High School Programs

Advertising and Commercial Arts

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Advertising and Commercial Arts prepares students to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences. This program includes instruction in the principles and elements of design, 2-dimensional design, concept design, layout, typography, illustration, color theory, digital photography, multimedia and computer graphics programs. Students will become proficient in Adobe Creative Suite programs including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. Students will learn to plan and analyze visual information in order to create visual solutions to communication problems in the most effective ways of delivering messages in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods. This program integrates academic skills and aptitudes necessary for postsecondary education, gainful employment and a foundation of lifelong learning.

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Automotive Science and Technology (NATEF Certified)

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The Automotive Science & Technology course provides a sequence of classroom and laboratory experiences that relate to the repair and maintenance of vehicles. Included is the study of scientific and math principles related to auto maintenance, technical service manuals, internal combustion engines, electrical systems including computers, and all component parts of the motor vehicle. Students will be prepared for entry-level employment as an automotive specialist and will have a general knowledge of all facets of the automotive servicing industry. Upon completion of this course, the student may be employed in sales, maintenance, production, management, or vehicle road service, or may choose to enter one of the many two-year programs designed to provide advanced level training in vehicle repair. Students who continue their training at Penn College, UTI, or Harrisburg Area Community College, for example, are being pursued by companies like BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, and Audi. These companies then provide additional training specific to their products and many are offering outstanding technicians signing bonuses, assistance in relocating and annual salaries of $38,000 (USA Today, March 3, 1997.)

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Carpentry and Building Construction Technology (NAHB Certification)

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Opportunities for students who master the Carpentry competencies while enrolled at CPI are nearly limitless in the Centre County. On average, four jobs in the building construction field are offered to each student successfully completing the Construction Technology program. Instruction in Carpentry and Building Construction Technology includes all phases of building construction, material selection and estimation, blueprint reading, repair techniques, and finish work. The wide variety of jobs available includes Carpenter’s Helpers, Roofers, Framers, and General Construction workers. CPI Carpentry students are currently constructing a house near the school. All Construction Trades students will be part of the team that completes this project.

Note: The Carpentry program is also part of the Construction Technology Cluster.

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IT/CISCO Networking Academy

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As an approved Cisco Networking Academy, CPI students enrolled in the IT / Networking Academy will be provided with an online curriculum designed by Cisco as well as hands-on activities on Cisco’s routers, hubs and switches. Cisco Systems is an internationally recognized information technology company that provides design, construction, and maintenance of computer networks for internet and corporate intranet systems. Students completing the training program will have much of the knowledge base and skills necessary to complete the certification examination as a Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA). Students completing this program will also have the opportunity to take their A+ and Net + certification tests. Pre-requisites for the IT / Networking Academy include successful completion of 9th grade math and English. No prior computer experience is required.

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Collision Repair Technology

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The Auto Body course is designed to teach the student entry-level skills that will allow them to enter the workforce or compete for admission in a post-secondary school such as Penn College, NASCAR Institute or Wyoming Tech. Auto Body Technicians are trained to perform a variety of services including collision repair, vehicle painting, and cleaning and detailing. Students will have the opportunity to become skilled in the use of hand and power tools, sheet metal fabrication, welding, frame repair analysis, automotive refinishing, and they will gain a general understanding of the design, construction, and safety features of today’s automobiles.

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Cosmetology

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Cosmetology is the art and science of hair, skin, and nail care, and deals with hair cutting and styling, permanent waving, hair coloring, and chemical relaxing for men and women. Also included in the program is instruction in manicuring, nail application, nail art, facials, skin analysis, and make-up application. A state license must be obtained before becoming a cosmetologist, manicurist, or cosmetician. Students can obtain 3 professional licensures: 1250 hours of training must be completed prior to being eligible for the license examination for cosmetology, 200 hours for manicurist, and 200 hours for cosmetician (make-up applications). Student must maintain hour requirements to continue in program. Students are expected to take the State Board of Cosmetology examination upon completion of the program.

