Sussex County Vocational Technical School District


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Students will improve work and safety skills taught in Welding I, make and use workable plans for school and personal projects, improve out-of-position welding skills with S.M.A.W. (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), G.T.A.W. (Gas Tungsten Arch Welding), and G.M.A.W. (Gas Metal Arc Welding) and become proficient in the use of plasma cutter and wire feed welding processes. Students will prepare for Advanced Welding by accomplishing pre-hiring paperwork, such as resume, OSHA safety training, and interview skills.

Welding TIG will continue to build student skill sets in areas of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA.

(formerly Business Ownership)
Students determine the characteristics, experience, and skills needed to be a successful business owner using project-based learning. Students utilize the curriculum, The Teen Entrepreneur, to create a business plan based upon their specific interest or technical area. Students will choose between creating a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation. The course will focus on the following units: Choosing Your Teen Based Business, Establishing Your Business, Marketing and Operating Plans, Creating Marketing and Advertising, and Financial Planning. At the end of the course, students will use PowerPoint to present their business plans to the class. In addition, students who take this course will have the opportunity to compete in various competitions related to Marketing at the state and national level through DECA.

Career Seminar is a semester course that introduces eleventh and twelfth graders to the resources and tools necessary to be successful in the workplace. This course aims to empower upperclassmen to make informed career and academic decisions, achieve academic success, and transition smoothly into post-secondary opportunities. The course provides instruction in identifying employment opportunities through job search, portfolio development, and interviews as well as preparing letters of inquiry, and resumes.

This course is designed to offer students practice in determining necessary information from blueprints and machine drawings. Skills are developed in producing quick and accurate sketches of specific objects while using minimal drafting equipment. Particular topics of study and practice include measuring, scale, dimensioning, lettering, types of views, and material symbols.

(formerly Human Customer Relations)
This course provides an introduction to customer-centricity or putting customers first and making them the center of business operations. It is focused on understanding both internal and external customers which makes it possible to create a culture that permits employees to make decisions that will benefit both the customers and the companies. Students explore work-related concepts including communication and human relations skills, equal employment opportunity, and work ethics. Students learn how to locate job openings in their technical area, complete job applications, and prepare for job interviews.

(formerly Integrated Business Technology)
This course gives students a hands-on introduction to Microsoft Office software that is used throughout their high school career and post-graduation. During this semester-long course, students will become proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Word is used to make professional-quality documents, letters, reports, etc. Microsoft PowerPoint is used to create high-quality presentations and information using text, images, diagrams with animations, and transitional effects. Microsoft Excel is used to create spreadsheets in which data can be housed and manipulated. It features calculation, graphing tools, and other applications.

Journalism is the study of news elements where students will learn what is newsworthy, what makes a well-balanced periodical (news, sports, entertainment, art), law and ethics of journalism, interview skills, AP style, and research skills. It includes a comparison study of journalistic writing to other types of English writing with practical application of news, features, editorials, sports, and digital media writing forms. Students will develop journalistic writing skills in addition to studying graphic design, advertising, public relations, and photojournalism. Students will create a monthly online magazine using WordPress, smore, or similar site to demonstrate skills. This course prepares students for job interviews, public relations techniques and enhanced writing skills across different literary mediums.

Math in CTE is a semester course where students learn how math intersects with career and technical concepts and applications. The course aims to empower ninth grade with students to apply workplace math skills in their vocational/technical area.

(formerly Production Art)
Students in Photojournalism will capture, edit, and organize photographic images using Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras as well as Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photopea software to creatively edit images in class. Students will also become part of the Raven Eyes staff and post images for our school photography website: As Raven Eyes staff members, we will also take underclass portraits in the Raven Eyes portrait studio. Advanced students will capture and edit senior portraits in the Raven Eyes portrait studio. Students explore a variety of themes to create multiple Photo Essays using excellent composition. All students will be expected to display their work in the Evermore Yearbook and/or compete in the Spring Visual Art show. Photojournalism students will also explore techniques for using their phones to capture better images for a lifetime of better photography.

(formerly Marketing and Promotion)
This course is part of the Junior Achievement (JA) Work and Career Readiness Pathway. After successful completion of the course, students will earn the Marketing Badge from Junior Achievement. The course is a blended model of teacher-led lessons, self-guided content, and real-world topics in Marketing presented by local business leaders. This course introduces students to key marketing concepts where they will explore the following units in-depth: Marketing is Everywhere, Understanding the Consumer, The Marketing Mix, and Marketing in the World. In addition, students who take this course will have the opportunity to compete in various competitions related to Marketing at the state and national level through DECA.

Technical Foundations is a semester course that introduces all ninth-graders to the resources and tools necessary to be successful at Sussex Technical High School. This course aims to empower ninth-grade students to make informed career and academic decisions, achieve academic success, and transition smoothly into Sussex Technical High School. This course will also provide financial literacy instruction.

This course introduces students to the basics of web design. The purpose of the class is to allow students to gain basic theoretical and hands-on experience in areas such as interactive graphics, animation, and sound in web page production

Students learn broad-based skills used in the welding industry. Students are involved in fabricating various projects in the lab and are taught basic welding skills. Areas covered include: Oxyacetylene Welding (OAW), Shielded Metal-Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas-Shielded-Arc Welding (GATW and GMAW), and blueprint reading. The combination of classroom theory and laboratory hands-on fabrication activities provides a comprehensive career foundation for all students.

The vision of Sussex Tech’s Work-Based Learning (WBL) Program is to prepare eligible students for their future by providing them with authentic work-to-industry experiences. Through these experiences, students can hone learned industry-recognized skills learned in their CTE Program of Study while developing new and supplementary skills while working alongside experienced industry professionals. The WBL experience helps to mold eligible students into qualified and viable candidates for future employment opportunities within their field of study.

The Sussex Technical School District offers the WBL program as a joint venture between school and industry. The program offers different stages of career placements such as job shadowing, paid and unpaid internships, and WBL. It is a transitional period between school and the world of work, career, and/or college where students profit from additional proficiency and hands-on training in job-related situations. A student may participate in either a paid or unpaid WBL experience if the student is academically eligible and has received prior approval from the student’s CTE instructor, academic counselor, CTE Coordinator, and building principal.

This program is considered an extension of career training and can become part of the student’s high school experience. Work-based learning experience training must be in alignment with the student’s technical course of study. Students who participate in WBL and met all the requirements will earn related technical credit(s) for all work-based learning periods on their senior academic schedule.

(formerly Graphic Productions)
Yearbook students will learn the numerous skills necessary for the production of the Evermore, Sussex Tech’s 260-page yearbook. Skills that will be taught include: layout and design, photography, journalism, composition, and business management. Students are responsible for conducting interviews, writing copy, captions, and headlines. Students will take portraits of underclass students, capture athletic and club activities while using our Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras. Basic marketing, sales, and business management are also part of this course. Students who take Yearbook are strongly advised to make a year commitment starting in the spring semester of their junior year and continuing in the fall semester of their senior year. Students may take consecutive semesters as upper-level students/editors.