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    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

    Students interested in attending PCSC should meet with their counselor to review credit status and complete a PCSC application. Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted beginning March 1, 2019.

     


     

    2019-20 Program Descriptions

    Aerospace Composites

    The Aerospace Composites program is designed to prepare student to fabricate, assemble and repair composite materials as they apply to aerospace and manufacturing. Students will also design, build and repair composite parts and assemblies using the same techniques as our industry partners. Program fees apply.

    Dual Credit: Up to 13 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Forklift, OSHA 10, 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 students the use of hand tools and industrial machines as they apply to aerospace and manufacturing. This program will also focus on the materials and technologies used in manufacturing. Students will receive instruction in trade tools, blueprint reading, precision measurement, CAD and Rhino software, and CNC and plasma cutting equipment. Program fees apply. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 20 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Forklift, OSHA 10, 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, including: automotive repair, customer service and business management. Students will explore the automotive service industry in and environment set up like and auto service department. Students will service and diagnose vehicles, complete tune-ups, conduct brake and suspension repairs and perform wheel alignments. Program fees apply. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 13 credits

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

    Credit Equivalency: Occupational Ed - 4.5 (Per Year)

     

    Construction Trades

    Construction Trades is a pre-apprenticeship program designed to teach entry-level construction skills and knowledge. This course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety through hands-on projects, guest speakers and field trips. Additionally, students focus on employability skills, problem-solving, trainability, as well as team building. Students will learn framing, roofing, blueprint reading, estimating costs, and site preparation. The course goal is to prepare students for direct entry into an apprenticeship by meeting rigorous academic and industry standards. Program fees apply. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 25 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, 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 Associates Degree. Students must be prepared to attend class in the evenings and must provide their own transportation. Program fees apply. Program Requirement: Students must be 17 years old at time of enrollment and a senior in high school.

    Off Site: Clover Park Technical College

    Dual Credit: Up to 99 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. Program fees apply. Program Requirement: Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

    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 promising careers in the food service or hospitality industry. Students will receive the training necessary to work in restaurants, hotels, and resorts.  Students will learn kitchen procedures, sanitation and safety, menu planning and costing, dining room service, baking/food preparation, banquet and catering service, and storeroom management taught by industry professionals in a state of the art facility. Students will also assist in the operation of our on-site cafe, The Glacier Grill. Program fees apply. Year 2 option available.

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

    Dual Credit: Up to 17 credits

    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 for with the skills necessary for video game industry’s need for qualified video game programmers and artists. Program fees apply. Year 2 option available.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I

    Certifications: Unity

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

    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.. Students will use industry firefighting equipment such as hoses, turnout gear, SCBAs, and a working fire engine. Program fees apply. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 17 credits

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

    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 the procedures required for patient care including: taking blood pressure, temperatures, and pulse and respiration rates. Students will also learn how to bathe, groom, feed, lift, exercise, and position patients. Students who successfully complete course work and clinical internships will be eligible to take the Washington State Nursing Assistant Certified (NA-C) exam. Private transportation is required for clinical internships. Program fees apply. Program Requirements: Students must be a senior and at least 17 years old at the time of enrollment 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)

     

    PC Networking & Hardware Repair

    The PC Networking & Hardware Repair program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the installation and management of computer networks. Students will also learn to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair computer hardware. Program fees apply. Year 2 option available.

    Dual Credit: Up to 18 credits

    Certifications: A+. Network+, Security+, PC 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. This program will provide a foundation for students who want to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician or pharmacist. Program fees apply. Prerequisite: Biology or other related science class.

    Dual Credit: Up to 7.5 credits

    Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Pharmacy Assistant

    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, or physical therapy assistant or physical therapist. Program fees apply. 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. Program fees apply.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school Biology or equivalent class

    Dual Credit: Up to 2 credits

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

     

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