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It's official! We have moved to our new District website, now located at acpsd.net. Please take a moment to visit and explore our new online home for updated information on all items related to Aiken County Public Schools.
 
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Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Aiken County Public Schools, and welcome to acpsd.net!  

Students wanting to major in one of the Completer Programs at the Career Center must complete a written application, which they can pick up from their Guidance Counselor or Career Specialist or downloaded from our website.  Applications must be completed in the tenth grade, except for Cosmetology.  Cosmetology is a three-year program. Students must make application to the Cosmetology Program in the ninth grade.  ACCTC has limited space and cannot always accept all qualified applicants.

Students successfully completing some career and technology programs are eligible to receive Technical Advanced Placement (TAP) credit at various technical colleges.  This gives students an opportunity to continue post-secondary education without duplicating courses taken in career and technology education.

Students who take career and technology education classes and are enrolled in their final level of training may be eligible to participate in cooperative education work experience or other school-to-work programs.  Technical training is combined with supervised work experience in an actual job setting.  These school-to-work programs require prior approval by the instructor, the school-to-work coordinator, the school administrator, and the employer.  Students have an opportunity to earn wages and a unit of high school credit simultaneously.  Students should possess a strong work ethic and be highly motivated --- characteristics desired by industries and employers. 

 

 

 


AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

 

Automotive Technology I   (603000CD- 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

           

PREREQUISITE:  Math for Technologies II or Algebra I GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science.

 

The Automotive Technology I program is designed to prepare first-year students with knowledge of basic automotive theories of systems used in the automotive field.  Students learn basic safety, shop operations, computer skills, routine maintenance, and electrical and electronic systems under the supervision of a certified automotive technician/instructor.  This course is available for students interested in pursuing a career as an automotive technician.

 

Automotive Technology II   (603100CD- 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11       

 

PREREQUISITE:  Automotive Technology I (min. grade 77), Teacher Recommendation; GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Automotive Technology II is a continuation of Automotive Technology I.  Students use knowledge from Automotive Technology I to perform hands-on training.  Students learn sophisticated systems of modern automotive technology and the use of modern automotive diagnostic equipment under the supervision of a certified automotive technician/instructor.

 

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (CAD)

 

This program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills in the use of Computer Aided Drafting and Design. CAD is recommended for students with an interest in drafting, engineering or architecture.  Engineering and Architectural majors are requiring the study of CAD as a prerequisite.  Students who plan a career in Engineering and Architecture should consider taking CAD I and II.  Students should possess a strong work ethic and be independent workers --- characteristics desired by industries and employers.

 

CAD I or Mechanical Design 1  (617200CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

 PREREQUISITE:  Math for the Technologies II or Algebra I; GPA 2.0 or higher in English, math, and science

 Students are introduced to engineering fundamentals through the use of board and computer applications.  Skills are developed in mechanical drawing, graphic language, sketching, lettering, geometric construction, orthographic projection, dimensioning, sectioning, and auxiliary views. Students will make 3-D models for prototyping.  Activities in the areas of architecture, mechanical and 3-D animation graphics will encompass both individual and team efforts.

 
CAD II  or Architectural Design 1 (617000CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: CAD I (min. grade 77)

Teacher Recommendation; GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Architectural CAD is introduced.  The students will learn all aspects of house construction to include floor plans, foundation plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules, plot plan, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.  All aspects of architectural design will be accomplished with the CAD software.  Students will develop a portfolio that can be used for college and or job interviews.


 

COSMETOLOGY

 

The Cosmetology program is equivalent to programs offered by private cosmetology schools or colleges.  Students are expected to complete 1500 hours of instruction as required by the South Carolina Labor, Licensing, & Regulation in order to qualify for the State Board licensing examination. A State Board license qualifies a completer to become a Cosmetologist, Esthetician and Nail Technician.

 Cosmetology I   (615000CD - 2 credits)            

Apply in Grade 9

 PREREQUISITE:  GPA 2.0 or higher in English, math, and science

 Cosmetology I offers instruction in theory and practical application of hair, skin, and nail care.  Team building is also developed in the class setting.  Records of attendance and hours are maintained as students begin preparation for the State Board licensing examination.

Cosmetology II    (615100CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

PREQUISITE:    Cosmetology I (min. grade 77); Teacher Recommendation; GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science, must have 500 Cosmetology hours from the previous year

Cosmetology II teaches advanced techniques in hair, skin, and nail care.  Students receive additional instruction in the applications of shampooing, cutting, hair design, coloring, perming, manicuring, and skin care.  General anatomy and physiology as well as human relations are included. 


