Kodiak High School Career Technology

Kodiak High School Career Technology programs create meaningful opportunities for students who choose to pursue employment and/or post-secondary education. Our ten programs operate within nationally recognized Career Clusters and offer our students a sequence of classes leading to industry certifications and university degree programs around the nation.  Students also develop employability skills through participation in Career Tech Student Organizations such as: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, FCCLA; Future Farmers of America, FFA; SkillsUSA; and Health Occupations Student Association, HOSA.

Choose a Career Cluster below for general information and available courses.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fuel, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Courses available at Kodiak High School:

Maritime Science & Tech I & II

Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course; Maritime 1 first semester, Maritime 2 second semester.
Prerequisite(s): None
AMSEA Alaska Marine Safety Education Assn. This course is repeatable for additional elective credit but 6 KHS Course Descriptions 2018-19 requires teacher approval. Students will explore in-depth fisheries issues including business management, vessel and gear maintenance, wheel house technology (radar, GPS, plotters, etc.) as well as review and participate in onboard safety training. Students will also participate in preparation for U.S. Coast Guard licensing exams which include Nautical Rules of the Road, Advanced Plotting and Maritime Law. Students will also have the opportunity to become PADI Scuba certified. Educational experiences will take place in the classroom as well as on the high school vessel, K-HI-C. This class is a two-period class in student schedules.

Certification Testing

PADI open water dive certification

Architecture & Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Courses available at Kodiak High School

 

Architectural Drafting I

Grade Level(s): 9-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite: None. Offered for Dual Credit. 
This course introduces students to basic architectural drafting and design skills. First-year students will be guided through the design and construction of their own single story home. Some of the topics covered in the home design process include: floor plan layout, building codes, architectural styles, structural parts, 3-D drawing and cost estimation procedures. The CAD lab at Kodiak High School is equipped with the latest Dell computers and run the most recent versions of AutoCAD design software. Students will be introduced to Revit Architecture and will create a 3D model of the home they designed in AutoCAD.

 

Architectural Drafting II

Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Architectural Drafting I with a “C” or higher.
This course expands on topics presented in Arch. Drafting I. Students will study a broad range of architectural styles and will create a two-story design of their own based on one of those architectural styles. In the course of the project students will learn about such topics as: stairway design, structural loads, full building sections and architectural detailing. Students will also create a 3-D solid model of their design with the latest version of Revit Architecture design software. Students will participate in the Frank Maier High School Design competition. This competition is open to all high schools across the state. Students work will be judged by the American Institute of Architects in Anchorage, Alaska. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the SkillsUSA competition in the spring.

 

Architectural Design Technology

Grade Level(s): 12; Year-long course.
Prerequisite(s): Architectural Drafting II with a “C” or higher; Teacher recommendation required.
Architectural design is an advanced program aimed at developing a broader understanding of the architectural design process. Students will study the history of architecture as well as the lives of important architects and their theories of design. Traditional drafting skills as well as AutoCAD design software will be used to expand on skills learned in Drafting II & I. In particular, students will be asked to design architectural solutions to specific design problems involving environmental impact, proposed public use, appropriate style/functionality and budget limitations. Students are also encouraged to participate in various statewide design competitions.

 

Wood Tech – Archery Bow Building

Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): None. Upper classmen given priority. Course Fee is $20
This course deals with the study of construction and use of traditional bows and arrows including longbows, flatbows and recurves. In this class, students will build (and shoot) their own traditional archery gear. Course fee is $20 per year plus the material costs which run $20-$45 per bow as well as costs for accessories. Students will have lots of hands-on time with archery equipment that they make and that they can practice with. There is space in the classroom to shoot arrows and learn about the proper build of the right bow for the right job.

 

Woods Technology I 

Grade Level(s): 9-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): None. Course Fee is $25
Wood Technology I is comprised of courses and/or programs designed to introduce and develop skills related to woods and the woodworking industry. Emphasis is placed on safety in the woodworking laboratory, the study of materials, common woodworking tools, woodworking methods and wood finishing. Students will design and make projects that are handy and professional. Examples are band saw laminated coat racks, end grain cutting boards, lathe turned bowls and plates. There is ample time and materials to make plenty of small, useful projects for the house as they learn technical joinery of wood.

