Grayson High School Technical Education Program Course Offerings

Program Offerings 2006-07

What programs are offered?

Technical Theatre: Scenery and Lighting: Intro. to Theatrical Design/Beginning Set Design & Construction
Students will learn the role of the scenic designer and understand the process of set design. Scale and drafting techniques, drawing and painting, model construction, and script analysis are elements that will be used in designing sets and developing floor plans.
The scene shop will be used as students construct platforms, flats, stairs, and advanced scenic devices such as three-dimensional sculpted scenery.

Technical Theatre: Costume and Makeup: Intro. to Theatrical Design/Beginning Costume Design & Construction
Students will learn the processes, techniques, and materials utilized in theatrical costume design. Instruction will occur in the costume shop as students use imagination in designing costumes for theatre productions. Design choices will be communicated through script analysis, application of design elements and principles, drawing and painting techniques, and historical research. Students will use the sewing machine and serger to create costume elements such as skirts, vests, and capes and progress to more advanced costuming techniques like patterning, altering, and tailoring.

Music Recording: Foundations of Sound and Recording/Advanced Recording and Post-Production Techniques
Students will learn about the physics of sound and acoustics. The processes of tracking, over dubbing, mixing in multi-track recording, mastering, and CD/DVD/tape replication will be taught in the recording studio. Components of the mixing console, amplifier, speakers, tape machines, channel strips, master sections, and digital workstations will be studied. Students will demonstrate various microphone types and setups for different musical styles and utilize recording techniques including musical equalization, compression, and limiting during the recording session. Training will include the basic operation of the digital audio workstation. The post-production section will cover audio-for-video applications like sound design and scoring for film, DVD and TV.

Music Technology: Intro. to Music Technology & Production /Intermediate Music Technology Applications
This program introduces composing, digital recording and music editing. Students learn how to create original songs using sequencing software, how to write music using notation software and how to generate and edit MIDI files for electronic transfer. Students will also compose and record music for use in film scoring, video production and commercial advertising. Additionally, sound reinforcement equipment and techniques will be studied and will include hands-on training with P.A. systems. Students will record and mix projects onto CDs and learn how to edit and compress different audio file formats for broadcast and Internet applications. Acoustics and the history of music technology are also explored.

Digital Media Design & Animation: Digital Media Design and Production/Graphics & Animation Foundations
Students in this course master the fundamentals of graphic design and production. The principles are applied to printed media, digital presentation media, and interactive media. Students will learn the foundational knowledge and skills required in graphic applications and animation. This is a hands-on class in which industry-standard software and technology are used.

Culinary Arts: Professional Foods I/Professional Foods II
This course includes the foundations of professional cooking. This includes instruction in the skills of professional cooking, with a focus on the skills of the bake kitchen. It provides an advanced level of food service preparation and delivery, which can offer future employment in the hotel/tourism business.

Television Broadcast: Video Production I and II Integrated/Video Production III and IV Integrated
This program will develop skills in basic theory, practice and operations of equipment related to a television studio, the portable camera and videotape editing. The class enhances introductory skills by providing more in-depth and specialized experiences in video equipment operations. Instruction includes switchers, cameras, lighting, audio boards and tape machines. Additionally, study will be conducted on recent trends in mass communication. Instruction provided on producing non-narrative videos and commercials.

Commercial Photography: Commercial Photography I/Commercial Photography II
Students will learn the proper settings and operations for the adjustable manual 35mm single lens reflex camera, in addition to being exposed to the benefits of digital photography. Fundamental darkroom operations will be combined with the latest in digital imaging technology to provide a well-balanced understanding of the commercial photography job market. Students will produce a professional portfolio consisting of both color and black-and-white photographs. Students will learn the basic operations of a medium- and large-format camera and will demonstrate a working knowledge of professional studio and lighting equipment. The program also includes guest speakers from industry and gallery visits throughout the year.

