• Benson Polytechnic High School

    Radio Broadcasting
    The radio broadcasting program has students improve oral and written communication skills, as well as operation of broadcast equipment to operate Benson’s radio station, KBPS 1450AM.

    Digital Media Productions
    The Digital Media program allows students to creatively communicate ideas and information through the means of media and art. Students develop technical skills and communication skills needed in the digital media industry.

    Design & Applied Arts
    The Design and Applied Arts program combines the aesthetics of the Visual Arts and applies them to create and cast products. Students will gain skills in the foundations of Visual Arts and apply these to marketable career skills in mold making, 3-D printing, design and fabrication.

    Engineering
    The Engineering program is designed to put students in an environment where they experience engineering. They will explore engineering disciplines, take a project through the engineering process, and use real engineering tools.

    Health Sciences
    The Health Sciences program orients students to careers that promote health and wellness as well as the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases. The program has three focus areas: dental assisting, nursing assisting and medical professions.

    Computer Engineering
    The Computer Engineering program allows students to think and work like a computer engineer developing a wide range of technical skills in applications and problemsolving. Students are exposed to product creation and development in a variety of formats.

    Construction Technology
    The Construction Technology program teaches students about the career opportunities in the construction industries. Students practice the technical skills needed to succeed while gaining experience working with industrial tools.

    Electrical Engineering Technology
    The Electric program exposes students to the skills required to design and install circuitry and electrical systems of a building.

    Manufacturing Technology

    The Manufacturing program teaches students job safety and work ethic within a manufacturing industry. The program equips students with technical skills needed to succeed and experience working with the tools used in the industry.

    Transportation Technology
    The Automotive Technology program exposes students to problem solve and critically think when diagnosing, servicing and repairing automobiles, as well as develop and practice safe working habits.


    Radio Broadcasting
    Instructor: Steve Naganuma

    Radio Broadcast 2
    This course is an exploration rotation for sophomores. It is a requirement for students planning on majoring in KBPS Broadcasting. This is an introduction to radio broadcasting and other media. Students obtain basic skills in the operation of actual broadcast equipment. Subject areas include: history, announcing skills, programming, formats, new, commercials, use of sound and digital audio production. Use and care of broadcast equipment for teaching in lab exercises.

    Radio Broadcast 3
    This course is intended to cover the necessary skills you will need in the operation of a radio station. Students will work to improve oral and written communication skills, as well as operation of broadcast equipment. This class will provide a variety of experiences and activities which will help students develop numerous technical skills as they gain an understandinng of the use of tools, materials, and the processes that enable us to extend our ability to communicate. The skills at this level will help build on the necessary skills needed in Radio Broadcasting 4.

    Radio Broadcast 4
    This course is intended to cover the necessary skills you will need in the operation of a broadcast radio station. Students work to improve communications knowlege and skills taught in the junior level class. This class will provide a variety of experiences and activities which will help the students to develop numerous advanced technical skills as they gain an understanding of the use of tools, materials, and the processes that enable us to extend our ability to communicate with one another. The skills at this level will help build on the necessary skills needed to advance into industry employment or additional training at the college level. 


    Digital Media Production
    Instructors: Todd Williams, Steve Curley & Kristen Henderson

    Digital Media Production 1
    This course is intended as an introduction to Communications Technology. New skills will be introduced in preparation for Communications II, III, and IV, including but not limited to: Graphic Design, Page Layout Software, Digital Photo Manipulation and Editing, HTML & Web Page Design. Web site management, Video production. introduction to Digital Video Editing.

    Digital Media Production 2
    This course is intended as an introduction to Communications Technology. Students will extend knowledge learned in Communications 1 and content will include but is not limited to: Graphic Design, Page Layout Software, Digital Photo Manipulation and editing, Web Page Design, Web site management.

    Digital Media Prod. 3 - Video Prod
    This course emphasizes the techniques and aesthetics of editing. Includes an edit training lab where students learn non-linear digital editing procedures. Learners will examine the elemental structures of video production, including exercises in lighting, sequencing, sound, color, and composition. Learners will gain an understanding of the professional model of media production by participating in the planning and shooting of video productions. Typical projects may include editing film scenes, promotional videos, music videos, documentaries and specialty videos.

