Career Technical Education Courses

Accounting- Introduction to Small Business

This First-Year Course is a comprehensive, two-semester, one-year course designed to teach students basic accounting principles. Students will have the opportunity to use accounting software, multimedia, accounting ledgers, and review real-world financial statements to learn fundamental accounting practices.  This is a  college articulated class, which means students who complete this class with grade of a “B” or higher could earn 3 college credits from Pikes Peak Community College for the cost of $10.00.

Cabinet Manufacturing 1:  Grades 9-12

In Cabinet Manufacturing 1, students build a basic plywood and hardwood cabinet using Lean Manufacturing principles.  Students learn to use a tape measure, produce drawings, create a bill of materials, and how to safely use high quality machinery.  The cabinet includes a hardwood face frame, legs, door, drawer and tabletop.  Assembly of the cabinet utilizes rabbet and dado joints construction.  Students also receive an introduction to CNC automated technology.

Cabinet Manufacturing 2: Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Cabinet Manufacturing 1.  In Cabinet Manufacturing 2, students build a small profile table from solid hardwoods using Mortise and Tenon joints.  Advanced manufacturing equipment is used to continue student learning of the processes involved in Lean Manufacturing and dimensioning lumber.  The table includes a dovetail-jointed drawer, as well as Greene & Greene style accents that include Blacker leg indents, knuckle legs, and cloud lift style aprons.  The top is made from solid hardwood.  More advanced CNC technologies are learned as students produce some of the Greene & Greene accents on the Legacy CNC router.

Cabinet Manufacturing 3: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites:  Cabinet Manufacturing 2.  In Cabinet Manufacturing 3, students use Lean Manufacturing practices to build a Skills USA table.  The cabinet features Mortise & Tenon joinery produced on the 3 axis JDS Multi Router. It has a edge banded plywood carcase, 5 piece door, dovetailed drawer, external 4 piece legs, veneer top, and custom lathe turned handles.  Students use software to produce drawings and the bill of materials.

Cabinet Manufacturing 4: Grades 9-12

Prerequisites:  Cabinet Manufacturing 3.  In Cabinet Manufacturing 4, students will begin taking the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Passport Exams. Students who complete Cabinet Manufacturing IV and pass the 10 required exams will receive a WCA Passport. This passport is quickly becoming recognized as the top certification for wood product manufacturing.  In addition to testing for their passports, students will begin to work on projects ordered by actual customers.  The customer will describe the project.  Students will gather project details; generate drawings using Cabinet Vision software.  Material list will be generated and cost determined and a bid will be produced.  Customer will approve bid, pay a 50% deposit.  Students will run the classroom with positions such as project engineer, technology engineer, purchasing manager, CNC operator, production worker, sales engineer and others. The material manager will purchase materials.   The project will be manufactured and assembled using Lean Manufacturing. Students will install project if the job warrants or customer will pick up cabinets at the school. Upon satisfaction, customer will make final payment.  Students will suggest to the director of Wood Manufacturing what new machinery or inventory to purchase with the profits from the project.

Computer Applications I- Introduction to PC

This one semester course is designed to advance student’s knowledge of Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Other topics include internet search strategies, using search engines, and Internet hardware and software, basic computer hardware, and Windows operating system.  This is a  college articulated class, which means students who complete this class with grade of a “B” or higher could earn 3 college credits from Pikes Peak Community College for the cost of $10.00.

Computer Applications II – Introduction to Multimedia Graphic Design

This one semester course provides students the opportunity to explore the many aspects of multimedia in the computer industry. The students learn about the history of multimedia, develop web pages, and use programs such as RHINO CAM/CAD to create 2D and 3D animation projects.  In addition to the RHINO program students become skilled in using Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe GoLive, ALICE, and HTML.  This is a  college articulated class, which means students who complete this class with grade of a “B” or higher could earn 3 college credits from Pikes Peak Community College for the cost of $10.00.

Introduction to Engineering: 

This is a new program using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) concepts. Students will work together to solve problems that engage and challenge them, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation.


Students taking this class will use Lego Robotic (plastic parts and sensors) and Tetrix (metal and metal gearing) Kits. Students learn gear ratios and levers, electronic components, assembly skills, and different programming languages (i.e. Android, Lego programs, C++, and more).  Students are challenged to design and build their own robots. Students also participate in robotic demonstrations and competitions.