerial decision making. Electronic methods to convey financial information will be employed. This course counts as a Math credit for graduation.
Advanced Animal ScienceGrades: 11-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.PreReq: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1, Geometry, Small Animal or Equine, LivestockWant to be a vet? Let us get you started. Advanced Animal Science is a lab based technical course that allows students to explore the various areas of livestock production through a hands-on approach to learning. At least 40% of the instructional time will be used to conduct field and laboratory investigations. Nutrition, genetics, breeding systems, anatomy and physiology, health, and selection are some of the areas that will be covered. This course counts as a 4th SCIENCE credit for graduation. Link to FFA
Agricultural Mechanics & Metal TechnologiesGrades: 10-12Fee: $$$$ *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Recommended Principles of AgricultureTo be prepared for careers in agricultural power, structural, and technical systems, students need to attain technical knowledge and skills related to these areas and the industry. This course is designed to develop an understanding of agricultural mechanics as it relates to safety and skills in tool operation, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, fencing, concrete, and metal working techniques. Link to FFA Link to Mrs. Alcorn Site about Ag Mechanics
Agricultural Structures Design and FabricationGrades: 10-12Fee: $$$$ *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Do you own horses but have no place to keep them when it rains? Do you have a cool car but have nowhere to park it at night? Maybe you just want to save money on repairs to your house. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to consider a career in constructing agricultural and building systems. Instruction will focus on the specific components of building systems and on developing leadership and career skills. Link to FFA Link to Mrs. Alcorn Site about Ag Structures
Advertising .5/Sports & Entertainment Marketing .5Business Information Management IGrade: 9-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Do you want technology skills to make you competitive in the workforce? Students will learn the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) and its application to high school, college, and the workplace. Students apply technical skills to create word-processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, formulate a database, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software.
Business Information Management II Grade: 10-12 Prerequisite: Business Information Management IFee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Sharpen your competitive technology skills in a more advanced setting! Students will apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create complex word-processing documents, develop sophisticated spreadsheets using charts and graphs, manage and create enhanced data reports and create an electronic presentation using appropriate multimedia software. Students are strongly encouraged to take the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) exams. Contact info. for Business Professionals of America
Child DevelopmentGrade: 9-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Child Development concentrates on the development, care, guidance and protection of children. The course begins with parenting preparation, pregnancy and childbirth. Then students will look at the physical, intellectual and social-emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children. Students will use the skills obtained in this class to promote the well-being and healthy development of children and investigate careers related to the care and education of children. Link to FCCLA
Child Guidance Intern (2 blocks)Grade: 11-12Prerequisite: Child DevelopmentFee: $40 (includes CPR and Tshirt for internship) *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Child Guidance Internships allow students to develop positive relationships with children ages 5 and under, while working and learning alongside effective caregivers in Denton’s premier childcare centers. Interns will gain the skills necessary to promote the well-being and healthy development of children, strengthen a culturally diverse society, and pursue careers related to the care, guidance, and education of children. They will have the opportunity to earn a “Child Development Associate” (CDA). The CDA demonstrates your knowledge, skills and abilities when working with young children, as well as your commitment to career advancement and professionalism. This internship is for any student who would like to have a career related to early childhood development. Here’s a link more about the certification in that particular class. . Link to FCCLA
Counseling & Mental HealthGrade: 10-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Students begin the study of mental health disorders and examine treatment options. Students learn self-management skills that will benefit them in a variety of human services professions such as their ethical/legal responsibilities, the limitations/implications of their actions and stress/coping mechanisms. Students model knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a Counseling & Mental Health career through simulated environments. Link to FCCLA
Culinary, IntroductoryGrade: 10-12Fee: $20 (ServSafe) *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Introduction to Culinary Arts will provide a foundation in basic food production, nutrition and sanitation, and management and services. As part of the instruction, reinforcement of basic skills is provided to assist students in practicing communication skills, utilizing listening skills to follow directions, practicing basic math skills as applied to a culinary arts setting. Students will gain insight into a careers in the Hospitality and Tourism field. Link to FCCLA & Culinary Arts Program at DHS
Culinary Arts I (DHS & ATC) Grade: 11-12Fee: $$$ (Safe Serv) *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Prerequisite: Intro to Culinary & passing ServSafeThis is an introductory course into the professional world of food production. The student will have the opportunity to explore many facets of the food service industry. Students will complete the Serv-Safe curriculum and have the opportunity to take the certification exam. Once completed, the learner will focus on basic food preparation skills. There will be practical experiences to accompany the course work through the various catering opportunities that are offered to the students. Link to FCCLA & Culinary Arts Program at DHS
Culinary Arts 2 Advanced @ ATCGrade: 11-12Fee: $$$ (Safe Serv) *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Prerequisite: Culinary 1The student will expand upon the basic skills that they developed in Culinary Arts, through more in depth baking as well as exploring international cuisines. They will take on the role of leadership during the catered events, thus developing their managerial skills.
