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Congratulations Cope Area Career Center!   Winner of Palmetto Gold Award 2014-15.   Award Winning Career and Technology Education Five Years in a Row.   Consistently Proud!
Cope Area Career Center provides quality Career and Technology Education programs to students attending Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Branchville High School, Denmark-Olar High School, Edisto High School and Hunter-Kinard Tyler High School. The programs we offer are open to all students and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability.
 
BELL SCHEDULE
               
                8:20 - 11:05                       AM Block
                11:55 - 2:45                       PM Block

CAREER CLUSTER OF EDUCATION &TRAINING: 
Early Childhood Education I
Early Childhood Education I is designed to provide students with hands-on opportunities to actively explore and observe the world of preschool children.  This course provides an in-depth study of career paths, developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum development, safe and healthy learning environment, collaborate relationships, and professional employment skills.  This class meets for two periods for one semester.
 
Early Childhood Education II
Early Childhood Education II is an advanced study in working with young children.Students apply and build on skills acquired in Early Childhood Education I.Opportunities are provided to interact with professionals in the field, and experience is gained through various school-to-work activities.Students are required to complete five (5) hours of community service each nine (9) week grading period. Students will have the opportunity to earn national certification in First Aid, CPR, and Babysitting.Students will be expected to pay fees for certifications. This class meets for two periods for one semester.ECE II is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation.
 
Teacher Cadet
Teacher Cadet is designed for students who are interested in the teaching profession. Students are taught how to teach a class, interact with students, and handle various situations that teachers face on a daily basis. Students will participate in an internship at a nearby primary, elementary, middle, or high school. The course is offered through Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Cope Area Career Center’s college partner. The credits earned through the course may be transferred to other colleges, most commonly as an elective credit. Students who are interested in Teacher Cadet must have a GPA of 3.0 and/or receive a recommendation from a Review Panel, be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum, be recommended in writing by five instructors, submit an essay on why he/she wants to be in the class, be a senior, participate in an interview, and agree to adhere to the Teacher Cadet Discipline policy. A flash drive and a lab fee of $10 are required within the first week of class. This course is offered for dual enrollment only.
 
*All Early Childhood Education and Teacher Cadet students are required to join SkillsUSA. Membership fee is $15 and must be paid within the first two weeks of the enrolling semester.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY: 
Health Science 1
Health Science 1 is the first of four courses offered to students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. During this first course students are introduced to healthcare history, careers, law and ethics, cultural diversity, healthcare language and math, infection control, professionalism, communication, basics of the organization of healthcare facilities, and types of healthcare insurance. Students get a good grasp of where healthcare has been, where it’s going and how professionalism and personal characteristics impact their success. Students will be introduced to “Standard Precautions” and learn about confidentiality through HIPPA. As students are guided through healthcare career exploration, they will discuss education levels, and requirements needed to be successful. Students will participate in a career project, and will hear from guest speakers in the healthcare field. Students will learn first-aid procedures and learn fire safety. (Schools have the option to certify students in FA/CPR in this course, but not required at this level.) The skills and knowledge that students learn in Health Science 1 serve to prepare them for future clinical experiences such as job shadowing or internships as they advance in the Health Science courses. This course is recommended for students in grades 10-12.  There are no prerequisites required, however Medical Terminology is offered as a co- requisite. Students are required to complete ten (10) hours of community service each nine week (9) grading period. To advance to Health Science 2, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Health Science 1 or teacher recommendation. This course is offered for dual enrollment.
 
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of health professions.  Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms and abbreviations.  Utilizing a body systems approach, the student will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, and pharmacology.  This course is recommended for students in grades 10-12.  There are no prerequisites required, however Health Science 1 is offered as a co- requisite. To advance to Health Science 2, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Medical Terminology or teacher recommendation. This course is offered for dual enrollment.
 
