Why College, Career & Technical Education?

College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start in preparation for college and careers. In CCTE programs students learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life and practical situations. CCTE courses allow students to meet the graduation requirement for an elective focus area by taking three to four courses within a chosen program of study.

Students in CCTE Programs of Study

  • Have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in their chosen program and gain real world experience in the classroom or CCTE lab as well as through job shadowing and work based learning.
  • Have the opportunity to use state of the art labs, industry standard equipment and software specific to the subject area while learning professional level skills that can lead to high paying jobs.
  • May earn postsecondary credit by choosing one of the FHS programs of study that offers Advanced Placement, Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment.
  • May earn nationally recognized certifications, which can be used to jump start a career straight out of high school!

Have More Questions?

To learn more about CCTE classes, explore the individual Programs of Study offered at FHS in the list below. For answers to questions on specific programs of study you may also contact CCTE teachers on the Faculty and Staff page.

The Architectural & Engineering Design program of study prepares students for a variety of engineering and design professions including architectural, civil, or mechanical design. Students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills by identifying the relationship between available resources and requirements of a project/problem to accomplish realistic planning. As they progress through the program of study, students create design solutions for increasingly sophisticated problem sets, presenting information through various modes of visual communication such as drawing, rendering, and modeling in combination with verbal and written communication.

Year 1: Architectural & Engineering Design I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Architectural & Engineering Design II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Architectural & Engineering Design III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Architectural & Engineering Design III – 12th grade

  • Architectural & Engineering Design III is offered for two credits over two years.
  • One credit Architecture concentration and one credit Engineering concentration.

The Automotive Collision Repair program of study prepares students for entry into careers as professional service technicians. Content emphasizes customer service skills, proper use of tools and equipment, safety, shop operations, engine fundamentals, damage analysis, cost estimation, painting and refinishing, and structural and non-structural repair in a hands-on environment.

Year 1: Intro to Collision Repair – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Collision Repair: Non-Structural – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Collision Repair: Painting & Refinishing – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Collision Repair: Damage Analysis, Estimating, & Customer Service – 12th grade

  • Classes are limited to 12 – 15 students
  • Student certification in I-CAR Non-Structural Technician ProLevel 1
  • Student certification in I-CAR Refinish Technician ProLevel 1

Culinary Arts equips students with the skills to pursue careers in the culinary field as a personal chef, caterer, executive chef, and food and beverage manager. Courses cover topics that range from kitchen safety and sanitation, history of the food services industry, careers, nutrition, recipe basics, proper kitchen tools and equipment, and kitchen staples to food presentation, advanced cooking principles, bakeshop preparation skills, professionalism, and business opportunities. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) competitions and work-based learning.

Year 1: Culinary Arts I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Culinary Arts II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Culinary Arts III – 11th & 12th grade

  • Culinary Arts II is two credits / two class periods.

Students in the Digital Arts & Design program of study will develop skills and knowledge in graphic design, computer art and illustration, photography, digital imaging, interactive design, animation and motion graphics, 3-D character design, and multimedia. Using a state of the art iMac lab with Adobe Creative Cloud software, students will create real world projects and develop their professional portfolio. After the first year course where students are introduced to the many fields of Digital Arts & Design, students may begin to concentrate in one area including design, illustration, photography, animation or choose a more broad combination of these areas of study. Please see information about different concentrations within this program of study on the list of Programs of Study at FHS.

Year 1: Digital Arts & Design I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Digital Arts & Design I – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Digital Arts & Design III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Digital Arts & Design III – 12th grade

  • Students may receive Fine Arts credit for DAD I upon completion of three courses in Digital Arts & Design.
  • Digital Arts & Design III is offered for two credits over two years. Students may choose DAD III Portfolio or DAD III Animation/Motion Graphics depending on their chosen concentration.
  • DAD III/Animation & Motion Graphics may be taken with no prerequisites by juniors and seniors.
  • Students may receive college credit if they submit their final DAD III 2-D Art and Design portfolios to AP.
  • Dual credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College or Nossi College of Art. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for exam/portfolio review. Students earning dual credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.
  • Students may also earn the Diploma with Distinction after successfully completing the Adobe Associate Certification exam.

For information about the Digital Arts & Design program of study contact Melissa Estes.

Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students for careers as an early childhood teacher. Course content covers the components of curriculum planning, student learning, screening and assessing, and many other skills related to teaching. Upon completion of this program of study, students will have had the opportunity to work alongside educators in an internship experience, compile artifacts for a professional portfolio, and graduate prepared for further training at the postsecondary level. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) competitions and work-based learning.