    Digital Media Production 3 - Photography
    The Photography portion of the course addresses the functions of a 35mm film camera in preparation for using manual dSLR cameras in Communications IV. Students will master the use of shutter speed and aperture to achieve desired effects in their work. After developing their film, students will learn how to scan and manipulate their images uning Photoshop.

    Digital Media Production 3 - Web Design
    Students will be developing web design and development techniques culminating in a photography portfolio website that they can add to the following year. Using the current html5 coding and cascading style sheets, students will be able to make functional and beautiful websites that incorporate their own photographic and digital design assets.

    Digital Media Production 3 - Media Design
    This course will incorporate traditional hand-rendering methods as well as the use of the computer while exploring the fundamental principles and elements of design as they are applied to two and three dimensional projects. Students explore graphic design as a form of visual communications through the use of type, image, form and color. Visual identity and communication; Thematic structure and hierarchy; Creative problem solving; Critiques and discussion; Multiple page documents such as annual reports, brochures, newsletters and stationery packages; Utilize layout software as well as traditional design media; Application of grids and principles; Procedures of effective layout; Selection of typography styles, terminology, classification, spacing, layout and history; Production of logos and marks; Create design briefs; Use branding in the development of package designs.

    Digital Media Production 4 - Web Design
    This web design class will be focused on two large web projects. For the first project the students will find a client and build a working live website. Students will work with their client to assess client needs and content for the website. Students will design and code a website for their client. Students will also be developing web design and development techniques culminating in a multi-page promotional website to showcase all the work they have made in the Digital Media Production major. Using the current html5 coding and cascading style sheets, students will be able to make funcional and beautiful websites that incorporate their own digital design assets.

    Digital Media Production 4 - Media Design
    This course will incorporate traditional hand-rendering methods as well as the use of the computer while exploring the fundamental principles and elements of design as they are applied to two and three dimensional projects. Students explore graphic design as a form of visual communications through the use of type, image, form and color. Visual identity and communication; Thematic structure and hierarchy; Creative problem solving; Critiques and discussion; Multiple page documents such as annual reports, brochures, newsletters and stationery packages; Utilize layout software as well as traditional design media; Application of grids and principles; Procedures of effective layout; Selection of typography styles, terminology, classification, spacing, layout and history; Production of logos and marks; Create design briefs; Use branding in the development of package designs.

    Digital Media Production 4 Video Production
    Students are instructed on the three stages of project creation. In pre-production, students learn the basic principals of story development, screenplay writing, storyboarding, scheduling and budget planning. Instruction in hte production stage includes basic visual composition, color theory, set up and operation of camera, sound and lighting equipment. Students learn to use cutting-edge software applications for video and audio post-production. Mastering and delivery methods are explored. The course also includes the basics of employability skills. The competencies in this course are aligned with the Oregon Common Career Technical Core Standards and the Oregon Skill Sets. Interdisciplinary experiences and arts activities lead to refining a personal aesthetic, and a heightened understanding of career opportunities in art and arts-related fields.

    AP Studio Art: 2D Design

    Throughout this 18-week course students will be expected to undergo a systematic creative exploration of formal and conceptual 2D design issues within the medium of photography culminating in the creation of a portfolio with three sections including quality, concentration and breadth. Students will be expected to document through journaling, sketching and reflective writing their creative process throughout this course with specific efforts in relating their ideation and creative evolution.


    Design & Applied Arts
    Instructor: Joe Rozewski

    3D Sculpture
    Art 1 is a basic course designed to develop your sculpting, hand building and spatial abilities by improving your observation skills and your hand-eye coordination. Sculpting exercises are used to improve your overall skills and various artist techniques are learned. We will explore the areas of: pinch pot, coil, slab, paper mache' and model building to name a few.

    3D Advanced Sculpture
    This is an advance course designed to develop your sculpting, hand building and spatial abilities by improving you observation skills and your hand-eye coordination. Sculpting exercises are used to improve your overall skills and various artist techniques are learned. We will explore areas of pinch pot, coil, slab, paper mache' and model building.