Health Science 2
Health Science 2 applies the knowledge and skills that were learned in Health Science 1 while further challenging the students to learn more about the healthcare field. Health Science 2 will continue teaching in more detail, the units of study that include advanced study of infection control. They will learn about “Transmission Based Precautionsand become more familiar with OSHA, HIPPA, and the CDC. Students in Health Science 2 will learn how to take vital signs, record them and learn what the data means. Students will learn about the stages of life and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Students will learn how law and ethics are applied in the healthcare setting. This course will introduce students to basic patient care skills and medical terminology, medical math and pharmacology is incorporated throughout the lessons being taught. Students will be certified in CPR in this course. Career pathways and scenarios are introduced through each section. Students in this course should further their knowledge of healthcare careers and future goals by participating in a job shadowing/internship experience. This course is recommended for students in grades 11-12. The pre-requisites to this course are successful completion of Health Science 1 and Medical Terminology. Health Science 3 is offered as a co- requisite. Students are required to complete ten (10) hours of community service each nine week (9) grading period. This course provides a foundation for further advancement in Health Science. To advance to Health Science Clinical Study, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Health Science 2 & 3, or teacher recommendation.
 
Health Science 3
Health Science 3 acquaints students with basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students learn how the human body is structured and the function of each body system. Students will study the relationship that body systems have with disease from the healthcare point of view. This is a very “hands on” course and students will learn through projects and activities in the classroom. Skill procedures and foundation standards are reviewed and integrated throughout the program.
This course is recommended for students in grades 11-12. The pre-requisites to this course are successful completion of Health Science 1 and Medical Terminology. Health Science 2 is offered as a co-requisite. This course does not count as a lab science. To advance to Health Science Clinical Study, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Health Science 2 & 3, or teacher recommendation.
 
Health Science Clinical Study
Health Science Clinical Study is a course that guides students to make connections from the classroom to the healthcare industry through work–based learning experiences/activities. This course is designed to provide for further development and application of knowledge and skills common to a wide variety of healthcare professions. The students in this course will build on all information and skills presented in the previous required course foundation standards. The students will relay these skills into real life experiences. Under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse, students are prepared to perform nursing-related services to patients and residents in hospitals or long-term care facilities. Students will review all foundation standards in the clinical study program as well as the addition of the South Carolina Nurse Aide Curriculum found in the training program packet. This course is recommended for students in grade 12. The pre-requisites to this course are successful completion of Health Science 1, 2 & 3 and Medical Terminology. Students in this course should be First-Aid and CPR certified before participating in any healthcare experience outside of the classroom. Each student must is responsible for the following fees: CNA Exam ($101.00); Uniforms (approx. $55.00).  Students and parents will be required to attend a pre-clinical conference. Students must complete 40 hours of clinical in order to take the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam.  They must provide their own transportation to and from clinical. Clinical runs from 6:45 am-11:00am Mon-Friday and 6:45 am-3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  They must provide an updated immunization record.  Students must adhere to the pregnancy policy and meet the physical limitations requirement.  All seniors are required to attend the last week of school to practice for the CNA exam. Daily journaling, community service and the completion of a career portfolio are required.
 
* All Health Science Students are required to become a member of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). Dues are either $5 or $25 and must be paid within the first two weeks of class. Students have an option to join locally or at the national and state level.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF HUMAN SERVICES: 
Cosmetology I&II
The Cosmetology Program is designed to prepare students to qualify and successfully complete all requirements for a South Carolina Cosmetology license. The student receives training following the guidelines and regulations established by the South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Cosmetology Board. The course of study includes Sanitation and Safety, Professionalism and Salon Management, Sciences of Cosmetology, Professional Hair Care Skills, Professional Nail Care Skills, Professional Skin Care Skills, and Unassigned Specific Needs. Instruction in chemistry, bacteriology, and anatomy and physiology of the face, head, arms, and hands is incorporated by means of theory and of practical application on both mannequins and live models.
 
