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Career Development

The District 196 Career Development and Enrichment Opportunities Program offers a variety of courses designed to expose you to possibilities available in today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. Business and community leaders across the nation indicate that you must have a sound academic background combined with the ability to apply what you learn to succeed in a global economy.

Career Development courses can help you understand your interests and talents, select potential career fields for the future, and decide upon appropriate post-secondary learning and training opportunities. These courses provide opportunities for you to reach your full potential. The courses incorporate strong academic preparation, unique field trip opportunities, and partnerships within the community. We encourage you to take advantage of these offerings and the expanded opportunities they provide.

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2019-20 Career Development Guide

Animal Sciences

College in the Schools: Animal Science
Grade: 11, 12 
Site: School of Environmental Studies
Prerequisite: See Below 
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended 

  • 7701 College in the Schools: Animal Science A
  • 7702 College in the Schools: Animal Science B
  • 7703 College in the Schools: Animal Science C 

Introduction to Animal Science would be of benefit to any student planning on entering the field of animal care whether it is with pets, livestock, or exotics. Course content will emphasize fundamental concepts of physiology, nutrition, animal breeding and management. Students will gain experience in classroom and lab settings with pets and companion animals, rabbits, horses, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, fish, and other animals. Requirements set by the University for enrollment include being in the top 50% of your class or instructor approval. If you are not in the top 50% of your class, but feel this course is a good fit, please contact the instructor.

Students successfully completing Animal Science A, B, and C may be able to earn college credit from the University of Minnesota. Students should contact the course instructor for more information.


Zoos, Aquariums, and Small Animal Care 
Grade: 11, 12 
Site: School of Environmental Studies
Prerequisite: None 
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended 

  • 7707 Zoos, Aquariums, and Small Animal Care A
  • 7708 Zoos, Aquariums, and Small Animal Care B
  • 7709 Zoos, Aquariums, and Small Animal Care C 

This course will feature basic care and management of animals as pets, in zoos and aquariums, and in the wild. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience with animals. A special emphasis will be placed on freshwater and saltwater aquatic species. Students will visit  the Minnesota Zoo and examine animal exhibits to learn about captive and wild animal management. Career areas explored include aquarium keeping, life support, zoo keeping, collections management, exhibit design, animal training, animal health, horticulture, pet care, and wildlife management. 

Aviation

Aviation and Ground School 
Grade: 11, 12 
Site: Eagan High School 
Prerequisite: None 
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended 
Fees: Optional flight time to be arranged and paid for by student

  • 7710 Aviation and Ground School A
  • 7711 Aviation and Ground School B
  • 7712 Aviation and Ground School C 

The aviation industry offers a wide range of career opportunities and there is a growing need for qualified personnel.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in aviation, you’ve landed in the right place! 

During this course, students will develop the skills and knowledge required to pass the FAA written exam for a private pilot’s license by Certified Flight Instructors. Faculty from Academy College will teach this course at Eagan High School. Additionally, through field trips and guest speakers, students will explore a variety of careers in aviation, including: Commercial Pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Aerospace Engineering, Aircraft Manufacturing, Airport Operations, and Air Traffic Control. This is a hands-on course which includes a variety of projects, activities, and the use of flight simulators and drones! 

Students successfully completing Aviation & Ground School A, B and C and who pass the Private Pilot Exam may be able to earn Articulated Credit and/or Concurrent Credit from a local post-secondary institution. Students should contact the course instructor for more information regarding college credits and participating post-secondary institutions.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services
Grade: 11, 12
Site: Rosemount High School
Prerequisite: None
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7746 Emergency Medical Services A
  • 7747 Law Enforcement B
  • 7748 Fire Fighting C

Law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical service (EMS) careers demand quick thinking, adrenalin and sweat to answer the calls from individuals who need help or when responding to a natural or manmade disaster. First trimester, students will learn how to assess and treat wounded or sick patients while on scene by using all of the equipment found in an ambulance or rescue truck. During second trimester, this class focuses on criminal investigative techniques, state traffic and criminal law, and gives students an inside view of the wide variety of law enforcement career choices offered by local, state and federal agencies. Third trimester, the class includes learning fire suppression techniques while in full firefighter turnout gear, incident management, and awareness level certification in hazardous materials response.

