• CTE/Career Pathways

    McDaniel High School CTE/Career Pathways

    Career and Technical Education offers high school students cutting-edge, relevant, rigorous classes that prepare them for post-secondary opportunities and high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand jobs.

    McDaniel offers the following programs of study:


    Computer Science


    Design & Applied Arts

    Digital Design


    Education Preparation

    Sustainable Agriculture


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    November/December 2019

    February 2020

    Computer Science
    Instructor: Tamara O'Malley

    Intro to Computer Science
    This class is a chance to explore Computer Science through coding, 3D modeling and animation, and the exploration of the history, current events, and ethical issues of computing. Learn the fundamental concepts of programming through a visual programming language, then extend that knowledge into a syntax-based language. You will also code a webpage, build a mobile app, explore robotics and investigate 3D modeling, 3D printing and 3D animation.

    AP Computer Science
    Learn how to code in Java using both object-oriented and imperative design strategies. Topics include data structures, algorithms, problem solving, and the ethical and social implications of computing. Homework is required, and may include both reading (textbook) and coding.

    Intermediate Computer Science 3
    Dive further into coding by learning Python, and apply your coding knowledge to build a game. This course will prepare students for APCS. 

    Intermediate Computer Science 4
    Use your knowledge of Python to work with a Raspberry Pi and learn about the Internet of Things. This course will prepare students for APCS.

    Senior Design
    Choose your own computer science related project and develop it throughout the year.

    3D Modeling and Animation
    This course introduces the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of 3D digital modeling, rendering, and rapid prototyping (3D printing). You will learn 3D modeling techniques including production of surfaces and forms, texturing, lighting, and rendering. Once you have mastered the concepts of 3D modeling, you will move on to animating models and eventually work toward making an animated movie or 3D game. Prerequisite: Intro CS, Intro to Engineering Design, Digital Design.

    Design, build, and program robots! Learn how circuit boards work. Using Arduino and Lego/Tetrix robots we will cover the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and coding. You will have the option of joining a First Tech Challenge competition team which requires a commitment to attend evening and weekend events.

    Design and Applied Arts
    Instructors: Susan Russell

    Foundations of 3D Design
    Introduction to 3D Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Textiles. Providing students with the exploration of career path options in each industry.

    Intermediate Ceramics & Sculpture
    Focused work in Ceramics and Sculpture industry with an emphasis in technical skill development. The student will build self-marketing strategies in a small business format.

    Intermediate Textiles
    Focused work in Textiles Industry with an emphasis in technical skill development. The student will build self-marketing strategies in a small business format

    3D Design
    Focused work in 3D Design/ Industrial Design Industry with an emphasis in technical skill development. The student will build self-marketing strategies in a small business format

    Digital Design
    Instructor: Randy Maves

    Foundations of Digital Design
    Graphic Arts is art with a message. This foundation of digital design course is a hands-on introduction to the art, craft and business of graphic design. The terms are used interchangeably. We will cover the history, processes, creative forms and production of graphic arts, as well as necessary underlying skills and perceptual principles. Students will be given a broad overview of the language of art and the principles of design through software manipulation. The course also provides and immersion in several artistic, creative, technical and psychological techniques linked to graphic design. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign will be the primary software. Foundation of Digital Design is centered on skill and technique development. Students will apply basic skills to design problems: posters, personal logos, magazine layout, photo editing, and product labels.

    Intermediate Digital Design
    Intermediate digital design will be primarily a design studio. Students will explore Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign with a focus on creative printed materials. A design team organization will allow each class member to lead in very area of the design process. The class will learn to manage jobs that will come from our school and outside community. Marketing, photography, and presentation will be the center of each project. Students will be expected to seek out an intern opportunity in the community. The principals of design will be explored as they affect good design. Each student will present an original marketing campaign for the culmination of the course. Product design will be introduced.

    Graphic Design - Advanced
    Advanced Graphic Design Studio is the final course in the graphic design CTE program at Madison High School. Students that forecast for this course will be learning about marketing, project management, and career readiness. Students that forecast for this course will complete a digital capstone portfolio that will be presented on a website platform. The classroom will be organized as a design firm, where each member will have particular job functions on multiple teams (marketing manager, lead designer, production manager, sales, and project manager) They will work with industry advisors that are experts in each of the listed areas. These student will work very closely with their industry mentors to craft a working knowledge of career skills need to be successful in the design industry. Students will be responsible to recruit work for the class and hopefully secure a payment or donation for the services provided. Students will hone problem-solving strategies in concept development, compositional structure, project management, and execution of work. Integral to this is a sketchbook that records design, research, idea generation, and reflective thinking. Hands on experiences provide opportunities for a multitude of learning styles, increase student confidence, and can improve overall academic performance. As a CTE course, we will incorporate business education and career related experiences in the form of field trips and visitors from industry.

    Print Publications
    This class primarily produces the yearbook, but if you are interested in applying the design skills you learned in Foundations of Digital Design or Intermediate Digital Design this course is for you. Organization, independent work habits, and afterschool freedom are necessary. The student body is the client and as a Print Publication staff member you will be tasked with producing a historical item that best captures the Madison Experience. Students that choose this class should take this responsibility very serious and should understand that only the highest level of citizenship and behavior will be accepted. This is an opportunity to be part of a team that creates a one-of-a-kind object. Students must have an excellent working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

    Photo/Video Production
    Foundations of Digital Photography & Video Production focuses on career exploration in the fields of photography and video production. The Course includes basic theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and edit photos and videos, includes instruction on lighting, camera operation, composition, and related computer applications for editing. The Video Production course will provide students with a basic understanding of the technology behind video as an information medium, and some of the ways in which it is created to achieve its desired effect on an audience. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a variety of production skills and techniques as it relates to producing a variety of video formats. Example formats include producing Short Films, School News Feature Stories, Documentary Video, Music Video, Instructional Video, Advertising Commercials, and Public Service PSA Commercials. Students will learn skills in story design, script writing, video editing, and studio production. In order to meet assignment deadlines and production schedules, students will need to rely on: good reading and writing skills, good time management, a positive attitude, and the ability to work in a team setting.

