Thomas Edison Services Cluster

Human and Consumer Services Cluster

Paraeducator: Christine Hill-Byrne

 

*New program beginning in the 2018-19 School Year

 Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT)

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The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) provides a rigorous and engaging curriculum, resulting from a district partnership with NAF (formerly called the National Academy Foundation).  NAF is a national organization comprised of education, business, and community leaders who working to help prepare high school students for college and career.  NAF curricula are created in partnership with industry professionals and designed around projects that help students acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them for postsecondary and career options.  The AOHT curriculum focuses on principles of hospitality and tourism; global destinations, geography, cultures; customer service, marketing; and career readiness.  Project-based learning strengthens literacy, project management, leadership, and teambuilding skills, while fostering creativity and innovation.  Students apply knowledge and skills to an authentic class-time internship, which is coordinated through the internship coordinator at the home high school, at a local hotel, and may have the opportunity to complete a paid internship during the second year of the program. Working in collaboration with students from the Professional Restaurant Management program, AOHT students also learn about the operation of a full-service restaurant, Café Edison, open each spring.

Students in this program have the opportunity to earn the industry-recognized ServSafe Food Protection Manager's Certification.  Students who meet all of the requirements may enroll in a college-level course during their senior year of high school.

Licenses & Certifications:

  •  ServSafe Food Protection Manager’s Certification 

Program Highlights:

  •  Students serve as Thomas Edison’s tour guides. 
  •  Students apply learned theory and skills during authentic internship experiences.**  
    • **Note- the internship experience will be coordinated through the internship coordinator at the home high school.
     
  •  Students have the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized certification. 
  •  Students learn about the operation of a full-service restaurant, Café Edison, in the spring. 
  •  Students earn 15 automatic SSL hours per semester with a passing grade in the course.
  •  Opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school (see below)

Montgomery College Articulations:

For all articulations, the student must earn an “A” or “B” each and every semester to be eligible for credit.  Some articulations have additional requirements.

Edison Semesters                 Montgomery College Courses Articulated

2 semesters                            HMGT 105 Food Service Sanitation (1 credit)*

*Note:  Student must also achieve a passing score on the ServSafe Manager exam taken while enrolled in the Edison course.

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 Cosmetology

Cosmetology

The Cosmetology program focuses on the science and techniques of personal beauty care, with an emphasis on hair, skin, and nails.  Cosmetology is Thomas Edison's only three- year program, and students must enter as rising sophomores (10th grade).  Students using this course as their high school Career and Technology Education program of study completer must sit for the Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists Licensing Exam at the end of their third year in the program.  The instructional emphasis in this program includes hygiene, sanitation and safety, salon management, and the Maryland State Board of Cosmetology rules and regulations.  Students learn concepts and skills related to anatomy and physiology, mathematics and measurement, and chemistry.  It is through course work, lab projects, and clinical experience that students are able to earn the 1,500 clock hours required to become eligible to earn graduation credit and take the Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists Licensing Exam (both the Practical & Theory parts).

Students have opportunities to apply the skills and techniques learned and acquire entrepreneurial skills through managing and operating the in-school Edison Salon. Community members schedule appointments and become the Cosmetology students’ salon customers.  Under the guidance of the classroom instructor, who is a licensed senior cosmetologist, students are able to provide a variety of salon services including shampooing, precision hair cutting, chemical treatments, hair coloring, skin care and facials, make-up techniques, manicures, and pedicures.

Licenses & Certifications:

  •  Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists License 

Program Highlights:

  •  Students apply theory and skills to clinical experiences and to the management and operation of the Edison Salon. 
  •  Students begin the program in Grade 10; this is Thomas Edison’s only three-year program. 
  •  Students earn 15 automatic SSL hours per semester with a passing grade in the course.   

*NOTE: Students MUST complete the 1,500 clock hours required to become eligible to earn graduation credit and sit for the Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists Exam.

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 Academy of Health Professions

Academy of Health Professions

The Academy of Health Professions (AHOP) program is an exciting course providing students with the opportunity to begin their education and career in the medical field, while still enrolled in high school.  Students exit the program with multiple certifications and a strong background in the sciences and practical experiences as healthcare professionals.  Instruction focuses on anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, patient care skills, and current healthcare issues. Additional areas of study include medication administration, vital signs, principals of infection control, and the care of the hospitalized patient.

The AOHP program can lay the groundwork for students wishing to pursue medical school and a career as a doctor, nurse, veterinarian, therapist, or a variety of other healthcare careers.

First year students complete the following fundamental courses:

  •  Foundations of Medicine and Health Science 
  •  Structures and Functions of the Human Body 
  •  Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) course 

Second year students complete the following advanced level (honors) courses:

  •  Medical Science with Clinical Applications course 
  •  Guided Research course 
  •  Internships at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation Center 

Students who complete the program and pass the national certification exam will be Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMA) and/or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA).  Students also receive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training and may be eligible to take the Geriatric Nursing Assistant examination upon completion of the program.