     

    Health Sciences
    Instructors: Nicole Kennedy - Nursing, Lesley Keith - Medical Assisting, Irynne Padua - Health Occupations/EMT, & Carly Alekel - Dental

    Communications and Personal Growth
    Emphasizes effective communication skills, professionalism and community service. Individual and group reflection. personal growth and development literature, volunteer service, professionalism, visitations and HOSA curriculum are the focus. A & P introduction.

    Introduction to Health Sciences
    This introductory course teaches students CPR, basic medical vocabulary and helps identify appitudes for health occupation careers.

    Medical Terminology
    Introduction to medical terminology. Students will learn prefixes, suffixes and root words related to medical terminology during semester one. Second semester students will apply knowledge of medical vocabulary to build medical terms related to body systems in health and disease.

    Health Sciences 3: Medical Professions Survey
    Students take each of the following four courses over the course of their Junior year: Medical Survey: Introduction to the field of medicine with the focus on medical assisting.

    Health Sciences 3: Emergency Medical Tech
    Junior Pre-Emergency Medical Tech is a 10 week (one quarter) course that focus on careers in the emergency medical service (EMS) system. The EMS system is a network of professionals linked together to provide the best care for people in all types of emergencies. Students will learn and understand their role in helping the EMS system to work effectively, which includes four basic steps: 1. Recognizing that an emergency exists; 2. Deciding to take action; 3. Activating the EMS system; 4. Giving care until EMS personnel take over. In addition, students will recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. The course will teach students the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed. Once students successfully completes the course, they will be certified in First Aid / CPR / AED through the American Red Cross and earn one (1) college credit through Portland Community College (PCC).

    Health Sciences 3: Pre-Nursing
    Pre-Nursing: Introduction to the field of nursing.

    Health Sciences 3: Pre-Dental
    Pre-Dental: Introduction to the field of dentistry.

    Health Sciences 4: Nursing Assisting
    Nursing Assisting: Advanced knowledge and skills in nursing.

    Health Sciences 4: Dental Assisting
    Dental Assisting: Advanced knowledge and skills in dentistry.

    Medical Professions 1-2
    This semester long upper division course combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences in health care facilities. Course content covers the knowledge, skills, professional ethics and legal requirements necessary to prepare students for clinical experience in the medical community and to experience first hand some of the skills medical assistants perform in the work place. Students will review the anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology and medical terminology of major body systems. Students will have the option to earn 4 dual credits at no charge through Portland Community College MP111 if they meet the requirements. Medical, laboratory and administrative medical assisting skills are an integral part of this course. Portfolios will be updated quarterly with classroom and clinical work samples.


    Engineering
    Instructor: Brian Gerber

    Architectural Drafting & Design
    This introductory course will explore visual communication through the use of professional drafting tools, focused on hand drafting and 3D modeling projects. Students will learn how to read and prepare architectural drawings such as floor plans, site plans, elevations, details. Students will apply their visual communication skills to architectural design projects and develop physical model skills for representing/presenting their designs. in this course, students will explore architectural design concepts and career pathways. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Algebra 1-2

    Engineering 2
    Are you interested in Engineering but don’t know the difference between Civil, Structural, Environmental, Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, or Biomedical Engineering? This course answers this question through real engineering activites from different disciplines, presentations from professional engineers, and class discussions. You will develop a clear understanding of each discipline, enabling you to make more informed choices as you head into college.

    Principles of Engineering
    Engage in the engineering design process, applying math, science and engineering ideas to create virtual models. Work individually and in teams to design objects using 3D modeling software. Experience reverse engineering with precise measurements using dial calipers to recreate complex objects. Learn to prepare parts for manufacturing by generating technical drawings with dimensions and tolerances using software. Use an engineering notebook to organize knowledge and document project work. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Geometry


     

    Computer Engineering
    Instructor: Dave Beckler

    Introduction to Computers
    This one quarter course offers instruction in related topics that are necessary or helpful in occupations involving computer and computer-related technologies. Students will explore topics in introductory programming concepts, fundamental computer hardware operations and basic skills in MS Office.

