Career And Technical Education

Anouk Dorrance

Medical Careers/Medical Science


Andreas Kaiser

Intro Programming/Robotics/Engineering/Computer Principles


Rocky Kim

Computer Tech/Digital Media


Steve Shields

Welding & Fabrication/Construction & Building Trades


Samantha Sanchez

Dance Director

Dance Room

Anouk Dorrance
Andreas Kaiser
Rocky Kim
Steven Shields
Samantha Sanchez

Media & Design Arts Career Pathway
This course will cover design concepts, processes and aesthetic interpretation of creating digital imagery. Using digital cameras and Photo Shop software, students will learn the elements of co position, photo management, and photo editing. Students will learn about web design and create a web-based portfolio. This course is recommended for those who want to strengthen their digital media skills or may be interested in Yearbook or Journalism. Benicia High has entered into an articulation agreement with Diablo Valley College (DVC) whereby students who complete this class may receive 3 units college credit (transferable to California State Universities). This course meets the “F” Fine Arts UC electives admissions requirement.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – f

Prerequisite: completion of Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1 upon instructor approval
In this course students explore the fields of engineering and architecture. Students incorporate sketching, computer aided design (CAD) skills into projects that focus on architectural design, mechanical design, and civil engineering. Benicia High has entered into an articulation agreement with Diablo Valley College (DVC) whereby students who completed this class may receive 3 units of college credit (transferable to UC and California State Universities). This course meets the “F” Fine Arts UC electives admissions requirement. For more info, see:
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – f

Prerequisite: Instructor approval and an A or B in one of the following: Intro to Engineering & Architecture, Intro to Programming & Robotics, or AP Computer Science Principles
Advanced Engineering Design (AED) is an Honors (Weighted GPA) capstone course covering the process of technical product development from beginning to end. In this course, students will use their prior knowledge in basic engineering principles, 3D modeling, robotics and other STEM disciplines. To prepare students in engineering and technical careers, emphasis will be placed on research, documentation, prototyping, building, testing and presentation techniques. Students will complete a number of small projects throughout the school year culminating with their participation in a largerproject that would be presented to the public (e.g., Maker Faire). This course is open to juniors and seniors who have previously completed coursework in Engineering, Robotics, or Computer Science. Students are eligible to receive 3 units of college credit from DVC (Engineering 226 Computer Aided Drafting Design, Advanced Concepts) that is transferable to UC and CSU. This class fulfills the requirements of being an honors (Weighted GPA) course as designed by UC, see the following link:
Grades: 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g (pending)

Prerequisite: completion of Integrated Math 2 or upon instructor approval
This course includes hands-on experience in the field of computer programming, electronics, and robotics. Students create their own video games, and learn basic electronics. Students will also design, build, and program robots and other microprocessor controlled electronics. Benicia High has entered into an articulation agreement with Diablo Valley College (DVC) whereby students who completed this class may receive 2 units of college credit (transferable to UC and California State Universities). This course meets the “G” Fine Arts UC electives admissions requirement. For more info, see:
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g

Prerequisite: completion of Integrated Math 2. Otherwise instructor approval is required.
This advanced placement course introduces students to the concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. Covered topics include the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. This course meets the “G” General UC electives admissions requirement. For more info, see:
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g

iQUESTFor Seniors Only
Prerequisite: Application & Interview, must have a specific interest area, consent of instructor.
iQuest will provide students an opportunity to learn and explore an area of interest or passion and connect classroom learning of the world of work. Students are empowered to take ownership of their education and develop an internship or self-study that connects to their individual needs and interests. The practical experience gained through this program will enhance their high school education beyond the traditional classroom
Grade: 12 Year UC/CSU – g

This course covers the vital skills necessary to enter the residential and light commercial construction trades. Skills range from safety, hand and power tool usage, to framing and finish trim. Students will gain hands-on experience of most construction components from the foundation to the shingles (electrical, plumbing, and framing are included in these courses.) The goal is for students to leave this course with the skills to enter directly into the construction trades, the confidence to continue woodworking as a personal hobby or maintain their personal property.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g (Pending) Donation

Prerequisite: Completion of full year of Construction & Building Trades 1
This competency-based course prepares students to work in the construction industry. The course is designed to provide students with technical instruction and practical experience in basic residential and commercial construction through classroom instruction and applied practice of field skills. At the end of the course, students research and evaluate apprentice, employment and secondary schooling opportunities.
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g (Pending) Donation

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of welding. It provides the student with opportunities for hands-on training in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (TIG), gas metal arc welding (MIG) and oxyfuel gas welding. Students will also be instructed in the safe use of plasma cutter, oxyacetylene cutting torch and various saws and grinders, as well as training in welding and machine shop safety.
The auto technology class will explore the theory, maintenance, and repair of various automotive vehicle systems. Both theory and practical application will be covered. Engine, drive train, cooling and lubrication systems, fuel system, suspension-steering, braking, electrical systems, and engine performance will be explained during the one year class. This class will integrate the study of math, science, communication skills, and writing skills applicable to the automotive industry throughout the year.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g (Pending)

