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    2020-21 Program Overview

    The Pierce County Skills Center offers year-long Career and Technical Education programs designed to give students an in-depth look into specific career fields. PCSC courses are taught by industry professionals in state-of-the-art facilities. PCSC programs earn high school and college credit and prepare students to successfully transition to post-secondary education and the workforce. Additional details about PCSC programs can be viewed here.

    • Students attend their home high school for ½ day and PCSC for the other ½ day
    • PCSC serves high school juniors and seniors
    • Programs are tuition free, but may have program/testing fees
    • Transportation is provided to and from each high school
    • Students may earn up to 1.5 high school credits per trimester (total of 4.5 credits per year)
    • Session Times: AM Session – 7:55am-10:25am, PM Session – 11:15am-1:45pm
    • There is no cost to attend PCSC; however, some programs do have uniform and/or program fees

     

    Students interested in attending PCSC should meet with their counselor to review credit status and complete a PCSC application. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted beginning March 2, 2020.


     

    20-2021 Program Descriptions

    Aerospace Composites

    The Aerospace Composites program is designed to prepare students to fabricate, assemble and repair composite materials. Students design, build and repair composite parts and assemblies using the same techniques as our industry partners. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 18 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Locally-Developed Manufacturing Certificate

    Credit Equivalency: Technical/3rd Year Math - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

    Aerospace Machining/Fabrication

    The Aerospace Machining/Fabrication program is designed to teach hands-on skills, processes, and technologies used in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. Students will learn technical sketching, precision measurement, computer-aided design/programming, fabrication/assembly, welding, and computer-aided manufacturing. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 23 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Locally-Developed Manufacturing Certificate

    Credit Equivalency: Technical/3rd Year Math - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

    Automotive Technology

    The Automotive Technology program is designed to train students for a variety of jobs within the automotive industry. Students will focus on maintenance and light repair in an environment set up just like an automotive service department. Students will service and diagnose vehicles, complete tune-ups, conduct brake and suspension repairs, and perform wheel alignments. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 13 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, ASE (varies - up to 10 certifications available), Valvoline, SP2

    Credit Equivalency: Occupational Ed - 4.5 (Per Year)

     

    Construction Trades

    The Construction Trades program is a State of Washington approved pre-apprenticeship program designed to prepare students for direct entry into an apprenticeship by meeting rigorous academic and industry standards This course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety through hands-on projects, guest speakers and field trips. Students will learn framing, roofing, blueprint reading, estimating costs, and site preparation. Students who meet ALL course competencies with a B or better will be granted preferred enrollment and advanced placement in the Carpenters-Employers Apprenticeship & Training Trust Fund. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 25 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Carpenters 1, 2 & 3, Forklift, OSHA 10, Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate

    Credit Equivalency: Technical/3rd Year Math - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

    Cosmetology

    The Cosmetology program is designed to train students in haircutting, current styling trends, hair coloring, and safety and sanitation in a hair salon setting. Students will begin the program in July before their senior year through the next August after graduation and will earn the 1,400 hours (5 quarters) of instruction required to take the state licensing examination. Students may also attend Clover Park Technical College for two additional quarters to earn an Associate’s Degree. Students must be prepared to attend classes in the evenings and must provide their own transportation.

    Program Requirement: Students must be a senior.

    Off Site: Clover Park Technical College

    Dual Credit: Up to 93 credits

    Certifications: Washington State Cosmetology License

    Credit Equivalency: Chemistry-Other - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

    Criminal Justice

    The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students with preliminary training for careers in law enforcement. Upon completion of this program, students will have a working knowledge of criminal law, policing procedures, forensics, and their application to the various divisions of the criminal justice system.

