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10th Grade Students


After becoming aware of the vast array of professions available, students spend the 10th grade exploring and researching a few fields that they may be interested in. The Career Exploration part of the Work-Based Learning sequence involves visiting job sites, attending more workshops with our business partners to strengthen professional skills, job shadowing, and beginning college trips to aid their college selection and application process in the future.


In the 10th grade, all students complete a two-term, C.A.D./Civil Engineer&Architecture course and have options for some elective classes.

This pre-engineering course teaches students to design residential and commercial architectural drawings, as well as 3D parts, according to industry standards. Students create working 3D digital models using rapid prototyping lab equipment. Students use professional, industry-standard programs to become proficient in designing, drawing, and prototyping in 2D and 3D with perfect precision. Students also learn how to analyze.
Computer Aided Design (C.A.D.) drafts for the purpose of interpretation and documentation of such drawings, and to develop skills in creative thinking, scope and design, and decision-making strategies for addressing higher level problem solving. A successful C.A.D. user can work efficiently with no errors, and infuse balanced and creative design strategies to satisfy cost, usability, durability, and aesthetics in the final design. Students primarily utilize the Autodesk software (AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit). Autodesk leads the industry globally in professional and educational C.A.D. and allows us to create a project-based, as well as a standards-based, cross-discipline learning experience. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), our industry partner, has certified that this class meets industry standards by teaching spatial proportions and orientation of the job site, integration of green and sustainable design, ADA compliance, and assembling of construction details.
The first term focuses on the most widely and long standing used C.A.D. software, AutoCAD. At the end of the first term, all students become industry certified in AutoCAD through Certiport, the only globally accepted program. The second term focuses on 3D driven perspective with Revit, Inventor, 3D Studio Max, and AutoCAD.
Exam Description
Autodesk AutoCAD® Certified User exam is taken through Certiport, which aligns both academic and industry requirements into one attainable certification specifically designed for students. The exam combines multiple-choice and performance-based exam questions to ensure students can effectively use Autodesk software. Autodesk Certified User certification confirms students have the skills necessary to continue their design careers—whether they attend college, enter the workforce, or work toward additional levels of industry certification after graduation.
Articulation Agreement
Students who complete this course, and pass the certification exam are awarded 2 undergraduate course credits through the City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island in Engineering 110.
Adv. Audio/Video Engineering & TV Studio allows students to develop the skills introduced in the freshman year course in much greater depth and apply them to a number of video projects. Most of the projects will be completed in small groups, but the major project in Adv. Audio/Video Engineering & TV Studio is the production of a bi-weekly news program that combines both studio and mobile production at a much more technically complex level and is a collaborative effort of the entire class. Students will also cultivate various job skills such as time management, interpersonal communication, and collaboration as they work with their peers to continually create this program throughout the year. Students electing to take the course a second time will take on leadership/producer roles on the news show, as well as produce a short film that will serve as a culminating capstone project. This class requires an application and can be taken in lieu of C.A.D.
In computer science and engineering, students learn how to build a fully functioning modern PC, as well as how to utilize Windows 10’s operating system while gaining a Microsoft Technology Associate certification. The class explores the Linux operating system, JavaScript, C++ via Arduino and how to utilize various Adobe products, including Photoshop and Illustrator. The class utilizes the MakerSpace to learn soldering and basic electronics skills. The class also builds a network of student support staff members for the school where students help course troubleshoot classroom teacher, as well as deal with student issues. The class could also potentially provide opportunities for paid internships alongside Mr. Whalen and with community businesses. This class is a great intro to computer engineering, computer programming, and IT. You can take this course multiple times. This class requires an application.