Cosmetology I students must:
  • Complete and submit application for admission
  • Have completed the 10th grade and be 16 years of age
  • Purchase a basic student kit at $230. 1st Installment of $80 due June 13, 2016; 2nd Installment of $75 due July 11, 2016; Final Installment of $75 due August, 8, 2016. Kit fee includes SkillsUSA membership.
  • Earn a minimum of 500 clock hours in Cosmetology I. Students having more than 20 hours deficit will not be able to enroll in Cosmetology II. Two Saturdays throughout the year will be designated to make up hours. Tuesday and Wednesdays are designated each week to make up hours after school until 4 PM.
  • Maintain a “C” average or better to be recommended for Cosmetology II.
  • Students must wear professional black scrubs, lab coat and black closed toed leather nursing shoes. (No crocs or shoes with holes in them.)
  • Earn 250 Academic hours.
 Cosmetology II students must:
  • Have successfully passed Cosmetology I
  • Senior Cosmetology II fees and supplies of $110 (approximate cost includes State Board Exam fee -$95, Mannequin - $30 (provided through grant), Senior State Board Kit - $30 (furnished by CACC to be returned after exam), and SkillsUSA membership-$15). It is recommended that all fees be paid by June 13, 2016 or paid in installments. 1st installment of $50 due on or before June 6, 2016; the 2nd installment of $30 due on or before July 13, 2016; the Final Installment of $30 due on or before August 8, 2016. Additional practice mannequins may be needed to be purchased at the expense of the parent/guardian.
  • Earn a minimum of 500 Clock hours in Cosmetology I, along with 250 Academic hours. Two Saturdays throughout the year will be designated to make up hours and gain extra hours and skills. Tuesday and Wednesdays are designated each week to make up hours after school until 4 PM.
  • Students must wear professional black scrubs, lab coat and black closed toed leather nursing shoes. (No Crocs or shoes with holes in them)
  • The State Board Exam applications are submitted in the spring of the second semester. The date is scheduled by the South Carolina State Board of Cosmetology.
  • Students are expected to take and pass the SC Board of Cosmetology Exam during their Senior Year. This exam grade will be included as the students’ final exam grade.
CAREER CLUSTER OF LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, & SECURITY: 
Law Enforcement Services I, II
Law Enforcement Services I & II introduces students to the basic concepts of law enforcement.  Content covered includes the roles in the court system, the trial process, and the purpose of correction, juvenile justice, federal, state, and local agencies.  Law Enforcement Services II offers various certifications in the field of Public Safety such as Junior Fire Fighter, CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Lifeguard certification. The students will undergo internships at various departments within the law and legal system. Level I students are expected to purchase a uniform (polo shirt approx $25). Level II students are required to pay for CPR, First Aid, and/or Lifeguard training.  Level I & II Students will be expected to participate in the Skills USA student organization. Membership fee is $15 and must be paid within the first two weeks of the enrolling semester. LES II is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF MANUFACTURING: 
Welding Technology I, II, III, IV
Welding Technology prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. Includes instruction in arc welding, resistance welding, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.
 
 
Welding Shop Area:  High-top leather work shoes are required in shop area.  No tennis type shoes will be allowed. Clothing should be 100% cotton. Trousers should not have cuffs. Shirts should be long sleeved. Students are required to pay an $80 shop fee which includes a full face welding hood, welding gloves, welding jacket and SkillsUSA Membership fee. All body jewelry and piercing must be removed before using the welding shop.  Students will have opportunity to earn AWS and NCCER certification.
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS:
Introduction to Engineering Design
Students must have completed Algebra I with a letter grade of “B” or better. Ninth grade students may begin the Project Lead the Way sequence of courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Computer Aided Manufacturing and/or Civil Engineering. The courses are offered for dual enrollment. Students meeting the end of course exam requirements may receive college credit to transfer to many out of state four year colleges. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Principals of Engineering
Students must have successfully completed Introduction to Engineering Design with a “C” or better. This course is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation. Students meeting end of course exams may receive college credit to transfer to many out of state four year colleges. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Digital Electronics
Students who take this course learn to apply logic and encompass the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices. This is a dual enrollment course upon teacher recommendation. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
This course covers setup and operations and is built around several key concepts: computer modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics and flexible manufacturing systems. Students answer the questions: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? As students find the answers to these questions, they learn about the history of manufacturing, a sampling of manufacturing processes, robotics, and automation. This is a dual enrollment course upon teacher recommendation. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Civil Engineering & Architecture
This course is an introductory study of the fundamental concepts of design and construction techniques in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Students apply what they learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture to the design and development of property. Working in teams, students explore hands-on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems and problems and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture. This is a dual enrollment course offered upon teacher recommendation. There is a $10 lab fee for this course.
 