Cosmetology III   (615200CD – 3 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

PREREQUISITE:  Cosmetology II (min. grade 77), Teacher Recommendation, GPA 2.0+ in English, math and science, must have 500 Cosmetology hours from the previous year

This course teaches advanced techniques in hair and skin.  Students receive additional instruction in the applications of shampooing, cutting, hair design, coloring, perming, and skin care.  General anatomy and physiology as well as human relations are included.  Students must complete preparation for the state licensing examination.


 

 NAIL TECHNOLOGY

Nail Technology I       (615400CT - 3 credits)            

Apply in Grade 10 or 11

PREREQUISITE:  GPA 2.0 or higher in English, math, and science

Nail Technology I is a one year program which culminates in a state license. Instruction is offered in theory and practical application of nail care.  Team building is also developed in the class setting.  Records of attendance and hours are maintained as students prepare for the State Board licensing examination.

   

CRIMINAL JUSTICE


Students who successfully complete the two year program in Criminal Justice can receive college credit toward a two or four year Criminal Justice program.

Law Enforcement Services I     (651000CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

PREREQUISITE:           GPA 2.0 or higher in English, math, and science

This course includes an overview of the functions and history of law enforcement with emphasis on current laws that police officers must enforce.  The study also includes the responsibilities of agencies involved in the administration of justice to include police organizations, court systems, correctional systems and juvenile justice agencies.  Law Enforcement 1 is in the Law, Public Safety & Security cluster of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

Law Enforcement Services II     (651100CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

PREREQUISITE:           Law Enforcement Services 1 (min. grade 77), Teacher Recommendation GPA 2.0 or higher in English, math, and science

This course enables students to experience academic and practical skills needed in the area of Law Enforcement and Fire Suppression.  Units of study include crime scene investigation, self-defense tactics and DUI recognition.  Law Enforcement 2 is in the Law, Public Safety & Security Cluster of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.  Criminal Justice prepares students for post-secondary education.

Upon graduation students may attend a post-secondary Criminal Justice Program.  One must be 21 years of age, to apply for police academy training in preparation for a career as a police officer, state trooper or deputy sheriff.  Law Enforcement experience and a four-year college degree opens opportunities for employment with Federal Agencies and command positions in local and state law enforcement. 


 

ELECTRICITY

 

Successful completion of the Electricity program prepares students for entry-level positions in the electrical construction industry.

Electricity I                   (628700CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10                   

PREREQUISITE:           Algebra I or Math for the Technologies II; GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

The Electricity I program prepares students to perform entry-level residential tasks.  Students receive instruction in safety, AC/DC circuits, single-phase power, residential wiring, blueprint reading, service calculations, finding information in the National Electrical Code, and trouble-shooting circuits.

 

Electricity II      (628800CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

 

PREREQUISITE:           Electricity I (min. grade 77) Teacher Recommendation; GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Electricity II focuses on commercial wiring.  Students refine skills required for commercial wiring systems, three-phase power, transformer connections, commercial lighting, and emergency power systems.  Students will have an opportunity to participate in an on-site electrical construction project.

 


EMERGENCY & FIRE MANAGEMENT SERVICES

 

Emergency & Fire Management Services 1  (651200CD – 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

PREREQUISITE: GPA 2.0 or higher in English, math, and science

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of safety in the Emergency and Fire Services.  Students will develop a basic understanding of HIV, HBV, decontamination procedures, the operations of an emergency vehicle, Occupational Safety & Health Administration guidelines and a basic understanding of vital signs and basic fire fighting skills.

 
Emergency & Fire Management Services 2  (651300CD – 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

PREREQUISITE:           Emergency & Fire Management 1 (min. grade 77), Teacher Recommendation, GPA 2.0 or higher in English, math, and science.

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Incident Command System, state laws in the use and operation of emergency vehicle, how the EMS system works and knowledge of fire suppression.

 

FASHION, DESIGN & APPAREL
 

Fashion Design & Apparel Construction I (571000CD- 2 credits)
Apply in Grade 10

This is a program designed to advance skills in the selection, purchase, design, care and construction of textile products. Students will be able to develop skills needed to produce, alter, or repair fashion, apparel and textile products as well as upholstery and interior furnishings.

Fashion Design & Apparel Construction II (571100CD- 2 credits)
Apply in Grade 11
PREREQUISITE: Fashion Design & Apprel Construction I
 

HEALTH SCIENCE

 

Health Science Technology I    (555000CD – 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

PREREQUISITE:      An 80% or better in Biology I or another Laboratory Science GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science, and teacher recommendation

This course is designed to develop health care specific knowledge and skills, both academic and technical, necessary for transition to work-based learning experiences in health care.  The foundational standards incorporate anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, communication, health-care systems and teams, health science career research, legal and ethical practice, safety health and wellness.

