Program of Studies
WALDO COUNTY TECHNICAL CENTER
Waldo County Technical Center is committed to improving students’ reading and writing skills to help them increase their career opportunities, advance in their chosen fields, and continue on to higher education beyond high school. Using each class’ curriculum, the literacy coach works with teachers and students to model literacy strategies that students can use to improve their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.
*Portfolio Development activities at WCTC are an integrated component of all coursework. The instructors and literacy coach work with students to develop a comprehensive portfolio that can assist students in getting post-secondary education or finding jobs. The portfolios are developed over the years that students are enrolled in WCTC courses. Students have opportunities to create resumes and cover letters, refine interview skills, and identify areas of interest for further education or future employment.
*Scholastic Reading Inventory Testing is computerized reading testing given to all students each fall and to underclassmen in the spring. The results of the testing are used to establish a clearer link between the reading level of course curriculum materials and students’ reading abilities. These scores are shared with the guidance departments of each partner high school.
*Accuplacer Test Preparation is available to all WCTC instructors and students to help prepare for the college placement Accuplacer test. Review lessons and student sessions incorporate sample questions from the exam while the Literacy coach emphasizes test-taking strategies. The Literacy coach (with the Student Services Coordinator and the math specialist) administers the test.
The Literacy coach has developed a teacher/student library and recommends books for class readings and to individuals. Teachers and students request books, the literacy coach previews the requests and then places orders. Reading strategies and essay prompts are available to teachers.
ACADEMIC MATH PROGRAM
This program is intended for those students who wish to participate in a technical center program, but are unable to schedule a required math class at their home school. Participation in our math program allows students to receive a full mathematics credit in any of the following academic subjects:
- BASIC MATH
- ALGEBRA I
- ALGEBRA II
- ADVANCED MATH COURSES AS NEEDED
Students taking an academic course must be self-directed learners and have prior permission from their high school guidance counselor. Students will receive 1 credit for math and 3 credits for their program.
Please contact Jennifer Rich, Mathematics Instructor, with any questions. 342-5231, ext 222
Many programs at WCTC are 2-year programs. First year students will be scheduled for the AM session with returning students and seniors scheduled for the PM session. In order to gain many of the licenses, certifications and college credits, students may need to complete BOTH years of a 2-year program.
AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION REPAIR
Cr 4 AM or PM
The first year of Auto Collision will focus on PAINT and REFINISH. Students in the program will be taught the proper steps in the refinishing process through the use of the I CAR curriculum and NATEF standards. Students will have access to equipment used in industry today, such as SATA sprayguns, Devilbliss fresh air systems and up to date hand tools. Students will also be given the opportunity to earn their 10 hour OSHA card, SP2 hazardous waste card and 2 hour Maine Oxy safety certificate. Students will demonstrate their skills throughout the year through the use of mock up vehicles as well as live work on customer’s vehicles. Students are welcome to bring in their own vehicles to work on provided the work aligns with the I CAR and NATEF curriculum.
Students in the second year of this program will be introduced to a broad overview of what potential employers are looking for in a student. Students will finish the PAINT and REFINSH curriculum and move on to dent and repair and thin metal welding. Second year students will have access to the CCC estimating system. Students will be taught to write estimates for customers using this system. Shops in this area use the CCC system to write estimates. We want to help place students in the Auto Collision trade after successful completion of the 2 year course.
Cr 4 AM or PM
The first year of Auto Technology covers basic automotive topics. The students will be learning basic automotive theory in areas of safety, tools, vehicle maintenance, braking systems, steering and suspension, and basic engines. The program will consist of both in class theory and lab work. During the year the students will learn how to write and read work orders, speak with customers, and research service information.
During a students second year of a two-year sequential program, they will build on the previous topics and learn new topics such as engine repair, engine performance heating and air conditioning systems, electrical and electronics. While taking classes at WCTC the students will have a chance to earn college credits through Eastern Maine Community College. The WCTC Automotive program is NATEF certified in Maintenance and Light Repair.
Cr 4 AM or PM
The first year of Building Construction offers units of instruction including wall and floor framing, exterior wall coverings, roof construction, and door and window installation.
In the second year students will continue to build on basics established during the first year while incorporating more realistic work experience. There will be opportunities for students to refine their skills in their chosen specialty areas and develop work-related decision making skills.
