COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS-NETWORKING In the Computer Information Systems program, there is an emphasis on operating systems, applications programming languages, and networking equipment through hands-on training. After successful completion of the course, students are prepared for post-secondary education and entry-level positions in the computer support and operations, networking, and software development fields. There are four primary tracks addressed in the Computer Information Systems program, as follows: Networking Hardware, Networking Software, A+ Training, and Application/Web Development. In addition, all students are exposed to network security concepts. Our Security+ training course teaches the latest testing objectives and is designed to assist users in implementing and maintaining communication security, cryptography, access control, infrastructure security and authentication.

COSMETOLOGY The Cosmetology program prepares students for state licensing in

the field of cosmetology. Students can qualify to become a licensed cosmetologist or to obtain a specialized license in other areas, such as: nail technician, esthetician or natural hair braider. Program theory and hands-on skill instruction is provided in the following areas: facials, hairstyling, cutting, coloring, permanent waving and relaxing, straightening, infection control, principals and practice, manicures and pedicures, and professional awareness.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & POLICE SCIENCES The Criminal Justice and Police Sciences program prepares students

for both post-secondary education and entry-level employment in the protective services field. Students in the program are graded based on mastery of traditional classroom theory and performance of hands-on skills, including: performing police and security tactics, investigating crime scenes, and investigation report writing. Students receive instruction in the following areas: basic fire science, crime scene investigation, criminal investigation, criminal law, civil law, and court procedures, electronic security systems, forensic science, investigative photography, police and security tactics, and self defense.

CULINARY ARTS The Culinary Arts program teaches students the necessary skills to

be successful in the creative and rewarding food service industry. Graduates of the program may choose to continue their education with advanced standing in college and other post-secondary programs, or they may seek employment in entry-level culinary positions. The instructional program includes classroom theory and hands-on skill development in the following areas: baking, catering, customer service, food preparation, food service management, short order and high volume cooking. Graduates of the program are recognized as graduates of an American Culinary Federation approved program.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION The Early Childhood Care and Education program aligns its

curriculum with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Career & Technical Education Child Development Associate (CDA)- Ready curriculum. All components of our Early Childhood Care and Education program prepare students to earn the CDA national certification. To become CDA ready, students complete 120 hours of formal training through multiple modalities, such as: active accredited trainings, project-based learning, research and field observations, and web-based distance education. Students gain experience as they rotate through various in-house preschool programs. Students create portfolios and professional development records that document their

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training and 480 hours of experience working with children in a preschool environment. Agreements with various colleges can provide students with between six and 15 undergraduate credits in early childhood education after completing the program.

ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL SYSTEMS The Electrical & Mechanical Systems program enables students to gain

the necessary skills to pursue electrical or mechanical engineering programs in college. Instruction is provided in the following areas: AC and DC machines, blueprint reading, commercial/industrial wiring, emergency powers systems, motor controls and single-and three-phase transformers. Through classroom theory, lab work and real-world, hands-on experiences, graduates of this program are prepared to continue their education in college or seek entry-level employment in the electrical trades.

ROBOTICS & MECHATRONICS The Robotics and Electronics program prepares students for positions

in the electronics, computer hardware repair and robotics industries. In addition, it provides students with a strong academic foundation to continue their education in a post-secondary institution or college. Students in the traditional Robotics and Electronics program learn how to build and test electronic circuits and how to apply the electronic theories of audio systems, radio and wire communications, and analog/digital communications to real world situations. In addition, students are taught the basics of computer servicing/maintenance and networking. The robotics component prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in the area of robotics, industrial process and automation systems. Laboratory activities cover electronic circuits and devices, digital microprocessor systems, computers and networks, and programming software tools. Programmable logic controllers and vision and motion control are examined. Applied Engineering Technology (AET) is an innovative program within the traditional Electronics and Robotics program that permits high school juniors and seniors to earn up to 16 college credits at Delaware County Community College (DCCC).

ENGINE TECHNOLOGY The Engine Technology and Recreational Vehicles program prepares

students with the skills to troubleshoot and repair residential, commer- cial, and recreational outdoor power equipment and small engine. The program is aligned with the industry-recognized Equipment Engine Training Council (EETC) certification program, and includes engine repair and rebuilding, performance upgrades and the repair of various systems. The systems covered in the program include fuel, electronic, lubrication, cooling and braking systems. Maintenance procedures are a key component of the program as they relate to welding, fabrication and machining. The use of computer technology in a customer service- and teamwork-based learning environment, is a major focus of the program. Career advancement in this field is largely dependent upon post-secondary education and successful work experience.

VETERINARY SCIENCE The Veterinary Science program prepares students for successful

employment in the field of veterinary medicine in entry-level positions at private veterinary practices, animal hospitals, biomedical research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic laboratories and the military. Students interact with animals in and out of the classroom, job shadow and attend clinics with local veterinarians. The Veterinary Science program is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education with an emphasis on the sciences. Students must possess a strong academic foundation and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Students

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