    Computer Engineering 2
    This one quarter two-period class builds on the basic developed in Intro to Computers and will provide the foundations that will prepare the student for success in a computer engineering major. Emphasis will be placed on computer fundamentals for exploring computer engineering, programming and creative problem solving. Students will write code in C++ and be introduced to computer hardware architecture.

    Computer Engineering 3
    Junior level class of a two year Computer Engineering CTE program. Students will explore Computer and Software Engineering majors. Emphasis will be placed on computer fundamentals for exploring computer engineering, microprocessors, mathematics & programming and creative problem solving. Students will work independently and apply good communication skills. The program is designed to apply and reinforce the hardware and software concepts to prepare the students for computer support, maintenance and installation. Emphasis will be placed on the introduction of theoretical concepts using C++, C# and other advanced programming languages in the Windows and Linux environment. Students will also design and implement projects using embedded microcontrollers.

    Computer Engineering 4
    Senior level class of a two year Computer Engineering CTE program. Students will continue to master skills in Computer and Software Engineering majors. Emphasis will be placed on advanced programming techniques such as Object Oriented Programming, Polymorphism, pointers, memory allocation and advanced computer technologies such as peripheral networking, hardware and software troubleshooting and database management. Students will be expected to pick a Computer or Software Engineering Final Project topic to design and implement over the course of the year.


    Construction Technology
    Instructors: Luke Hotchkiss,  Dave Ketah & Cheyenne Montalbin

    Construction Tech 2
    An exploratory course dealing with the construction industry. Emphasis is placed on safety and safe use of tools and materials. This is taught through the use of individual and group projects. This course is a prerequisite for students considering Building Construction Technology as a major. It is highly recommended for students who wish to major in Architectural Drafting.

    Construction Tech 3-A
    First semester - A major in Construction Technology teaches many trades in the construction cluster, including foundation systems, framing, blueprint reading, concrete construction, painting and roofing. Students will participate in on-site new home construction.

    Construction Tech 3-B
    Second semester - A major in Construction Technology teaches many trades in the construction cluster, including foundation systems, framing, blueprint reading, concrete construction, painting and roofing. Students will participate in on-site new home construction.

    Construction Tech 4-A
    First semester - This course expands upon what is taught in the junior level construction course and adds extensive experiences in: cabinetmaking, and finish carpentry. Students also get some experience in finish floors, ceramic tile, and plastic laminate countertop installation.

    Construction Tech 4-B
    Second semester - This course expands upon what is taught in the junior level construction course and adds extensive experiences in: cabinetmaking, and finish carpentry. Students also get some experience in finish floors, ceramic tile, and plastic laminate countertop installation.

    TechGeometry
    TechGeometry is Benson Polytechnic High School's innovative geometry class. Our contextualized learning and model helps students put mathematics into practice, applying theoretical concepts to actual construction projects. These assignments also provide students with valuable community-building experience with assignments that included for the 2013-14 school year the construction of a habitable cabin for residents of Dignity Village, a homeless encampment in North Portland. This interdisciplinary course is taught by a math teacher and a construction teacher and grant two credits - one geometry credit aligned to the national Common Core State Standards and the Curriculum of Portland Public Schools, and an elective credit earned for the construction portion of the course. There is no prerequisite for this class.

    Fine Woodworking

    Woodworking 1 is a course designed to introduce students to general woodworking practices. Students will expand their knowledge and experience through various projects, lessons, and vocabulary. Students will be expected to learn about and safely use hand tools, power tools, and woodworking machinery. The projects are designed to give students as much experience as possible by using many different machines and tools. The projects will also cover as many aspects of the building and woodworking industries as is possible in an entry level course.


    Electrical Engineering Technology
    Instructor: Peter Harley & Jorge Maceo

    Electrical/Electronics 1
    Freshmen. An introductory course in Electrical and Electronic theory and practice. This is accomplished through textbook assignments, lecture and hands-on projects. Soldering principles and practices are developed through the construction of circuit boards and building projects. This is a 50% lab class and 50% classrooms.