The Academy of Health Professions meets the graduation requirement for completion of a career development program.  Students completing the full program will earn a total of six credits.  Students successfully completing the first semester of the second year school-based Medical Science program may be invited to participate in a second semester clinical rotation at a local hospital and long-term care facility.

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 Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts

Professional Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts

The Professional Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts program offers students the opportunity to explore the food service industry and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to pursue postsecondary education and careers. This program is certified by the American Culinary Federation, a professional, organization that works to enhance professional growth for chefs and cooks.  In a professional kitchen, students study and practice food safety and sanitation principles, professional food-handling and preparation techniques, and quantity preparation.  Students participate in various entrepreneurial ventures through the operation of an in-school café and snack bar, and from catering in-school events, and a production bake sale.  Students have opportunities to earn ServSafe Food Protection Manager's Certification.  

Licenses & Certifications:

  •  ServSafe Food Protection Manager’s Certification 

Program Highlights:

  •  Students apply knowledge and skills to the operation of the Edison Snack Bar in the fall and Café Edison in the spring. 
  •  Students earn 15 automatic SSL hours per semester with a passing grade in the course. 
  • Opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school (see below).

Montgomery College Articulations:

For all articulations, the student must earn an “A” or “B” in each semester course of the program to be eligible for credit. Some articulation agreements have additional requirements.

Edison Semesters                     Montgomery College Courses Articulated

2 semesters                              HMGT 105 Food Service Sanitation (1 credit)*

*Note:  Student must also achieve a passing score on the ServSafe Manager exam taken while enrolled in the Edison course.

Additional Information:

 
 

 Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Graphic Design's unique and inspiring program prepares students interested in college studies and careers in the arts, media, and communication industries. Students gain a wide and solid foundation in graphic design, digital imaging, and print-related skills.

The Graphic Design students use the latest in computer technology, as well as the latest programs related to design & production and digital imaging; leading to skills in photo editing, presentation, illustration & drawing, and multimedia and web design. Thomas Edison's Graphic Design program offers certification through the national accreditation and certification program, PrintEd. Through testing, students may earn certifications in Introduction to Graphic Communication and Graphic Design. Thomas Edison is also a Certiport certified testing facility for Adobe products. Additionally, students may also gain college credits through articulation agreements with select colleges and universities.

Licenses & Certifications:

  •  Level I: PrintEd Introduction to Graphic Design 
  •  Level II: PrintEd Graphic Design – Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop (optional and at cost) 

Program Highlights:

  •  Students have the opportunity apply learned theory and skills by participating in special project competitions such designing Café Edison’s menus and SkillsUSA  pin and t-shirt design. 
  •  Students earn 15 automatic SSL hours per semester with a passing grade in the course. 
  • Opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school (see below).

Montgomery College Articulations:

For all articulations, the student must earn an “A” or “B” each and every semester to be eligible for credit.  Some articulations have additional requirements.

Edison Semesters               Montgomery College Courses Articulated

 2 semesters (Level 1)                   GDES 116 Digital Tools for the Visual Arts (4 credits)

 2 semesters (Level 2)               GDES 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design 1 (3 credits)**

** NOTE:  For GDES 121 credit, Students must also pass the PrintEd Certification exam.

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Law Enforcement and Leadership

 

Law Enforcement and Leadership is a triple period course focused on introducing students to the guiding principles of public safety and law enforcement.  The course will provide students with many hands on experiences through the use of simulations, structured debates, and inquiry projects.  In collaboration with the Montgomery County Police Department, experts from a variety of related criminal justice and law enforcement careers will provide students with real-life applications of course content.  Leadership principles will also be incorporated in to the course as an essential component of law enforcement and public safety related careers.

In order for students to complete the program pathway and meet the CTE graduation requirement, students must complete one additional credit from an approved list of options.  This may be completed either concurrently with the Law Enforcement and Leadership course or completed in the subsequent year.  Students eligible for this program are juniors and seniors who have successfully completed National, State, and Local Government or Advanced Placement Government.

Program Highlights:

  •  Students will engage in simulations, mock trials, relevant field trips, and hands on learning about the various roles and responsibilities of law enforcement. 
  •  Options for a fourth credit for program completion include: dual enrollment in Montgomery College course CCJS 101, a high school law-related elective, independent research, or an internship.  
  •  Program completion for qualified students provides a possible pathway for internships and/or entrance into cadet academies for Montgomery County Police Department and the Maryland State Police leading to a Criminal Justice Associate’s degree and full time employment.   
  • Opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school (see below).

Montgomery College Articulations:

For all articulations, the student must earn an “A” or “B” each and every semester to be eligible for credit.  Some articulations have additional requirements.

Edison Semesters           Montgomery College Courses Articulated

2 semesters                    CCJS 250 Criminal Justice Seminar (3 Credits)*

* Pending approval