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  • Feature Friday: Graphic Imaging Program

    Posted by Emily Smith on 9/3/2021 11:15:00 AM

    Graphic Imaging Technology: The Print that Communicates with the World

    Are you a high school student interested in a future career providing a service that communicates to the world?  Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has the perfect program for you to build those skills! The Graphic Imaging Technology pathway is a two-year program designed to help high school students earn national certification and prepare for career pathway opportunities. 

    Open to students starting as early as the freshman year, Graphic Imaging Technology introduces skills and provides work-based learning experiences that propel students into the workforce after graduation. Though Graphic Imaging Technology is offered at North Stafford High School, students may enroll in this program at any SCPS high school.

    The fundamental curriculum components for Graphic Imaging Technology focus on various areas of the printing field.  Students assess different types of communication mediums and the value of print in today’s arena of technology. Students will experience multiple technical printing processes: layout, design, desktop publishing, film processing, plate making, offset press operation, bindery, and digital photography. 

    While working in the student-run enterprise for Graphic Imaging, safety protocols, chemical hygiene, and professionalism are required. Students will use creative and critical thinking skills, work with clients, and collaborate with classmates on design and printing projects.  Students will troubleshoot equipment and evaluate color, sizing, and layout. Once students have met the requirements of the second-year program, they are eligible to take the appropriate national industry credential. By completing the two-year Graphic Imaging Technology program, students may earn the National Print-Ed Graphics Communication Certification.

    Graphic Imaging Technology students who complete the program will leave high school with a work-based learning experience in the field, a graphic imaging portfolio, and a national certification, making for a great start in this career pathway. The opportunity to go to work right after high school in an entry-level position or work as an apprentice is an option for those who earn the national certification. Students may continue developing their knowledge through a post-secondary education program in Graphic Imaging or Communications. 

    If you are an SCPS student interested in this career pathway, contact your school counselor for more information.

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  • Feature Friday: Health & Medical Sciences Pathway

    Posted by Emily Smith on 8/6/2021 11:00:00 AM

    Health & Medical Sciences: Helping others on the Frontline

     

    Interested in the healthcare industry? Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has the perfect program to build your skills!

    Open to high school students as early as the sophomore year, the health and medical sciences introductory course opens the door to all of the SCPS health & medical programs. Students at any high school in Stafford have the opportunity to participate in a Health and Medical Sciences program.

    By completing a Health and Medical Sciences Pathway, students may earn industry credentials and clinical experience while in high school. Courses are available in Health and Medical Assistant Careers, Medical Assistant, Nurse Aide, Emergency Medical Technician, and Emergency Medical Telecommunications.

     

    The Health Assisting Careers curriculum provides opportunities for students to further explore their interests in various health care fields through shadowing experiences and select practices in health care facilities based on their particular areas of interest. The course focuses on health careers such as dental, medical, nursing, allied health, and related occupations. Related clinical work experience is required in this course. 

    In the Medical Assistant class, students develop basic skills and techniques to assist the physician and other medical professionals in patient examinations, basic emergency care, simple laboratory tests, preparation for minor surgical procedures, and administrative duties. Both are one year courses.

    The Nurse Aide program emphasizes advanced skills obtained in a variety of health care facilities under the supervision of an instructor. Communication and interpersonal skills, infection-control, safety and emergency procedures, and personal care needs of both the long-term care and acute care patient are studied in a two-year program.This course is approved by the State Board of Nursing and will qualify the student for participation in the Virginia Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program which is required for certification. Transportation to the clinical sites is provided in Nurse Aide.

    The Emergency Medical Technician program requires the student to be 16 years of age by the first day of school in order to enroll. The skill set will focus on identifying and handling

    emergencies such as bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction,and cardiac arrest. The curriculum emphasizes proper care and use of common emergency equipment and safe methods for lifting,

    moving, and transporting injured persons. Supervised on-the-job training and patient-care experiences are part of the instructional program. Program completers may take the EMT state certification examination administered by the Virginia Department of Health. Students are encouraged to consider membership with a volunteer rescue organization.