Pre -Engineering Technology / Mechatronics
Mechatronics Integrated Technologies (MIT) represents skills that include mechanical, advanced electrical systems and information technology systems into an integrated and comprehensive training program.  Mechatronics includes high tech systems that include computers, networking, advanced manufacturing, mechanical systems, electronics, automation, and robotics.  Students entering Mechatronics in high school will be better prepared to enter engineering or engineering technology post-secondary programs after graduation.  Since students receive real world training on actual industry equipment, some may choose to enter internships with manufacturing companies before graduation from high school and head straight to high paying careers upon graduation.  High school students presently receive national industry credentials before graduation when enrolled in MIT programs, which employers indicate is highly desirable. This course is offered for dual enrollment upon teacher recommendation.
 
 *All PLTW courses are alternated with another OCTC course. See Dual Enrollment section for possible course offerings.* Courses offered based on enrollment.  
 
CAREER CLUSTER OF TRANSPORTATION:
Introduction to Transportation and Manufacturing
The Introduction to Transportation and Manufacturing program is designed to prepare students to perform entry-level maintenance and repair tasks under the supervision of an experienced technician. Students receive training on small internal combustion engines used on portable equipment such as lawn mowers, saws. The training includes locating and solving problems, using specialized test equipment, overhauling the basic engine, and repairing or replacing engine systems. Introduction students will learn basic welding and cutting techniques.  Students will spend 6 weeks in three different areas, Welding, Small Engine Repair, and Automotive Maintenance. Students will need to bring a pair of clear safety glasses, an old work shirt or cotton coveralls, as well as leather work boots. 
 
Automotive Technology I
Automotive Technology I is designed to prepare students to perform routine maintenance and service on all types of automobiles under the supervision of an experienced ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician. The students gain experience and knowledge through classroom instruction and shop projects. Instruction is presented on careers and certification, shop safety, hand and power tools, shop equipment, automotive measurement, engine fundamentals, basic electricity and electronics, battery diagnosis and service, and introduction to automotive systems. Students are required to purchase a uniform shirt and safety glasses from the school to be worn in the auto shop area. Automotive Technology I students are also required to have a flash drive and complete a written project as part of the curriculum. Students are required to pay a $40.00 shop fee that covers their work shirt, safety glasses, and 1 year membership to SkillsUSA.  This class meets two periods for one semester.
 
Automotive Technology II
Automotive II builds on the fundamental knowledge of Automotive I. The students learn brake systems fundamentals and general brake system diagnosis and repair. The student learns diagnosis and repair of the hydraulic system, disc and drum brakes, anti-lock systems, wheel bearings, parking brakes, and the braking system electrical components. Students are required to participate in Skills USA. Automotive Technology II students will be required to have a flash drive and complete a student portfolio as part the curriculum. A uniform shirt and safety glasses are required to be worn in the shop area. Students are required to pay a $15.00 shop fee that covers a 1 year membership to SkillsUSA. 
 
Automotive Technology III
Automotive Technology III is offered on an individual student basis and by recommendation of the automotive technology instructor. Students must apply and be interviewed prior to acceptance. Students who participate in these programs will participate in the co-op learning experience and school-to-work activities. Transportation to the work site is required.
Students enrolled in this program of study are required to join Skill USA.
 
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