Introduction to Horticulture

J100B1

Course Fee
If you love plants or just want to learn how to grow them, this is the course for you! This course will provide the student with an overview of the plant science industry, botany, and how to use your green thumb for business or hobby. Course topics will include plant propagation, fruit & nut production, landscape design, pest control, and leading industry technologies including hydroponics and green tech. Career opportunities will be emphasized. May be used for science credit. This course will no longer be granted Science credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Floral Design

J140D1, J140D2

Course Fee
Interested in floral design, flower shop management, or the science behind the flowers? Do you want to learn how to make corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets, and centerpieces? This course offers you the opportunity to design a variety of floral arrangements and to learn about plants from seed to the final design. The care and sale of floral designs, flowering container plants, and foliage plants will be discussed. Students will care for various plants in the school greenhouse. Identification of flowers and foliage and their appropriate care and use will be stressed, along with design principle in preparing a successful design. The student will be exposed to career opportunities throughout the semester. – Eligible for Dual Credit at COD
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Advanced Floral Design

J160D2

Course Fee
This course builds upon basic floral design skills. Students will cover weddings, funerals, banquets, holiday, and other complex styles used in the floral industry today. Students will learn more about flowers and foliage continuing from the basic floral design course. Preserving and using preserved flowers will also be stressed. Students will learn business practices and other employability skills, including taking floral orders, floral accounting, customer relations, and starting a business. Career opportunities will be discussed. *May be used for Fine Arts credit. This course will no longer be granted Fine Arts credit for members of the class of 2023+. – Eligible for Dual Credit at COD
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Floral Design

Greenhouse Crop Production

J18012

Course Fee
Do you like plants, working with your hands, and being outside? Greenhouse Crop Production is for you! This lab-based course will emphasize the care of plants from seed to sale. Students will propagate and care for a wide variety of plants from flowers to vegetables. The class will also work as a cohort to plan and manage the spring plant sale. Career opportunities for students will be emphasized. Exposure to industry technologies and practices will be integrated throughout the course. May be used for Science credit. This course will no longer be granted Science credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.0 (Science)

Companion Animal Science 1

J20011, J20012

Course Fee
Interested in a career in veterinary medicine, animal training or other related careers with animals? Then this is the course for you. Students will study all aspects of the animal science industry from classification to nutrition, and behavior to pet selection. Course emphasis will be in small mammals. Students will also have the opportunity to practice course themes with numerous class pets. Career opportunities will be stressed. May be used for Science credit.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Companion Animal Science 2

J22012

Course Fee
In this course students expand on concepts learned in Companion Animal Science 1 and explore college programs and careers working with animals. Students will study principles of anatomic systems, diseases, and basic veterinary care. Emphasis will be across all five groups of vertebrate animals. Course content is correlated to the Illinois State Colleges admission lab science program of Biological Science Applications in Agriculture – Animal Sciences. May be used for Science credit.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Companion Animal Science 1

Veterinary Science

J23011 – J23012

Course Fee Pending Board Approval
Interested in a career working with animals? This class is the match for you! This course is designed to give students a practical overview of the field of Veterinary Medicine. Practical skills, occupational math, and agriscience research experiences will be emphasized. Gain the skills that are necessary for any working professional in a veterinary clinic. Growth in experiences with companion animals and introduction to large animals will occur throughout the class. May be used for Science credit.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisites: Companion Animal Science 1 and Companion Animal Science 2

Supervised Agriscience Experience

J280J1, J280J2

Advanced agriscience students may select a special research topic or problem to investigate with instructor guidance. Students will develop a plan of work to include objectives, plan of action to include labs and written applications, and evaluation process with instructor’s approval. Topics of study may include such areas as horticulture, greenhouse management, landscape design, floral design, animal care and management, wildlife management, and environmental issues. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. – IC approval.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Graphics 1

J30011, J30012

Course Fee
This one semester Course is an introduction to the field of Graphic Arts. Students will be provided learning experiences in the areas of layout & design, photo enhancement, computer desktop publishing, and digital output. The graphic arts industry in the state of Illinois employs more people than any other business or industry. A background in graphic arts can provide educational and career opportunities for the future. May be used for Fine Arts credit. This course will no longer be granted Fine Arts credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Graphics 2

