Career and Technical Education

From the Desk of

Dr. John Buckner


Career and Technical Education


Our teachers care about our students and do all that is necessary to provide them with all the supplies, materials, tools, and uniforms for a high quality, positive and useful learning experience.

Our teachers understand that as early as elementary school, our students are discovering their own special gifts, talents and interests. During middle school, our students are developing positive thoughts of pursuing these interests. At the high school level however, we want all of our students to begin making decisions and developing plans to successfully achieve their career goals by focusing on their own special gifts, talents and interests. We know that by our students having specific career ideas and developing skills related to them in high school it gives our students a major jump on the college or job market. Our students are more likely to land a good job or succeed better in college when they are pursuing focused and directed career goals during these important high school years.

Career and Technical Education at Shaw High School provides students with the opportunity to make informed career choices and successfully participate in experiences that directly relate to the real world of work. Students may select Career and Technical Education courses or programs from Administrative Office Technology, Automotive Technology, Business Management, Career Based Intervention, Construction Technology (Carpentry), Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Firefighting Training & Technology, Nurse Assisting, Patient Care Technician, Performing Arts, and Private Security.

Career and Technical Education courses or programs provide our students with a clear and direct pathway to college or a career leading to meaningful employment. The various courses and programs are designed to prepare and equip students to successfully enter colleges, universities and technical institutions if they so desire.

The students successfully completing the Shaw High School’s, Career and Technical Education courses or programs graduate with national industry certifications or licenses and postsecondary certificates or degrees that employers use to make critical hiring and promotion decisions.




Career-Technical and Adult Education Programs


Administrative Office Technology-Students in this course will acquire the skills that will enable them to transfer ideas into a readable form through the use of computers, printers, scanners, keyboarding, software, and personnel.
Automotive Technology – The Automotive Technology program will provide students with the learning and skills necessary to diagnose, adjust, repair, and replace mechanical and electrical parts of an automobile as well as provide a pathway for entry level employment or post high school education in the field of Automotive Technology.
Business Management-The Business Management program will provide students with the skills and tools needed to plan and manage the total operations of a business or company. The course emphasizes the importance of time, financial, and personnel management as it relates to the operation and maintenance of a business.
Career Based Intervention 1 (CBI 1) – This is a class for 8th grade students that will provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply for, interview for, and be made aware of, various jobs, careers and employment opportunities. This class is taught only at Heritage Middle School.
Career Based Intervention 2 (CBI-2) - A cooperative education program for the 12th grade student who would like to gain work experience while completing his/her requirements for a high school diploma. Students enrolled in CBI attend regular classes for a portion of the school day and are dismissed early to work at an approved job site. Learning Styles and Job Readiness assessments are provided for students enrolled in this program.
Career Development Programs - District-wide, pre-K through grades 12 programs that provide students with the necessary information and developmental experience to prepare them for living in society. The programs combine the efforts of home, school, and the community and reaches from preschool through adulthood. The Career Game assessment instrument is used to align students with Career choices.
Cosmetology - Cosmetology is the science of beautifying and improving the appearance of the complexion, hair, skin, and nails. The Cosmetology program is designed to prepare high school students for the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology examination and to enter into employment as licensed cosmetologists after graduation. The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology requires every candidate to complete a minimum of 1500 hours of training to be eligible for the licensing examination. The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology mandates the Cosmetology Certification Test for all program completers.
Construction Technology- Students in this program will acquire the basic skills in carpentry, masonry, drywall installation, roofing, wiring and other related skills such as safety, mathematics, blueprint reading, and estimating. Students successfully completing the program will be eligible for entry-level employment and or certified apprenticeships.
Criminal Justice - Specialized classroom and practical learning experiences that are designed to supplement the training provided by officially designated law enforcement agencies that will lead to a Homeland Security Training, First Responder, and 911 Telecommunications Certifications. Students are assessed in the areas of Advanced First Aid/CPR, Hazardous Materials, and Career Safety.
Culinary Arts - The Culinary Arts program develops the attitudes, practices, and skills necessary to become a professional in the Culinary Arts industry. The program provides instruction and experiences in all aspects of food preparation for careers in restaurants, hotels, catering and various food production and distribution industries. Students are assessed via the National Serv Safe and Pro Start Certification processes.
Early Childhood Education - Students are prepared for paid employment in Early Childhood care and guidance. The program includes instruction and experiences to develop competencies in teaching and guiding young children. Students are assessed via Career Safe On-Line assessment instrument as well as an on-line assessment provided by the Ohio Department of Education. Students upon successfully completing the program will be eligible to receive the National Child Development Associates certification.
Entrepreneurship – This course will provide students with the information and skills necessary to know how to develop, create, and plan for the starting of a business.
Family and Consumer Sciences - Programs include semester or yearlong courses in Personal Development, Resource Management, Nutrition and Wellness, Family Relations, Parenting and Life Planning. The program prepares students for competence in work in occupationally specific job training programs and Work and Family Life programs. Assessments for these classes are developed via the classroom teacher. This program is housed at Heritage Middle School.
Fire Fighting Technology - Specialized classroom and practical learning experiences that are concerned with the practices and techniques of fire fighting. Students are assessed based on their successful completion of a 240 Hour Fire Fighter Training Program. Additionally, students are assessed on CPR/Advanced First Aid and Hazardous Materials.
Nurse Assisting-Thee students in this program will learn basic health care skills, such as taking vital signs, measuring height and weight, administering medications, infection control, patient care, vision screening, and medical office procedures. The students successfully completing this course and successfully passing the state administered examination will receive the State Tested Nurses Assistant (S.T.N.A.) certification.
Patient Care Technician- This course will provide students with the skills necessary to meet the employment needs of nursing homes, hospitals, long-term care facilities, laboratories, and clinics where basic bedside nursing skills are required.
Performing Arts-This course will provide students with the skills necessary to be able to stress the techniques of a drama performance, introduce the students to ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, other forms of dance, create an awareness of playing in an orchestra, band, the piano, jazz, percussion and other instruments, and technically offer college level training in stage management, lighting, sound, set and costume design.
Private Security—Students in this course will be introduced via business, industry, and technology standards, to the concepts of physical and personal security, internal loss, and facility access. Upon successful completion of this course and passage of the state examination a Private Security certification will be issued.
Adult Education
East Cleveland G.E.D. Program – The East Cleveland G.E.D. Program will provide educational opportunities for adults who seek sufficient literacy skills needed for effective citizenship, further education and productive employment. The East Cleveland G.E.D. Program will provide adults with basic literacy skills, G.E.D. test preparation, and family/work place literacy. This program’s primary goal is to prepare our adult learners for successful passage of the GED test.




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