    Electrical 2
    This course is designed for Sophomore students entering Electrical or Computer Engineering Schools. Emphasis will be placed on digital fundamentals for computer engineering, microprocessors, communication systems, creative problem solving, solid state circuitry & devices, digital applications, theoretical concepts and lab activities pertinent to digital electronics. Students will work independently and apply good communication skills.Develop skills in identifying, evaluating, and using a variety of resources for exploring personal, educational, and career choices.Integrate academic, technical and organizations knowledge and skills to work successfully in family, school, community, and workplace settings.Develop and use productive and socially responsible approaches for resolving problems in family, school, community, and workplace settings.Select and use appropriate communication strategies in family, school, community, and workplace settings.Understand the issues related to diversity in school, community, and workplace settings.

    Electric 3-A/B
    This is a junior level course that introduces students to systems of electric technology with emphasis on safety, tools, electrical and mechanical systems, codes and regulations, house wiring, fire alarm and security system installation.

    Electric 4-A/B
    This senior level course is a continuation of ELECT 3 at a more advanced level. The course covers air conditioning and refrigeration, semiconductor technology, three phase electrical systems, with major emphasis on programmable controllers.


    Manufacturing Technology
    Instructors: Barth Clooten

    Manufacturing I
    An introductory course requiring students to manufacture products. Life skills will be learned while students explore the processes of working with various materials. Hands-on instruction will include machining processes using lathes, milling machines, drill presses, grinders, and band saws. Students will learn to work as a team to manufacture a quality product.

    Manufacturing II
    An intermediate course requiring students to design and manufacture products. Life skills will be learned while students explore the processes of working with various materials. The fabrication materials will encompass sheet metal, and plate stock. The fabrication processes will include layout, forming, joining, welding, computer design, and CNC engraving. Application of learned skills will be applied to a teamwork situation where manufacturing problems are solved. Plastics is a hands-on learning experience. Students will use high tech manufacturing processes to construct individual projects. The design phase will include computer CAD practice and operation of CNC engraving machines. Projects require the student to use fabricating, molding, and heat forming machinery. Students will learn how to test and identify the major groups of plastics and see how each group has specific properties and applications. This portion of the course will focus on the processes used to produce molded objects. Student will design and produce various projects using computers as well as related hands-on experience. The student will use plastic, wood, and metals to construct molds and models. They will experience the running and operating of a sand casting foundry and the lost wax casting process. This gives the student a great knowledge base on many materials and the appropriate engineering applications.

    Manufacturing Tech 3-A
    Manufacturing III Advanced CAD/CAM/CNC Computer Modeling is a nine-week course designed to start the manufacturing major. It introduces personal computing and Mastercam operational basics. Includes: terminology relevant to PC-based CAD/CAM work. Covers: hardware familiarity, system operation, folders, file types and structure, terminology, toolbar and menu functions, and 2 1/2 axis tool paths for milling. The emphasis will be placed on designing, geometry creation, and manufacturing more advanced 2D molds and models for casting, cleaning, polishing. This will require the learner to use the CAD/CAM program Mastercam, a variety of light industrial CNC machines, CNC light milling tools, various engineering materials, and the application of lost wax casting tools, materials, and processes. Students may earn dual college credit through PAVTEC. Manufacturing III Advanced Metal and Plastics Molding Processes is a nine-week course that continues with the designing and manufacturing of molds and models. This quarter will focus on the mold and model design for industrial green sand foundry casting and plastics mold and model making and tooling. A variety of Mastercam tool path exercises will be introduced and applied to lab activities for lofted, projected, and swept surfaces. The learner will program a variety of industrial CNC machines for cutting molds. Emphasis will be placed on activities requiring students to ram and pack patterns for aluminum mold casting. Mixing and reconstituting green sand. Heating and pouring aluminum into green sand molds. Students will experience various industrial mold and casting processes and explore mold design and application for plastics Injection Molding, Blow Molding and Thermoforming. Students may earn dual college credit through PAVTEC.

