Career and Technical Education

Completion of a Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required for all courses, and attending one of the CTE Program's Open Houses is Highly Recommended prior to enrolling. Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to all programs with the exception of Cosmetology and Horticultural.

Auto Services Technology I & II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Auto Services Technology I before Auto Services Technology II.  Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Auto Services Technology II.
This program covers the basic understanding of the new technologies and principles necessary to perform repairs on your own vehicles or to prepare for a career in the automotive industry using both a textbook and practical experience that gives you. You will learn about engine repair and engine performance, brakes, steering, suspension and tire service. Also electronics and computer controls are covered along with manual drive trains, and preventive maintenance. The curriculum is based off of NATEF/ASE standards which is the industry standard for auto repair. You are expected to listen, read and follow directions and come to class with a desire to learn. First year is comprised of mostly classroom time, where you cover material that builds on itself at a fast pace of learning the basic systems of the automobile and how they operate. This class room work is then followed up with hands-on shop work that includes engine assembly and preventative maintenance work such as oil changes. Second year is comprised of mostly of working in the shop performing diagnostics and repairs on customer or student vehicles along with classroom work.
Program's Location:  Willowcreek Middle School.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Additional Fees or Requirements:  Students are required to furnish their own coveralls or old work clothes suitable to shop environment such as jeans and shirt that will get dirty. Also student must have suitable closed toe canvas or leather shoes at least, or boots preferably. Last, the student must furnish approved eye protection. A pair of ear plugs is recommended. Students enrolled in this course will incur estimated additional expenses for safety glasses ($11), work boots ($80).
Dual Credit:  Up to 4 credits from Ivy Tech for Auto Services Technology I and the possibility of up to 10 credits for Auto Services Technology II.
Additional Articulation Agreements:  None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Construction Technology I & II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Construction Technology II.
Through the utilization of classroom, homework, and hands-on experience, in the 2 year program the students will build a complete single-family home. The CTE Construction Technology course exposes juniors and seniors to the various building trades. Graduates of this course may be able to enter the construction industry at the apprentice level. Areas of instruction include safety, excavation, concrete, masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, insulation, drywall, painting, cabinet installation, exterior finishes, interior door installation & trim, and energy efficient construction.
Program's Location:  Willowcreek Middle School.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Additional Fees or Requirements:  Students enrolled in this course will incur estimated additional expenses for safety glasses ($11), tool belt ($15), hammer ($15), tape measure ($12), utility knife ($7) and work boots ($80). Proper work clothes are required. 
Dual Credit:  Construction I students will be able to get dual credits from Ivy Tech for the following classes: CONT 101 Introduction to Construction Tech, CONT 102 Construction Materials and BCOT 104 Floor and Wall Layout and Construction. 9 credit hours total, 3 for each class.  Construction II students may be able to earn credits in BCOT 105 Roof Construction and BCOT 114 Exterior Finish for an additional 6 credit hours.
Additional Articulation Agreement:  None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Dental Careers, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 12
The Dental Careers course is designed for seniors who are interested in a career in dentistry. Students enrolled in this course will obtain knowledge in dental terminology, oral anatomy, basic dental radiology, basic dental office procedures, basic dental restorative procedures, and career explorations in the dental field. Students will explore career options in dentistry such as dental hygienist, dental assistant, dental lab technician, dental office manager/receptionist, or dentist. During the last nine weeks, students will complete 8 hours per week in a dental office placement. This unique classroom experience combines lectures and hands-on clinical experiences that will provide students with the skills necessary for an entry-level position as a dental assistant. Many of the graduates have obtained positions as dental assistants while pursuing post-secondary degrees in dentistry.
Program's Location:  Portage High School.
Transportation to and from outside work site is the student's responsibility.
Additional Feed or Requirements:  Students enrolled in this course will incur additional expenses of approximately $140.00 for student professional fee, uniforms, workbook, textbook rental and supplies. College credit will have an additional cost of $25.00. 
Dual Credit: Indiana University Northwest 1 credit H242 Introduction to Dentistry.
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements. 