    Instructor: Miles Hudson

    Intro to Engineering Design
    Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Prerequisite/Corequisite: Algebra 1-2

    Digital Electronics
    From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

    Design, build, and program robots! Learn how circuit boards work. Using Arduino and Lego/Tetrix robots we will cover the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and coding. You will have the option of joining a First Tech Challenge competition team which requires a commitment to attend evening and weekend events.

    Principles of Engineering (POE)
    Explore a broad range of engineering topics, including simple machines, structural and material strength, and automation. Develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Use an engineering notebook to organize knowledge and document project work.

    Senior Design
    With acquired skills from one or more Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways, apply knowledge to complete a major project. Generate a concept and define success criteria in an environment that models experience in college or industry. Grow skills in time management, research, public speaking, teamwork, and completion of complex projects while following the design process to develop an idea and follow it through to a final deliverable. 

    Education Preparation (In Development)
    Instructor: Nicola Onnis


    Introduction to Education
    INTRO TO EDUCATION: Students will explore education as a career in a course that combines learning from texts and learning from experience. Students will read and research the history of public schools in the United States, study teaching strategies and curriculum design, and explore social justice in education. They will also do classroom observations and work in classrooms in an education internship. This course may be eligible for dual credit.

    Health Sciences
    Instructor: David Valenzuela & Erik Mellgren


    Anatomy & Physiology - Human Body Systems
    This course is for students who have completed Health Services 1-2 and Biology. Students will study basic anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the human body and practice health care skills that will prepare them for clinical experience in Health Services 5-6. Students will also continue to build their medical language and communication skills, numeracy skills, standard precaution skills and safety practices. Students will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways: hands-on labs, demonstrations, individual and group projects, student presentations, research reports, videos, field trips, service learning, guest speakers, computer aided exploration, and a whole class discussion, as well as oral and written assignments and tests. Students will read current science and medical periodicals to enhance their literacy skills. Students will collect samples of their work to place in their cumulative Portfolios. Throughout the year students will maintain an interactive notebook to reflect their learning and to take more responsibility for directing their own learning.

    Medical Interventions
    Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics. Thus students learn basic and advanced health care skills, medical laboratory skills, and biomedical research skills as they develop a portfolio for their chosen health care profession.

    Principals of Biomedical Science
    This introductory course is designed to develop a working knowledge of Medical Terminology, human behavior, aspects of the healthcare industry, critical thinking skills, decision making skills, basic laboratory skills and communication skills. In addition students learn basic clinical skills by performing and documenting Vital Signs. Students develop a four year plan by identifying individual interests, aptitudes and abilities in relation to career planning and post secondary education. A Portfolio of work is begun. Focus is placed on leadership development, community service and professional conduct. Students work individually, in small groups and in large groups to emphasize teamwork and responsibility. Students are encouraged to join SkillsUSA, a student run leadership organization. This class incorporates PLTW Bio-Medical Curriculum.

    Biomedical Innovations
    This course is for students who have successfully completed Medical Interventions or have taken two classes in the biomedical path, advanced science classes like AP, and are recommended by a teacher. This course teaches students about research practices and then allows students to work with college professors to build an investigative research project that reflects their own interests. Students will go through the process of designing, testing, and publishing their experiment.


    Sustainable Agriculture
    Instructors: Susan Wiencke

    Intro to Sustainable Agriculture
    This class is focused on learning essential gardening and urban farming methods that do not harm the soil, air, or water, even over many generations. Plan, plant, compost, save seeds, use garden tools/ equipment and learn a variety of growing techniques in the school garden. In addition, investigate factors that affect plant health, growth, and reproduction by designing and conducting simple experiments in the garden. Use knowledge and experience in this class to think critically about how our current food system operates, and develop real solutions to help change social and environmental problems. Receive six college credits in Urban Agriculture Practicum for completing one year of Intro to Sustainable Agriculture.

    Urban Farming
    Through hands-on experience in the school garden and greenhouse, utilize sexual and asexual methods to grow plants. For example, plant seeds under lights and let them reproduce sexually, or use cuttings from plants to asexually reproduce (or propagate) them. Use a grafting knife to join two plant parts together so they will grow as one. Develop and operate Madison’s student-run Farmer’s Market and/or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business. Products sold will include vegetables; edible and medicinal plants, seeds, and value-added products like jam, pickles, salsa, pesto, and tomato sauce. Other components will involve field trips, paid and unpaid internships, cooking, networking, and fundraising. Receive four college credits in Propagation of Edible Plants from Clackamas Community College for completing one year of Urban Farming.

    Urban Agriculture Internship
    Students in this independent study will complete a project with a sustainable agriculture focus. The project can involve community partners such as Dharma Rain, Portland Community Gardens, and many more. The project could be an extension of our existing school garden. This project will include research, action, and presentation. Students will develop a detailed plan that includes goals, materials, budget, marketing (if any) and a timeline for their sustainable agriculture project during the first semester. Students will implement the plan during the second semester (and possibly during the summer). Once the project is carried out, students will develop a culminating presentation. Projects can be completed with a partner. Students must be pre-approved for this independent study. Students in 11th and 12th grade can take this class