CHURUBUSCO — Business. Computer Science. Analytical Algebra II. These and other new courses will soon be available to Churubusco Junior-Senior High School students.
Principal Jim Folland presented the new courses for approval at last month’s meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees.
Some new courses, he said, are designed to aid students in completing the Career-Technical Education Concentrator pathway to graduation option.
“We have five in our building,” he said. “Most schools our size are lucky to have one or two. We’re very fortunate. We’ve made that investment.”
The CTE concentrator allows students to pursue advanced courses in various career or technical fields as a graduation requirement. CJSHS offers CTE pathways in agriculture, education, human and social services, nursing and business.
Additional pathways are available through the IMPACT Institute.
The new courses approved by the board include:
Principles of Business Management (pathways course)
Education Professions I (pathways course)
Human and Social Services I (pathways course)
Intro to Computer Science (state-mandated)
Basic Computer Science (state-mandated)
Analytical Algebra II
Basic Skills Development
Principles of Business Management replaces the Principles of Marketing course previously offered. According to the course description guide available on the district’s website, the course “focuses on the roles and responsibilities of managers as well as opportunities and challenges of ethically managing a business in the free-enterprise system.” It should teach students management, leadership and problem-solving skills, among others.
Education Professions I is a foundational course designed for students who plan to work in education. Topics covered in the course include “the teaching profession, the learner and the learning process, planning instruction” and more, per the description. It replaces the Cadet Teaching course.
Human and Social Services I is designed for students interested in human and community services. The project-based course will explore “family and social services, youth development, adult and elder care, and other for-profit and non-profit services,” according to the description. Students will hear from guest speakers working in the industry, and gain experience through job shadowing, field trips and field experiences.
Folland said that the two computer science courses are required by the state, and must be offered by 2021.
The new algebra course is designed to help students reach the Core 40 diploma.
“What keeps a kid from getting that Core 40 diploma that will get them ready for college is Algebra II,” Folland said. “Kids who cannot pass that have to go with the general diploma.”
The course is the result of a two-year study, and is designed “to meet the needs of most kids,” he continued.
The Basic Skills Development course is to help the district’s 20-plus Emotionally Delayed Room students and is an elective.