  • Students successfully completing Emergency Medical Services A, Law Enforcement B and/or Fire Fighting C may have the opportunity to earn Articulated College Credit from a post-secondary institution. Please contact the course instructor for more information regarding articulation agreements and participating colleges and universities.
  • Students have the opportunity to become certified at the state and national levels as an EMS First Responder (required for all police and firefighters in Minnesota). NOTE: A student donation of $20 will be requested.

Advanced Emergency Services
Grade: 12
Site: Rosemount High SchoolPrerequisite: Emergency Medical Services A Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7749 Advanced Emergency Services C

This section of the course will prepare students to take the written and practical skills test required for certification by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Board as an Emergency Medical Technician. This national certification is the basic level required for ambulance drivers in the United States.

As a part of the EMS training each student will be required to have completed and passed a CPR course at the Professional Rescuer level and received Emergency Medical Responder certification through the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. This course will refresh the skills learned in the first trimester of Emergency Services Occupations and will also add the required knowledge needed in order to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians written exam.

The evaluations in the course will include the following:

  • State Evaluator score earned as part of the EMT Practical Skills Test (8 stations).
  • The score received after taking the FISDAP computerized EMT preparation exam (150 questions).

The State of Minnesota requires all first time EMTs to pass the computerized test administered through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). This test is given in Eagan and will cost $70 each time it is taken. The FISDAP preparation exam is 96% accurate in determining if the candidate is ready to take the NREMT exam.

Students successfully completing Advanced Emergency Services C may have the opportunity to earn Articulated College Credit from a post-secondary institution. Please contact the course instructor for more information regarding articulation agreements and participating colleges and universities.

Forensic Science

Forensic Science
Grade: 11, 12
Site: Rosemount High School
Prerequisite: None
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7750 Forensic Science A
  • 7751 Forensic Science B
  • 7752 Forensic Science C

The forensic specialist’s goal is to use all available information to determine the facts, and subsequently, the truth based on the evidence found at the crime scene. This course will define the scope of forensic science and introduce the student to career possibilities in forensic investigations. The enormous range of material challenges the ingenuity of the forensic specialist who examines and identifies hair, fibers, blood, body fluids, stains, alcohol, drugs, paint, glass, soil, flammables, and identifies firearms and compares bullets, tool markings, and foot prints. The class will analyze the role of the investigator through the use of case histories and hands-on experience.


Advanced Forensic Science
Grade: 12
Site: Rosemount High School
Prerequisite: Forensic Science A-C
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7753 Advanced Forensic Science A
  • 7754 Advanced Forensic Science B
  • 7755 Advanced Forensic Science C

Medical and Health Care

Medical and Health Care
Grade: 11, 12
Site: Rosemount High School
Prerequisite: None
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7762 Medical and Health Care A
  • 7763 Medical and Health Care B
  • 7764 Medical and Health Care C

Students will learn the principles and processes of the health, medical and human performance sciences in a classroom and lab setting. Through the study of basic anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, students will apply core academic and career specific technical skills to explore health related careers in medicine, emergency medicine, nursing, sports medicine, physical therapy, exercise physiology, dietetics/nutrition, medical technical, laboratory sciences, biotechnology, psychology and medical research. Guest speakers, job shadowing, “animation clay” labs, clinical activities, and field trips are Integral l components of the course. Assorted models, “Interactive Anatomy “ computer programs and a synthetic cadaver provide outstanding learning tools.

  • Students successfully completing Medical and Health Care A, B and C may have the opportunity to earn Articulated College Credit from a post-secondary institution. Please contact the course instructor for more information regarding articulation agreements and participating colleges and universities.

Advanced Medical and Health Care
Grade: 12
Site: Rosemount High School
Prerequisite: Medical and Health Care A-C Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7765 Advanced Medical and Health Care A
  • 7766 Advanced Medical and Health Care B
  • 7767 Advanced Medical and Health Care C

Students will learn and apply the principles and processes of health, medical and human performance sciences in a classroom and lab setting. Students will apply core academic and career specific technical skills to explore health-related careers within the individual’s selected target careers.

