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Career Research & Development

CAREER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

CAREER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (A802/A802SM) Grade Level 11, 12
The overall goals in this first in-school course are to teach students the process of self-awareness, career exploration, and setting academic and career-related goals.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how accurate, current and unbiased career information is necessary for successful career planning and management using Maryland’s career clusters and pathways. In addition, students will be introduced to basic concepts of financial literacy to help them manage their personal finances. Course content will integrate the development of student’s competency in business writing, as well as, the Skills for Success (communication, learning, interpersonal, technology, and critical thinking). Students will also be required to prepare for and participate in the interview process.

Students will begin to develop a portfolio and will contribute to it throughout the program. Teachers will continuously review and assist in the development of the portfolio as part of individual course and end of program assessments. Toward the end of this course, students will review their high school plan as part of the career development process to make appropriate adjustments. Continuous communication among the students, employers and the Work Based Learning coordinators will provide students with feedback and evaluation from their placements.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (A803/A803SM) Grade Level 11, 12
In this course, students will either be (a) juniors enrolled in an in-school course or (b) seniors enrolled in an in-school seminar concurrently with their WBL experience. The Career Development Seminar will prepare students to:

• research career options
• increase workplace readiness skills proficiency
• demonstrate proficiency in use of a decision-making model
• describe the impact of their cultural beliefs and attitudes on their career decisions
• recognize that personal growth and change are integral parts of career development
• analyze authentic workplace issues
• develop problem-solving strategies
• apply financial literacy skills to life management
• assess personal and professional goals
• learn how to meet employer’s expectations
• use interpersonal skills on the job
• communicate effectively in the workplace
• demonstrate proficiency in job-seeking, finding and keeping skills such as completing a job search, writing a resume, obtaining references, practicing interview skills and follow-up techniques.

WORK-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCE (A805/A805SM) Grade Level 12
The work-based learning experience takes place at the work-site and must include a minimum of 135 hours. It may be a paid or unpaid experience. The experience must be directed by the Work Based Learning agreement and a plan must be developed by the student, WBL Coordinator, and the employer. The WBL plan must identify the appropriate competencies, duties, and tasks in academic, technical and work readiness areas that apply directly to the student’s goals for a specific work-site placement.

The WBL coordinator is responsible for monitoring student placements, documenting student progress and accounting for student completion of their plan and portfolio. The student’s portfolio will document proficiency in workplace readiness skills as indicated in the student WBL plan. A copy of the employer(s) assessment as well as documentation from the WBL coordinator will be included in the grading of the student. All aspects of the plan must be successfully completed in order for students to receive credit for this career pathway completer program. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in: Career Research and Development, Career Development Seminar
 

HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING COMPLETER

NCCER FOUNDATIONS OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION (HVAC /Core Battery) (A2135/A2135SM) Grade Level 10, 11, 12
Presents basic jobsite safety information to prepare workers for the construction environment. Describes the common causes of workplace incidents and accidents and how to avoid them. Introduces common PPE, including equipment required for work at height, and its proper use. Information related to safety in several specific environments, including welding areas and confined spaces. Reviews basic mathematical functions and explains their applications to the construction trades. Students learn how to use and read various length measurement tools. Introduces common hand tools that are widely used in the construction industry, such as hammers, saws, levels, pullers, and clamps. Students are given the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Explained are the different types of drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection) and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. This class explains how ropes, chains, hoists, loaders, and cranes are used move material and equipment from one location to another on a job site technique for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors. Includes practical examples that emphasize the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job.

NCCER HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING I (HVAC I) (A2142/A2142SM) Grade Level 10, 11, 12
Students learn about transformers, single phase and three-phase power distribution, capacitors, the theory and operation of induction motors, and the instruments and techniques used in testing AC circuits and components. The class explains the operating principles of various compressors used in comfort air conditioning and refrigeration systems, pure and blended refrigerants, reverse cycle heating, describes the operation of the various types of heat pumps, describes how to analyze heat pump control circuits, fossil-fuel furnaces, sheet metal ductwork, fiberglass ductwork and fittings, water heating systems and safe operation of the low-pressure boilers and piping systems along with basic installation, service, and repair procedures for these compressors. Covers the principles of reverse cycle heating. Describes the systems, equipment, and operating sequences used in a variety of commercial airside system configurations, such as constant volume single-zone and multi-zone, VVT, VAV, and dual-duct VAV. Prerequisite: NCCER Foundations of Building Construction

NCCER HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING II (HVAC II) (A2143/A2143SM) Grade Level 10, 11, 12
Students learn to use a variety of fasteners, hardware and wiring terminations used in HVAC systems including the installation of these components. Introduces the product refrigeration components and systems, such as the reach-in coolers and freezers commonly used in markets. Reviews heat pump operation and heat pump control circuits, including how to isolate and correct faults in the heating, cooling, auxiliary heat, and defrost functions of heat pumps. Students learn about tools, instruments, and techniques used in troubleshooting gas heating appliances, oil furnaces and offers hands-on experience in isolating and correcting oil furnace malfunctions, humidifiers, electronic air cleaners, economizers, zone controls, heat recovery ventilators, troubleshoot and repair zoned, ductless and variable refrigerant flow systems. Covered are the various types of boilers, components, and piping systems used in commercial heating applications. Also introduces chilled water systems and their components and refrigeration components and systems, such as the reach-in coolers and freezers commonly used in markets. This class also covers operating principles, piping systems, components, and preventive maintenance requirements of steam systems and steam traps. Provides hands-on lab sessions on how to troubleshoot humidifiers, electronic air cleaners, economizers, zone controls, and heat recovery ventilators. Concentrator Course. Prerequisite: NCCER HVAC Level I

NCCER HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING III (HVAC III) (A2144/A2144SM) Grade Level 10, 11, 12
Students review the kinds of water problems encountered in heating and cooling systems and identifies various water treatment methods and equipment. Defines the issues associated with indoor air quality and its effect on the health and comfort of building occupants. Provides guidelines for performing an IAQ survey. This class covers the various heat recovery/reclaim devices, along with other energy recovery equipment used to reduce energy consumption in HVAC systems, explains how computers and microprocessors are used to manage zoned HVAC systems, teaches the students about air properties and gas laws, as well as the use of psychrometric charts, interpret the various drawings used in commercial construction, including mechanical drawings, specifications, shop drawings, identifies and explains the factors that affect heating and cooling loads. This class also discusses EPA guidelines, trade licensure, and working as a crew leader. Completer Course. Prerequisite: NCCER HVAC Level II