Health Science Technology II   (555100CD – 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

PREREQUISITE:  hst i (min. grade 77), Teacher Recommendation, gpa 2.0+ in English, math, and science

This course is designed to provide for the development of knowledge and skills common to a wide variety of health care professionals.  The foundation standards incorporate anatomy and physiology, communications, health care delivery systems, employability skills, legal responsibilities, ethics, safety practices, teamwork, health maintenance practices, technical skills and information technology applications.  Students are guided to make connections from the classroom to the health care industry through work based learning experiences.


MEDIA TECHNOLOGY


Media Technology I   (612400CD – 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

PREREQUISITE:  GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Students will explore the general field of communications and will focus primarily on the television and film-making industries.  Students will also learn about related fields such as radio, graphic design, computer graphics, animation, special effects, web site design, advertising, public relations and corporate communications.  Students will get hands-on experience in basic production techniques for television and film, while producing video projects.


Media Technology II   (612500CD – 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

PREREQUISITE:  SMT I, (min. 77), Teacher Recommendation, GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Students will continue to improve their technical skills through hands-on experience of increasing complexity.  They will learn pre-productions and post-production practices, understand the fundamentals of broadcasting and video technologies, digital video production, employability in the media field, applying legal and ethical considerations to business practices and decisions and analyzing the history and evolutions of audio-video technology and communications to their current place in society and the economy.

 

HVAC

(Heating and Air Conditioning)

Mechatronics Integrated Technology

The Industrial Systems Technology program is designed to develop technical skills in mechanical and fluid power systems.  Students may continue their education through an associate or bachelors degree in engineering.  IST will teach operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and design in a variety of mechanical and fluid power systems through class assignments and hands-on experiences with chain and belt drive systems, direct drives, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems used in industry.  Completing students will be prepared for employment in commercial and industrial maintenance or continued study at a two or four year college.

  

HVAC Technology I   (600300CD - 2 credits)
                                     

Apply in Grade 10

PREREQUISITE:   GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Course topics include installation, maintenance and design of mechanical power transmission devices such as belt and chain drives, direct drives, gears, bearings, shafts, bushings, seals, motor controls, and the proper use of industrial tools.

HVAC Technology II      (600400CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11       

PREREQUISITE:  Mechatronics I; Teacher Recommendation; GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science


The course includes the basic technology of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and motor controls.  This competency-based course teaches basic terminology and principles that will allow the student to understand and maintain a fluid power system.


MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGY
(SKILLED METAL WORKING)

 

The Machine Tool Technology program is designed to prepare students to perform entry-level machine shop tasks under the supervision of an experienced machinist.  This field requires independent workers with the ability and desire to perform with a high standard of precision.

Machine Tool Technology I      (623000CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

PREREQUISITE:  Algebra I or Math for the Technologies II, GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Emphasis in the first-year course includes learning shop safety, identifying the parts of the machines, using various types of metal-shaping machines, reading blueprints, shop drawings, and precision measurements.  Students who are interested in this course should have strong mathematics skills.  Mastery of fractions and decimals is essential.

Machine Tool Technology II       (623100CD - 2 credits)

(623100CT - 3 credits)

Grade 11 

PREREQUISITE:           Machine Tool Technology I (min. grade 80), Teacher Recommendation GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

The Machine Tool Technology II program continues with the refinement of the skills introduced in the first-year program with special emphasis on safety.  Instruction includes turning, boring, and cutting threads on lathes; milling angles, flats, and keyways on milling machines; cutting various kinds of metal with band saws; and sharpening tools with grinding machines.  Students are expected to complete tasks with 99.95% accuracy.

 

WELDING TECHNOLOGY

The Welding Technology Program at Aiken County Career & Technology Center is fully accredited with the State of South Carolina.  The Program has National Certification with the American Welding Society Schools Excelling through National Skills Standard Education (SENSE) Entry- Level Welder I.

Welding Technology I  (634000CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 10

PREREQUISITE:  GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Students are trained in all disciplines of three arc welding processes: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) on all basic joints in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead position.  Students learn to cut all types of structural steel with manual and semi-automatic oxy-fuel cutting torches.  Training is provided in materials preparation and fit-up of basic joints, and proper welding procedure. Intensive application of safety regulations is enforced.  Related studies in the classroom include training in safety regulations and their application to the job, the ‘How’s-and-Why’s of each welding and cutting process, types of welds and joint design, and weld quality and inspection.


Welding Technology II             (634100CD - 2 credits)

Apply in Grade 11

PREREQUISITE:  Welding I (min. grade 77); GPA 2.0+ in English, math, and science

Students are trained in making groove welds in all positions; groove and fillet welds on all types of steel structures; welding procedures while fabricating projects from blueprints and welding them to specification.  Welds are made using the SMAW, GMAW, and FCAW processes.  Classroom training in print reading and welding procedures provide students with tools and knowledge skills to effectively fabricate projects and weld them to specification.  At the end of the year, students take a Weld Test in a real life job-testing environment at Aiken Technical College.


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