• WMHS Career and Technical Education Courses

    Business Education

    Computer Applications

    Students develop or review correct keyboarding techniques and gain a basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and telecommunications applications. Students demonstrate an understanding of computer concepts through application of knowledge. Students learn to use Microsoft Office software and local and worldwide network communications systems. This class is essential for personal, school, and career use. Completion of this course is highly recommended for students in all career pathways. All students are encouraged to complete this course in their program of studies.

    Grade Levels: 9-12 

    Computer Information Systems

    Students apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through word processing, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia presentation software, and through integrated software activities using Microsoft Office. Students work individually and in groups to explore computer concepts, operating systems, networks and telecommunications, and emerging technologies. Successful completion of this course may prepare students for the certification exam for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Students will possess marketable and personal skills for use in future computer applications after completing this course.

    Grade Levels: 9 - 12

    Prerequisite: Computer Applications with at least a grade of C-.

    Design, Multimedia and Web Technologies

    Students develop proficiency in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of printed and electronic publications. Students will incorporate journalistic principles in design and layout of publications. Students work with sophisticated hardware and software to develop web sites and multimedia presentations using Microsoft FrontPage and PowerPoint.

    Grade Levels: 10, 11, and 12

    Prerequisites: Computer Applications and Computer Information Systems

    Internet Marketing

    Students learn about the paperless exchange of business and marketing information using internet, e-mail, electronic data interchange, and electronic funds transfer. Also included in this course is an overview of the Web servers, net intra-structure and the background of this fast-growing market. Students will gain real-life experience by developing actual web pages to communicate school news, clubs, and events.

    Grade Levels: 10, 11 and 12

    Prerequisite: Computer Applications


    Students study the basic terminology, principles, concepts, and practices of the accounting cycle. Students learn fundamental accounting procedures using a manual and an electronic system. All students planning to pursue additional education in any business area are strongly encouraged to take this course.

    Grade Levels: 10, 11, and 12

    Prerequisite: Computer Applications recommended, but not required.


    & Personal


    This is a personal finance course that will help students develop real-life survival skills required to perform the many financial decisions involved in daily life. Skills in money management, record keeping, and banking are enhanced through the study of basic concepts of economics, insurance, credit, and other related topics. This course prepares the student for life on their own by using real life situations and computer simulations to practice maintaining a checkbook, using a credit card, investing for the future, saving money, budgeting, and other real life day-to-day activities such as buying a car, renting an apartment, buying a house, and planning (and budgeting for) a family vacation, etc. All students, regardless of their career pathway, are strongly encouraged to take this course.

    Grade Levels: 11 and 12

    Prerequisite: Computer Applications recommended, but not required.

    Notes: The successful completion of Computer Applications plus two additional Business & Information Technology courses qualifies students to be recognized as Career & Technical Education Completers at WMHS graduation.



    Individual Development

    This course focuses on encouraging the personal potential of self and others.  The content helps the student in planning and achieving career goals, forming healthy, caring relationships with family members and peers; choosing responsible ways to express oneself and managing conflict and learning wise decision making skills.  This course will also cover basic nutrition and proper planning and food preparation skills.

    Grades: 9-12

    Life Planning

    This course focuses on developing a life-management plan;  learning to apply problem-solving skills; creating and maintaining healthy relationships; developing a financial plan; components of individual and family wellness; and developing career, community and life connections.

    Grades: 9-12

    Child Development/Parenting

    This course focuses on analyzing parenting roles and responsibilities; ensuring a healthy start for mother and child; evaluating support systems that provide services for parents. It helps prepare the student for meeting the developmental needs of children through parenting information and planning ways that families can share in nurturing children.

    Grades: 10-12

    Nutrition and Wellness

    This course focuses on making choices that promote wellness and good health; analyzing relationships between psychological and social needs and food choices; obtaining and storing food for self and family; preparing and serving nutritious meals and snacks; selecting and using equipment for food preparation.

    Grades: 9-12

    Interior Design I

    This class focuses on acquiring skills in the design and decoration of interior spaces, including selection and purchasing of furnishings, fixtures, equipment, textiles, and accessories. Elements and principle of design and color will be studied and discussed. Students will explore careers in the field of interior design.

    Grades: 9-12

    Interior Design II

    Interior Design II is a continuation of Interior Design I. students examine professional practices and deepen their knowledge of interior design. Students apply the elements and principles of design in the development of design projects. This course emphasizes critical thinking, practical problem solving, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the profession of interior design.

    Prerequisite: Interior Design I

    Grades: 10-12



    Agriculture Science and Mechanics II

    Agriculture Science and Mechanics II includes these areas of study: metalworking, woodworking, electricity, small engines, public speaking, leadership, agricultural technology, food science, a basic knowledge of FFA, and animal science. This course is designed to meet the interests of students who may have completed an agriculture course in middle school or who are interested in beginning a sequence of agriculture courses during high school.

    Agricultural Production Technology III

    Agricultural Production Technology III places emphasis on more advanced woodworking, incorporating the use of modern power equipment, in the construction of individual and group projects.

    Prerequisite: Agriculture Science and Mechanics II.

    Agricultural Power and Equipment

    Students prepare for entry-level employment and advancement in the agricultural equipment industry or for the operation and maintenance of farm equipment. Students learn to use selected hand tools, precision measuring tools, and testing equipment in the maintenance of small engines including lawn mowers and chain saws. Students learn how to maintain, service and repair ignition systems, charging circuits, and fuel systems.

    Prerequisite: Agriculture Science and Mechanics II.

    Agricultural Production Management IV

    Agricultural Production Management IV includes instruction in the agricultural mechanics, with emphasis placed on the application of mechanical skills in constructing projects. Skills used will be advanced welding and woodworking. An introduction to basic electricity and pipefitting will be incorporated into the coursework.

