Career & Technical Education
Family and Consumer Sciences
Instructor: Mrs. Margaret Radlund
Family and Consumer Sciences is a program designed to help the student gain basic knowledge and skills needed today and in the future. Job shadow experiences, foods labs, Youth Friends program, guest speakers, field trips, and a variety of project based activities enhance student learning. The classes offered here at Riverton include the following: Consumer Education (1 Semester), Housing & Interior Design (1 Semester), Nutrition & Wellness (Year long), World to Work (Year long), Living On My Own (1 Semester), and Focus on Children (1 Semester).
Instructor: Mr. Jacob Larison
All classes in the Agricultural Education Department are divided into three main components, as approved by the Kansas State Department of Education. These include classroom and laboratory instruction, the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program, and the National FFA Organization. Students who enroll in these classes are expected to participate in each of the three areas. The Agricultural Education Department focuses on building career development skills in all students in the many areas of the field of agriculture.
Opportunities in AgriScience
This course offers an introduction to all major phases of agriculture, horticulture, animal science, welding, leadership, record keeping, public speaking, and agricultural products. FFA is introduced and each student will select and implement a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. The primary aim of this course is an introduction to a variety of agricultural career opportunities.
This course is the prerequisite for all other Ag Education Courses.
This course includes the principles used in the construction of products in the welding fabrication industry. Students will study welding tool equipment selection, safety, set up, and maintenance for all types of welding equipment. Students will learn theory and practice in technical careers, shop safety, oxy-acetylene cutting and welding, plasma arc cutting, DC and AC arc welding, metal inert gas (MIG) welding, preventative maintenance, project design, layout, and construction. The first semester consists of basic knowledge, safety, skill development, and group project construction. The second semester is basic project design and construction.
Prerequisite Opportunities in Ag Science or AgriScience
This course involves the advanced study of the principles and techniques used in the construction of products in the welding fabrication industry. Students will advance their study of tool equipment/selection, safety, set up, and maintenance for all types of welding equipment. Students will further their knowledge of technical careers, workplace safety, oxy-acetylene cutting and welding, plasma arc cutting, increased applications of DC arc welding, metal inert gas (MIG) welding, flux core arc (FCAW) welding, tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, preventative maintenance, advanced project design, layout, and construction.
Students will spend approximately 13 weeks advancing their technical skill development and operational knowledge, while the remainder of the course will include project design, layout, and construction.
Prerequisites 1) Opportunities in Ag Science 2) Ag Welding
Ag Communications and Leadership
This class includes a study of professional written and verbal communication in agriculture. Written communication will include writing news articles, promotional materials, resumes, cover letters, applications, and graphic layout. Verbal communication will include prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, parliamentary procedure, group presentations, introductions, and the guidance of group discussion. Leadership skills will be enhanced by planning and coordinating student, chapter, and community development activities for the FFA Chapter.
Prerequisites 1) Opportunities in Ag Science 2) Instructor Permission
The following are offered in even numbered school years. (07-08, 09-10, 11-12, etc…)
This course is for students who have an interest in animal science and /or pre-veterinary medicine. This course will be an in-depth study of animals including: anatomy, health, nutrition and digestive systems, reproduction and genetics, meat science, dairy industry, equine science, and live animal evaluation. Students will care for and manage a small animal operation involving poultry/wildlife and aquaculture.
Prerequisite Opportunities in Ag Science
This class includes a study of greenhouse crops. Students will study plant identification, reproduction techniques, and growth processes. Other areas of instruction include: house plants, introductory landscaping and design, lawn management, gardening, plant growth and propagation, insect control, and fertilizers. Students should be prepared to spend a large amount of time working in the greenhouse.
Prerequisite Opportunities in Ag Science
Advanced Horticulture Science
This class will include a study of greenhouse crops and production techniques. Students will refine skills in plant identification, reproduction techniques, and growth processes. Other areas of instruction include: foliage plants, advanced landscape design, installation, and cost calculations. Further study will be in lawn management, vegetable gardening, dried flowers, plant arrangements, terrariums, and soil fertility. Students should be prepared to spend a large amount of time working in the greenhouse and outdoors.