    Dual Credit: Up to 17 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR

    Credit Equivalency: Fitness & Conditioning Activities - 1.5, CWI or Civics - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 1.5 (Per Year)

     

    Culinary Arts

    The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students for a promising career in the food service or hospitality industry. Students will learn kitchen procedures, sanitation and safety, menu planning and costing, dining room service, baking/food preparation, and banquet and catering service taught by industry professionals in a state-of-the-art facility. Students will also assist in the operation of our on-site café, The Glacier Grill. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 15 credits

    Certifications: WA State Food Handler’s Permit, National ServeSafe Certification, First Aid/CPR

    Credit Equivalency: Creative Arts-Sculpture - 1.0, Occupational Ed – 3.5 (Per Year)

     

    DigiPen Video Game Development/AP Computer Science Principles

    The DigiPen Video Game Development program is designed to teach students to create video games using trigonometry and higher math, computer programming in C#, as well as 2D and 3D animation. This course will prepare students with the skills necessary for the video game industry’s need for qualified video game programmers and artists. Year 2 option available.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I

    Dual/College Credit: Up to 5 credits. Students will also take the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles exam

    Certifications: Unity

    Credit Equivalency: Technical/3rd Year Math - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

    Fire Science & Emergency Services

    The Fire Science & Emergency Services program is designed to prepare students for a career as a firefighter and other emergency services careers such as, EMT, fire investigator, and building investigator. Students will learn the academic requirements associated with being a firefighter including wildland firefighting. Students will use industry firefighting equipment such as hoses, turnout gear, SCBAs, and a working fire engine. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 17 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, FEMA Incident Command Systems (multiple certifications), Wildland Firefighting

    Credit Equivalency: Fitness & Conditioning Activities - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

    Medical Careers (NA-C)

    The Medical Careers program is designed to prepare students for initial certification as a Nursing Assistant (NA-C) as well as continued training in nursing. Students spend time in the classroom and in an assisted living facility learning many procedures for patient care including: taking blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respirations, as well as learning how to bathe, groom, feed, lift, exercise, and position patients. Transportation is required for clinicals. Program Requirements: Students must be a senior and pass a criminal background check. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology or other related science class.

    Dual Credit: Up to 24 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Nursing Assistant Certification, WA State HIV/AIDS Training

    Credit Equivalency: Health - 1.5, Biology-Other - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 1.5(Per Year)

     

    Information Technology Services (ITS) & Cybersecurity

    The ITS & Cybersecurity program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the

    installation, troubleshooting, and management of computers, hardware, and computer networks in

    alignment to industry standards. Students will also learn cybersecurity fundamentals and automation for factories using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 18 credits

    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, PC Pro, Ethical Hacker Pro, MCSE (Testing Fees May Apply)

    Credit Equivalency: Technical/3rd Year Math - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

    Pre-Pharmacy Technology

    The Pre-Pharmacy Technology program introduces students to the skills needed for entry-level positions in retail, hospital or mail-order pharmacies. Students will learn how to process prescriptions, prepare IV medications, order and stock medications, as well as operate and troubleshoot automated drug dispensing systems. Students will also learn about disease, medication therapy, anatomy & physiology and medical terminology. This program will provide a foundation for students who want to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician or pharmacist.

    Prerequisite: Biology or other related science class.

    Dual Credit: Up to 7.5 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Pharmacy Assistant, HIPAA, WA State HIV/AIDS

    Credit Equivalency: Anatomy & Physiology - 1.0, Health - 1.0, Life Science 1.0, Occupational Ed 1.5 (Per Year)

     

    Pre-Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

    The Pre-Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine program is designed to provide students with a

    hands-on experience in evaluation, acute care and rehabilitation skills. This program will also teach students about Kinesiology (the study of human movement), human anatomy and physiology, ethics, and taping procedures. This course is a first stop for students interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach, physical therapy assistant or physical therapist. Year 2 option available. Prerequisite: Biology or other related science class.

    Dual Credit: Up to 15 Credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR

    Credit Equivalency: Anatomy & Physiology - 1.5, Fitness & Conditioning Activities - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 1.5 (Per Year)

     

    Pre-Veterinary Technology

    The Pre-Veterinary Technology program is designed to prepare students for a career in animal healthcare and provides a foundation for employment in fields such as veterinary medicine, agriculture, research, fish and wildlife as well as training in grooming services. Students will gain experience through classroom activities and daily handling of resident animals in a realistic setting that models worksites in the industry. Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school Biology or equivalent class.

    Dual Credit: Up to 2 credits

    Certification: First Aid/CPR

    Credit Equivalency: Zoology - 1.5, Occupational Ed - 3.0 (Per Year)

     

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