Cr 4 PM ONLY
The computer industry is changing and available jobs are changing as well. New IT industry skills are becoming the standard for technology jobs. Opportunities will be provided for students to receive appropriate industry certifications. Students will learn to program games for the PC and Mac as well as mobile application programming using the GAME:IT system. They learn the math and physics concepts used in game development, how the engineering cycle is used to design games, the components of a good game, color theory used in game design, and how to create sprites and animation.
Computer and networking hardware introduction and troubleshooting will introduce the students to current hardware and troubleshooting and maintenance. Students will be introduced to multiple operating systems (Microsoft, Linux, and Apple) and learn basic tasks and maintenance in each. Students will continue using the skills learned in the game programming portion of the class to create web pages using the HTML language. Students will be able to program their own web pages and learn a valuable skill that can be directly translated into a web designer career. There will also be hardware programming skills learned while utilizing the LEGO Mindstorm Programming Language and Robot Building. Being able to control a physical device with intelligent programming is a great thrill and brings a whole host of achievements to the student.
Students will learn the skills to prepare for multiple certifications including: PCPro, CompTIA, Strata, CompTIA A+, Network Pro (second year), CompTIA Network+ (second year). The curriculum will largely follow the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition Standards. Computer Careers is limited to 11th and 12th graders.
Cr 4 AM or PM
Culinary Arts is a course of study that introduces the student to the variety of tools and equipment used in the commercial kitchen, as well as the abundance of fruits and vegetables, meats and other food products available in today’s marketplace. We discover different flavors from around the globe by studying the culture from whence it came and why they use the ingredients and cooking methods they do. Measurements, menu costing and basic culinary math are drilled throughout the program. Creativity is expressed through plate design, cake and pastry decoration and written assignments. It is, after all, an ‘Arts’ class. Sanitation, trade terminology, purchasing, receiving, storing, and customer service are also covered.
The second year of Culinary Arts prepares the student for post-secondary education, or to enter the work force with confidence and skill. More focus is placed on customer service since there is a Café open to the public and is staffed by this class. Creative writing, public speaking and communication skills will be cultivated. Food is time sensitive so there is an emphasis on urgency as it relates to getting things done in a set period of time, much like a real restaurant. Math components are essential and will be visited and built throughout the course.
Cr 4 PM ONLY
Diesel Technology is a course of study which covers diesel engine principles: disassembly, assembly fuel injection, electrical and other component repair. Most shop work will be done on runnable diesel engines. Students will diagnose and repair machines in a wide range of real work situations. Engines are brought in from the community and repaired in a manner following typical repair shop procedures.
EARLY CHILDHOOD OCCUPATIONS
Cr 4 PM ONLY
Two levels of the Early Childhood Occupations Education Program will be offered: Level one, offered in the morning session, covers the basics of child development, lesson planning, classroom management, and positive discipline techniques. Students also have the opportunity to practice being a responsible and professional student teacher.
Level two, offered in the afternoon, is a more rigorous, in depth course, and is an excellent sequel to level one. The curriculum is based on the seven standards of Early Childhood Education as decided by the National Association for The Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards coincide with the requirements for obtaining the Certified Early Childhood Assistant (CECA) certificate, a state recognized credential. It is important to notice that because of the hours required, only students attending this program for two years will be eligible for obtaining their CECA certification. Students in the second level class are expected to run the on-site preschool fairly independently and must show impeccable professionalism and a strong sense of team work.
It is important that ECOE students are enthusiastic about working with young children. They are expected to demonstrate appropriate role modeling behavior, practice good hygiene, display patience and compassion, and be emotionally focused. They need to be self-disciplined, able to accept constructive criticism, and be independent thinkers. Excellent attendance is a must. Above all else, they must be an effective member of a “team” effort.
Cr 4 AM ONLY
Electrical Trades is a two-year, nationally accredited program from the National Center for Construction Education and Research designed for juniors and seniors. It consists of classroom instruction of theory and hands-on skill building exercises in the shop area. Students can obtain their Maine Electricians Helper license while allowing the student to work on projects throughout the school and obtain local employment under a Master Electrician. Students can compete at local, state and national competitions against other high school students learning the trade. Students can earn the 10 hour OSHA card in Construction, and become certified in CPR and basic first aid. Community college credits may be available for successfully completing this two year program.
