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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Board approves new courses at Franklin County High School

Friday, December 13, 2013


New classes in the agriculture, art, English, science, and trade and industry departments are 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 Monday night.

A Vocational Wheel class will be offered to students in the special education department who are in grades nine through post-grad and are pursuing a special diploma.

Vocational Wheel is a one-credit, semester-long inclusion course that will expose students with disabilities to three trade and industry classes. Students will receive six weeks of basic instruction in courses, such as masonry, electricity, auto mechanics or small animal care.

This will provide additional work-related experience for those students and will be part of their transition plan as they prepare to leave high school, according to the Decker. The class will be taught by various teachers in the trade and industry department.

In addition to the Vocational Wheel class, the following classes were also approved:

•Floral Design I for juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Plant Technology I; a one-credit, semester-long class providing instruction in career opportunities, floral design foundations, design applications and the marketing of floral products. Leadership activities and participation in FFA events are also a part of this course.

•Welding I for students in grades 10 and up; a one-credit, semester long class providing instruction in manual welding, cutting and electric arc welding techniques. By taking this class, students will also earn their OSHA 10 card.

•Basic 3-D Design for students in grades nine through 12; a one-credit, semester-long class providing instruction in creating 3-dimensional art and working with their hands. There will be an emphasis on the Elements of Art. Students will be asked to provide some of their own supplies.

•College English 112 for seniors who have successfully completed College English 111 with a grade "C" or better; continues developing the writing skills begun in College English 111 with an emphasis on critical essays, argumentation and research.

•College Biology 102 for juniors and seniors who have successfully completed College Biology 101 with a grade "C" or better; a one-credit, semester-long course providing instruction in the fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles and the diversity of the structure, function and evolution of living organisms. The class will most likely be offered in the 2014 spring semester.

•Forensic Technology for juniors and seniors with priority given to those who have successfully completed Criminal Justice I; a one-credit, semester-long class introducing students to the scientific analysis of evidence and exposing them to careers in toxicology, serology, entomology, forensic pathology, forensic psychology and document analysis.

•Radio Communications I for students in grades nine through 12 with priority given to those who have successfully completed Electronic Music/Recording; a one-credit, semester-long class with instruction in practices related to the management and operation of a broadcasting station. Students will be introduced to the radio industry, news reporting and broadcast engineering. There will also be the opportunity to earn a radiotelephone operator's license.

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