AHS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ENGLISH
English I -1 Credit
Grade 9
Prerequisite:  none
This is a course designed to provide a firm foundation in grammar and writing skills.  In addition, students will study and respond to representative pieces of appropriate literature in each genre.

 

English II - 1 Credit
Grade 10
Prerequisite:  Credit in English I
English II is a sequential course of study with emphasis on the various components of literature, basic composition skills, and grammar.
English III - 1 Credit
Grade 11
Prerequisite:  Credit in English II
English III is a sequential course of study with emphasis on the development of composition and grammar skills,  American literature is the focus.  Note:  A research paper is required.

 

English IV/ENGLISH 101/SENIOR PROJECT - 1 Credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Credit in English III
English IV is a sequential course of study designed to meet the needs of college-bound students with emphasis on composition mastery, grammar skills, and the development of British Literature.  The class will cover these skills on a more advanced level, with an eye to college-preparedness.  A research paper and critical analysis essays are required.
Business English - 1 Credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  IBCA
This class is designed to provide students with communications skills needed in a business environment.  Business letter writing including routine letters as well as specialized letters, memos, and reports are important components of this class.  The practical principles of grammar, punctuations, and vocabulary needed in business transactions are included.  Oral, listening, and nonverbal communication skills as they relate to business are stressed.  Emphasis is also given to communications as related to technological advancements such as information management telecommunications.  (This is not a course designed for college-bound seniors.)
 
MATHEMATICS
Algebra I, Part I - 1 Credit
Grade 9
This course serves as a bridge between arithmetic and Algebra I.  It is a review of arithmetic rules as well as a basic understanding of mathematical concepts and principles.  Topics include variable and relationships measurements, solving equations, and real life-graphs, linear equations, inequalities, systems of equations and matrices.  Students completing Algebra I, Part I must complete Algebra I, Part II to cover the same topics covered in Algebra I.
 
Algebra I, Part II - 1 Credit
Grade 10
Prerequisite:  Credit in Algebra I, Part I
  This course will provide an understanding of mathematical concepts and principles as well as basic geometry concepts needed to pass the GEE.  Topics will include systems of equations, data analysis, probability, right triangles, proportions, and similarity, coordinate geometry, measurements, patterns and relations and functions.
 
Algebra I - 1 Credit
Grade 9, 10
This course is designed to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts and principles, as well as skills in background for most science courses and all high math courses and for many careers.  Topics covered include expressions, equations, and functions; rational numbers; linear equations; proportions; relations and functions; linear equations and inequalities; systems of equations; polynomials; and factoring.
 
Geometry - 1 Credit
Grade 9, 10
Prerequisite:  Algebra I
This is a basic course in Euclidean geometry.  The topics to be discussed include triangle relationships, measurements in the plans and in space, congruence, and similarity of triangles, and circle relationships.
 
Algebra II - 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Algebra I and Geometry
Algebra II provides a rigorous training in the skills necessary for success in college algebra.  As this is a college preparatory class, only the serious math student who intends to continue on to Advanced Math should consider this course.  Emphasis is placed on word problems associated with each of the following topics:  a brief overview of Algebra I; inequalities & absolute value; linear equations & systems and their graphs; functions & relations; factoring; positive & negative exponents; complex fractions & fractional equations; radicals, imaginary numbers, and complex numbers; quadratic formula & completing the square; conic sections: circles, parabolas, ellipses, & hyperbolas.
Financial Math - 1 Credit
Grade 11, 12
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the fundamental principles using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals with emphasis on percentages.  The course includes calculations regarding selling, buying, commissions, profits, discounts, income tax preparation, banking procedures, consumer information and other topics pertinent to business transactions.  Manual and machine (calculator) calculations are emphasized.
 
