East Lee County is a comprehensive high school that provides students with an educational alternative that enhances the traditional high school curriculum. Students will not only be able to select from the traditional academic and extracurricular programs, but will also have the opportunity to pursue a specialized program within a Career and Technical Education Academy.

A career academy is a specialized learning community within the school that provides students with team-designed projects and relevant learning experiences. In addition to being prepared for post-secondary education, students who graduate from a comprehensive high school will leave with marketable skills and competencies now required in specialized businesses and industries.

We offer a variety of industry certifications such as:

          

           

Below you will find detailed information about the courses in each Academy.

Automotive

This course includes but is not limited to broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the Automotive industry; planning, management, finance, technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Course Sequence

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair 1 - Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional service technician. Content emphasizes beginning transportation service skills and workplace success skills. Students study safety, tools, equipment, shop operations, basic engine fundamentals, and basic technician skills. 

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair 2 - Students study automotive general electrical systems, starting and charging systems, batteries, lighting, and electrical accessories. Content emphasizes beginning transportation service skills and workplace success skills. 

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair 3 - Students study and service suspension and steering systems, and brake systems. Content emphasizes beginning transportation service skills and workplace success skills. 

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair 4 - Students study and service automotive HVAC systems, engine performance systems, automatic and manual transmission/transaxle systems, as well as practice workplace soft skills.

Building Construction

This program will ground your student in the basic knowledge and principles of carpentry, masonry, electrical wiring, and plumbing. Individuals become skilled in the different phases of a project from start to finish.

Course Sequence

Building Construction Technologies 1 - The purpose of this course is to develop the competencies essential to the building construction industry.  These competencies include skills and knowledge related to safety practices, the proper use of hand and power tools, plan reading, basic rough carpentry and framing. 

Building Construction Technologies 2 - The purpose of this course is to develop the competencies necessary for the building, construction and repair industry.  These competencies relate to construction components, materials and hardware, concrete and masonry skills.

Building Construction Technologies 3 - This course is designed to provide students with a more in-depth knowledge of construction documents, as well as competencies in construction management. These include heavy equipment selection, knowledge of codes and regulations, site preparation, estimating, scheduling and knowledge of sustainability issues relevant to the construction industry. 

Criminal Justice

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster.

Course Sequence

Criminal Justice Operations 1 - This course is to introduce the student to the history, goals, and career opportunities in the Criminal Justice Profession.  It also covers ethics and professionalism, constitutional and criminal laws, court and trial process, juvenile justice system, and the correctional system.  Students will also be instructed on personal, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as demonstrate employability skills.

Criminal Justice Operations 2 - This course is to introduce the student to the characteristics and procedures of patrol, complete written reports, and crime prevention programs.  Students will also describe guidelines for Use-of-force, perform CPR/ first aid techniques, and procedures to protect from Blood-Borne pathogens.  Training for Traffic Control Officer and Parking Enforcement Specialist IAW Florida Statute 316.640 will be accomplished.  

Criminal Justice Operations 3 - This course is to introduce the student to the crime scene safety, conducting criminal investigations, conducting forensic processing, and complete property control procedures.  Students will conduct a traffic crash investigation completing the proper report forms.  Computer skills as well as job-related math skills will be performed.  Enhancing the awareness of human diversity will be instructed.

Criminal Justice Operations 4 - This course is focused on the Public Service Aide. 

Culinary Arts

The content of this program includes but is not limited to all aspects of preparation, presentation, and serving of food; leadership, communication skills, employability skills, and safe/efficient work practices are also covered.  This coursework prepares students for employment in the food service/hospitality industry.  

Course Sequence

Culinary Arts 1 - This course covers the history of the food service industry and careers in that industry.  Also covered are safety in the workplace; employability skills; leadership/teamwork skills; care and use of commercial culinary equipment; basic food science; basic nutrition; and following recipes in food preparation labs.

Digital Design

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment in the Digital Design industry as Information Technology Assistants, Production Assistants, Digital Assistant Designers, Graphic Designers, and Multimedia Designers.

Students have an opportunity to become Microsoft Office Specialists and Adobe Certified Associates, being trained by MOS and ACA Certified teachers. The program utilizes the most current software available today, that is highly recommended by colleges, employers and the military.

Course Sequence

Digital Information Technology (Pre-requisite) - This course is designed to provide a basic overview of current business and information systems and trends, and to introduce students to fundamental skills required for today's business and academic environments.  Emphasis is placed on developing fundamental computer skills.  The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an information-based society.  Digital Information Technology includes the exploration and use of databases, the Internet, spreadsheets, presentation applications, management of personal information and email, word processing and document manipulation, HTML, web page design, and the integration of these programs using software that meets industry standards.  