Students successfully completing Advanced Medical and Health Care A, B and C may have the opportunity to earn Articulated College Credit from a post- secondary institution. Please contact the course instructor for more information regarding articulation agreements and participating colleges and universities.

Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management
Grade: 11, 12
Site: Eagan High School
Prerequisite: None
Length: Two Periods, One Trimester Only or Full Year

  • 7756 Event Planning A
  • 7757 Travel and Tourism B
  • 7758 Hotel and Restaurant C

Are you Creative? A good Communicator? Do you love to meet people? Did you know there are over 126,257,000 jobs projected in the Travel and Tourism industry by 2024?

Hospitality is a hands-on, interactive class where students experience first-hand what it looks like to work in the Travel & Tourism Industry. Through local community partnerships, students will explore and tour work and career settings within the hospitality and tourism industry, plan real events for the community, and learn about industry trends while emphasizing the communication skills that are essential to delivering good customer service.

7756 Event Planning and Management A: Fall Semester
In this course, students will have a hands-on experience of the exciting world of event planning. Through the eyes of professionals in the field, students will learn about the career of an event planner, the venues they are working in, and the events they are creating. Class projects will include planning and executing real events for Eagan High School, other local schools and community organizations or businesses. Students will be responsible for the planning, publicity, budgeting/ agenda preparation, sales and marketing, negotiations, contracts and hosting of the events.

*Students will have ongoing event planning opportunities in Trimester 2 and 3.

7757 Travel and Tourism B: Winter Trimester
Travel and tourism is critical to Minnesota’s economy. Students will learn about all aspects of personal travel and planning a trip for others. This course will take students beyond traditional vacation planning to exploring trips that include adventure travel, theatre and sporting events like Super Bowl 2018 to be hosted in Minnesota! Additionally, students will explore transportation within the travel industry such as air, bus and train travel.

7758 Hotel and Restaurant C: Spring Trimester
If you enjoy customer service, the hotel and restaurant industry may be a place for you. Students will learn about the range of career opportunities “in the front of the house” and “in the back of house”. Learn about ways to work directly with consumers or to combine your interests in technology, accounting or management with hospitality. The possibilities are endless!

  • Students successfully completing Hospitality Management A, B and/or C may have the opportunity to earn Articulated College Credit from a post-secondary institution. Please contact the course instructor for more information regarding articulation agreements and participating colleges and universities.

Advanced Hospitality Management
Grade: 12
Site: Eagan High School
Prerequisite: Hospitality Management A- C
Length: Two Periods, One Trimester Only or Full Year

  • 7759 Advanced Hospitality Management A
  • 7760 Advanced Hospitality Management B
  • 7761 Advanced Hospitality Management C

Are you interested in looking deeper into a career in the Hospitality industry? This course will allow you to focus in your areas of interest whether that is Travel and Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant, Gaming or Event Planning. Get hands-on experience through job shadows and internships.

Mentor Program

Mentor Program: Seminar
Grade: 11, 12
Length: One Period, One Trimester/Quarter

Mentor Seminar is a college and career exploration course which gives students an advantage over their peers in preparing for the future. Students will identify personal interests and skills to guide them while exploring college options and researching career opportunities. Students will develop professional skills, including interviewing, networking and interpersonal communication. The opportunity to meet with a professional in a chosen career field brings the real world to the classroom. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Mentor Field Experience to complete the Mentor Program; however, students may take Mentor Seminar as a stand-alone course.


Mentor Program: Field Experience
Grade: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mentor Seminar and Mentor Program Coordinator Approval Length: One or Two Periods, One or Two Trimesters/Quarters

Leave the classroom behind and enter into the professional’s world to gain exposure in the career field of choice. The internship experience will follow a college model. Students will meet one time per week with instructors and peers and will be released from school to work with their career professionals. Students will select and design an individual project under the guidance of their mentor and instructor. This course requires a high level of student independence and responsibility. Students must provide their own transportation to their mentor site.

Music Production

Music Production 1
Prerequisite: None
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7768 Music Production 1A Grade: 11, 12
  • 7769 Music Production 1B Site: School of Environmental Studies
  • 7770 Music Production 1C and Apple Valley High School

This full year course is designed for the serious student who wants to explore career options related to the music recording/production industry. Through class work, independent projects, and solo or ensemble rehearsal, students will learn the skills, theory, and techniques of music recording and production. Students should have some previous training in music—either vocal or instrumental. Using today’s music studio technology and techniques, students will create recorded works in many different styles.

