2019-20High School Course Selection Guide


The Chester County Technical College High School Brandywine Campus is a public high school specializing in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and available for students in grades 9 through 12. CTE programs prepare students for success in college, the workplace and life. All CTE programs at the Brandywine Campus are designated as High Priority Occupations (HPO) by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and are aligned with the Pennsylvania State Academic Standards and national industry certifications.

CTE programs at the Brandywine Campus lead seamlessly to postsecondary education through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) SOAR Programs of Study. The mission of SOAR is to prepare Students (who are) Occupationally and Academically Ready for college and careers in an increasingly diverse, high- performing workforce. Graduates of approved SOAR programs who meet challenging academic and technical criteria qualify for several FREE technical credits at over twenty-five participating colleges across Pennsylvania. These include the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Delaware County Community College, Clarion University, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and Harcum College. For more information about SOAR and the complete list of participating colleges and postsecondary program, please go to srticulations/679190

▶ Traditional high school career and technical programs ▶ Traditional college courses

▶ Dual-enrollment classes that blend high school and for-credit college courses

Each program is described below. Additional information may be found at

ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY (12) This highly successful senior-only program is a college preparatory

program for academically talented high school seniors considering a career in the medical profession. The program includes 7.5 hours per week of classroom and clinical experience in a healthcare facility. Due to the number of clinical locations available, the program has limited enrollment. TCHS Brandywine participating hospitals include Brandywine Hospital, Chester County Hospital, Jennersville Regional Hospital, and Paoli Memorial Hospital.

ANIMAL SCIENCE Animal Science and Technology prepares students to provide for the

welfare of animals in the pet companion industry, veterinary science and biomedical fields. Graduates of the program are prepared for post- secondary education and entry-level employment. Upon graduation, interesting and rewarding career paths can be followed which combine a love for animals with an interest in the life sciences. Program concentrations include animal anatomy and physiology, animal cruelty issues, animal hygiene, genetics, husbandry, nutrition, preventative care and medicine, reproduction, and surgical assisting. Due to the emphasis on science and math, students considering this program should possess a strong academic foundation.

AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION TECHNOLOGY Automotive Collision Technology is for students who have a keen interest

in motor vehicles and an eye for color, shape and creativity. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue professional credentialing, entry-


level employment, and post-secondary education. Automotive Collision technology instruction is provided in the following areas: detailing and estimating, glass and hardware repair and replacement, metal finishing and body fillings, non-structural damage repair, outer body panel repair, painting and refinishing, welding and cutting. Program learning activities parallel the industry-recognized I-CAR curriculum.

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY The Automotive Service Technology program is certified by the National

Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and prepares students for post-secondary education and entry-level employment in the rapidly changing automotive service industry. Students are introduced to the ever-changing advancements that occur in the automotive industry such as hybrid vehicle design and maintenance. Instruction is provided in the following areas: automotive electrical and electronics systems, brake repair and installation, drive train and engine performance, heating and cooling systems, suspension and steering systems. The program also emphasizes customer relations and instructs students in the use of proper etiquette in a service economy.

BARBERING The Barbering program prepares students for the Pennsylvania State

Board of Barbering Examination and includes all phases of hair and skin care, including beard and mustache trimming, facials, haircutting, honing and stropping, light therapy, perming, scalp treatments, shampooing, shop management, and tapering. Instruction in basic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, bacteriology, and infection control is also included. Students who have earned sufficient hours will be eligible to take the state licensing examination and obtain entry-level employment in the barbering or related field of employment.

CARPENTRY The Carpentry program develops students’ skills for a career in the

residential, commercial and home improvement construction industry. Students enrolled in the program learn safety practices, job estimating, and materials selection practices. They also learn the basics of rough carpentry, including the layout of walls, rafters, stairs and floors. Finish carpentry is also studied, including blueprint reading and drafting, cutting and joining construction materials, door, window and trim installation. Students have the opportunity to learn cabinet and furniture construction, including the use of laminates. A major focus is the construction of the joints required in fine cabinetry and furniture construction. Students study blueprint reading, construction methods and estimating, materials selection, and the safe use of hand and power tools. Students are responsible for the completion of hands- on carpentry and cabinetmaking projects from start to finish.

COMMERCIAL & GRAPHIC ARTS Commercial and Graphic Arts involves creating communication

materials that promote ideas, products and services. Students enrolled in this program explore the many facets of the commercial and graphic arts industries and build a strong foundation in the design and production of a wide variety of communication materials. Students learn the basics of design, color theory, page layout, lettering and the production skills needed for the printing process. Advanced study focuses on the use of computer graphic design skills and introduces students to software, such as Adobe™ Creative Suite, PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Bridge, and Acrobat Pro. The course is based on industry standards that prepare students for admission to post-secondary art schools and entry-level employment in the graphic communications industry. Upon completion of the course, students have a portfolio of their work to present to prospective employers and college admissions officers.

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