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Culinary Arts/ Food Beverage Management

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A reputation for serving fine foods is an asset to any restaurant, whether it boasts Home ’Cooking’ or ’Exotic Foreign Cuisine’. Cooks and chefs are largely responsible for the reputation a restaurant acquires. The curriculum prepares students for all kinds of employment related to commercial food services. Specialized learning units include theory and work experience in the major areas of cooking, baking, nutrition, sanitation, food and beverage purchasing, and management and organizational skills. Experience is also gained in front-of-house skills including waiting on tables and cashiering, care and use of kitchen equipment, and sanitation in food handling in a commercial and institutional setting. Students will have the opportunity to receive the ServeSafe certification.

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Dental Assistant Program

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Students who enroll in the Dental Assistant program learn a variety of skills that enables them to become an important and qualified member of a dental team. Dental Assistant students learn to prepare patients for treatment, sterilize instruments, prepare materials and make study models from impressions, expose and process x-ray film and provide chair-side assistance for the dentist. The program also covers dental anatomy and physiology, dental radiology, oral pathology, pharmacology, medical/dental emergencies, dental office business procedures, legal/ethical management and communications. Career paths/opportunities include: Dental Assistant, Dental Laboratory Technician, Dental Receptionist, Dental Sales Representative, Dental X-Ray Technician, Dental Hygienist, and Dentist.

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Diesel Equipment Maintenance and Repair Technology

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Students will be taught to repair diesel equipment such as heavy trucks, buses, bulldozers, and road graders. Diesel engines, transmissions, electrical systems, starting and charging systems, hydraulic systems, and brake systems will be included in the service and repair course. Electric and oxyacetylene welding used in the heavy equipment repair industry will be taught. A strong emphasis will be placed on OSHA and industry safety. Operation will be included to provide the diagnosis and testing of heavy equipment. Diesel Technicians’ annual earnings begin between $25,000 and $30,000 and increase with experience. Students will have the opportunity to pursue the CDL license their senior year.

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Early Childhood Education

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The childcare course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn the principles of child development and education. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to enter the workforce in such occupations as daycare worker, pre-school teaching assistant, or will be prepared to enter a post-secondary educational institution to earn an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in childcare or education. Students will be prepared upon graduation to obtain the Child Development Associate Credential; a national certification that is recognized by the industry. Included in the curriculum will be teaching in a school sponsored preschool program, planning activities for preschool, basic nutrition, first aid/ CPR, and the health and safety of young children.

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

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Skilled HVAC technicians are in demand. A challenging career with vast employment opportunities awaits students who complete training in this field. The demand for technicians is just as strong locally as it is nationally. According to a recent issue of Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration News, 65,000 service technicians will be needed over the next decade. Students who complete the program will have the opportunity to receive Refrigeration Certification and take the ICE (Industry Competency Examination). The program covers oil heat systems, gas heating systems, heat pumps and air conditioning, air distribution systems, and refrigeration skills. This rapidly expanding industry provides you with job opportunities that are unmatched by most occupations and numerous openings for advancement and earning potential.

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Heavy Equipment Operation Technology (NCCER/ABC Certified)

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The Heavy Equipment Operation course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of operation and maintenance of various types of heavy equipment. Included in the course of study is an introduction to the job opportunities available to heavy equipment operators. Students will be instructed in the proper use of equipment, basic maintenance of the machines, and will receive extensive field practice in earth moving, site-preparation, construction site layout, excavation and back filling of building sites. In addition they we learn to use a transit and hand levels, oxyacetylene and other welding equipment, blueprint reading, and they will become familiar with OSHA rules. Heavy Equipment Operators are employed in a variety of occupations including the construction industry, road construction, and mining.