Students must enroll in sections A and B in order to participate in section C. At the end of section C, students will have the opportunity to take a project through the pre-production, recording, editing, mixing and mastering processes.

Successful completion of this course, Music Production 1A, B or C, satisfies the one credit Minnesota Arts graduation standard.


Music Production 2
Grade: 11, 12
Site: School of Environmental Studies and Apple Valley High School
Prerequisite: Music Production 1A-1C or Instructor
Approval Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7771 Music Production 2A
  • 7772 Music Production 2B
  • 7773 Music Production 2C

The Music Production 2 class is for those students who are dedicated to making a career in music production. In this class, students will spend more time with audio systems purchase/ setup/care, in-depth knowledge of microphones/recording techniques, and advanced production techniques. Students will be expected to research and apply technical recording and production concepts as they work on larger scale projects. Students will finish the class by presenting a portfolio of their work that demonstrates their knowledge of music production.

Successful completion of this course, Music Production 2A, B or C, satisfies the one credit Minnesota Arts graduation standard.

Vehicle Services

Vehicle Services
Grade: 11, 12
Site: Rosemount High School
Prerequisite: None
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7774 Vehicle Services A
  • 7775 Vehicle Services B
  • 7776 Vehicle Services C

An automobile is the second largest expense most people will incur. The Vehicle Services class will explore the skills needed for today’s successful automotive technician. The curriculum will concentrate on the Maintenance and Light Repairs (MLR) level of training that NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) standards require. This industry is in great demand and rewards entry level technicians with with a high paying, livable wage while attending school. Students can expect job position growth and wage increases with the addition of the technical skills taught in this course. The student will work on live applications, both student supplied and school owned. No driver’s license or previous technical experience is necessary. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about this exciting and profitable industry, as well as the chance to save money on vehicle repairs in the future. There are no fees required, however, students are expected to pay for fluids and maintenance items if working on their personal vehicle.

Vehicle Services is now a National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited vehicle repair program. The NATEF accreditation allows students the opportunity to articulate up to 25% off the cost of their technical college education. Finishing this year-long course and the Advanced Vehicle Service course the next year, students can earn ASE student certifications in the areas of brakes, suspension and steering, electricity and electronic components, and engine performance.


Advanced Vehicle Services
Grade: 12
Site: Rosemount High School
Prerequisite: Vehicle Services A, B, and C
Length: Two Periods, Full Year Recommended

  • 7777 Advanced Vehicle Services A
  • 7778 Advanced Vehicle Services B
  • 7779 Advanced Vehicle Services C

The goal of Advanced Vehicle Services (AVS) is to train and prepare students for entry level employment in the automotive and truck repair industry. AVS is a continuation of Vehicle Services and the topics taught prepare students to earn four ASE Student Certifications. Students will be learning from ASE Master certified instructors. Students successfully completing AVS have the training to be employed in entry level technician positions. Additional education beyond high school is recommended to find continued success in the industry. There are no fees required for AVS, however, students are expected to pay for fluids and maintenance items if working on their personal vehicle.

During Trimester 1, we will be covering advanced vehicle drive train systems. This includes but is not limited to ABS brake systems, drive axle service, suspension and steering part replacement and rebuild, and wheel alignment.

Trimester 2, students will perform a complete engine rebuild with a final result of the engine running on a designated stand. Students are permitted but not required to supply their own engines and components.

In the 3rd trimester, we will delve deeper into modern day ignition and fuel system diagnosis and repair. Students will spend time analyzing computer scan diagnostic information. Students will also work with electrical circuits both trouble shooting and repairing faults. Late model testing equipment and vehicles will be provided.

This advanced level course is project-based, hand-on and detail orientated. The course requires successful completion of Vehicle Services A, B, and C as well as a self-motivated independent learner.

Vehicle Services is now a National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited vehicle repair program. The NATEF accreditation allows students the opportunity to articulate up to 25% off the cost of their technical college education. Finishing this year-long course will allow students to earn ASE student certifications in the areas of brakes, suspension and steering, electricity and electronic components, and engine performance.

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