Diesel Services Technology I & II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
This course develops the know-how and hands-on skills demanded by the diesel industry for entry at the apprentice level. The course instruction covers the basics of engines, electronics, transmissions, differentials, chassis, brakes, electrical, hydraulics, precision measuring, welding, and machine skills. This course is aligned with ASE certification requirements.
Program's Location:  Portage High School Bus Barn
Additional Fees or Requirements:  Students are required to furnish their own coveralls, steel-toed work boots, safety glass and welding clothes. Additional cost for coveralls and steel-toed work boots is the responsibility of the student.
Dual Credit:  None
Articulation Agreement:  Lincoln Technical Institute-Allows credit by examination for required classes for full credit and no tuition.  Advanced standing allowed in DT 101 and AT 103 as well as testing out of up to 50% of required courses. Universal Technical Institute-Allows testing out of 7 required classes for full credit/no tuition. University of Northwestern Ohio-6 credits (AU 126, and AU 127) dual credits for completing 2 years of Diesel Technology. Ohio Technical college-Allows advanced placement in up to 3 required classes for full credit and no tuition. 
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Early Childhood & Education I & II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: It is recommended that a student has credits in Sophomore English, is currently enrolled in Junior English and has successfully completed Child Development.  For those students wanting to qualify for the CDA credential, Education & Early Childhood I must be taken before Education & Early Childhood II.  Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Education & Early Childhood II.
If you are considering a career in education, this program is an excellent place to start. You will experience direct interaction with children and be supervised under a licensed teacher. You will learn teaching techniques by preparing and supervising planned activities that will enhance young children's physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. You will definitely be in front of the learning curve when you start college, because of the experiences that you have had in this class. The Portage program site is located at South Haven Elementary and offers experiences in an elementary school and an on-site pre-kindergarten classroom. You will be spending one hour involved in classroom studies learning the different techniques and teaching methods and then two hours working in the actual elementary classrooms. Even though this program is part of a high school curriculum, you are expected to meet the appropriate dress codes and standards of professional conduct of an educational workplace; especially since you will be working daily alongside young children who are very impressionable. Students may apply for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential while in the second year of the program. Grant funds are currently available to assist in the application fee.
Program Locations:
South Haven Elementary. This site offers experiences in an elementary school setting and an on-site pre-kindergarten classroom.
SELF school, (Porter County Special Education) experiences with preschool students or students with disabilities are offered.
Hobart High School experiences will be available in their pre-kindergarten class.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to these programs.
Additional Fees or Requirements:  All students enrolled in the program will have to show proof of a current TB skin test before being allowed to participate in this program and meet the appropriate dress codes and standards of professional conduct of educational workplaces. Additional cost for program shirts is the responsibility of the student.  Students placed off site at local Early Childhood programs should expect to face a drug test and background check.
Dual Credit: 6 credits through Ivy Tech Education & Early Childhood I, and an additional 6 credits for Education & Early Childhood II. There is no cost for Ivy Tech credits. Students must pass the Accuplacer Test.
Additional Articulation Agreement: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Introduction to Graphic Imaging Technology I, (1 period), 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students have earned 2 credits in math and 2 credits in English before enrolling.
This course will help the novice printer in all aspects of the pre-press areas. Classroom theory and laboratory topics include shop safety, history of printing, and careers in printing, desktop publishing, extensive art and copy assembly, image setting, and black and white film assembly.
Program's Location:  Portage High School
Additional Fees or Requirements:  A workbook is required for this course.  Additional cost for this program is estimated at $15.
Dual Credit:  None
Additional Articulation Agreement:  None

Introduction to Graphic Imaging Technology II, (1 period), 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Imaging Technology I.
This course is a general study of the characteristics and applications of various printing procedures and processes. Classroom theory and laboratory skill development includes activities in basic plate making procedures, extensive offset press operations, ink and paper fundamentals,bindery operations, and finishing/packaging techniques.
Program's Location:  Portage High School
Additional Fees or Requirements:  A workbook is required for this course.  Additional cost for this program is estimated at $20.
Dual Credit:  None
Additional Articulation Agreement:  None 