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Horticulture and Landscaping Design

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Students enrolled in the Horticulture and Landscape Technology program will be learning about the greenhouse industry. Students will learn greenhouse management skills and will be able to focus their career on either floral design or landscaping. A student entering the Horticulture and Landscape Technology program should have an interest in plants, working with their hands, and working in an outdoor or greenhouse environment. All students focusing on the Floral Design option will be enrolled in the AM session and students focusing on the Landscaping option will be enrolled in the PM session. Students enrolled in the program are also members of FFA in which they will learn leadership skills and compete in county contests. Upon completion of the program students will be required to take the Pennsylvania pesticide core exam to obtain their pesticide certification. Students can obtain jobs at local nurseries, floral shops, greenhouses, and landscape companies or enroll in a post secondary school.

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Masonry and Building Construction Technology (NCCER/ABC Certified)

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Masons are among the best paid skilled workers in the construction industry earning an average annual income of $37,040 (U.S. Dept of Labor, 1998.) Students enrolled in the Masonry program will gain an understanding of the methods and procedures used in building various types of structures - piers, walls, foundations, walks, fireplaces, etc., using a variety of masonry products such as brick, concrete blocks, stone, structural tile, and cast-in-place concrete. The primary focus of the course is on the actual construction of structures using acceptable trade practices (ATP.) Students are afforded the opportunity to work for an employer their senior year if they meet required competencies.

Note: The Masonry program is also part of the Construction Technology Cluster.

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Medical Science and Technology

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This Health Professions and Related Sciences Program consists of planned courses designed to provide graduates with the skill, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for entry level employment in a variety of health care fields. Students are encouraged to obtain certifications as Home Health Aides and Certified Nurse Assistants. Both of these positions provide for basic employment in the profession. Students will gain a strong basis for post-secondary studies in the health careers such as Medical Assistant, EKG Technician, Registered Nursing, and other health professions. Enrollment in Medical Science and Technology is open to any student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Clinical rotations at local healthcare facilities are an important component of this program.

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Precision Machine Technology (NIMS Certified)

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The Precision Machine program provides students with the skills and knowledge that are needed to pursue a career in the machine trades field (tool & die, lathe & turning machine operation). Advanced placement is often awarded to students pursuing an education at a technical college because of experience gained at CPI. Instruction is provided on the safe set-up and operation of lathes, mills, grinders, drills, saws, etc. and students learn to follow blueprints to produce parts to exact measurement specifications. Students will develop skills in the Machine Tool Operation & Theory, Blueprint Reading, Applied Mathematics, Metallurgy, CNC (Computer Numerical Control Machinery) Operation and Programming, and Basic CAD/CAM (Computer Drafting/Computer Aided Manufacturing.) Full-Sized equipment is used for all instruction.

Student’s can receive two certificates: one in Precision Machine and another in Automated Manufacturing Technology.



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Protective Services (Police/Law Enforcement/Security / Fire / Emergency Medical Services)

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Students will learn basic skills in Police Science, Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technician career preparation giving completers the opportunity to become employed by local police departments; corrections facilities; professional fire departments, or as EMTs. Additionally, students will have a broad knowledge base should they pursue a higher level of training in criminal justice, fire-related occupations, or various medical fields. Students are given the opportunity to view many out-of-school facilities such as local police departments, state police barracks, and local fire and ambulance stations, correctional facilities, and the PA State Fire Academy. Fire and Emergency will be offered in the AM session. Police/law enforcement/security will be offered in the PM session.

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Welding and Metal Fabrication Technology

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Students in this program use a variety of arc and/or gas welding and cutting equipment to weld metal components together, fabricate new items, or repair/alter metal items according to layouts, blueprints, or work orders. They learn related skills such as grinding, clamping, positioning, and the detection and repair of cracks using various testing equipment. Recent graduates of the CPI Welding program have had three job offers each. The Apprentice School (Newport News, VA) recently offered graduates in welding and machining $11.11 per hour to participate in a four-year, tuition-free apprenticeship.


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