Digital Design 1 - This course is designed to develop the entry-level skills required for careers in digital design. The content includes computer skills; digital publishing concepts and operations; layout, design, and measurement activities; digital imaging; communication, collaboration and decision-making activities; critical thinking and problem-solving.

Digital Design 2 - This course continues the development of entry-level skills required for careers in digital design.  The content includes computer skills; digital publishing operations; layout, design, and measurement activities; digital imaging; communication, collaboration and decision-making activities; critical thinking and problem solving.  

Digital Design 3 - This course continues the development of industry-standard skills required for careers in digital design.  The content includes the use of software and equipment to perform digital publishing and digital imaging activities. Students continue to learn about communication, collaboration and decision-making activities, critical thinking and problem solving.  

Firefighting

The introduction to firefighting program content includes, but is not limited to, orientation to the fire service, fire alarms and communication, vehicles, apparatus and equipment, fire behavior, portable extinguishers, fire streams, fundamentals of extinguishment, ladders, hoses, tools and equipment, forcible entry, salvage, overhaul, ventilation, rescue, protective breathing equipment, first responder emergency, medical techniques, water supplies, principles of in-service inspections, safety, controlled burning, and employability skills.

Course Sequence

Fire Fighting 1 - This course is to provide an introduction to a career of Fire Science that can lead to employment, after further instruction, to a career as a firefighter or other disciplines in the Fire Science realm.

Fire Fighting 2 - This course is to provide an introduction to a career of Fire Science that can lead to employment, after further instruction, to a career as a firefighter or other disciplines in the Fire Science realm.

Fire Fighting 3 - This course is to provide an introduction to a career of Fire Science that can lead to employment, after further instruction, to a career as a firefighter or other disciplines in the Fire Science realm.

Journalism

The ELCHS Journalism Academy is responsible for capturing all of the memories of the school in the annual yearbook. Students are responsible for the proficient running of the yearbook business including marketing, fundraising, and sales and adding a creative flare to a high school tradition.

Course Sequence

Journalism 1 - This course is designed to develop basic entry-level skills required for careers in the writing and editing industry.

Medical

The Health Science Academy allows students to begin to explore their interests in the healthcare field. Students may choose to job shadow an area of interest to them to assist in determining where their interests may lie, or work toward a certification.

TV Production

Students participating in this academy are responsible for the production and airing of JAGS news every morning; bringing school news directly into the classroom.

Course Sequence

TV Production 1 - This course covers competencies in safety, lighting, basic television production equipment, broadcast script interpretation, teamwork, research and audio and video editing.

TV Production 2 - This course covers competencies in staging, lighting, equipment use, and scripts.

TV Production 3 - This course covers competencies in special effects lighting, use of equipment, digital audio and video recording and editing operations, television production and programming, and online research. 

TV Production 4 - This course covers competencies in lighting instrument maintenance, Electronic News Gathering and Electronic Field Production, and teamwork.

Welding

The content of this program includes but is not limited to planning, management, technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Course Sequence

Welding Technology Fundamentals 1 - The Welding Technology Fundamentals 1 course prepares students for entry into the welding industry. Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional welder. Content emphasizes beginning skills key to the success of working in the welding industry. Students study workplace safety and organization, basic manufacturing processes, metals identification, basic interpretation of welding symbols, and oxyfuel gas cutting practices. Students demonstrate learned skills by creating and producing a finished product.

Welding Technology Fundamentals 2 - The Welding Technology Fundamentals 2 course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in Welding Technology Fundamentals 1 for entry into the welding industry. Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional welder. Content emphasizes beginning skills key to the success of working in the welding industry. Students study drawings and welding symbols, intermediate oxyfuel gas cutting practices, plasma arc cutting principles, and basic shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Students demonstrate learned skills by creating and producing a finished product.

Welding Technology Fundamentals 3 - The Welding Technology Fundamentals 3 course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in Welding Technology Fundamentals 1 and 2 for entry into the welding industry. Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional welder. Content emphasizes beginning skills key to the success of working in the welding industry. Students study basic shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), Carbon Arc Gouging (GAC) principles, and visual examination skills. Students demonstrate learned skills by creating and producing a finished product.

Welding Technology Fundamentals 4 - The Welding Technology Fundamentals 4 course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in Welding Technology Fundamentals 1, 2, and 3 for entry into the welding industry. Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional welder. Content emphasizes beginning skills key to the success of working in the welding industry. Students study employability and welding careers, and intermediate shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Students demonstrate learned skills by creating and producing a finished product.