The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, January 21, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Technology, robotics and even an introduction to culinary arts are just a few of the new courses being offered to Franklin County High School students next year.
The Franklin County School Board approved the courses after a presentation by FCHS Principal Deborah Decker during a board meeting Monday morning.
"We are looking at courses offered by our elective department and trying to come up with new courses that are more interesting to students or may be more appropriate for them," said Decker.
The courses are intended to offer different career opportunities to students and to give them a hands-on application of skills, according to the proposal.
Restaurants are probably the number one high school student employer, according to the proposal, and the Introduction to Culinary Arts class would provide students in grades 9-12 with work ethic skills that are vital to the community.
The units of study would include food science and technology, dietetics and nutrition, diverse cuisines and service styles, current trends, food preparation and food safety and sanitation.
"The classes can only be offered if we have enough students to sign up for them," said Decker, adding that the classes would have to be taught by teachers who are already on staff and properly certified to teach those particular courses.
The board unanimously agreed to Decker's proposal and the courses.
In addition to the culinary arts class, the following classes were also approved:
•Sustainability & Renewable Technologies for students from CATCE who enrolled in CEED or architecture and engineering classes; introduces students to the historic, economic, political, environmental and cultural issues that impact the global community and its future.
•Robotics Technology for students who have completed Electronics 2 and wish to have an expanded knowledge of electronics to robotics; provides instruction in basic computer programming, electronics, motor control and feedback systems used in assembly and manufacturing settings.
•College Biology is a dual enrollment course for college bound juniors and seniors; provides instruction in the fundamental principles of biology, cell structure and functions, cell energetics, genetics and evolution.
•AP Psychology for college bound juniors and seniors; introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.
•College Spanish is a dual enrollment course for students who have completed Spanish 1, 2 and 3; advanced Spanish following the established college curriculum.
•21st Century Information Literacy & Research for college bound juniors and seniors interested in refining their research skills for college level work; teaches advanced search strategies, critical thinking skills, production of reading brochures, Power Point presentations and the creation of an online pathfinder for the library website.