West To Offer New Courses Next Year

BY DAWSON HUNT


Mr. Reed introduces next year’s courses to students

According to West’s Counselors some of the new Courses that will be available next year are listed below along with a description of each.

Early Childhood Education Careers I and II (grades 9-12)- these are the first two courses in the Early Childhood Education Careers (PreK-4) elective focus sequence. Early Childhood Education Careers is designed for students interested in becoming a preschool or elementary teacher, nanny, or childcare provider. Students will cover components of child development, planning age-appropriate activities, learning environments, and many other skills related to teaching younger children. Upon completion of this program of study, students will have worked with younger children, completed a professional portfolio, and will feel prepared for further training at the postsecondary level.


Culinary Arts I and II (grades 9-12)- these are the first two courses in the Culinary Arts elective focus sequence. Culinary Arts equips students with the foundational skills necessary to pursue careers in the culinary field as a banquet chef, caterer, executive chef, and food and beverage manager. Courses cover topics that range from kitchen safety and sanitation, history of the food services industry, careers, nutrition, recipe basics, proper kitchen tools and equipment, and kitchen staples, to food presentation, advanced cooking principles, bakeshop preparation skills, professionalism, and business opportunities.

AP Computer Science Principles (grades 10-12)(Prerequisite: Computer Science Foundations)- AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of the field and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. Whether it’s 3-D animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis, computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drive the world. Computer science experience has become imperative for students’ success in the workforce of tomorrow.

Dual Enrollment Residential & Commercial Construction (grades 11-12)- offered in conjunction with TCAT Morristown. This class is a foundational offering in TCAT Morristown's Building Construction Technology program, which provides students with basic training in areas concerned with building homes. BCT(Building Construction Technology) is designed to prepare the student for this ever changing industry.

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