J32011, J32012 (Both semesters NNHS)

J32012 (Second semester only NCHS)

Course Fee
This one semester Course is designed to build on basic concepts and skills acquired in Graphics 1. Emphasis will be placed on processes related to the graphic arts. Projects are designed to explore areas of design through photo-offset printing. The majority of layout and copy preparation will be done using desktop publishing software in the graphic arts lab. Career awareness and applications of basic educational skills are integrated into the course.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Graphics 1

Graphics 3

J34011, J34012 (Both semesters NNHS)

J34012 (Second semester only NCHS)

Course Fee
This course will be offered both semesters and may be taken as a single semester or a full year credit. The course will provide the students with practical experiences in both printed and electronic production related to the graphic arts industry. Actual production of school and district printing needs will constitute a major portion of this course. Students will examine each production request, determine production methods, and will complete each request from start to finish. Students will also take part in laboratory and equipment maintenance.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Graphics 2 with a “C” or higher

Basic Electricity

J400D2

Course Fee
This course provides an exploration into the basic concepts of electricity and beginning electronics. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of electricity, energy utilization and electronic circuits. Topics will include the basic operation of DC circuits and the fundamental relationships among electrical quantities. The class will also explore electrical-related career opportunities and discuss electronic applications in related fields such as automotive, medical, and power generation. Follow-on topics include an introduction to electromagnetism and elements of basic AC circuit operation. Classroom exercises are supplemented with hands-on laboratory sessions where the students learn the proper use of basic electronic test equipment. Students will have the opportunity to build an electronic circuit from a kit while learning the proper techniques for soldering and troubleshooting. Finally, students will have the opportunity to explore basic house wiring by designing and building their own home wiring projects. – Eligible for Dual Credit through COD
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Electronics

J420D1 – J420D2

Course Fee
Electronics is designed to introduce students to engineering concepts through the use of electronic circuit theory and applications. Students will be introduced to the production of electricity, electronic circuit behaviors, components, soldering, various laboratory equipment, and engineering processes. Students will experiment with DC circuits, AC circuits, semiconductor circuits, digital circuits, and microcontrollers (Arduino). Along the way, students will experience the engineering design process through the use of engineering challenges. Engineering challenges ask students to design, simulate, prototype, fabricate, and troubleshoot various electronic circuits including flashing LED circuits, lightsaber, smartphone charger, and digital electronic circuits. This course is recommended to students with average or above math skills and who have an interest in science, technology, and engineering. This course will no longer be granted Science credit for members of the class of 2023+. – Eligible for Dual Credit through COD
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Algebra 1

Blended Electronics (NCHS only)

J420N1 – J420N2

Course Fee
Electronics is designed to introduce students to engineering concepts through the use of electronic circuit theory and applications. Students will be introduced to the production of electricity, electronic circuit behaviors, components, soldering, various laboratory equipment, and engineering processes. Students will experiment with DC circuits, AC circuits, semiconductor circuits, digital circuits, and microcontrollers (Arduino). Along the way, students will experience the engineering design process through the use of engineering challenges. Engineering challenges ask students to design, simulate, prototype, fabricate, and troubleshoot various electronic circuits including flashing LED circuits, lightsaber, smartphone charger, and digital electronic circuits. This course is recommended to students with average or above math skills and who have an interest in science, technology, and engineering. This course will no longer be granted Fine Arts credit for members of the class of 2023+. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components. – Eligible for Dual Credit through COD
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Algebra 1

Information Technology Systems 1 (ITS1)

J45011, J45012

Course Fee Pending Board Approval
ITS 1 provides students an in-depth, hands-on look at the hardware and software used to power personal computers and information systems around the globe. Students will design, configure, and install IT systems, as well as diagnose, troubleshoot, optimize, and repair authentic issues using modern PC systems. Students leverage Windows and Linux-based operating systems to solve real-world problems and service a variety of authentic software issues. Students explore an array of enterprise technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing, and remote device management.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.5

