Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School

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ACADEMY CLUSTER (Seniors Only)

The Academy for Medical Sciences

Students will learn Medical Terminology, Legal Responsibility, Ethics, Human Development, Basic Life Support and Safety in the Health Care Environment. The course is an academic course for college bound SENIORS with learning components involving lecture and discussion, research and lab activities consisting of individual and group projects designed to reinforce the theory components. A major part of the course includes clinical observations through St Luke’s University Hospital and Lehigh Valley Health Network for students who meet the course prerequisites. Students can also earn their Basic Life Support certification. The program has an articulation agreement with NCC.

The Academy for Applied Engineering

Students will learn about various areas of the engineering industry including, but not limited to Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Chemical. The program is an academic course for college bound SENIORS with learning components involving lecture, discussion and research. Lab activities consist of individual and group projects designed to reinforce the theory components, permitting the students to participate in actual engineering projects involving design, construction and prototype testing. The program has a major group project which will be analyzed and judged by professors from Lafayette College. The program offers the opportunity to earn 4 credits from Lafayette College for their Introduction to Engineering course where students participate in labs and lectures at the college.

CONSTRUCTION CLUSTER

Building Trades

Students learn multiple areas of construction disciplines including, but not limited to carpentry, electrical and masonry. Level one students work in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills and tool usage of a variety of hand and power tools applicable to the trade on a full scale house project in the shop. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by working on the BAVTS House Project and other community projects. Students have the opportunity to earn an OSHA Certification.

Cabinetmaking

Students learn the basic skills for designing, cutting, assembling and finishing, through a series of woodworking projects, including the design and installation of the kitchen for the House Project. Students learn to draw and read blueprints, operate various tools, apply finish in our spray booth, and install finished projects. Level one students will begin working on the lathe and other machines to create projects such as a turned pen and pencil, cutting board, and table. Advanced level students will be increasing their skills with more advanced projects such as building a night stand, book shelf, corn-hole game, and kitchen cabinets. Throughout the course students work with various types of construction materials such as hardwoods, softwoods, plywood, laminate, plexiglass, and more. Students have the opportunity to earn an OSHA Certification. 

Carpentry

Students will learn the fundamental skills using a variety of materials and numerous tools of the trade to create projects ranging from simple, to complex, to complete layout and construction of residential properties. Level one students work in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills using a variety of hand and power tools, measuring and blueprint reading. Advanced level students will increase their skill set by working on the BAVTS House Project and other community projects. Students have the opportunity to earn OSHA and NAHB Certifications.

Electrical Construction

Students will learn to assemble, install and test wiring, fixtures and devices used in commercial, industrial and residential applications. Level one students work in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills and tool usage as well as learning theory; includes calculating amperage, voltage, current and power in electrical circuits.  They will learn to read blueprints and schematics for motor control and programmable logic controllers. Advanced level students will increase their skill set by working on real-world project such as the BAVTS House and projects around the school. The student’s skill set and job readiness will be measured based on the National Electrical Code standards. Students have the opportunity to earn an OSHA Certification.

Plumbing

Students will learn to assemble, install, alter and repair pipe systems which carry water, steam or other materials for sanitation, residential or industrial uses as well as install plumbing fixtures, appliances and hydronic systems. Level one students work in a hands-on learning environment, using acetylene torches and a variety of hand and power tools, reading blueprints and learning pipe fitting formulas. Advanced level students will increase their skill set by working on the BAVTS House Project. The student’s skill set and job readiness will be measured based on the International Plumbing Code standards. Students have the opportunity to earn track pipe and gastite certifications.

Masonry

Students will learn the fundamental skills of a mason using concrete, brick, stone and block to create a series of projects that progress from jobs as simple as a brick pyramid to as complex as a residential fireplace. Level one students work in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills while using the hand tools of the trade, which include scaffolding, masonry rules, mortar mixers and other basic tools as well as reading blueprints. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by working on the BAVTS House Project. Students have the opportunity to earn an OSHA Certification.

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Students will learn the core skills for both residential and commercial applications of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Level one students work in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills while learning blueprint reading, piping and tubing applications, sheet metal and electrical, using the hand tools of the trade. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by working on the BAVTS House Project. Students receive training in EPA Section 608 and flexible gas pipe, leading to National Certifications. Students have the opportunity to earn an OSHA Certification.

CREATIVE CLUSTER

Video & Media Arts

Students will learn to create the images and sounds that come from TV programs and the Internet by combining sound, video and computer graphics to make entertaining and eye-catching programs.  This 3 year program consists of Audio and Television production in the first year where you’ll learn to run a mixer, camera or video switcher.   Year two is concentrated on Video production where students write scripts, conduct interviews, produce and direct those scripts with the use of our professional HD camcorders and edit them on our Final Cut editing stations. Third year students concentrate on Effects production using LightWave 3D, a 3D modeling and animation software program. Instruction in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) for aerial videography using DJI’s Phantom 2 Quadcopters is also included. The program has a 3 credit articulation agreement with NCC.