 

Woods Technology II, III, IV 

Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Previous level Woods Tech and teacher approval; Course Fee is $25
This course is comprised of courses and programs designed to introduce and develop skills related to woods and the woodworking industry. Emphasis is placed on safety in the woodworking laboratory, the study of materials, common woodworking tools, woodworking methods and wood finishing. Students will design and make more advanced projects that may take a little longer but will involve advanced joinery and techniques. There are projects assigned if a student doesn’t know what to make on their own.

 

Construction I

Grade Level(s): 10-12; Semester or year-long
Prerequisite(s): Woods Technology. 
This course covers the beginning level of construction. Students will be introduced to basic information and techniques that apply to the building trades industry. Using equipment safely and the process of construction will be covered. The content outline covers: construction materials, exterior, construction safety, windows and doors, tools and machines, weatherproofing, framing, floors, walls and roofs. Students will also have the opportunity for a nationally recognized construction certification called NCCER (The National Center for Construction Education and Research). Plenty of hands-on time with power tools, hand tools and actual construction projects.

 

Career Tech Student Organization

SkillsUSA

 

Certification Testing

National Center for Construction Education Research, NCCER Core Curriculum

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Courses available at Kodiak High School

 

Beginning Photography
Grade Level(s): 10-12 (Upper classmen given priority); Year-long course.
Prerequisite(s): Requires commitment of leasing a Digital SLR camera from Kodiak High School. Students will be responsible for loss and/or damage. Course fee $30.Introduces the fundamentals, concepts and applications of digital imaging techniques, including basic digital camera fundamentals, enhancing images and creating images for use in print or on the web. Students will learn how to manipulate a Digital SLR camera, how to see and appreciate light in a new way and how to apply the skills that normally took place in a darkroom to a new modern “Digital Darkroom”…Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom. By course completion, the students should know how to make images important and powerful in their own right, rather than merely “taking pictures.”

 

Advanced Photography
Grade Level(s): 11-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Beginning Photography; Teacher recommendation required. Students must lease a digital SLR camera from KHS. This course is repeatable for additional credit, but requires teacher approval. Course fee $30.
This course in Digital Photography is designed to develop your skills in pixel based photographic design and printing. The dream of film-less photography has finally become a reality. Printers, inks and paper have evolved that are able to not only match traditional continuous tone photographic quality but can also extend traditional possibilities. Many darkroom activities are made easier and more powerful in the digital realm. Topics include manipulation of photographic images in a digital format, digital asset management, digital workflow, cropping, tone and color correction, selection techniques, masking, colorization, image enhancement and sharpening techniques.

 

Audio/Video Production
Grade Level(s): 11-12; Year Long
Prerequisite(s): Multimedia CIOS, Photo or teacher recommendation This course is repeatable for additional credit, but requires teacher approval. Course fee $30.
The Craft of Editing with Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe software. The emphasis of this class is hands on training to help you start editing at a professional level. Students will write scripts, create storyboards and program a/v clips for business, entertainment and educational purposes. The course also covers advanced post production techniques including but not limited to: Adobe After Effects (Special Effects/Compositing), Logic (Music/Sound Production) and Professional Outputs with Compressor/Media Composer/DVD Studio Pro/Encore. Students may work their way towards industry certification opportunities.

 

Intro to Multimedia
Grade Level(s): 10-12; First semester only
Prerequisite(s): None. Course fee $30.
This course is designed for students interested in careers in the Arts, Media and Entertainment industry sector. Students will be introduced to industry-standard tools, skills, and materials that they can manipulate as the primary means of creative expression. Students will explore basic applications of various multimedia tools to create visual, aural, and written projects in both digital and print format. A wide range of current hardware and software will be explored. Topics include the principles and elements of design, basic computer drawing, drawing with shape layers, creating custom brushes and patterns, advanced selecting and masking techniques, learning and utilizing photographic and illustrative techniques to execute projects appropriate for the graphic design industry. This first semester will serve as an introduction to the field of multimedia with a focus on the fundamentals of Graphic Design through the using of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

 