Information Technology Systems 2 (ITS2)

J47012

Course Fee Pending Board Approval
Information Technology Systems 2 provides students an in-depth, hands-on look at more sophisticated IT systems including computer networking principles, Linux, system security, and computer forensics. Students leverage industry-standard software to analyze network traffic, find artifacts through the use of digital forensics, and troubleshoot authentic problems created using both simulated and physical networked systems.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: ITS1 Strongly Recommended

Blended PLTW Cybersecurity

J490N1 – J490N2

Course Fee Pending Board Approval
Cybersecurity is a course in which students explore the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and create solutions that empower people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Globally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. Students raise their knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behaviors. They develop their skills as consumers, citizens, and professionals who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable and secure cyber-infrastructure. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisites: ITS1 and ITS2 Strongly Recommended

Woodworking 1 / Workmanship

J50011, J50012

Course Fee
This course is open to any student interested in the vocational and hobby opportunities in woodworking. Basic instruction will be given in both hand tools and power tools. The student will learn to set up and adjust power equipment necessary to complete a selected project this course. This selected project directs the student into production technology techniques used in industry today. This course also covers a study on woods and occupations in the wood products industry. This course has Course Fees, additional costs for selected projects and requires approved safety glasses with side shields.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Woodworking 2 / Craftmanship

J52011, J52012

Course Fee
Woodworking 2 is a basic cabinet and furniture construction course. The selection and design of furniture, different types of joint construction, and panel construction are explored. Wood turning as well as spray finishing is integrated in the furniture making. Occupations related to cabinetmaking and construction are explored throughout the course. Students may elect to start Woodworking 2 at the beginning of second semester consecutive with Woodworking 1. This course has Course Fees, additional costs for selected projects and requires approved safety glasses with side shields.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Woodworking 1/ Workmanship

Woodworking 3 / Cabinetry (NNHS only)

J54011 – J54012

Course Fee
This course is open to students who have completed Woodworking 2. The student will select projects that are functional and attractive. This course will provide information on wood technology, principles of design and planning and comprehensive treatment of machine operation techniques pertaining to cabinetmaking, wood structures, and assembly, design and finishing. This course has Course Fees, additional costs for selected projects and requires approved safety glasses with side shields.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Woodworking 2/Craftmanship

Blended Woodworking 3 / Cabinetry

J540N1 – J540N2

Course Fee
This course is open to students who have completed Woodworking 2. The student will select projects that are functional and attractive. This course will provide information on wood technology, principles of design and planning and comprehensive treatment of machine operation techniques pertaining to cabinetmaking, wood structures, and assembly, design and finishing. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.This course has Course Fees, additional costs for selected projects and requires approved safety glasses with side shields.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Woodworking 2/Craftmanship

Drafting 1 – AutoCad 2D

J56011

Course Fee
This course is for all students who want to explore drafting as a career. Drawing for the mechanical engineer will be the major focus of the class. The basics of Auto CAD 2D, 3-view and 3D will be presented during this first semester. Drawing assignments will be integrated with basic math and geometry skills to solve simple engineering problems. Freehand sketching, manual drafting and computer drafting skills will be developed so that they can be applied in other drafting courses like Pre-engineering, Architecture and Research and Design.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Drafting 2 – AutoCad 3D

J580D2

Course Fee
This course is the second course of the drafting sequence and it is usually taken the second semester. Students will study two dimensional and three dimensional Auto CAD Drafting. The drafting topics covered second semester are dimensioning, working drawings, sectioning, auxiliaries, isometric pictorials and developments. Students will use their skills in the various programs to design and create a variety of drawings in the architectural and engineering fields. Eligible for Dual Credit through COD
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Drafting 1 – AutoCad 2D

Pre-Engineering Drafting

J60011 – J60012

Course Fee
This course is intended for those students who have a high interest and aptitude for engineering and wish further study in the various fields of engineering. Students will study areas not covered so far in the introductory courses. Topics covered are: detailed multi-view projections that would coincide with a hands on project in the areas of civil engineering, mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. Most drawings will be drawn on AutoCAD to further enhance their computer skills.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Drafting 2 – AutoCad 3D