Advanced Mathematics - 1 Credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Geometry and Algebra II
Emphasis is placed on angles and their measures, trigonometric functions, circular functions & graphs of trigonometric functions, fundamental relations, functions of two angles, inverse trigonometric relations, application of trigonometry, polar coordinates and complex numbers.  Additionally, emphasis is placed on relations and functions, exponential & logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, conic sections, sequences & series, matrices, probability, vectors and differential calculus.
 
Calculus - 1 Credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Algebra II and Advanced Mathematics (may be taken concurrently with Advanced Mathematics)
Calculus is the branch of mathematics concerned with the study of such concepts as the rate of change of one variable quantity with respect to another, slope of a curve at a prescribed point, the computations of the maximum and minimum values of functions, and the calculations of the area bounded by curves.
 
SCIENCE
Biology - 1 Credit
Grade 10
This course explores the characteristics and life cycle of organisms and explains their relationships with each other and their environment.  Topics of concentration include:  cellular biology, the molecular basis of hereditary, biological evolution, energy relationships within organisms and ecosystems, organization of living systems, and contemporary health issues.  The development of these concepts is supported by inquiry and laboratory instruction.
 
Pre AP Biology - 1 Credit
Grade 10
Requires recommendation from Physical Science teacher
This class will cover all topics listed under biology to a greater depth.  In addition, students will be assigned more advanced labs and complete several outside projects.
 
AP Biology - 1 Credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Biology and Chemistry with a final grade of "C" or better
This is a challenging, college level biology course intended for anyone who is interested in going to college.  The course is taught for two consecutive hours and the topics will consist of cells, metabolism, genetics, evolution, animal and plant form and function and ecology.  All students will be given the opportunity to take the national advanced placement exam for college credit in the spring, but it is not mandatory.  The cost of the exam must be paid by the student.  Students will be expected to have access to a computer away from school.  If no home computer is available, students are expected to use the computers at the parish library.
 
Physical Science - 1 Credit
Grade 9,10
This course explores the following physical science topics:  energy and motion; the nature of matter; kinds of substances; interactions of matter; waves, light and sounds; and electricity and energy resources.
 
Chemistry - 1 Credit
Grade 11, 12
Pre or Co-Requisite:  Credit in Algebra II or taking Algebra II simultaneously
This is a course designed for the above average, college bound student.  This class provides students with a basic understanding of matter, its structure, and ordinary chemical reactions.  Subject matter will be developed through lecture, laboratory exercises, and problem-solving.
 
Environmental Science - 1 Credit
Grade 11, 12
This science elective is of average level of difficulty.  Topics include pollution, water, land use and management, biodiversity including pollution, ecosystems, and global issues.  The course includes projects and independent work.
 
Physics - 1 Credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Biology and Chemistry
Pre- or Co-Requisite:  Advanced Mathematics
This course, designed for the college-bound student, involves the study of matter and energy and their relationships in the fields of mechanics, states of matter, waves and light, electricity, and nuclear phenomena.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
World Geography - 1 Credit
Grade 9
This course is a study of world physical and cultural geography.  Emphasis will include the development of geography skills with a focus on the study of world regions and the interdependence of these regions.
 
Civics - 1/2 Credit
Grade 10
This course studies the national, state, and local government systems of the United States.  Civics is paired with Free Enterprise.
 
Free Enterprise  - 1/2 Credit
Grade 10
This course studies the economic system of the United States.  Free Enterprise is paired with Civics.
 
American History - 1 Credit
Grade 11
This course is a review of American History from its beginning to the present.
 
American History - 1 Credit
Social Studies Elective - Credit
Grade 11
The AP program in United States history is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history.  The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses.  Students should learn to assess historical materials- their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance.  An AP United States History course develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.

NOTE:  This is a 2 hour block class and must be scheduled together.
Optional:  For acquiring college credit the student will need to take the College Board test offered in the spring for a fee and receive a score that is acceptable for the University of their choice.
 

Psychology - 1/2 credit
Grade 11, 12
This primarily lecture class is designed  for the college bound student.  It includes the study of people and their behavior.  It promotes the understanding of himself/herself and others.  Outside projects and/or research may be required.
 