    Manufacturing Tech 3-B
    Manufacturing III Precision Fabrication is a continuation of the technical welding process and the integration of precision fabrication into assigned activities. This course will begin with the personal safety procedures and the environmental awareness required for performing these hands on lab activities. Students will be required to experience all of the following welding processes oxy-acetylene, shield metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, brazing, and various cutting procedures. In the training process students will be exposed to a variety ferrous and nonferrous materials and the technical procedures for joining them. Students will implement all or some of the technical processes into the design, layout, and assembly of product fabrication, develop knowledge and manipulative skills welding with solid wire on ferrous and non-ferrous materials using short arc and surface tension transfer in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Emphasis is placed on the proper care of hand tools and machines in the precision metal working industry. Students may earn dual college credit through PAVTEC designed for juniors interested in welding and related welding trades. Manufacturing III Sheet metal Layout/Development and Technical Welding Processes is designed for juniors interested in sheet metal forming and development, welding and related industrial trades. The course will begin with the personal safety procedures and the environmental awareness required for performing in this hands-on industrial lab. Students will be given introduction to the sheet metal tools, materials and processes followed by instruction on industrial tool application. Assigned projects and activities requiring students to operate and apply sheet metal shaping and forming procedures. Students will use hand tools, machine tools, and industrial machine power tools to do metal forming. Additional design and layout will be required with the application of Mastercam for pattern cutouts with CNC plasma cutter. In addition to metal forming the student will begin the technical training for joining ferrous and nonferrous metals in the fusion process. Students will have the opportunity to experience one or all of the following welding processes oxy-acetylene, shield metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, brazing, oxy-acetylene cutting, plasma cutting and CNC Plasma cutting. Students may earn dual college credit through PAVTEC.

    MFG Engineering Tech 4-A
    Manufacturing IV will place emphasis on a broad base of practical and technical knowledge combined with the experience related to the use of machines and materials common to the industry. Specific subject areas include machine shop mathematics, blueprint reading, sketching, bench work, layout and layout tools, precision measuring, drill press operations, lathe operations, milling machine operations, grinding operations, classifications and machining characteristics of materials and their properties. Also, numerical control of machine tools will be introduced. Vocational students and pre- engineering majors planning to study mechanical areas will find this course highly relevant to their occupational goals. Students will be eligible for PAVTEC dual college credit designed for seniors.

    MFG Engineering Tech 4-B
    Manufacturing IV will place emphasis on a broad base of practical and technical knowledge combined with the experience related to the use of machines and materials common to the industry. Students will be introduced to Additive Manufacturing, Laser engraving and cutting, surface grinding, EDM cutting and intro to robotics. Students will write individual 3D programs and performed special set-up for student designed jobs. Vocational students and pre- engineering majors planning to study mechanical areas will find this course highly relevant to their occupational goals. Students will be eligible for PAVTEC dual college credit designed for seniors.

    Cooperative Work Experience
    Work experience tied to manufacturing industry.


    Transportation Technology
    Instructors: Brett Anderson & Ed Railey

    Auto 1
    Introduction to small gas engines

    Automotive 2
    Introduction to automotive service

    TRANS 3 - Engine Repair
    Students will learn the fundamentals of engine systems. Emphasis will be placed on the internal combustion engine, repair and reconditioning, cooling, and lubrication systems.

    TRANS 3 - Fuel & Electrical
    Students will learn the fundamentals of fuel and electrical systems including: ignition, fuel, charging, starting, emissions, on-board computers, and basic electricity.

    TRANS 3 - Brakes
    Emphasis in this advanced, junior level course will be placed upon the theory/operation, diagnosis/repair of brake, steering, an suspension systems and the extensive use of diagnostic/repair equipment.

    TRANS 3 - Power Train
    Emphasis in this advanced, junior level course will be placed upon the theory/operation, diagnosis/repair of brake, steering, an suspension systems and the extensive use of diagnostic/repair equipment.

    TRANS 4 - Fuel/Diesel
    Students will learn theory and operations of diesel engines and related equipment as well as a continuation of work on automotive systems.

    TRANS 4 - Automotive/Aviation
    Advanced senior level course with an introduction to aviation mechanics.

    TRANS 4 - Automotive Repair
    Emphasis in this advanced, senior level course will be placed upon the theory/ operation, diagnosis/repair of computer input, processing and output control systems including fuel and engine management, anti lock brake, steering, and ride control systems.

    TRANS 4 - Fuel/Electrical Repair
    Students will learn the theory of engines.