Project Lead The Way
PLTW Gateway : The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. As students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
(Carver, Cherokee, Hickory, Jarrett, Pershing, Pipkin, Pleasant View, Reed, Westport, Wilson’s Creek grade 6 only)
PLTW Engineering: From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers.
PLTW Engineering courses are part of the AP + PLTW engineering pathway.
(Central, Glendale, Hillcrest, Kickapoo)
PLTW Computer Science: At a time when computer science affects how we work and live, PLTW Computer Science empowers students in grades 9-12 to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. As students work together to design solutions, they learn computational thinking – not just how to code – and become better thinkers and communicators.
PLTW Computer Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW computer science pathway.
(Central, Glendale, Hillcrest, Kickapoo, Parkview)
Technology Student Association is the official CTSO for Engineering and Computer Science pathways. Affiliation provides students with national competition opportunities to embed into classwork applying real-world problems. Springfield is host of a regional TSA event focused on middle school level events.
Springfield is host to a city wide robotics group and regional qualifier.
PLTW Biomedical Science: PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
PLTW Biomedical Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW biomedical science pathway.
(Central, Glendale, Kickapoo)
Health Occupations Student Association is the official CTSO for the Biomedical pathway. Affiliation provides students with national competition opportunities to embed into classwork applying real-world problems.
The 21st-century economy depends on a diverse array of talents and occupations. Highly educated professionals such as doctors, lawyers and software engineers capture much of the media’s attention. But the work of electricians, mechanics, carpenters, welders and builders is just as important to a functioning society. Industrial arts education teaches students how to use a range of practical tools from soldering irons, water jet cutters, 3D printers, robots and other advanced electronics.
High School Home Campus Courses:
- 3D Design and Modeling
- Advanced Wood Technology
- Architectural Computer Aided Design
- Introduction to Construction Technologies
- Manufacturing and Materials and Processes
- Wood Technology
Career Center Courses at OTC:
High school students begin their careers as they learn within the OTC Career Center. Juniors and seniors from area high schools earn free college credit to become college and career ready. Qualified students can earn an average of 40 hours of free college credits of career-specialized technical education programs. Plus, students participate in hands-on learning taught by local industry experts, while utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Students can earn Industry Recognized Credentials, Certifications, and participate in Apprenticeships.
The purpose of business education is to train aspiring entrepreneurs and make them ready to face the world of business. They are being taught to work in simulated situations of high pressure. They have to learn about finance, strategy and marketing, so they will be able to start and maintain a successful business.
Paths of Study Include:
Accounting I and II: Dual credits available counting toward the 150 hours of professional certification requirement.
Intro to Computer Apps, Computer Apps, and Advanced Computer Apps: Dual credits available, MOS (Microsoft Office Specialists) testing administered, and Google Certification offered.
Intro to Business and Business Law: Dual credit opportunity
Marketing I and II (Supervised available), Retail Marketing, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing: Work experience credit available
Personal Finance: State requirement
Supporting Coursework: Digital Design, Entrepreneurship, Web Design
FBLA is a national organization that strives to develop leadership and build character in high school students while giving them a firsthand look at the business world. Each year students compete against area schools in a variety of business topics (Accounting, Work Processing, Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, Job Interview, Marketing, Business Math, Law and English, Web-page design, etc.). Students will also participate in community service projects as well as field trips and attending various guest speaking forums. This is a great organization for those who are interested in any business area and have a willingness to succeed.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community, and promoting competition. As a result, DECA members become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.
The complex demands of contemporary society require knowing how to make decisions and take constructive action. The FACS instructional program directly addresses the practical problems of people by identifying and responding to the needs of students and communities. This program prepares individuals for the complex and multiple roles of parent, family member, worker, citizen and leader.
Paths of Study include:
Design Pathway: Fashion and Interior Design Fundamentals, Fashion Design and Construction, Interior Design, and Fashion/Interior Design and Merchandising. Dual credits
Early Childhood Pathway: Early Childhood and Early Childhood Advanced, articulations and dual credit
ProStart Pathway: Nutrition and Wellness, Culinary Arts (ProStart I), Specialty Cuisine (ProStart II), and ServSave Certifications
Supporting Courses: Career Development and Entrepreneurship, FCS Internship, Interpersonal Relationships
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation competitions and curriculum.
Family Career and Community Leaders of America is the official CTSO for the Family and Consumer Science pathway. Affiliation provides students with national competition opportunities to embed into classwork applying real-world problems.
Star Events are the national competition events for FCCLA.