Sociology - 1/2 credit
Grade 11, 12
This primarily lecture class is designed for the college bound student.  This course is designed to help students understand dynamics of behavior in groups.  Outside projects and/or research may be required.
 
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Health & Physical Education I - 1 credit
Grade 9
This course meets the first PE requirement for graduation.  It includes a variety of physical fitness activities that cover the state minimum requirements.  Dressing out is required.
 
Health & Physical Education II - 1/2 credit
Grade 10
This course meets the second PE requirement for graduation.  It includes a variety of physical fitness activities that cover the state minimum requirements.  Dressing out is required.  Health covers mental health, family and relationship skills, growth and development, nutrition, personal fitness, substance use and abuse, diseases and disorders, consumer health, safety and injury prevention.  Health and PE II are paired.
 
PE III & IV--Advanced - 1 credit
This 7th hour course is for male sophomore, junior, and senior football and basketball players only.
 
PE III & IV--Lifesports - 1 credit
This 7th hour course is for female sophomore, junior, and senior basketball players only.
 
PE III & IV--Weights - 1 credit
This weight lifting class is offered earlier in the day and is for athletes who are not participating in either football and basketball.
 
TEACHING
Introduction To Teaching - 1 credit
Grade 12
This course is recommended for those students considering education as a career.  The students will go into local elementary and middle schools and work with students and teachers.  Each Monday the class will meet at the VPSB Family Center.
 
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
Family and Consumer Science I - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
In this course, students learn about foot and nutrition; some food labs include "eat what you cook."  Enter the world of clothing selection - care and repair; construct a simple project.  Know what you need to be a good consumer.  The elements of knowing yourself and getting along with others is taught.  There is also an introduction to child care.  A $10.00 lab fee, $7.50 workbook, and fabric cost are required. 
 
Family and Consumer Science II - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Family and Consumer Science I
Students will learn more about foods, life within a family, and being a care giver, and more about clothing by constructing a garment to wear. A $10.00 lab fee, $7.50 workbook fee, and fabric cost are required.
 
Adult Responsibility - 1/2 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  None
This course involves learning to manage a job and home, finding and succeeding on a job, budgeting money, choosing food, clothing, housing to meet individual needs, car buying and insurance needs, and preparing for marriage and children.  This course may be paired with Parenthood Education.  A $5.00 course fee is required.
 
Parenthood Education - 1/2 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  None
Children don't come with directions!  This course involves getting ready for and coping with parenthood handling family crisis situations, learning how children grow and develop, and learning to handle children ages 0 to school age.  A $5.00 course fee is required.
 
Food and Nutrition - 1/2 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  None
You are what you eat!  Discussions include analyzing fast food, junk food, and snacks, controlling weight, taking care of your body, and cooking foods that are good for you.  Lab experiences are included--eat what you cook!  This course is paired with Advanced Food and Nutrition.  A $15.00 lab fee is required.
 
Advanced Food and Nutrition - 1/2 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Food and Nutrition
Become a beginner chef.  Cook and sample many types of food and meals, including those of different cultures.  A $15.00 lab fee is required.
 
AGRISCIENCE
Agriscience I - 1 Credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
This course is designed as an introductory course to agriculture.  The course includes study in areas such as Hunter Safety, soil science, welding, plant science (including gardening), small engine maintenance, etc.  Students are also given the opportunity to join FFA.  FFA allows members the opportunity to compete in various leadership activities and travel throughout the state and country.  One major point of interest is that a student completes Agriscience I & II, he no longer has to take a third science.  This eliminates the need for Chemistry or Environmental Science.  A $5 course fee is required.
 
Agriscience II - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Agriscience I
The course is designed as a follow-up to the Agriculture I course.  Completion of this course, along with Agriscience I will eliminate the need for a third science.  It allows for more hands on activities than the first year course.  The course includes crawfish production, welding, small engine repair, boating safety certification, introduction to surveying, leadership lessons such as public speaking and parliamentary law, etc.  Students are encouraged to join FFA and take part in the many opportunities it offers.
 