Multimedia
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Second semester only
Prerequisite(s): Intro to Multimedia (first semester).
This second-semester course is a continuation of Introduction to Multimedia and will continue the focus of studies in graphic design. Semester 2 covers an introduction to executing vector-based illustration using Adobe Illustrator. Topics include navigation of the interface, the tools, drawing and manipulating basic objects, creating and manipulating type, drawing with the pen tool, applying color, using layers and an introduction to Adobe Flash software. Topics include the integration of graphics, text, audio and video into animated and interactive Web presentations. Students will use their creativity and skills to create and edit interactive multimedia presentations, digital images, sound, and movies, and will be introduced to animation and web pages. The knowledge and skills acquired in this class will enable students to successfully perform and interact in today’s technology-driven society. Students may work their way towards industry certification opportunities.

 

Public Speaking and Communications
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Semester course
Prerequisite(s): None
This course covers skills that students need as they leave high school and enter the workforce full time or part time, including interviewing; dealing with social media; and writing résumés, professional letters, and professional emails. It also covers public speaking skills so that students can speak to small groups and large groups of classmates and adults in a confident and professional manner.

 

Yearbook
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Multimedia and/or photography strongly suggested. Application and interview required.
This course is repeatable for additional credit, but requires teacher approval.
This publication course produces the KHS Channel Light. Admission is by application and teacher approval. Students may specialize in layout, photography, business management, computer technology, advertising and sales, writing and editing or art. Skills in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign are very helpful. Students are selected on the basis of the capacity to work independently, creatively and responsibly. Interpersonal skills, technical skills, dedication and positive attitude are also important criteria used in the selection process. Staff must be prepared to put in time outside of the regular school day.

Business, Management & Administration

Business Management and Administration careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy.

Courses available at Kodiak High School

 

Business Applications
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Semester Course
Prerequisite(s): None. 
This course covers the skills and computer software knowledge that students need to succeed in postsecondary education and training and in the world of work. Keyboarding skills, plus word processing, spreadsheet, basic accounting, presentation, and media skills (both video and audio) are all covered.

 

Business and Entrepreneurship I
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): None. 
This course covers the foundations of running a business, including customer relations, finance and accounting, human resources, information management, marketing, operations, project management, and quality management. It also covers fundamental economic principles and the role of the entrepreneur in American and global business.

 

Business and Entrepreneurship II
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Business and Entrepreneurship IThis course goes deeper into business basics, including entrepreneurship, economics, business law, and ethical and social responsibility. But the course also focuses on the creation of an actual marketing plan for a product and on the creation of an actual business plan for the student’s own business idea.

Health Science

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Courses available at Kodiak High School:

Diversified Health Occupations
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology highly recommended.
The Diversified Health Occupations course is designed for high school students who are interested in health-related careers. Students will explore a variety of careers that are available in the Health care industry. Students will research careers with respect to expected job growth, post-secondary education and certifications required, cost of education, schools offering the necessary programs and the expected range of pay that can be expected over a career. Students will study the legal and ethical responsibility of health care workers, as well as industry safety and infection control standards. Nutritional needs for good health and menu development for nutritional restrictions will be discussed. Skills for the industry such as taking vital signs, suturing, and patient care will be introduced. Certification in first aid and CPR will also be available.  Second semester will focus on students learning specific skills necessary for a career in the health care career such as but not limited to laboratory assistant, dental assistant, medical assistant, physical therapy, sports medicine, or business administration. Job shadowing and industry internships will be encouraged.

 

Emergency Medical Technician-B
Grade Level(s): 11-12; (Must turn 18 to take the EMT-B test). Year-long course.
Prerequisite(s): 
The Emergency Medical Technician course prepares the EMT student to provide prehospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMTs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations for working in the prehospital setting, and providing patient transportation. Teaching-Learning Methods: Teaching-learning methods in this course may include, but are not limited to, assigned readings, presentations, discussion, critical thinking exercises, labs, and class activities. Evaluation procedures include quizzes, written examinations, and assignments.

Medical Terminology
Grade Level(s): 11-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Biology. Students may opt for Career Tech or .5 Health/.5 Career Tech credit.
Students will study medical terminology including the analysis and origin of word roots, prefixes and suffixes. By understanding the word components, the students will be able to build, spell and define medical words. Course content will be presented by body systems focusing on terms for anatomy, diagnostic, laboratory and medical specialties. Medical Terminology includes the use of a medical dictionary, word pronunciation and abbreviations.