Graphic Imaging Technology I & II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Graphic Imaging Technology II.
This course provides an in depth study of the graphic arts/communication industry in a highly productive lab setting. Course topics in GIT 1 include the operation of offset presses, desktop design/publishing, image setting, image assembly, bindery functions, art and copy assembly, vinyl graphics, screen-printing, and job orders. Course topics in GIT 2 include management practices, estimating, job orders, customer involvement, production scheduling, and specific job specialization. These classes involve LIVE everyday production situations that are related to the graphics/printing industry.
Program's Location: Portage High School
Dual Credit: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Health Science Education I with Medical Terminology, (4 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology (2 credits), (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: C or better in Biology I, Health I and/or Advanced Health
If you are interested in Health Care Careers, universities want to see this type of class on your high school transcript. Have you ever thought of yourself at work wearing gloves, face mask and a medical scrub uniform? Do you know the difference between an Nurse Practitioner and a Radiologist? Would you like the opportunity to earn college credit while a junior or senior in high school? Do you like a hands-on approach to learning? Would you like to earn Elective credit and Science credit in one class? This is your class! We have worked to create lessons that utilize many diverse approaches to learning and student success. Our teaching methods involve: lecture/discussion, anatomy dissection labs, medical competency labs, clinical rotations, and a medical clinic-job shadowing component. Consider signing up for this class as a stepping-stone toward your future career in health care. You will build your vocabulary through mastery of medical terminology. Students will also study the normal structure and function of the human body as compared to the disease process of the human body. This course is structured with the emphasis on Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, and an Introduction to Health Careers. That way, you can earn a science credit along with elective credits! The instructor and professional health care staff work together to teach lessons that complement one another and provide many opportunities for hands on activities through dissections, labs and clinical experiences. After successful completion of this class, you will be ready to enter advanced courses such as: Health Occupations, Dental Careers, Fundamental of Sports Medicine, or the EMT course.
Location:  Portage High School
Additional Fees or Requirements:  Students enrolled in this course will incur estimated additional expenses for Health Occupations Students of America Chapter ($25), a scrub uniform ($35), CPR Certification ($19.50) and a medical terminology workbook/flashcards/CD ($85). This course requires that all students, participating in clinical experiences at hospitals and community clinics, must submit records verifying current immunizations in HBV and submit a current TB test.
Dual Credit:  6 credits available through Ivy Tech. Breakdown: 3 credits for HLHS101-Medical Terminology, 3 credits will be earned for HLHS100-Introduction to Health Careers. There is no cost for Ivy Tech credits. Students must pass the Accuplacer Test. 
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Work Based Learning Program, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits OR
(3 periods), 1 semester, 3 credits

Grade 12
Approximately 5 hours in class & 15 hours OJT per week.
The Work Based Learning Program is a program that integrates the classroom with on-the-job training (OJT). Classroom instruction covers career exploration and employment skills. Current employment may qualify for on-the-job training. Otherwise, the teacher coordinator will assist with student placement based on individual career choices. Students in this class will be employed in our surrounding area and receive credit for going to work. We meet for one period and then release you to your job, so you get to leave school early to work. What could be better? Information and responsibilities that the students need to be aware of prior to signing up for Work Study:
- You must have a work permit on file.
- You must have an appropriate job before class starts and keep that job (pending teacher approval) - 2 semester students may not have a job prior to the beginning of the school year, but must have gainful employment by the end of the first 9 weeks. 1 Semester students must have employment prior to joining the class.
- You are only allowed one job change while you are in the Work Based Learning Program.
- The majority of the hours should take place between Monday through Friday upon dismissal from school, since you are being allowed to leave early to go to work.
- The position must be paid through a check and your employer must provide pay stubs. and/or computer access to hourly wages for proof of employment.
- Have reliable transportation.
- Good attendance is a must.
- Motivation to work is required.
- Preference will be given to those students who register for two semesters.
Program's Location: Portage High School
Additional Fees or Requirements: In addition to the normal course fee, students enrolled in this program will incur an estimated expense of $10 for supplies. Students also must posses a valid driver's license and proof of reliable transportation on the first day of class or they will be sent to guidance for a schedule change.
Dual Credit: None
Additional Articulation Agreements: None


The following Career-Technical Programs are available at
Porter County Career Center:


Computer Aided Design and Animation (CAD) I & II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Computer Aided Design and Animation II.
CAD Drafting introduces and trains students in the use of "state of the art" computer graphics hardware and software for both architectural and mechanical applications. CAD skills are taught using several kinds of software. Due to advances in computer technology, students will be working on sophisticated engineering workstations operating in a networked environment. Emphasis will be toward increasing and refining DRAFTING/CAD knowledge and skills needed to produce engineering drawings and graphic presentations in a professional environment.
Program's Location:  Porter County Career and Technical Center.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit:  6 credits through Ivy Tech for CAD I, 3 credits for CAD II.
Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Electronics and Computer Technology I and II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Electronics and Computer Technology II.
The Electronics Technology Program helps prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as technicians and engineers in the fields of Industrial, Instrumentation, and Communications Electronics. Students will receive instruction in basic, solid state, and digital electronics. Content includes "hands on" use of meters, amplifiers, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc. Students will conduct experiments involving receivers, transmitters, microprocessors, and computers. If you choose this "hands on" program, you'll have the opportunity to work on amplifiers, computers, fiber optics, robotics, home and car audio, security alarm systems and much more.
Program's Location: Porter County Career and Technical Center.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: Possible credits available through Vincennes and/or Ivy Tech.
Additional Articulation Agreements:  None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an AcademicHonors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Health Science Education I (Health Careers), (3 periods), 2 semesters, 4 credits (Anatomy and Physiology 2 credits)
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Health Careers II
Can you stay calm during an emergency situation? Can you control your emotions in the event of an accident? Would you be able to help a stray dog needing assistance? Could you imagine working in a dental office? If the answer to any of these questions describes you, then you want to enroll in the Health Careers class. Health careers are the fastest growing occupational area with a tremendous demand for trained employees. Health Careers is an introductory class that will focus on options including nursing, dental, radiography, phlebotomy, emergency medical technician, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and more. Students will learn medical procedures in a hands-on environment. They will study the various career options and plan for their future. They will learn about basic anatomy and physiology as well as medical terminology. Two of the 6 credits from this program will count as Science for Anatomy and Physiology. This class prepares you for the world of work, post-secondary training, or for additional advanced career/technical education courses such as Health Occupations, Dental Careers, or Fundamentals of Sports Medicine.
Program's Location:  Porter County Career and Technical Center.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit:  6 credits available through Ivy Tech, pending successful completion of Accuplacer Assessment.
Additional Articulation Agreements:  None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Health Science Education 2 (Health Occupations), (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with a teacher's signature for Health Science Education II.
The Health Occupations Program combines classroom work and an extended lab experience. The first semester includes an in-depth study of medical terminology, basic anatomy, physiology, systems, and CPR certification. The second part of the program involves observational field experiences in a health care setting. The student will become a licensed certified nursing assistant by meeting the state required clinical hours in a long-term care facility.
Program's Location: Porter County Career and Technical Center.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Additional Fees or Requirements:  Students will need transportation for the 2nd half of the year for internship placements. Students are required to have a physical done by their family physician, purchase two sets of scrubs, a pair of white shoes, and a TB test. Additional costs incurred by the student are approximately $100.
Dual Credit: Up to 8 credits possible & 5 are subject to completion of CNA, pending successful completion of Accuplacer Assessment.
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Precision Machining I and II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher’s signature for Precision Machining II.
If you have an interest in a manufacturing career, you should check out the Precision Machining Technology class. You will learn basic machining techniques, CNC machining, computer aided machining (CAM), quality control processes and basic mechanics. At the completion of the program, you will be prepared for a career in machining or a step ahead at any engineering major at college. You can earn articulated or dual credit in college by participating in this program. Sign up today.
Program's Location: Porter County Career and Technical Center. Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: Up to 9 credits through Vincennes.
Additional Articulation Agreements: None