Agriscience III/IV - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Agriscience I & II
This course is a sequential course which builds on those skills acquired in Agriscience II.
 
Agriscience CAE - 2 credits
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Seniors must be enrolled in Agriscience III or IV
Students enter this program though individual application to the coordinator, recommendations, and interview.  CAE is a vocational program in which students are trained in careers in Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Agriservice establishments.  It is partnership between the school, owners, managers or the business, parents and the student.  Students must find their own jobs.  No semester credits are available.
 
Agriscience Welding - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
Agriscience Entrepreneurship - 1/2 credit
Grade 11, 12
  This course may be paired with Aquaculture.
 
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
Taxidermy I - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  none
  Students learn to skin, preserve, and mount a variety of specimens:  birds, small animals, crustaceans, reptiles, etc.  Special emphasis is placed on health, safety, and proper use of tools and equipment.
 
Taxidermy II - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Taxidermy I
  Students learn to skin, preserve, and mount game heads, fish, and novelty items.  Special emphasis is placed on health, safety, and the proper use of tools and equipment.
 
Power Mechanics - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  none
  This course is an introduction to two- and four-cycle engines used to power lawn and garden equipment.  Emphasis is placed on shop and equipments safety, identification and use of tools and equipment, engine theory, engine maintenance, troubleshooting engine problems, and engine overhaul.
 
Basic/Advanced Woodworking - 2 credits
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  none
  This course is taught in a two hour block every other year, alternating with basic/advanced metals.  The emphasis is placed on hand tool experiences.  Safety is taught, tested, and required throughout.  An introduction to power tools is taught only after developing sufficient skills in hand tool processes.
 
Basic/Advanced Metals - 2 credits
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  none
  This course is taught in a two hour block every other year, alternating with basic/advanced woodworking.  This course provides each student with practical work experience using metal working tools and equipment to construct metal projects.  Attention is directed toward the understanding of different metals and their uses by consumers and industry.  Investigation of occupations in the metal working field gives students an opportunity to make good career decisions.
 
Basic Technical Drafting - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  none
  Basic Technical Drafting places heavy emphasis upon line structure, lettering and dimension in the development of house plans and other geometric shapes.  The second half of the course consists of Computer Aided Drafting which gives each student an introduction to basic computer commands and terminology presently being used in the drafting industry.
 
Advanced Technical Drafting - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Basic Technical Drafting
  This is an advanced course with units in working drawings, assembly drawings, cams and gears, surface development, technical illustration, geometric constructions, and other areas of the students' choice.
 
BUSINESS
Intro to Business Computer Applications - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  none
  This is the first of two courses designed to provide students with basic computer application skills.  Students will be introduced, for a minimum of six weeks of the school year, to the touch method of operating a computer keyboard to produce simple business documents.  Emphasis is placed on basic computer concepts both hardware and software, word processing, and spreadsheet applications.  Computer technology will be presented that could lead to the student's ability to obtain certification in basic information technology.
 
Business Computer Applications - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Intro to Business Computer Applications
  This course is designed to acquaint students with the advanced principles associated with information processing.  Emphasis is on hands-on instruction in using for software programs that will enable students to develop those skills needed in our computer oriented world today.  Topics include computer concepts and technology, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software applications.  Microsoft Office is used in teaching this course.
 
Web Design/Multimedia Presentations - 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Business Computer Applications
  Seniors enter the Web Design/Multimedia Presentations class through individual application to the coordinator, interview, and recommendations.  Students will be acquainted with web design concepts through the hands-on use of software to combine text and graphics into page composition.  This course also teaches students to develop and maintain web sites using HTML code and Microsoft FrontPage.  Students will maintain the AHS web site.
 