Prerequisites 1) Opportunities in Ag Science 2) Horticulture Science
This course offers the opportunities for an in depth study of the development and implementation of an agricultural business in one of three areas: horticulture, animal science, or welding construction. This business will be relatively small and manageable, but will be effective in allowing the student to apply the principles learned from this class. The business will give us a hands-on project throughout the year, which will require 100% participation from the members of each team. The students in each group will be the sole operators of the business, and will complete all aspects of the business from planning to production to sales and marketing. The course will be slightly different for each business group, with slightly different expectations for each group as well. Students will combine classroom and laboratory activities with advanced “Supervised Agriculture Experience” and FFA experiences. Specific areas of study will include business planning, budgeting, business structures, career search techniques, agricultural economics, recordkeeping and analysis, marketing, and sales.
Prerequisite Opportunities in Ag Science
Health Science Careers
Instructor: Mrs. Mia Elliott
This program is an exploratory program giving the student opportunities to see many facets of the health care community. Through the Health Careers courses, the student will receive medical terminology, CPR and First Aid, some Anatomy and Physiology, hands-on health care procedures, guest speakers, and the opportunity to job shadow in a field of choice. The Health Careers student has the opportunity to be a member of the National Health Occupations Students Association (HOSA).
Health Careers I:
v Prerequisite: biology
v (generally) 11th grade, 12th welcome
v CPR and First Aid
v Medical Terminology
v Job Shadow
v Community Service
Health Careers II:
v Prerequisite: Health Careers I
v 2 class periods for RHS students
v Review of CPR and First Aid
v Continuation of Medical Terminology
v Job Shadows
v Study of Diseases and Disorders
v Elementary Teaching
v Community Service
Cabinetmaking and Carpentry
Instructor: Mr. Marty Falling
The courses offered in this program are oriented towards hands-on skills. Emphasis is placed on work habits, problem solving, safety as well as project development and completion. Within the program are two types of coursework, Carpentry and Cabinetmaking.
For both programs there is an introductory course named:
Introduction to Industrial Technology
· This course is offered in the Eighth grade and is a semester in length. Topics discussed will include a wide view of the processes
In the Cabinetmaking program there are the following 2 semester courses:
Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design I
· This is a basic level course for a first year high school student who wishes to design and build his or her own project. The first project is developed and all students must complete it prior to starting a project that matches their ability.
Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design II
· This course builds on skills learned in Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design I. Students design and build their own project and develop higher level skills.
In the Carpentry Program there are the following 2 semester courses:
· This is a basic level course designed to introduce students to fundamental carpentry skills. Additionally, students are offered the opportunity to complete the National Center for Construction Education and Research, or NCCER, Core curriculum and receive a national certification.
· This is an advanced level course that builds upon skills learned in Carpentry I and uses the Residential Construction I NCCER Curriculum.
Instructor: Ms. Shannon Hill
The Communications Classes will give each student the ability to make informed choices about the careers in communications technology. The Communications Technology program will give students the opportunity to meet academic and industry standards; through integration of new technology, career and academic training while learning.
v Visual Arts Photography I
v Audio/Visual Techniques I
v Audio/Visual Techniques II
Visual Arts Photography I: This course is designed to teach the student fundamentals of photography. This class will help the student develop the skills to take and print good pictures, also to show creativity and originality. The students will develop good work place skills. During the course students will have the opportunity to experience the following activities Careers in Photography, understanding the camera, using the camera, understanding the software, using the software, lighting for photography, color filter application, understanding and using the backdrop, decision making and problem solving. Students will be responsible for turning a finished product.
Audio/Visual Techniques I: This course will cover the basic techniques of digital video production. This class will help the student develop the skills to be creative and show originality, for each completed activity. During the course students will have the opportunity to experience the following activities. Topics will cover digital camcorder operation, video communications, video editing, production skills, digital text and sound management, light design, compositions, storyboarding development and editing production procedures. The students will develop good work place skills. Students will be responsible for turning a finished product.
Audio/Visual Techniques II: This course will cover the advanced techniques of digital video production. This class will help the student develop the skills to be creative and show and originality, for each completed activity. During the course students will have the opportunity to experience the following activities. Topics will cover video dimensions, video flow time, video language, lighting techniques, digital audio track recording, digital video track recording, direction and producing for content, editing principals, decision making and problem solving. The students will develop good work place skills. Students will be responsible for turning a finished product.