Strategic Marketing Internship, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 12
Through the Marketing Education Program, a senior student can develop skills to advance in a variety of marketing occupations. There are three aspects of the program; the class, the work experience in a local business, and DECA (Marketing Ed. Club). In the classroom, the student will learn marketing functions and management. Each student enrolled will receive credit and pay for his/her work. In DECA, the student has the opportunity to participate in an exciting, challenging, and fun-filled student organization.
Program's Location: Porter County Career and Technical Center.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: Up to 6 credits through Ivy Tech pending successful completion of Accuplacer Assessment.
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Entrepreneurship/Sports & Entertainment Marketing, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
The program is designed to allow students to begin and operate a small business. Students will be involved in all aspects of starting and operating a retail business, which includes market research, purchasing, inventory control, stocking, selling, promotion and financial management. This class meets the state economics requirement for PHS. To receive Economics credit, students will need to satisfactorily complete both semesters. In the second half of the class, you will learn how to develop sporting event and entertainment promotions. Program's Location: Porter County Career and Technical Center.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: 6 credits through Ivy Tech pending successful completion of Accuplacer Assessment.
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Video Productions/Media Studies I and II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Video Productions/Media Studies II.
Do you want to know how to produce a TV show, be a news reporter, or shoot and edit your own films? Would you like to be on the cutting edge in the telecommunications field?  If these are the career paths that are appealing to you, then consider signing up for this program. TV Productions/Telecommunications will provide instruction in various communication, marketing, media, production, and technical functions and tasks performed by employees, including management personnel, in TV broadcasting and telecommunications occupations. Students will produce programming that will be aired on public access television or on-line. Emphasis will be placed on career opportunities, production, programming, announcing, broadcast equipment operation, news and sports casting, broadcast regulations and laws, station organization, technical, oral/written communication, and listening skills. TV Productions students will learn the five components of television: camera operations, audio, lighting, writing, and editing. Students will have the opportunity to learn anchoring, directing, producing, studio cameras, audio, and studio lighting. You will train on professional studio equipment, creating a variety of video projects. Television Production students should have a strong interest in fine arts, speech, production, journalism, and electronics.
Program's Location: Porter County Career and Technical Center.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: Up to 6 credits through Vincennes.
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

The following courses are offered at additional career-technical sites:

Cisco Networking Academy (Fundamentals), (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
The Cisco Networking Academy is an "applications" based class that covers many types of practical networks you may encounter, from simple home or small office networks to more complex enterprise models. You will learn the technical skills and soft skills needed to succeed in entry-level networking professions such as a network installer, help desk technician, pre-sales support technician, or network technician. CCNA also provides an introduction to advanced technologies such as voice, video, wireless, and security. The CCNA curriculum is composed of four courses:
- Networking for Home and Small Businesses
- Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP
- Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise
- Designing and Supporting Computer Networks.
Program's Location: Hobart High School.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: None
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Computer Tech Support I (3 periods) 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Want to be that go-to person who helps a coworker or client figure out why his or her computer is acting up?  As a Computer Tech Support student, you will learn to diagnose and repair computer problems.  You will focus on maintenance and security issues.  You will install operating systems and software.  You will help restore data.  The field of technology is hot. According to CompTIA, there are almost 1 million open IT positions in the U.S.  Despite their differences on the surface, virtually every industry today depends on IT.  From small family-run businesses to big corporations, there are IT careers for students in almost every organization around the globe.
Program's Location:  Valparaiso High School
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit:  None
Additional Articulation Agreements:  None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Cosmetology I and II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 8 credits
Grade 11,12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Hair Design and Cosmetology II.
Cosmetology is a program to develop skills and knowledge in performing a variety of beauty treatments including care and beautification of the hair, complexion, and hands. This program is designed to qualify students for the State Board of Beauty Culture examination. This program meets at Don Roberts Beauty School and starts full-time July 1. It must be started in grade 11. One way transportation is provided to Don Roberts Beauty School.  The student must provide his/her own transportation back. Fees are set each spring. The student should be aware of additional expenses involved in taking this class.
Program's Location:  Don Roberts, Valparaiso.
Transportation to Don Roberts is provided but students will need to provide their own transportation back.
Dual Credit:  None
Additional Articulation Agreements:  None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management I and II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Advanced Culinary Arts I.
Are you interested in a career in the food service and hospitality industry? You could be one of the 1.5 million people expected to be hired in the next 10 years. Taking this course could lead to certification and a $5,000.00 scholarship to the culinary school of your choice. This two-year program offers you the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through classroom experiences. Emphasis is placed on developing workplace readiness skills in food preparation, safety and sanitation, management, financial planning of food costs, teamwork, creativity, communication, responsibility, and self-confidence. Classroom experiences are expected to include food preparation, demonstrations, guest speakers, videos, projects, textbook reading, study guides, test and field trips. The program is also valuable for one year of participation.
Program's Location: Boone Grove High School.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: None
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Emergency Medical Services (EMT), (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
Sign up for the Emergency Rescue Technology Academy if you are interested in learning about fast-paced emergency rescue career opportunities such as firefighting and emergency medical services. You will learn how to take care of critically ill and injured patients through lecture, lab, and clinical experiences, and develop strong communication and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. This challenging course is taught in a relaxed college atmosphere and requires extensive hands-on training. You will be responding on fire apparatus and ambulances on actual emergency calls. Additional topics will include orientation to fire department operations, arson investigation, wild land firefighter, vehicle extrication, injury prevention, and technical rescue. To enroll, you should possess personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment, respect for human dignity, and a strong sense of ethics. This program is a nationally accredited EMT program. Seniors who obtain their EMT certification from the program can transition into a paramedic program after graduation and pursue an Associate's Degree from Ivy Tech in Paramedic Science. After completing the Paramedic Science degree, a bridge program is an option for students who want to pursue a nursing degree at Ivy Tech.
Program's Location: Hobart High School.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Additional Fees or Requirements: Students will need to be 17 years of age by May 15 of the year you are enrolled and have a current, state-issued photo ID (just a student ID is unacceptable) and a current TB test. You should also expect to face a drug test.
Dual Credit: 6 credits from Vincennes University
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Fundamentals of Sports Medicine (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
Sign up for Fundamentals of Sports Medicine if you'd like a hands-on class that will teach you techniques to help others prevent and treat sport injuries. You might find yourself going on to be an athletic trainer, physical therapist or other health care professional by earning the appropriate college degree(s). Students in the class learn about anatomy, first aid, CPR, vital signs and the prevention and treatments of sprains, strains and other injuries.
Program's Location: Hobart High School.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: None
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Horticultural Science I and II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
If you like working with plants and designing landscapes,then this is the career and technical program for you. An on site greenhouse will give you hands on experience in areas of plant production, installation, marketing, and management of landscape plants and products. You will also learn to use Pro Landscape, the latest CAD software program to create landscape designs. You will enjoy extended field trips several times a month to explore all career areas and apply newly learned skills in landscape design and plant science. Students can receive a Core 40 and Academic Honors Diploma Science credit for plant science in this program.
Program's Location: Morgan Township School.
Students will need to provide their own transportation to this location.
Dual Credit: 3 credits through Ivy Tech
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Law Enforcement Careers Academy I & II (Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigations), (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Law Enforcement Careers Academy II.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in law, law enforcement, probation, parole, corrections, or a security profession, join the rank and file of the law enforcement careers academy today. There are two different classes you can sign up for either as a junior or a senior. The Criminal Justice System class surveys the legal system and the various careers available. You will discuss and be exposed to the process from a suspect being questioned to the convicted being placed in prison. You will discuss and analyze the motivation for committing crime.  In the Criminal Investigations class, you will study evidence collection, interview techniques, and proper documentation. You will discuss various types of offenses and how they are investigated. Each class invites numerous guest speakers and takes several field trips. In order to enroll, you should possess personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment, integrity, and a sense of responsibility. You are eligible to earn six college credits for the successful completion of each class.
Program's Location: Wheeler High School.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program.
Dual Credit: 6 credits through Vincennes University in each class.
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Welding I & II, (3 periods), 2 semesters, 6 credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required with teacher's signature for Welding II.
The Welding Program is offered at the IVY TECH Community College in Valparaiso. The program provides the student with a thorough technical understanding of arc and M.I.G. welding fundamentals and the use of arc welding machines and basic oxy-acetylene procedures. This program will meet at Ivy Tech Community College. Students will FOLLOW the IVY TECH Community College's calendar for days off and breaks.
Program's Location: Ivy Tech Community College, Valparaiso.
Portage Township Schools will provide the ONLY method of transportation to this program when the high school is in session. IF PHS is not in session and IVY TECH College IS, students must provide their own transportation to IVY TECH Community College.
Dual Credit: 18 credits from Ivy Tech each year
Additional Articulation Agreements: None
Career and Technical classes may help you attain an Academic Honors and/or Technical Honors Diploma. See your guidance counselor for the latest requirements.

Completion of a Career and Technical Education enrollment form is required for all courses, and attending one of the CTE Program's Open Houses is Highly Recommended prior to enrolling. 

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