Accounting - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
  This course stresses accounting principles as they relate to the basic understanding and skills required in keeping financial records for a business.  Emphasis is on providing students with entry-level skills for the accounting profession and/or preparation for further study in accounting.
 
General Cooperative Education - 3 credits
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Application to the coordinator ; Must have Appropriate Employment.
  The General Cooperative Education class (Co-op) is a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences which is of interest to the student's career goals.  Students have the opportunity to "learn and earn".  Grade will be derived from the 33% evaluation from employer, 33% from attendance, and 34% of class work which consist of note taking, tests, quizzes, and general class work.  G.C.E. is a partnership among students, Abbeville High School, employers of the community.  Each party has specific responsibilities to fulfill in "Reaching for Results".  Students must be willing to comply with the rules of the program, pay determined fees, participate in fund-raising activities, purchase a G.C.E. shirt and attend Employers' Appreciation Banquet at the end of the year.
 
SPEECH AND PUBLICATIONS
Speech I - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  Speech I is designed for the student who wants to enhance his/her communication skills.  Emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence and leadership.  The student will learn how to present his or herself in the front of an audience.  In addition, he/she will learn the principles of Inter-personal communication (how to get along with others), small group problem-solving, debate, drama, interviewing, parliamentary procedure, listening techniques, and radio and TV broadcasting.
 
Speech II - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Speech I
  The course will focus on techniques of drama such as relaxation techniques, creativity development, acting skills, principles of theater history and stage craft.
 
Speech III - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Speech I
  This is a competitive class comprised of Speech Team members and officers.  The course focuses on the principles of extemporaneous speaking, oratory, dramatic and humorous interpretation, prose/poetry reading, and duet acting.  Students will be required to attend speech tournaments as part of the class.  Enrollment requires permission of the instructor.
 
Publications I - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Juniors and Seniors enter the Publications I class through individual application to the coordinator.
  To earn academic credit for work on the yearbook, students must meet several criteria including stringent academic standards to ensure that the final product fulfills the recognized functions of the yearbook and reflects the work of the student--not the advisor.  Computer skills are suggested.  Selling advertisements is a requirement for passing this course.
 
Publications II - 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  Publications I
  Seniors enter the Publications II class through individual application to the coordinator.  Second year student journalists will exercise the leadership roles (e.g. editor, manager, etc.). A well-informed and well-trained yearbook student practices the guarantee of freedom of the press established by the First Amendment.  Computer skills are suggested.  Selling advertisements is a requirement for this course.
 
FINE ARTS
Acting I - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Acting II - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Beginning Chorus - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  Beginning chorus is designed for those students with an interest in singing.  Emphasis is placed on basic music theory, reading music, and voice production with many opportunities to sing and perform.  Other areas that may be covered include music history and music in the arts.
 
Intermediate Chorus - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Beginning Chorus
  Students will continue to develop performance techniques through the rehearsal of both large and small ensemble music.  Performances will be planned throughout the year.  Students must attend all rehearsals and performances.
 
Advanced Chorus - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Beginning Chorus and teacher permission
  Auditions are required for advanced students who have strong choral voices and are interested in a mixed choral setting.  The group performs frequently and participate in many events.  Rehearsals outside of school hours are required.
 
Intermediate Band - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  This course is Marching Band in the fall and Concert Band in the spring.  Concert Band members are required to participate in District Festival.
 
Advanced Band - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  This course is Marching Band in the fall and Symphonic Band in the spring.  Symphonic Band members are required to participate in District Festival.
 
Jazz Band - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Symphonic or Concert Band
  An audition with the instructor is required.
 
Applied Music - Percussion - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Applied Music - Flags - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Applied Music - Flags - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Tryouts are held in the spring of the preceding school year.
Instrumental Technique - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor
  This is an instrumental course for non-performers.
 
Fine Arts Survey - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
  This course is designed for students who wish to develop an appreciation and understanding of the visual arts, drama, music, and dance.  This course meets the requirement for TOPS.
 
