Building-Based Course Descriptions
- BASIC CAR CARE
In this portion of the class, students will learn how to clean and detail the interior of a vehicle, including cleaning the dashboard, doors and handles, cup holders, center counsel, floor mats and vacuuming. Windows may be quite challenging, but we will attempt to cover these as well. Students will learn how to read and use a tire pressure gauge as well as use an air compressor to adjust tire pressure as needed. They will also learn how to measure tread depth using a Lincoln head penny. Students will also learn how to identify and check vehicle fluids, including engine oil, transmission fluid (where applicable), brake fluid, antifreeze/coolant, and windshield washer fluid.
- BASIC LANDSCAPING
In this portion of the class, students will learn about tool safety, and this will be stressed throughout the year. Students will be expected to follow all safety rules.
Students will be working around the school gardens to learn how to identify weeds and remove them, including their root system. Students will be learning how to rake leaves, as well.
- BASIC WOODWORKING
The wood shop class focuses on tool and machine skills, along with an emphasis on work safety. Projects produced in the class will require students to use woodworking, sanding, painting, and production skills. Students begin this class by learning about and using small hand tools and work their way up to larger tools and machinery. Each student is required to pass both an oral and hands-on safety test before being permitted to use the machines. Even after passing the safety test, students will always be closely supervised when using machinery. An important component of this class is producing products for the two annual craft shows. Students are also given the opportunity to work at the craft shows and practice basic business skills.
- CLERICAL SUPPORT AND TECHNOLOGY
This course is designed to introduce basic clerical skills to students. These skills include: filing/alphabetizing, organizing, shredding, shred prep, matching letters/numbers, utilizing the copy machine, phone skills, mailing procedures, reading order forms, and other office related skills. Work order forms for staff are received and completed promptly and efficiently. To provide community based instruction, students have the opportunity to go to the LPS board office and shred paper. Additionally, the technology component of the class will focus on information and communication technology. Students will be engaged in a variety of learning activities that emphasize the use of the Internet, Internet safety, personal computers, software programs, digital photography and video production. Classroom activities also include creating an all school newsletter several times throughout the semester. Opportunities for entrepreneurial exploration will be provided.
- CULINARY ARTS
The class will introduce students to the skills needed to plan and prepare nutritious meals. Students will learn how to safely and effectively use commercial grade kitchen equipment in an environment that mirrors a kitchen one would encounter in a restaurant setting.
- BASIC CAR CARE
This class focuses on basic skills required to assist with Greenhouse tasks, floral arranging, and related crafts. Students learn fundamental skills used within a working greenhouse such as: spritzing and watering plants, dead heading, weeding, cuttings, transplanting, and plant arrangements including patio pots and hanging arrangements. The greenhouse is warm (75-80 degrees) and is humid year round. Students actively participate in the micro-business of selling student-created floral arrangements in the school store. Students are involved in all aspects of the two craft shows held each year. In the winter, students prepare and decorate wreaths and swags for sale in addition to creating a variety of festive crafts and ornaments. In the spring, the focus is on transplanting and taking cuttings of plants, biological insect control, arranging plants by color, and learning the light and water needs of each plant. For the spring craft show, the class concentrates on arranging patio pots as well as hanging planters, and selling the plants grown throughout the year. Students may be working outdoors at different times throughout the school year.
- LIFE SKILLS FOR HOME AND WORK
The main component of the Life Skills class will be to provide instruction that will increase independence in adult life. Topics include: time management, money/budgeting, employ-ability skills, food preparation, and daily living skills. Students will have opportunities to do volunteer work. Students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of community settings, and participate in meaningful activities that will prepare students for community living. Students will be expected to dress appropriately for scheduled activities in the community.
This program offers students experience with all areas of laundry and fabric care, including cleaning, stain removal, simple repairs and other laundry functions. Students become familiar with proper washing machine and dryer use and settings including load size, water and heat temperature, and time. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore functional and creative uses for various textiles such as fabric and yarn. Some knitting and crochet, fabric dying, quilting and machine sewing will also be available for interested students. Students will also access the kitchen in an effort to develop basic meal preparation skills. Lastly, students will interact with their peers and community as they embark upon a micro-business activity where they will collect returnable cans and bottles for a profit.
- SCHOOL STORE/MICRO-BUSINESS
The focus of this class is to introduce students to the concept of developing a micro-business as a way of earning an income that is based upon their interests, talents, and skills. Students will also participate in the operation of two WWSC stores, The Snack Shack and Sharkey’s Gifts. Skills emphasized for school store and micro-business operation include customer service, profit concept, handling money, banking, record keeping, group decision making, advertising, arts and crafts, stocking, packaging, item delivery, decorating, cleaning, food storage, safety and business plan creation/utilization. Work, social and life skills are also emphasized in both the classroom and school store settings. The Micro-Business and Marketing Class will sharpen their community skills by participating in weekly class Costco shopping trips to purchase items for The Snack Shack’s inventory.