Commercial Art (Advertising Design)

Students will learn the principles of graphic design, typography, basic illustration, use of color, page layout, advertising and digital photography. Working with the latest graphics software and technology, students create brochures, posters, magazine covers, layouts, signs, logos and more. Students will learn how to apply their artistic talents to today’s market, beyond pencil and pen, to the computer and using the internet. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by compiling a portfolio and using their design skills for school and community projects. The program has an articulation agreement with NCC for 4 credits in Computer Graphics.

Graphic Communications (Print Technology)

Students will learn how to create marketing products to promote businesses and events using a variety of printing techniques, including digital printing, screen printing and large format printing. Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills working with the latest graphics software and technology learning the principles of design, typography, use of color, layout, print production and finishing and bindery. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by compiling a portfolio and using their design and print skills for school and community projects. The program is PrintED accredited and the students can earn industry certifications in 6 areas. The program has an articulation agreement with NCC for 4 credits in Computer Graphics.

Web Design & Development

Students will learn how to design and develop websites using a combination of creativity and computer science. Level one students will be in a hands-on environment, learning the core design principles using various programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator to create website layouts and other visual elements. While still implementing design skills, advanced level students will work heavily on website development. Students will use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other programming languages to bring life to their designs. With a 20% employment growth projection by 2022, Web Design & Development students will have an abundance of future career opportunities. The program has an articulation agreement with NCC for 4 credits in Computer Graphics.

Computer Networking

This is an instructional program that focuses on the design, implementation and management of linked systems of computers, peripherals and associated software and prepares students with the technical skills required to support networks and network users. This program includes instruction in networks technologies and standards; system design, architecture, operating systems, security, communications protocols, client support, messaging services, network management, trouble shooting and server optimization. Those completing the program may be employed as a network administrator, network specialist, network technician, webmaster, client services analyst (end user) or network operator.

CULINARY ARTS CLUSTER

Baking

Students will work in a professional kitchen, learning how ingredients are weighed and measured for commercial sized batches of dough and batter. They will operate large mixing machines and other commercial baking related equipment. Students will learn the various mixing methods to create sweet and savory treats and participate in the production of many different varieties of bread, rolls, doughnuts, sweet rolls, Danish pastry, cookies and many other pastry varieties. Students will learn how to decorate cakes, starting with layer cakes and sheet cakes, advancing to large multi-tiered wedding cakes. Students will learn the advantages and disadvantages of different production options such as the use of prepared bakery mixes and frozen pre-formed products. Students have the opportunity to earn their National Restaurant Association ServSafe certification.

Culinary Arts

Students will learn the fundamental core competencies in safety, sanitation, measurements, equipment, hand tools, basic food preparation and customer service while rotating through three kitchen settings. Advanced students will develop employability skills as they practice hands on skills in basic baking, food safety, health an nutrition, cross utilization, sustainability, organization and cost control. Students have the opportunity to earn their National Restaurant Association ServSafe certification.

HEALTH CLUSTER

Athletic Health and Fitness

Students will learn about sports medicine, health fitness and kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movements). Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing fundamentals in theories of injury prevention and recognition, emergency care, creating exercise and rehabilitation programs along with overall mental and physical health wellness. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by learning medical terminology, safety procedures, nutritional facts, basic anatomy and kinesiology. Students have the opportunity to earn their First Aide, CPR, AED and Blood Borne Pathogens certifications.

Health Careers

Students will explore various occupations in the healthcare industry. Core curriculum focuses on anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical math, medical professionalism and fundamentals of patient care. The academic content is focused on the student who is considering post-secondary education  in  various  fields  such  as,  but  not  limited  to,  pre-med,  nursing,  physical therapy, medical assistant, occupational therapy, radiology, ultrasound technician, massage therapy and many more. Additionally, students learn basic patient care skills such as taking vital signs, activities of daily living and first aid skills. Students will practice these skills on their peers as well as on simulation mannequins. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by being taken into the community for various observations at local healthcare facilities. Students have the opportunity to earn their CPR, Basic Life Support, First Aide, Residential Licensing and Blood Borne Pathogens certification. The program has a articulation agreement with NCC.

MANUFACTURING CLUSTER

Electronic Technology

Students will learn the fundamental skills related to the electronics industry. Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills in AC/DC Circuits, Digital Electronics, Solid State Devices and Computer Applications. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by designing and manufacturing electronic assemblies. Students have the opportunity to earn certifications for IPC-610-Electronic Assemblies and J-STP-001

Precision Machining

Students will learn the fundamental skills for machining metal and other materials. Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills which include  blueprint reading and precise measurements as well as tool usage on lathes, milling machines, surface grinders, saws, drill presses and a variety of hand tools. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set using the computer lab to setup, operate   and program CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines as well as exposure to the Electrical Discharge Machining process. Students have the opportunity to earn national certification in 9 areas through successful completion of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The program has an articulation agreement with Penn Tech.