Architectural Drafting

J62011 – J62012

Course Fee
This course is for the student who wishes to study the field of architecture. Assignments given would simulate the work of an architect. Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) will be used during the year. Topics covered are CAD drafting, energy efficiency, construction techniques and terminology, residential and commercial building design and interior design. Working drawings needed for house construction are developed during the year. May be used for Fine Arts credit. This course will no longer be granted Fine Arts credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Drafting 1 – AutoCad 2D

Research & Design

J64011 – J64012

Course Fee
Research and Design is a course for the student who wants to explore engineering as a career. This course uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) project based assignments. The student will learn the physics of how simple machines work through a series of hands on activities and projects. Problem solving is utilized to overcome problems of design, development, production, and the testing of a product. Topics covered are from both applied technology and science, which could include but not limited to; robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, CAD (computer aided drafting), optics (including lasers), mechanical, electricity and magnetism. Students will work in design teams and present their achievements to the class in various competitions. May be used for Science credit, or split between Science and CTE. – 2 Science credits – Co requisite: Algebra 2
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Automotive 1 – Maintenance

J70011, J70012

Course Fee
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic operation and maintenance of the modern automobile. It will be beneficial for ALL current and future car owners, both male and female, and will provide students with the skills necessary for owning and keeping a car running. Students will learn how to perform general maintenance on a vehicle. Some of the hands-on activities include oil changes, tires, batteries, front braking systems, cooling systems, starting and charging systems, and other general maintenance items. Students will also learn about buying new and used vehicles from the automotive perspective. May be eligible for dual credit through COD.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Automotive 2 – Mechanics

J72011, J72012 (Both semesters NCHS)

J72012 (Second semester only NNHS)

Course Fee
In this course, students transform into automotive technicians for one period of the day. The students explore an in depth study of theory and operation. This includes the engine, automotive brakes, steering, suspension, and alignments through hands-on learning experiences. All of these authentic learning opportunities include immersion into the tools and processes a technician utilizes. This course is focused on an automotive enthusiast, a student interested in a career in the automotive field, or a possible career in mechanical engineering. It is also in alignment with NATEF standards.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Automotive Maintenance

Automotive 3 – Service

J74011 – J74012

Course Fee
In this course, students dive into the highest level of automotive systems an automotive technician would be exposed to in the field. This course focuses on live service work and a comprehensive breakdown of automotive systems, including: drivetrains, electrical theory and application, fuel systems, scan-tools and HVAC systems. Students have the option to become ASE 609 certified. In addition, students are trained in Welding: Oxy-fuel, MIG, and TIG welding. May have the opportunity to perform fabrication. Students will be exposed to shop operations through budgeting and billing for automotive services. This course is in alignment with NATEF standards.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Automotive Mechanics (grade of C or higher)

CTE Internship (NNHS only)

J87011 – J87012

Students who participate in career experiences during high school develop the skills required to achieve an advantage in a competitive job market. Internship participants graduate with academic knowledge, field experience, and interpersonal skills which may accelerate their progress in achieving college and career success. An internship experience serves as a vital tool in the decision making process to help students choose or solidify their post-secondary plans. Leadership opportunities and a development of a career portfolio are key elements of the program. Students are in class one period per day with a teacher and the work at an approved training site an average of 15 hours per week. – Application Required – Interview Required
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 2.00

Blended STEM Inquiry & Research Capstone

J980N1, J980N2

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to fulfill a self-directed inquiry into any aspect of STEM. This is a capstone for any strand of study students may pursue within the mathematics, science and CTE curricula. This course will require development of a research question, development of research methodology, analytical research, synthesis of resources, data analysis and ability to communicate research findings. Students will select and design a course of study in conjunction with a mentoring teacher who will facilitate the production of a final research project. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components. Depending on the student project this course may also be weighted. It will be determined by the instructional coordinator. – IC Approval
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50