Hospitality & Tourism

The management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.

Courses available at Kodiak High School:

Culinary Arts I
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): None.  Course Fee is $20 per semester 
Culinary Arts I is a basic introductory class exploring safety, sanitation, basic cooking techniques and foundational skills, as well as the American culture of food. With the completion of this course students will have the skills necessary to gain an entry-level position in the foodservice industry.

Culinary Arts II
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Culinary Arts I; Teacher recommendation required. Course Fee $20 per semester
Culinary Arts II is an intermediate class exploring safety, sanitation, nutrition, intermediate cooking and baking techniques, as well as the international culture of food.

Culinary Arts-Advanced Studies 
Grade Level(s): 11-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Culinary II OR Teacher recommendation. This course is repeatable for credit but requires instructor approval.
Advanced Culinary Arts is a project-based class which allows the student to specialize in specific parts of the food service industry, including, but not limited to baking and pastry, garde manger, charcuterie, line cooking, entrepreneurship and management. This course is guided by the National Restaurant Association’s Prostart curriculum and allows the student to take a national exam to receive a Serv-safe certification.

 

Manufacturing

Planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Courses available at Kodiak High School

3-D Modeling/Engineering Design
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Yearlong course
Prerequisite(s): None
3-D modeling students will create virtual solutions to real-world design problems and then “print” a working prototype using a Dimension 3-D printer. Skill development in this class focuses on SolidWorks software, technical drawing, machine tools and mechanical design. Students who qualify will also have the opportunity to team with students in other schools as part of a long-distance problem-solving activity. State and national competitions may also be available. This is a great class for the designer, innovator, and motivated problem solver. Students will be able to pursue a Solid Works certification.

Introduction to Engineering
Grade Level(s): 9-12 Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): None
This STEM course is a basic introduction to engineering for all students. Students who complete this course will learn the concepts needed to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve our lives. Students learn to work in teams to solve a problem. Typically, this has been a transportation problem. In the past, students have built an electric car that went on to compete in an electrathon competition in Nebraska. This is a very hands-on class. Students will be challenged to produce a solution that has followed a design process. Student select teams to work with based on student strengths and interest. Teams include a research team, design team, fabrication team. Students will vote for team leaders that will help to run the lab activities. Progress is monitored using ghant charts and weekly status reports.

Welding I
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Students are required to provide their own safety glasses, welding gloves, welding helmet and coveralls. Offered for dual credit. Course Fee is $30 Per semester (includes cost of OSHA card)
Students will learn the basic theory and practice of fusing ferrous metals. Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) is the process emphasized. Students gain experience with a selection of welded joint designs and a variety of electrodes. Standard industrial safety procedures are stressed.

Technical Drawing for Welding
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Welding I and teacher recommendation required. This course is designed to teach welding students the basics of print reading and design. The idea is to have students be able to read and interpret a set of working drawings in the welding lab. Students will be exposed to Solidworks and will design projects using industry standard software. Students will be able to understand the alphabet of lines, section views, auxiliary views and orthographic projection. Students will have the opportunity to work in the welding lab from a set of plans they have developed. The emphasis here is the development of the plans, not the welding. This is not a welding course. However, students in this course must have welding experience to be able to work in the lab. Students will be responsible for materials and supplies to work on personally designed projects.

Welding II
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Welding I; Teacher recommendation required. Offered for dual credit. Students are required to provide their own safety glasses, welding gloves, welding helmet and coveralls. Course Fee is $30 Per semester
Students will learn the basic theory and practice of fusing ferrous metals. Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) are the processes emphasized. Students gain experience with a selection of welded joint designs. Standard industrial safety procedures are stressed. 

Welding III
Grade Level(s): 11-12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Welding II; Teacher recommendation required. Offered for dual credit. Students are required to provide their own safety glasses, welding gloves, welding helmet and coveralls. Course Fee is $30 Per semester.
Students continue learning the theory and practice of ferrous and non-ferrous metal fusion. Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding are two of the processes emphasized. Students will also use oxygen- acetylene and plasma- arc cutting systems. Projects in both steel and aluminum will develop design, layout and fabrication skills. Career opportunities in welding and related technical fields are explored. Standard industrial safety procedures are stressed.