Biotechnology: Biotechnology in Agriculture I/Biotechnology in Agriculture II
Would you like to learn about genetic engineering or cloning techniques? If you do then you must register for biotechnology! In this course you not only get to learn about these topics but you will actually get to perform these and many other techniques associated with biotechnology. You will learn how to clone plants by establishing tissue cultures. You will perform DNA extractions and subsequent analysis of the DNA molecules by gel electrophoresis. We will change the genetic composition of a microorganism and cause it to make a completely new product. This is just a short list of the many exciting techniques you will perform in biotechnology!

Veterinary Technology: Animal Science & Care/Animal Production & Management
This course provides instruction in animal care for students interested in pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine specializing in small and/or large animal care. Students study the history and evolution of animals as well as breeds, species, anatomy, biomechanics and movement, selection and judging, genetics, reproduction, digestion and nutrition, health and behavior management, and animal housing. This course also explores establishing and managing animal enterprises; includes instruction in selecting, breeding, feeding and caring for small, large and specialty animals.

Horticulture: Landscape Design / Floriculture Production and Management I
Landscape design, installation, management, greenhouse operations, and floral design are emphasized in the Environmental Horticulture Program. Instruction in design techniques and graphics for landscaping and drawing to scale of landscape plans are part of the program. ProLandscape design package will be used for computer aided landscape designs. Students study the techniques of landscape design, landscape installation and management during the fall semester. Growth, identification, and proper care of herbaceous plants, ground cover, trees, and shrubs for landscaping are stressed. The floral design portion of the horticulture class will assist in preparing students to enter the floral trade with entry level skills. Business management for landscaping, floral and garden center/greenhouse industries is also stressed.

Environmental/Conservation Science: Natural Resource Management / Forestry & Plant Wildlife Management
Natural resources includes units in air quality, water quality, pollution, alternative energy sources, the park and recreation management industry, compass orienteering, topographical map reading, land use planning and future topics that our generation will face. Wildlife conservation organizations will be explored. Specific units in forestry include tree and wildlife identification, timber calculations and conservation issues. Wildlife of Georgia will be the main focus. Units of study will include hunting regulations, habitat, foods, reproduction, trends, endangered species, fish, trapping and taxidermy. Careers in the fields of Natural Resources and Forestry will be explored. Membership in the FFA is encouraged, and students will participate in the SAE program. This course is a must for students who love nature.

Travel Planning/Hotel & Hospitality Management: Intro to Hotel, Lodging, Travel & Tourism/Hotel & Lodging I
This course introduces the student to the major segments of the Hotel/Lodging and Travel Tourism industry and the economic impact the industry has on the local, state, national, and global economy. The products, services, and packages offered to the business and leisure travelers by different types of businesses in the industry are examined. Utilizing current technology, the Internet and software packages, students develop a tour package and marketing plan for a selected niche market that incorporates appropriate promotional and pricing strategies that ensure business profitability. Explores the fundamentals of operation and marketing in this major service industry; covers front desk operations, marketing/sales activities and guest services.

Law Enforcement & Public Safety: Intro. to Law Enforcement /Foundations of Public Safety & Criminal Justice
The course examines the role and structure of the government, rights and responsibilities of citizens, the criminal justice system, roles and responsibilities of the police, courts and corrections, adult and juvenile justice systems and civil/criminal law. The roles, responsibilities and contributions to public safety of personnel in private security, protective services, fire service and emergency management service are studied. Law enforcement in America, law enforcement terminology, types and responsibilities of different law enforcement agencies and various criminal justice systems issues are addressed.

Computer Information Technology & Network Systems: Info. Technology/Programming & Systems Mgmt.
This course develops basic skills in information technology, software systems management, operating systems, data communications, networking, the Internet and basic concepts of programming. Students also develop an awareness of the social, ethical and legal issues in the information technology field. Students in this course develop skills in maintaining security requirements of operating systems, system installation and maintenance, and computer user support including PC hardware repair. Students in this course learn basic programming concepts, applied programming languages, software development and database administration. Previous programming languages and computer classes are helpful.