Art I - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  Art I offers a broad introduction to the many areas of art including basic design, drawing, color and painting.  A $20.00 lab fee is required.
 
Art II - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Art I
  This course provides opportunities for students to develop further and apply multiple techniques in the creation of two-and three-dimensional art.
 
Art III/Studio Art - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Art I & II
  This course teaches students a variety of concepts and approaches in drawing, 2-D design, or 3-D design so that the student is able to demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility with technique, problem solving and ideation (i.e. "breath").  Such conceptual variety can be demonstrated through either the use of one or the use of several media.
 
Theatre I - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  Students will explore the relationships of theatre history, structure, literature, acting, producing, and critiquing.  They will discover that theatre is an art form that enhances basic life skills through simulation of creative thinking and problem solving.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of personal commitment, cooperative work and goal setting.
 
Theatre II - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Theatre I
  In this course, students will continue to explore the theatrical process as an art form.  Students will have the opportunity to build on skills learned in Theatre I.  Students will concentrate on designing, creating and performing from original and published works.
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French I - 1 credit
Grade 10, 11
  This course teaches listening, comprehension and speaking of standard French with basic grammar and a cultural background of France and Francophone countries.  It is only a basis for the students preparing for college.  Eligibility of 10th graders to take French I will be determined by the space available and students' GPA.
 
French II - 1 credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite:  French I
  This sequential course is designed to increase French vocabulary, grammar skills, reading comprehension and writing skills.  It is required for TOPS as well as for admission into most, 4-year colleges or universities in Louisiana.
French III - 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite:  French II
  This course is intended to prepare students to take foreign language electives while in college by increasing their understanding of the language and its grammar.
 
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
ESL I, II, III, IV - 1 credit each
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  Special testing and teacher recommendations are required for these courses.
 
GIFTED CLASSES
TAG - 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  Special testing and teacher recommendations are required for these courses.
 
 RESOURCE CLASSES
Study Skills I, II, III, IV - 1 credit each
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  Special testing and teacher recommendations are required for these courses.
LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE-GULF AREA CAMPUS
  Seniors may choose to enroll in the STAGE program at LTC - Gulf Area Campus.  The Senior Technically Advancing with Gulf Area Education (STAGE) program will provide students with advanced technical training, in their chosen career path by attending Gulf Area Campus.  Students may enter the STAGE program on a full-time or part-time basis- however, to get the maximum benefit from the program, students are encouraged to enter the program on a full time basis.  STAGE students will earn dual credits.  They will receive high school elective credits (Carnegie units) and credit toward a LTC-Gluf Area Campus Certificate, Diploma, or Associate Degree.  STAGE is a joint effort between the Vermilion Parish School Board, Louisiana Technical College-Gulf Area Campus, and Acadiana Tech Prep.  CREDIT AT LTC-GULF AREA CAMPUS is DEPENDANT ON ATTENDACE:  for every 90 hours a student in in attendance, the student receives 1/2 credit.  For each course area listed below, the number of quarters necessary to complete the Certificate, Associate Degree of Diploma Program are included.  Most of the courses offered at LTC-Gulf Area Campus are available to student who are 16 years of age or older during the summer months.
 
BUSINESS
Accounting Technology
5-8 terms
  The Accounting Technology program prepares individuals to provide technical administrative support to professional accountants and other financial management personnel.  It includes instruction in posting transactions to accounts, record keeping systems, accounting software operation, the general accounting principles and practices.
 
Office Systems Technology
5-9 terms
  The Office Systems Technology program prepares individuals to perform the duties of special assistants for business executives and top management.  It includes instruction in business communications, principles of business law, public relations, scheduling and travel management, conference and meeting recording, report preparation, office equipment and procedures, office supervisory skills, professional standards, and legal requirements.
 
Computer specialist (Applications)
5-8 terms
  This program provides a thorough background in microcomputer applications and hands-on hardware knowledge, networking technologies, communications, and some programming.
 