    The Emergency Medical Telecommunications course is designed to develop entry-level skills needed in a telecommunication environment for rescue, fire, and police departments. The course provides the beginning telecommunicator with an understanding of situations encountered in an emergency communications environment. Upon completion, the student may be eligible to test for the Certified Emergency Telecommunicator Examination:  International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED).

    Students may continue developing their knowledge through a secondary education program, college, or university. Students may also have the opportunity to go to work right after high school as an assistant or intern from some programs. 

    If you would like more information about the Health and Medical Sciences program, contact your school counselor for more information.




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  • Feature Friday: Culinary Arts Programs

    Posted by Emily Smith on 7/2/2021 12:15:00 PM

    Culinary Arts:  A Delicious Combination of Art and Food Science

    Are you a high school student with a taste for art and food science as a future career?  Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has the perfect program for you to experience those skills!

    Open to high school students starting in the sophomore year; the Culinary Arts program introduces students to careers in the food industry. Though held at Brooke Point, Stafford, and Mountain View High Schools, students at any SCPS high school may enroll in the program.

    Culinary Arts is a two-year program with the option for a third year to prepare high school students with more experience in food service and food science career opportunities. This course provides instruction in skills related to food preparation, the development of personal qualities for job success, and a working knowledge of employment opportunities in the food industry. While students prepare for employment or continued culinary arts education, the program requires that the student complies with the regulations of the Virginia Health Department in preparing and serving food sold to the public. 

    An additional course opportunity is available; the third-year Culinary Specialization course enhances their skills in planning menus, applying nutritional principles, implementing sanitation and safety standards, and exploring careers. Students have the prospect of specializing in areas based on the student’s post-secondary education or career goals.  An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, practical problem solving, and entrepreneurial opportunities within culinary. 

    By completing the Culinary Arts I and II courses, students may earn the ServSafe Manager Certification and/or a NOCTI Culinary credential. Labs are fully equipped with state-of-the-art commercial kitchen equipment to prepare students for current industry careers. Students also participate in practical food science, and food presentation applications in their culinary program cafes and school catered events.

    Upon completing the culinary program, students will have experience in the field, a portfolio, and an industry credential, making for a great start in this career pathway. Students may continue developing their knowledge through a secondary education program, college, or university. The opportunity to go to work right after high school in an entry-level role is an option. 

    If you would like to be a part of the developing skills for lifelong learning, contact your school counselor for more information.

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  • Wellness Wednesday: Stretch

    Posted by Emily Smith on 6/9/2021 10:50:00 AM
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  • Feature Friday: Agriculture and Natural Resources Program

    Posted by Emily Smith on 6/4/2021 11:45:00 AM

    Agriculture and Natural Resources Program:  Taking a Greener Route to Success

    Interested in taking a greener route to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program?  Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has the perfect program to build your skills!

    Open to high school students starting their sophomore year, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program introduces students to a career in Horticulture, Greenhouse Plant Production and Management, and Landscaping. Though held at North Stafford High School, students at any SCPS high school may enroll in the program.

    By completing an Agriculture and Natural Resources Program, students can earn an industry credential while in the program and hands-on experience with floriculture, greenhouse operations, landscape design, nursery plant production, and turf management. 

     

    The Agriculture and Natural Resources curriculum features the use of soil and other plant-growing media where students experience identifying, propagating, and growing horticulture plants in the greenhouse and land laboratory. Students also learn the operating procedures of a nursery and greenhouse, maintain nursery crops,  and plan, design, and execute a landscape.

    Upon completion of the Agriculture and Natural Resource Program, students will have a work-based learning experience in the field. Agriculture program students collaborate on service learning projects where they address issues in the community with agriculture science solutions.  A CTECS Workplace Readiness credential may be earned while in the agriculture program. Students may continue developing their knowledge through a secondary education program, college, or university. Students also have the opportunity to go to work right after high school as an apprentice or an intern. 

    If you would like more information about the Agriculture and Natural Resources program, contact your school counselor for more information.

     

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