This trade is physically challenging; standing, climbing, crawling and lifting/carrying heavy loads and working inside and outside. It is also mentally challenging; reading/interpreting, code knowledge, good math skills, ability to visualize, and the ability to make proper quick decisions. Someone who can perform precise work, has good hand-eye coordination, and needs little supervision is a good candidate for this trade. As long as there is a need for electricity, there will be a need for an electrician. Good electricians can earn up to $80,000/year.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Cr 4 PM ONLY
The Emergency Medical Services program is designed around the National Emergency Medical Technician EMT curriculum for students who are interested in pursuing career and post-secondary options in public safety or medical fields. This course is designed to provide students with a variety of opportunities including dual enrollment credits, clinical opportunities, national certifications and a solid background in anatomy/physiology and emergency medicine.
The class dynamics encompass a wide variety of learning styles to maximize the educational experience for each student. The first portion of the course focuses on Anatomy & Physiology of the human body, medical terminology, and CPR/First Aid. The second portion of the course emphasizes the Emergency Medical Technician – EMT certification requirements. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take their NREMT-EMT certification exam and become licensed at the state and/or national levels.
Students in this program will gain hands-on experience through a number of clinical rotations at area hospitals and EMS services throughout the year. The hands-on experience provides students with practice and clinical experiences which prepare students for a successful future in the medical field.
Cr 4 AM or PM
This two-year design program offers students the opportunity to learn artistic theory, develop creative thinking and gain technical skills in industry standard software. Through a diverse project base the program’s curriculum balances the creative and technical aspects of design. This results in students who can produce innovative, sophisticated solutions from start to finish. Students will design a variety of projects including posters, brochures, newsletters, invitations, book covers, logos, menus, product packaging, short animations, web graphics, and digital image retouching/editing. Many of these projects will be actual live jobs from partner schools and the community. Equipped with iMacs, printers, and Adobe design software the Graphic Design studio is dedicated to encompassing technology and cultivating creativity among students. Students, in good standing have the opportunity to earn certification for Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) or earn an Assessment with PrintED/SkillsUSA. This program offers two 3 credit concurrent agreements with Southern Maine Community College.
The Health Occupations program seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system that is characterized by diversity and changing technologies. It is a program that recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for the pursuit of appropriate health careers.
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT
Cr 4 AM ONLY
This one-year program is designed for juniors and seniors interested in any health career. Emphasis is placed on the academic foundation and core skills necessary for all health professions. Students have the opportunity to complete requirements of the Maine State Board of Nursing and to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. The clinical component of the program is practiced at Harbor Hill, Tall Pines and Waldo County General Hospital. Students who have entered nursing education consistently report that skills and knowledge acquired in this program have been highly beneficial.
DIVERSIFIED MEDICAL CAREERS (suspended for 2016/17)
Cr 4 PM ONLY
This one-year program integrates biology and Anatomy and Physiology and is designed for juniors or seniors interested in pursuing a career in a medical science occupation. This “hands on” applied course consists of skills lab, career exploration, medical field trips and integrated research projects. Students will also explore ethics and law as it relates to these areas of study. Occupations in this area may include medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, physical/occupational/speech therapies, veterinary medicine, laboratory science, radiology technology, and integrative therapies. The rising demand for health care services is creating many new high-paying career opportunities across a wide range of medical and wellness occupations.
SMALL ENGINE & OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT
Cr 4 AM ONLY
This program will prepare students to repair and maintain a wide range of small engine equipped machines. The program will also discuss supporting equipment parts, i.e. transmissions, gear and hydraulic, electrical, electronics and other drivetrain items. Students will be able to repair their own items as they match with the curriculum. Types of equipment will include snowmobiles, four wheelers, outboards, lawn tractors, chainsaws, etc. A second year is available to qualified students who wish to receive EETC (Engine Equipment Training Council) certifications in two-stroke and four-stroke engines and ignition systems.
Cr 4 AM or PM
The Welding Technology Program is a one year or two year course of study that emphasizes “hands on” experiences in arc welding. First year students practice the skills required to pass the American Welding Society (AWS) structural welding test and have the opportunity to become certified with AWS as a flat structural welder. Second year students practice the skills required to become certified AWS all-position welders and have the opportunity to become certified by the AWS. Emphasis is on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) along with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and oxygen and acetylene torch cutting. Safety, blueprint reading, weld symbols, joint design and fabrication are studied. Provisions are made for students whose interests lean more towards art and sculpture welding.