Career & Technical Education

Agriculture

Agriculture education at RCHS focuses on the many opportunities that await our students. Students develop skills necessary for employment and further education in any career. The program is specialized to cater to various interests. Students can take an array of subjects specializing in the areas of Business, Mechanics, and Horticulture. Two full years of Agriculture are required in order to be called a program completer. One year of this must be at least a level III class. Students are encouraged to participate in the national FFA organization to practice skills learned in the classroom and to have a fun group of which to be a part. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Our chapter works diligently in the areas of leadership development, team competition, advancing degrees, and supervised agriculture experience. FFA dues are $13 per year and cover membership in the chapter, state, and national associations. These dues also cover a subscription to the FFA’s bimonthly magazine, “New Horizons.”

Automotive Technology

The automobile industry has entered the high-tech age. This program offers the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of automotive fundamentals and the skills necessary to inspect, diagnose, and repair modern motor vehicles. Through classroom presentations and hands-on lab experience, students are provided entry-level training.

Automotive

Building Trades

A variety of employment opportunities are available to individuals who successfully complete this program. Instruction includes methods and techniques in building construction. Students with allergies (dust, paint, etc.) should consult a physician prior to enrollment.

Building Trades

Collision Repair

Collision repair and refinishing gives students the opportunity to restore and rebuild damaged vehicles. Using modern equipment and techniques, students return vehicles to original condition. Technical work and hands-on shop experience provide the knowledge and skills needed to enter the collision repair field or technical school for further training.

Culinary Technology

Students prepare for managerial, production, and service skills used in government, commercial, or independently owned institutional food establishments and related food industry occupations. Their study includes planning, selecting, storing, purchasing, preparing, and serving food and food products; basic nutrition, sanitation, and food safety; the use and care of commercial equipment; serving techniques; and the operation of institutional food establishments. Teachers highlight the basic skills of math, science, and communication when appropriate in content.

Family & Consumer Science

This program provides youth with a set of experiences to prepare them for adulthood; to become competent in the management of their individual, family, and work lives; and to apply these skills to jobs and careers. The program is based on what students need to know and on what they are able to do in order to be competent in the demanding, challenging, and changing world of the family. The curriculum for the program includes the development of the process skills of managing work and family life, solving personal and family problems, relating to others, and assuming a leadership role as a responsible citizen. The course content focuses on six areas that reflect the practical problems faced as part of the world of the family. The following courses have been developed with the intent of teaching the content through higher order thinking skills, specifically the practical reasoning approach. Membership in FCCLA is a co-curricular part of each course.