Prerequisite: Completion of full year of Basic Welding/Auto with a passing grade
Students will build on the knowledge and skills relating to the transfer of matter and energy through electrical, fluid, thermal and mechanical systems. They will also study more advanced fundamentals of mechanical and structural systems and facilities. Students will explore professional opportunities in the field of agricultural engineering and welding. Integral to this will also be the opportunity to participate in activities developed through a student leadership organization/Skills USA. By participating in this program, students will prepare to matriculate into post-secondary welding and engineering programs. This course provides students will an understanding of manufacturing processes and systems common to careers in welding and related industries. Topics include the interpretation and layout of welded and assembled part prints, mechanical bonding, joining, cohesive bonding, adhesive bonding, and mechanical fastening. Students will learn the safety of fabrication welding. Additionally, this course may be a gateway program for those students interested in pursuing a post-secondary study in mechanical and structural engineering. Skills USA involvement and leadership are a required part of this course and will expose students to careers, leadership skills and achievement opportunities.
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g (Pending)

This course is designed to expose students to the Health Care industry by surveying the wide spectrum of Health Care occupations and equipping them with the entry-level knowledge and skills that apply to a variety of health occupations. Students explore the anatomy and physiology of the human body and related careers. This course examines organ system structures and functions, diseases and disorders, as well as the language of healthcare (Medical Terminology). Students who successfully complete this course will acquire the necessary core knowledge and skills that will allow them to pursue an education and/or career in the Health Care industry. This course is the first of two courses as part of the Health Science and Medical Technology Pathway.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g

Prerequisite: Enrolled in Biology or higher and Math 1 or higher
Medical Science and Terminology is a health science course that examines anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology while applying scientific knowledge and research to the study of the human body. Students will focus on the various body systems using scientific methodologies (inquiry, developing hypotheses, gathering factual information, evaluating data and drawing conclusions) to the practices employed by healthcare professionals. This course builds on basic principles and medical terminology and vocabulary needed to work in the healthcare field with emphasis on spelling, pronunciation, abbreviations and definition of medical terms. Comprehensive medical vocabulary will be related to the body systems and medical specialties. This course integrate college preparatory Medical Terminology and the Career Technical Education pathway of “Patient Care” within the Health Science and Medical Terminology sector. Students will explore concepts and the relationship between anatomical structures, apply directional terminology and compare to their own body. Students will explore therapeutic care concepts such as quality assurance, HIPAA confidentiality regulations, analyzing biostatistics, infections control and ethical or moral dilemmas stemming from opposing forces within hospital administration.
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU – g (Pending)

Prerequisite: Student must have a B or better in the last P.E. class attended if class is used for P.E. credit.
This course includes instruction and daily training on turns, kicks, leaps, and jumps. Students experience a variety of dance moves from ballet, jazz, modern, tap and swing. Students learn dance routines. Appropriate dance attire and shoes are assigned by the instructor. Credit for Dance 1 will be CTE credit after a student has fulfilled their PE requirement.
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU –f

Prerequisite: Dance 1 or for those with dance experience, by audition.
Advanced Dance students focus on choreography and dance production. Students are required to perform with the music, drama and art departments in two shows per year. The instructor determines class attire. Credit for Dance 2 will be CTE credit after a student has fulfilled their PE requirement.
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Year UC/CSU -f

In this course students will lay the foundations and gain knowledge about writing scientific papers, learn how to give scientific presentations after literature reviews, and hear lectures by eminent scientists. Students will learn more about available careers upon high school graduation and get in contact with alumni who have gone in career directions of interest. Students will explore and thoroughly plan and prepare for life after high school; planning and applying to colleges and trade schools. Students will participate in every phase of college preparation and planning—researching and matching with colleges and trade schools, writing personal statements, submitting applications and financial aid forms, applying for scholarships and exploring careers. Each student will complete an independent senior research project in conjunction with their Senior English class and the AP Environmental Science class and present the work to peers and faculty. This class will also serve as a support mechanism for the AP Environmental Science course and the Trigonometry and Statistics E course. Finally, students will be prepared for the on the job training received in their mentor/mentee internship.
Grade: 12 Year

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1 and Biology with a C or better.
The course serves as an introduction to environmental science and environmental studies with a focus on sustainability. Topics include the use of basic scientific concepts and tools for environmental problems; human population growth; cycles of carbon, water, and other matter; weather and climate; and the use of natural resources, in particular water and energy. The course will evaluate natural environmental processes, as well as human impacts to these processes. Students will consider sustainability issues in general, campus sustainability, and individuals’ contributions toward environmental sustainability. The laboratory component of the course will include field trips, discussions, and in-lab activities.
Grade: 11 Year

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