CareerTEC's Culinary Arts class had the pleasure of visiting Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville.
They were the first to be served in their new dining room with a view of the new kitchen.
This month we have been in the shop. We revisited basic framing and constructed some walls for our drywall session. We learned how to install and finish drywall. For the second year students we added a little creative carpentry with the heart shaped opening in one of our walls. Zack also completed some plumbing so we have a working sink in our shop area, without walking to the other end of the building.
The students finished up their body system presentations when we returned from Christmas break. They continue with job shadows and attended more in January, weather permitting. There are 5 job shadow opportunities left for the school year. The blood drive was a huge success with 29 first time donors and saving 81 lives. The students started signing up for their clinical rotations which start Feb 20th. CRP will be Feb 26th-28th. January students of the month were Natalie Greene, Anna Dampman, Bre McCabe, and Cora Ingram.
CIS1 students have now built at least 5 different types of PC’s from motherboard up. They have spent the last couple weeks troubleshooting the issues involved in this. This includes looking up motherboard manuals that are legacy and not easily attainable. Because of this they have started to get a deeper understanding of the components. They are also learning about the operating system troubleshooting tools that come with Windows. They will be installing operating systems and learning how to troubleshoot the software soon.
CIS2 had made Pastor Hank very happy with their IP camera installation. They are currently in the process of adding 14 more cameras for him. Part of this process includes recommendations for upgrading the infrastructure. These new cameras double the throughput and switch requirements of the security system. CIS2 will be recommending the new hardware for the project. They have also started learning about routers and the OSPF protocol.
This past month the HOYA II students began delving deeply into our Medical Terminology section of our curriculum. They have launched into the dissecting of medical terms; learning about prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms. Memorizing these vital word parts will assist them in their careers as they will be able to define words that they may have not encountered previously by knowing how to analyze the different parts of those unfamiliar words.
Several students assisted in our Sophomore tours in January with some students from HOYA 1; giving students from our surrounding schools a look into how HOYA can be the foundation of a potential healthcare career.
February will be another exciting month. We will be spending time assisting at our annual Mall of Life activity at Highland Community College. Students have also received their Leadership/Teaching assignments. They will be working with an elementary teacher and educating students in the 5th grade or lower on a healthcare subject. Historically, we have had students cover such things as appropriate handwashing, toothbrushing, healthy snacks, as well as how physical activity affects heart rate and respiration. I look forward to receiving their “lesson plans.”
As teaching others is extremely important in any healthcare provider's profession, our students will also begin working on team teaching projects to encompass the Medical Terminology of body systems this semester. These lessons will include the pathology of specific disease processes, medical specialties and diagnostic tools that deal with those processes, as well as looking into some rare diseases they may encounter.
HOYA II students recently presented 2 additional important teen health discussions, smoking/vaping as well as our current subject. The students are believers of approaching topics that are significant for others their age, instead of sweeping these sometimes difficult discussions under the rug. HOYA II utilized the bulletin board to inform other students of a frequently hidden concern in teenagers. The bulletin board and new video covered Teen Dating Violence Awareness. They have also begun their research for the newest health discussion for this month as well.
These bulletin boards will assist the HOYA II students as they progress in their healthcare careers in having those difficult conversations with their patients.
In the second half of January, students began the second semester and learned a variety of new cooking techniques. They practiced potato cookery, including recipes such as gnocchi and picadillo. They also learned how to bake with yeast, including cinnamon rolls and homemade pizza. In February, students will learn how to prepare homemade pasta dishes, such as carbonara, ravioli, and lasagna. Next, students will practice advanced baking, including recipes such as macaroons and palmiers. Also, students will be attending a field trip to Blackhawk Technical College.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE & INDUSTRY CAPSTONE
11th & 12th grade
Highland Community College, Freeport
One-year, double period
1:00-2:25 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
2 credits per year
Post Sec Credit:
Highland Community College - Dual Credit** 14 credits
$0 no fees for the FY25 school year due to HCC grant
This course follows the HCC calendar
State Course ID:
Sem1: 18051A002, 18307A002, Sem2: 18307A002, 18101A002
This Agriculture Capstone experience is for students interested in animals, plants, food, technology, mechanics, and the environment. The complete experience will result in the attainment of 14 college credits earned through a university transfer Animal Science course, a university transfer Crop Science course, and two Ag Industry Survey courses.
All fees listed are approximate and are subject to change
AGRI 286: Crop Science (4 Credits)
Classification, growth, reproduction, and utilization of crops are studied in this course. Environmental, physiological, and nutritional factors affecting plant growth are explored. Plant soil relationships and current crop research are introduced.
AGOC 103: Ag Industry Survey – Animals and Technology (3 Credits)
This course is composed of interactive experiences and career focused field trips that connect students to industry professionals and places of employment within the animal science and technology sectors of the agriculture industry. Students will learn about modern science and technology within the agriculture industry as they explore careers, discuss current events, and participate in laboratory activities.
AGRI 186: Introduction to Animal Science (4 credits)
The fundamentals of animal nutrition and management, ruminant and non-ruminant animal digestion, genetics of breeding and improvement, marketing livestock, handling of livestock products, and the physiology of animals are covered in this course.
AGOC 102: Ag Industry Survey – Plants and the Environment (3 credits)
This course is composed of interactive experiences and career focused field trips that connect students to industry professionals and places of employment within the plant, food, and environmental science sectors of the agriculture industry. Students will learn about modern science and technology within the agriculture industry as they explore careers, discuss current events, and participate in laboratory activities.