Welding IV
Grade Level(s): 12; Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Welding III; Teacher recommendation required. Offered for dual credit. Students are required to provide their own safety glasses, welding gloves, welding helmet and coveralls. Course Fee is $30 Per semester. This class prepares students to attend post-secondary education in the field of welding. Students will gain introductory experience in Oxy-Acet and Tig Welding. They will also be introduced to basic CAD and blueprint reading to include welding symbols. Students will be introduced to metallurgy and how it applies to the welding process. A final project will be completed to apply the skills learned throughout their time in welding.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Courses available at Kodiak High School

 

Applied Engineering/Problem Solving
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Year-long
Prerequisite(s): Admission subject to teacher/program approval.
Students will engage in project-based learning in real-world situations, i.e. invasive species. Students will gain an understanding of problem-solving processes as used in the real world.

 

Robotic Engineering I
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Year-long
Prerequisite(s): Algebra 1 recommended
students will learn to be a team player as they plan, design, fabricate, troubleshoot and program with a robot, which they build from scratch. Student teams build robots which can be controlled by humans, but also have the capability of being autonomously controlled, using only sensor input to monitor surroundings and make decisions based on their programming. 

 

Robotic Engineering II
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion with a C or better in Robotics I
students will engage in hands-on brainstorming, designing, graphic and verbal communication, fabrication, computer programming and competition of high-tech robots. Students will specialize in certain areas, and contribute to the engineering design process in their area of expertise. Teams may compete in different levels of organizations as they design and compete with robots.

 

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Courses available at Kodiak High School

Small Engines
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Semester or Year-long
Prerequisite(s): None
This course covers principles of small gasoline engine theory, shop safety habits, employability skills, tool identification and usage, and environmental concerns related to internal combustion engines. Course content includes: lab safety and procedures, engine operating systems, battery charging, basic electricity, symptom troubleshooting, tools and equipment, employability skills, engine theory and design, industry performance standards, marine applications, and Skills-USA involvement.

Automotive Technology I
Grade Level(s): 9-12; Semester or Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): None
Automotive Technology I begins with classroom and shop instruction on the tasks set forth in the National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation (NATEF) General Service Technician (GST) industry curriculum. Class content includes: safety rules and procedures, tool usage and safety, automotive measurement, basic electricity, wheels and tires, brake systems, steering systems, suspension systems, basic troubleshooting, and employability skills. Visit: www.natef.org for more information.

Automotive Technology II
Grade Level(s): 10-12; Semester or year-long
Prerequisite(s): Automotive Tech I
Automotive Technology II continues classroom and shop instruction set forth in the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) General Service Technician (GST) industry curriculum. Participation in the Skills-USA state and national competitions may be available for select students who qualify. Class content includes: safety, diagnostic equipment, manual drive train, advanced brake service, electrical systems, engine performance, and advanced diagnostic principles. Visit: www.natef.org for more information.

Automotive Technology III
Grade Level(s): 11-12; Semester or Year-long course
Prerequisite(s): Automotive Technology 2; Teacher approval
Automotive Technology III continues classroom and shop instruction set forth in the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) General Service Technician (GST) certification. Participation in the Skills-USA competition at state and national levels may be available to select students who qualify. Class content includes: safety, diagnostic equipment, advanced electrical systems diagnostics, advanced engine performance, and advanced drivetrain diagnostic principles. Students will have the opportunity to test for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification in the disciplines that they choose. Visit: www.natef.org for more information.

CTE Advisory Committee

This committee’s purpose is to strengthen the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs it serves, by advising, assisting, supporting, and advocating for career and technical education.

It has no legislative, administrative or programmatic authority, but will work cooperatively with school officials in planning and carrying out committee work.

Meetings are meant to be a forum for input from business and industry.

Committee Members

Neil Hecht
Email: nhecht01@kibsd.org

Mike Finley
Email: mfinley01@kibsd.org

Four-Year Plan FY2021-2025