Year 1: Early Childhood Education Careers I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Early Childhood Education Careers II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Early Childhood Education Careers III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Teaching as a Profession – 12th grade

  • Early Childhood Education Careers II is two credits / two class periods.
  • Teaching as a Profession can be taken without prerequisites as an elective.
  • Industry Certification aligned courses. Participating students will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for exam. .50 quality points are added to the students GPA.

In the Information Technology program of study, students will develop programming and coding skills as they work on projects of increasing complexity. Emphasis will be on actual programming projects, both individual and group. The major theme of the AP Computer Science A course is problem solving and is comparable to introductory courses in many colleges and universities. Concepts and applications of autonomous vehicle programming are also taught in this program of study. Students will actually assemble and program an autonomous vehicle.

Year 1: Coding I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Coding Practicum/Autonomous Vehicles I Honors – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Coding Practicum/Autonomous Vehicles II Honors – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: AP Computer Science A – 12th grade

Dual credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for the challenge exam. Students earning dual credit will also have .75 points added to their GPA.

Law Enforcement Services prepares students for a range of careers in law enforcement, crime scene analysis, forensic science, public safety, and criminal justice. Course content emphasizes procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States, from constitutional rights to crisis scenario management to the elements of criminal investigations. Upon completion of this program of study (POS), students will be equipped with strong knowledge and skill preparation for postsecondary or career opportunities in many law-enforcement and justice related fields.

Year 1: Criminal Justice I – 10th grade
Year 2: Criminal Justice II – 11th grade
Year 3: Criminal Justice III – 12th grade

  • Dual enrollment is offered for post-secondary credit.

The Marketing program of study is designed to prepare students for employment in a career where learned techniques and strategies are used to convey ideas and information through marketing communications. This program of study will also prepare students who want to start, own, and operate their own business. Subject matter is arranged around sequenced, progressive courses that provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of marketing systems and how they are utilized in sales, advertising, public relations, and other marketing services. Course content centers on concepts in business, finance, and marketing; social responsibility and ethics; the marketing mix; economics; market research; product development; and the role of marketing in business. Proficient students will understand selling; branding; packaging; labeling; purchasing; pricing; advertising; promotional concepts; and business financing. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local Career and Technical Students Organization (CTSO) competitions and through opportunities in work-based learning.

Year 1: Marketing & Management I: Principles – 10th grade
Year 2: Event Planning & Management / Sports & Entertainment focus – 11th grade
Year 3: Entrepreneurship– 12th grade
Year 4: Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum – 12th grade

  • Dual credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for the challenge exam. Students earning dual credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.

The Medical Sciences program of study prepares students for healthcare careers by teaching concepts such as anatomy and physiology, CPR/first aid, environmental and community health, and growth and development. Students will discover the impact of disease and sickness on the body as they step into the roles of epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, doctors, and clinical researchers. This program of study will prepare students to pursue careers such as audiology, cardiology, imaging, medical laboratory, radiography, nuclear medicine, stereotactic radiosurgery, respiratory therapist, clinical laboratory technician, pathologist, medical physician, and others.

Year 1: Health Science  – 10th grade
Year 2: Anatomy and Physiology Honors – 11th grade
Year 3: Diagnostic Medicine– 12th grade

  • Anatomy and Physiology Honors can fulfill one science credit.

The TV & Film Production program of study is designed for students interested in a range of entertainment and news media fields. Course content centers on production of various television, cinema, radio, and other audio and video products, including commercials, music, news, interactive programming, and film. Students complete all phases of the production process including planning, coordinating, capturing, editing, and distributing productions. Topics include but are not limited to concept creation, scripting, interviewing, budgeting, scheduling, set design, engineering, field and studio production, and editing, and, as well operating production equipment such as cameras, lights, and audio equipment. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be prepared to seek employment or advanced training as an audio and video equipment technician, camera operator, film and video editor, multimedia artist and animator, broadcast technician, and many other careers in entertainment and media.

Year 1: TV and Film Production I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: TV and Film Production II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: TV and Film Production III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: TV and Film Production III – 12th grade

  • TV and Film Production III is offered for two credits over two years.
  • Dual enrollment from MTSU and dual credit from Columbia State Community College is offered for post-secondary credit for TV/Film III. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for exam/portfolio review. Students earning dual credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.