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ACADEMIC COURSES AT CATEC

Career Development Students CATEC’s unique technical curricula naturally embeds many other subject areas into daily learning, including mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. CATEC offers academic and supplemental classes that are both embedded into existing curriculum or are offered as stand-alone courses, including English, Government, and Personal Finance.



English 11

This class is embedded in Cosmetology I, which means the English instructor will push into the Cosmetology I class, and students will complete most of their English assignments in Cosmetology I. The instructors will work together to embed the English reading, writing, communication and research strands of the standards of learning into projects pertaining to Cosmetology. During semester 2, students will be pulled out of Cosmetology for a portion of time each week to prepare for the Reading and Writing SOL tests.

Government & English 12

This class is a stand-alone class offered at CATEC. This means it is not embedded in a trade class. The curriculum is online in Schoology, and students will be pulled out of their trade classes a few times per week for direct instruction. The class is interdisciplinary and will be team-taught by the English and Social Studies teachers. Units of study will cover the fundamental constitutional principles, how different branches of government work together to create policies and laws, and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in such a diverse democracy with the English standards relating to reading, writing, communication, and research woven in. Throughout the year there will be a focus on building strong arguments, becoming responsible consumers of media, and understanding how government plays a role in issues impacting our community.

Economics/Personal Finance

This class is a stand-alone class offered at CATEC. This means it is not embedded in a trade class. The curriculum is online in Schoology, and students will be pulled out of their trade classes a few times per week for direct instruction. Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States economy is interconnected with the global economy. Additionally, they learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions relating to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, financing post-secondary education, taxes, saving and investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, and living independently. They also learn the importance of investing in themselves in order to gain the knowledge and skills valued in the marketplace. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles will provide the basis for responsible citizenship, more effective participation in the workforce, and career success. The course incorporates all economics and financial literacy objectives included in the Code of Virginia §22.1-200-03B.

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION:

Students in this course will have the opportunity to earn the W!SE Financial Literacy industry certification.

This is a VDOE board approved industry certification.