    Prerequisite: Agricultural Production Technology III

    Introduction to Natural Resources Management III

    This course assists students in developing knowledge and skills required for employment in occupations in forestry and wildlife management, outdoor recreation, and air, soil, and water conservation. Students will explore areas such as tree identification and measurement, pollution, soil science and water quality. This will be an activity based class and will include field trips. Students will also need to demonstrate knowledge of the FFA.

    Prerequisite: Open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12.

    Horticulture Science & Practices III

    Students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes for entry-level employment and advancement in areas such as floriculture, landscape design, greenhouse operation, nursery plant production, and turf management. They receive instruction in using soil and other plant-growing media and in identifying, propagating, and growing horticultural plants in the greenhouse and land laboratory. Instruction is provided in safety practices and leadership development.

    Prerequisite: Open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12

    Horticulture Operations IV

    Units of instruction in this course include growing greenhouse crops; producing and maintaining nursery crops; establishing, maintaining, and designing landscape planting; establishing and maintaining turf grass; and operating a flower shop and garden center. Leadership skills continue to be developed.

    Prerequisite: Horticulture Science & Practices III

    Horticulture Management V

    This course offers advanced students the opportunity to further their studies in the horticulture industry. Students will further develop their skills in the growing and maintenance of greenhouse plants. Students will be responsible for designing landscaping projects, and marketing and advertising greenhouse plants. Students will also be responsible for the care and maintenance of existing school landscape projects and plants located in the school building.

    Prerequisite: Horticulture Operations III & IV

    All students participating in the courses offered in the Agriculture Department are encouraged to be involved in the activities of the FFA throughout the year. Also, students may practice and participate in the following contests: forestry, dairy and livestock judging, mechanics, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking.




    Education For Employment (EFE)


    Students in this program receive school-based and community-based instruction organized around an approved job that leads toward their career goal. The teacher-coordinator, on-the-job trainer or sponsor, parent, and student develop an individualized training plan that identifies learning experiences according to the student’s occupational objective. The job training is an extension of the classroom instruction. Three credits are awarded if the student completes 396 hours of supervised work experience and passes the classroom instruction. This program is limited to students who are economically or academically disadvantaged.


    This course allows for flexibility in scheduling and is composed of 3 credits upon successful completion.  In addition to enriching career readiness for the average student it has often benefited students who are interested in receiving a GED instead of a high school diploma. The course aligns with ISAEP requirements which requires the completion of a vocational program as well as the GED component.

    Prerequisite: Students must be at least 16 years old, have a 7.5 grade equivalent or higher in reading comprehension, and if taken along with GED requires an average score of 145 on each of the sub-tests of the GED Ready (practice) tests. Testing at The Career Assessment Center is also required.





    Materials and Processes

    Materials and Processes is a class that will introduce students to a variety of common materials and the processes used to make them into every day products. Students will participate in a number of lab activities including woodworking projects, light metal projects, and plastics forming processes.

    This course is open to all students in all grades.

    Manufacturing Technology

    Manufacturing is the class that builds upon the experiences of Materials and Processes. Students will learn about the many aspects of the manufacturing industry such as the raw materials used, types of products, the production process, marketing, and the economics of industry. In conjunction with the classroom, students will participate in more advanced individual lab projects, as well as team and group projects.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Materials & Processes.

    Graphic Communications

    Graphic Communications is the class that deals with the visual image. Printing processes, photographic processes, desktop publishing, stenciling, and screen-printing are all topics covered in class. Students will enjoy a wide variety of hands on opportunities that will allow them to utilize and produce products ranging from computer generated output, stenciled items, self-developed photographs, and screen-printed t-shirts.

    This course is open to students in Grades 10, 11, and 12.

    Communication Systems

    Communication Systems builds upon experiences in Graphic Communications. Students use technology to communicate information in visual or audio formats. Student projects will employ tools, materials, and other elements in the application of communication systems and sub-systems to solve problems, create effective media, and process information. Through hands-on projects, students develop personal interests and analyze the impact of communication systems on people, society, and culture.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Communications

    Basic Technical Drawing

    Basic Technical Drawing, also known as Technical Design, is the foundation course for students to learn the basic language of technical design. They will design, sketch, and make technical drawings, models, or prototypes of real design problems. This course is especially recommended for students who plan on a trade or technical career, construction career, and engineering and architecture careers. Students will use both mechanical and computer-aided drawing and design (CAD) equipment in the class. This course may be taken for dual enrollment credit with Blue Ridge Community College. Students taking it for dual credit are subject to additional expenses.

    This course is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12.

    Technical Design and Drawing

    8498 - Dual Enrollment with BRCC – DRF 111

    In this foundation course students learn the basic language and drafting techniques of technical design. Students will learn drafting techniques that includes the fundamentals of lettering, producing and reading drawings. There will be activities and assignments that use basic drawing tools and computer software that will require research, writing, sketching, analytical thinking, presentations, models/prototypes and hands-on problem solving. This class is formatted as a series and should be followed by Architectural or Engineering Drawing and Design. This course is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Because this course is a dual enrollment course, there are additional fess and textbook expenses.

    Engineering Drawing/Design

    Engineering Drawing is for the student who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of drawing and design. Emphasis is placed on working, pictorial, and surface development and intersection drawings, research, math and sciences as it applies to the drafting and design field.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Technical Drawing

    Architectural Drawing/Design

    This course is designed for those advanced students interested in increasing their knowledge of the principles of architecture, working drawings, and construction techniques. Emphasis will be placed on design, sketching, structural systems, construction techniques, and model building of designed structures.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Technical Drawing


Last Modified on August 13, 2019