EntrepreneurshipGrade: 10-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become an entrepreneur. They will learn the principles necessary to begin and operate a business. The primary focus of the course is to help students understand the process of analyzing a business opportunity, preparing a business plan, determining feasibility of an idea using research, and developing a plan to organize and promote the business and its products and services. In addition, students understand the capital required, the return on investment desired and the potential for profit. Contact info. for Business Professionals of America
Food ScienceGrade: 12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (counts as 4th Science Credit)In Food Science students conduct laboratory and field investigations, using scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving with foods as the experimental focus. Food Science is the study of the nature of foods, the causes of deterioration, the principles underlying food processing, and the improvement of foods for the consuming public. The student, for at least 40% of instructional time, conducts laboratory and field investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices. Link to FCCLA
Floral Design, IntroGrade: 10-12Fee: $$$ (TX State Floral Certification) *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Want to earn extra income making homecoming mums and floral arrangements? Floral Design is a lab based technical course designed to develop knowledge and skills associated with identifying and demonstrating the principles and techniques related to floral design as well as developing an understanding of the management of floral enterprises. Students are required to purchase supplies for personal projects. This course counts as a Fine Arts credit for graduation. Link to FFA
Floral Design, AdvancedGrade: 10-12Fee: $$$ (TX State Floral Certification) *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Prerequisite: Intro to Floral DesignContinued exploration in Floral Design. Link to FFA
Human Growth & DevelopmentGrade: 10-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Human Growth and Development provides an overview of human development across the lifespan with emphasis on the developmental areas- physical, emotional and social development. Evaluation of society, culture, legislation, theory, guidance techniques, and responsibilities are a part of the various age groups. Link to FCCLAGrade: 11-12 Fees: Through NCTC** Required meetings year prior starting in January, details and meetings sent out to DHS students in emails/announcements/fliers ***Students will gain knowledge and skills needed to enter the industry as a HVAC Technician Students will acquire knowledge and skills in safety, electrical theory, HVAC tools, building codes, installation of commercial HVAC equipment, heat pumps, building science, troubleshooting techniques, various duct systems, and maintenance practices. Students will have the opportunity to test for their HVAC Technician Level 1 and EPA 608 Certification This course is a dual credit Program offered with NCTC. The courses students will register for are HART 1307, 1301, 1256, 1341 and RBPT 1300. Students outside DHS will be required to provide their own transportation. HVAC 1: 11th Grade, HVAC 2: 12th Grade. This course is a dual credit Program offered with NCTC. The courses students will register for can be found on the NCTC website https://www.nctc.edu/career-technical-education/industrial-technology/hvac.html Students outside Denton ISD school district, will be required to provide their own transportation. HVAC 1: 11th Grade, HVAC 2: 12th Grade.
Interior Design 1 & 2Grade: 10-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually. Currently offered at ATC LaGrone for 2021 School Year. Prerequisite: Algebra & English 1Students will learn about design, color and texture theories for interior and exterior design. They will also design models for presentations. Interior design is a technical course that addresses psychological, physiological, and sociological needs of individuals by enhancing the environments in which they live and work. This will teach you more ways about design and looking at a house other than just a building.Link to FCCLA
LivestockGrade: 10-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Prerequisite: Recommended but not required; Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Want to learn where your food comes from? Want to raise your own animal? We will show you how. Livestock Production is a course designed to prepare students for a career in the field of animal science. Students will learn employability characteristics, technical skills dealing with livestock and business operating plans. Within these areas, they will learn anatomy and physiology, feeding, breeding, and facility design and management. Link to FFA
Pre-Vet, Advanced Animal Science Practicum (2 blocks) & Vet Med (1 block)Grade: 11-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Prerequisite: Equine Science, Small Animal Management or Livestock Production, also recommended Principles of Ag.Student enrolled in this course will attain and develop the knowledge and technical skills related to animal systems and the workplace, career opportunities, entry requirements and industry expectations. Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to veterinary practices as they relate to both large and small animal species. Students will be exposed to small animals and be in direct proximity of avian, fish, amphibians, dogs, cats & rabbits. They will also have the opportunity to work with large animals such as cattle, sheep, horses, goats an pigs.
Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural ResourcesGrade: 9-12 Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Where would we be without Agriculture? Cold and hungry! This is a comprehensive course for freshmen and/or first year agriculture students that introduces them to the international scope of agriculture, food, and natural resources and its effect upon society. It includes topics related to career development, building leadership skills through communication practices, developing technical knowledge and skills related to animal production. Link to FFA
Principles of Arts, A/V, Tech & Comm.Grade: 9-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.This course is an introduction to Arts, Audio/Video Technology and communications cluster. Students are introduced to different technology careers including Digital Imaging and Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Audio Engineering, Video Production and Fashion Design. Through team and individual projects based on these careers, students improve their communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
Principles of Business, Marketing and FinanceGrade: 9-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Will you make a good business owner or team member in the corporate world? In Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance, students gain knowledge and skills regarding economies and the private enterprise systems, the impact of global business, marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing. Students analyze the sales process and financial management principles. This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems and settings in business, marketing, and finance. Contact info. for Business Professionals of America
Principles Of Education and TrainingGrade: 9-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.Do you like to work with children? Prin. of Ed and Training is a class that teaches students about how fun it is to be a teacher! We have students create their own lesson plans, come up with classroom layout, creative ways to give out seating assignments, learn about college options and how to get scholarships and understand that there are more fields in the world of education then just being a teacher. Link to our Teach Denton Program
Principles Of Health ScienceGrade:10-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually. Prerequisite: Professional CommunicationThis course gives an overview of the medical terminology, therapeutic, diagnostic, environmental and informational systems of the health care industry. The focus is on career exploration, leadership development, ethical and legal issues and the history, economics and trends in financing health care. Students will develop a concept of health and wellness from the perspective of a consumer as well as a potential professional in the health care industry. This course is a required prerequisite for Health Science. Link for more about the class. ** Additional information about Health Science Programs at the ATC, requirement meetings will be sent out in Winter **
Principles Of Human ServicesGrade: 9-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.This hands-on course will allow the student to sample and gain knowledge about careers in the human services career cluster, including counseling and mental health, early childhood, family and community, and personal care services. The class is an overview class of Family Consumer Science (FCS). We will learn about child development, families, personal development, some culinary and a little bit of fashion too. Students are encouraged to participate in the DHS student organization: Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
Principles of Law & Public SafetyGrade: 9-12Fee: None at this time, subject to change annually.The Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security course introduces students to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, fire and emergency management services, and the legal field. Students will examine roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services within local, county, state, federal, and private industry. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for such careers.
Small Animal Management(.5) /Equine (.5)Grade: 10-12Fee:$25 each course *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Small Animal Management is a course designed to prepare students for a career in the field of animal science as it relates to small animal care and production. Students will learn responsibility of small animal ownership, animal welfare, care, animal health and management, facilities management, and record keeping systems, as well as examine career opportunities. Want to learn about horses? Equine Science prepares students for a career in the field of animal science as it relates to horse(equine) care and production. Students will learn the responsibilities of ownership, health, facilities management, and anatomy and physiology, and develop a supervised agricultural experience program. Link to FFA
Vet Med Applications, Advanced Grade: 11-12Fee:$25 *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Student enrolled in this course will attain and develop the knowledge and technical skills related to animal systems and the workplace, career opportunities, entry requirements and industry expectations. Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to veterinary practices as they relate to both large and small animal species. Students will be exposed to small animals and be in direct proximity of avian, fish, amphibians, dogs, cats & rabbits. They will also have the opportunity to work with large animals such as cattle, sheep, horses, goats an pigs.
Welding, Intro to Welding, Welding 1 & Welding 2 Grade: 10-12Fee:$$$ *Note: Fee is subject to change, contact your teacher directly for specific fee & details*Prerequisite: Intro to Welding & passing the certifications. Intro to Welding is an entry level technical welding course. It is designed for the beginner with little or no welding experience who is interested in pursuing a course of study that can lead to an American Welding Society (AWS) entry level certification. Course curriculum follows American Welding Society “SENSE” guidelines to prepare the serious student for entry level certification testing after completing Advanced Welding. Students may take the course for high school credit only which would require no tuition payment. This advanced welding program will follow American Welding Society “SENSE” guidelines to prepare the serious student for entry level certification testing after completing Advanced Welding. Students will complete individual projects to demonstrate industry competencies. Link to Mrs. Alcorn Site about Welding
Help, I'm not sure what that term means? List of common terms in CTE.
CTE. Career & Technical Education, more information from TEA about CTE.
Career Clusters: a grouping of 16+ careers that share common features, click here to learn more.
4 year PGPs. Professional Growth Plans that all students create. Starts in 8th grade and adapts with student as they go through high school.
Endorsement(s): Endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together by interest or skill set. 5- STEM, Business & Industry, Public, Arts & Humanities & Multidisciplinary.
Programs of Study: this is a new term, previously called “pathways” or “sequences”, which is a plan that has 2+ courses intended to lead to a degree, diploma or certificate within a career, click here for Denton ISD Programs of Study.
Completer (2 classes within a program of study) vs Concentrator (3+ classes within a program of study)
Prerequisite: a required class a student must take before moving onto the next course.
Industry Based Certifications: tests in a specific area that are accepted in that very industry, click here to find our more information on these certifications.