SUNRISE SUMMIT– With the pandemic causing a snag in Hampshire High School scheduling, students might not know there are several new courses available, offering them a chance to explore their strengths and prepare for their futures.
Assistant Principal Adam Feazell said with everything going on, pandemic-wise, scheduling has been a challenge for the HHS administration.
“At this point, we’ve only scheduled half the students,” he said. Those students who haven’t been through the scheduling process have just been assigned schedules for the fall based on the natural progression of the classes they took the year before. That might not be what they want, Feazell said.
Students can fill out schedule change requests, and with the new courses offered at HHS, students might want to consider branching out.
In order for new courses to be offered at the high school, the administration has to perform a needs assessment.
“You have to weigh student interest and community needs,” explained Feazell.
There are 3 new courses offered in the Career and Technical Education program at the high school this fall: Careers in Education, Allied Health Sciences (EMS) and Careers and Work Skills.
With Careers in Education (taught by Kasey Corbett, the former Adult Basic Education teacher), students come in taking childhood development courses as a baseline, and then as they move forward in the program they can branch out and take either a pre-K or a secondary route.
“Next year, the goal is to open a daycare again,” Feazell said. “We are focusing on the younger childcare.”
He said the goal is for students to leave the program fully certified, be able to walk into a daycare and be hired. Those taking the elementary or secondary route would be placed in a school to help a teacher in order to get classroom experience. Right now, there are a handful of students in the program, but Feazell said there are spots open for transfers if there are other students interested.
The new Allied Health Sciences offers the opportunity for students in the health sciences program at HHS to take their own clinical instead of the CNA clinical. On the West Virginia Dept. of Education website, there’s a list of certifications that students can gain in the program, including phlebotomy certifications, food handlers license, dental assistant certifications, and, of course, the EMT certification.
“The goal of this program is for them to get their EMT certification and be employed as soon as they leave,” said Feazell.
Careers and Work Skills Training is, in essence, “basic employability skills,” said Feazell.
It’s a 4-course program open to anyone, and the 1st 2 classes are about resume writing, customer relations, food handling, etc. The 2nd 2 are job placement, so students would be on a job site.
CWST is different than the work base program in place at HHS now, where students work in positions related to their completed courses.
Other new classes offered for HHS students this fall:
- English Dept.
- Film Studies
- Speech/Oral Communications
- Science Dept.
- Natural Resource Management
- Social Studies Dept.
- Sociology and Psychology (now both offered as junior credits)
- Math Dept. (for students planning to enter the workforce)
- Financial Algebra
- Advanced Math Modeling
- Transitions Math