Welding

Students will learn the fundamental skills for welding carbon steel and other metals. Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills which include  basic welds to various configurations and positions, use of a variety of hand tools, operation of the saw, drill press, hand and pedestal grinders, brake press used for the fabrication preparation. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set progressing to more complex joints, cutting and various metal removal methods and read and visualize shapes from blueprints. The student’s skill set and job readiness will be measured based on the American Welding Society standards. Students have the opportunity to earn an OSHA Certification. The program has articulation agreements with NCC and Penn Tech.

SERVICE CLUSTER

Cosmetology

Students will learn the fundamental skills needed to sit for the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Exam. Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills using mannequins to learn permanent waving, shampooing and styling, manicuring, haircutting, facials, scalp treatments and color. Each student works independently and advances from one skill to another throughout the training process. Advanced level students increase their skill set by working on clients in the school’s salon.

Esthetics

Students will learn the fundamental skills needed to sit for the Pennsylvania State Board of Estheticians Licensing Exam. This is a 300 hour course which can be complete in one year (2 blocks per day). Students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills in skin diseases and disorders, facial hair removal, facial massages and treatments, make-up application,  anatomy of the skin and electrotherapy. Students will be increasing their skill set by working on clients in the school’s salon.

Protective Services

Students will learn the technical knowledge and skills required for entry-level duties as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, military service and other safety services. Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, learning the techniques, methods and procedures particular to the areas of criminal justice, military protocol and fire protection, especially in emergency and disaster situations. Physical development, discipline and self confidence skills are emphasized due to the nature of the specific occupations. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set by receiving training in social and psychological skills, map reading, vehicle and equipment operations, the judicial system, pre-hospital emergency medical care, appropriate emergency assessment, treatment and communication. Students have the opportunity to earn their CPR, First Aid, AED, NIMS (National Incident Management System), PATH (Practical and Tactical Handcuffing), PPBT (Personal Protection Baton Tactics, OCAT (Oleorasin Capsicum Aerosol Training and Personal Protection Control and Defense certifications.

TRANSPORTATION CLUSTER

 Auto Collision Repair

Students will learn the fundamental skills needed to be employed in local body shops or insurance claim adjuster. Level one students will be in a hands-on learning environment, developing skills which include repairing and replacing panels, working with sophisticated automotive finishes, special alloy steels and plastics as well as the safe use of hand and power tools. Advanced level students will be increasing their skill set progressing through all phases of repair; including the use of frame straightening equipment and the latest in repair and refinishing techniques, using industry standard equipment. Hands on training on customer-owned vehicles gives students the opportunity for real-world experiences.

Automotive Technology

The Automotive program is credentialed by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) under the approved Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR) requirements. The curriculum follows the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) framework and is designed to prepare students for entry level service positions at local dealerships, the military and/or post-secondary education in the high-priority Automotive Service field. Teachers hold ASE Master level certification status in;  A1-A8, L1 Emissions, G1 General Automotive Repair, C1 Service Consultant, Safety Inspection, Emissions and NC3 Electronics/Electrical. Students are engaged in high-level STEM integration as they research and apply repair information and technical skills in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles and light trucks. Learners apply Physics, varied practical Mathematical applications including Geometry, literacy, and communication skills that are all applicable to the automotive workplace. Students may complete optional coursework in order to obtain certifications as a PA State Inspection technician, Emissions Inspector and ASE 609 Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling technician for a fee of approximately $100.

CAREER EXPLORATION (Freshman – Second Semester Only)

Fast Track

This competitive program is designed to provide ninth grade students who are at or above Grade Level standards (i.e. proficient on 8th Grade PSSA) the opportunity to attend Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School during their freshman year for one (1) semester.  This is a Career Exploration opportunity that will rotate students through all career areas offered at BAVTS on a flex schedule during blocks 1 or 2 (Freedom) and 3 or 4 (Liberty) of their school day. By the end of the semester, the students will have an opportunity to apply for a specific program for their 10th grade year. This is different from the traditional 10th grade student schedule of rotating through four (4) programs before selecting the program of their choice. This program gives the students a clear indication and FastTrack pathway to their potential career goals at the secondary level.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

This is a half day, supervised, work-based experience in the student’s occupational area, assisting in the transition from school to the workplace. This program is reserved for those individuals recommended by their instructors to be the most likely to succeed on the job. Students are representing the school and establishing reputations and records that will follow them beyond graduation. Considering the responsibility of representing your instructor, school and yourself in a business, there are qualifications to ensure that only conscientious and proficient students participate in the program.

INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION

In conjunction with the shop class, BAVTS offers integrated instruction in English, Mathematics and Technology to make sure our students have the basic skills needed to enter the workforce upon graduation.