ELECTRONICS DEPARTMENT
Computer technology - Associate Degree or Diploma
7-8 terms
  This program generally prepares individuals to install, program, operate, maintain, service and diagnose operational problems in computers and computer systems arising from mechanical or electrical malfunctions.  The program includes instruction in the repair and operation of disk drives, printers, moderns, networks, software programming.
 
Communications Electronics - Associate Degree or Diploma
8 terms
  This program generally prepares individuals to assemble, install, operate, maintain and repair one - and two-way communications equipment and systems, including AM, FM and Single-Sideband and other electronics communication devices or systems.  Includes instruction in using actual equipment or educational trainers in various types of equipments, motors, mechanical diagrams/schematics; radar, fiber optics; laser technology; computer applications; telecommunications; microwave; diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques; the use of testing equipment; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Association of Business and Educational Radio (NABER) license requirements.
 
Consumer Electronics - Associate Degree or Diploma
8 terms
  This program generally prepares individuals to install, program, operate, maintain, service, and diagnose operational problems in consumer electronics products arising from mechanical or electrical malfunctions.  Includes instruction in the underlying physical sciences, supporting mathematics and electrical theory; diagnostic procedures and techniques; reading and interpretation or electrical diagrams/schematics; electrical/electronic circuits and mechanical devices used in consumer electronics; and instruments used to detect weaknesses or failures in electrical systems.
 
PERSONAL MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES
Cosmetology
5 terms
  Cosmetology includes the study of anatomy and physiology, sanitation, shampooing hair coloring, shampooing and styling, permanent waving, facials, the application of cosmetic make-up, and salon management.  The required practical skills are developed through experience in a well-equipped, on-site salon under the supervision of the instructor.  The curriculum meets the Louisiana State Cosmetology Board requirements of 1500 hours and has been approved by the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology.
 
TRADE & INDUSTRIAL
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
8 terms
  This program generally prepares individuals to install, diagnose, repair and maintain the operating condition of domestic, residential, and commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
 
Building Engineering Technology
4 terms
  This program prepared individuals to keep a building functioning and to service a variety of structures commercial and industrial buildings.  The program includes instruction in the basic maintenance and repair skills related to carpentry, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, electrical, and other mechanical systems.
 
Drafting & Design Technology
7 terms
  This program provides instruction in all traditional drafting techniques and also includes training in the latest technology of compute aided drafting.  This program is divided into two parts.  Part I provides students with instruction in fundamental manual drafting skills with introductory training in several drafting disciplines and fundamentals in computer aided drafting.  In Part 2, a student selects one or more areas of specialization that includes intensive applications of computer aided drafting.
 
Welding
6 terms
  This course provides in various processes and techniques of welding, including oxyfuel cutting, carbon arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, gas metal arch welding, pip welding, plasma arc cutting, weld symbols and joints.
 
Collision Repair Technology
7 terms
  This course prepares individuals to repair modem vehicles as well as other vehicles.  This includes identification and analysis of damage; measurement; straightening, welding; structural repair and replacement; corrosion, alignment; refinishing; trim and glass replacement; plastic repair, and working with electrical and mechanical components as they pertain to collision repair.
 
MECHANICS DEPARTMENT
Automotive Technology
8 terms
  This course is designed to provide specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience to prepare individuals in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles, and light trucks.  Also included is instruction in the diagnosis of malfunctions in and repair of engines; fuel, electrical, cooling, and brake systems; drive train, and suspension systems.  The competencies in the automotive technology course are correlated to relate to the knowledge required to prepare an individual for the certification test given by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
 
Diesel Powered Equipment Technology
7 terms
  This course provides specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience to prepare individuals for employment as job entry-level diesel powered equipment technicians.  The program content includes disassembling engines and replacing parts, fuel injection systems, oil and water pumps, electrical systems, steering and suspension systems, brake systems, drive train, and chassis.