Joshua Community Guide 2020 - Page 30

• Accounting and finance services: This teaches students how to examine, an- alyze and interpret financial records. They will learn the skills necessary to perform financial services, prepare financial state- ments, interpret accounting records, give advice or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. • Teaching and training: This prepares students for careers related to teaching, in- struction and creation of instructional and enrichment materials. This program teaches to a wide variety of student groups and their corresponding needs and familiarizes them with the processes for developing curriculum, coordinating edu- cational content and coaching groups and individuals. • Early learning: This focuses on early childhood education, which consists of in- structing and supporting preschool and early elementary school students in activi- ties that promote social, physical and in- tellectual growth, as well as in basic ele- ments of science, art, music and literature. • Cosmetology: This introduces stu- dents to knowledge and skills related to providing beauty and personal care ser- vices. Students can earn their Cosmetol- ogy Operators License. • Culinary arts: This introduces stu- dents to occupations and educational op- portunities related to planning, directing or coordinating activities of food and bev- erage organization or department. This in- volves students directly participating in the preparation and cooking of food. They can earn their Food Handlers certification. • Health science: Students learn to rea- son, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, communicate effectively and work well with others. They can earn their Certified Nurse Aide, pharmacy techni- cian and/or phlebotomy certifications. • STEM: This focuses on planning, managing and providing scientific re- search and professional and technical ser- vices, including laboratory and testing ser- vices and research and development ser- vices. Cybersecurity will be added to the school’s CTE curriculum in the 2020-21 school year, which includes occupations and educational opportunities related to planning, implementing, upgrading or monitoring security measures for the pro- tection of computer networks and infor- mation. It may also include exploration into responding to computer security breaches/viruses and administering net- work security measures. Not every pathway ends in a certifica- tion, Shafer said, but each will help lead students in the right direction. “They’re all good options and good programs,” she said. “Overall, they’re all sought after programs within our CTE [department].” As as well as giving students opportu- nities to take college-level courses with dual credit or Advanced Placement, some can also earn an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time. Twenty-five students are accepted into the district’s associate degree program, which is a partnership between the district and Hill College. All JISD eighth-graders are eligible to apply, Shafer said. The Class of 2022 will be the district’s first group of students to graduate with an associate’s degree along with their diploma. For information on any of the pro- grams, visit joshuaisd.org.   Tex Mex   Restaurant          Become a CASA When a child goes into foster care due to abuse or neglect, a judge appoints a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate, to advocate in court and in the community for that child. The volunteer’s focus is on that child, giving hope and help in guiding the child to a safe place. 301 E, 12 St. Suite A-B Joshua, TX Family Dollar Shopping Center HWY 917 817-966-2498 For more information on becoming a CASA Volunteer, contact us at: Info@casajohnsoncounty.org call 817-558-6995 ext. 13 30 Joshua Community Guide