Trade and Industrial - CTE

Career and Technical programs at Dowell J. Howard Center are designed to give students training and experience in specialized career areas that cannot be supported at the local high schools. Through a combination of traditional classroom instruction and hands-on practice, students gain valuable skills that can increase their employability in career fields such as automotive, computer hardware, construction, and/or health fields. Labs simulate real-world work settings, while projects such as the construction of a house and nursing clinical rotations take students to work experiences in the community. 

The Skills USA student organization serve Trade and Industrial students at Dowell J. Howard Center and provide opportunities for competition, travel, leadership and career development. 

​Co-op Credit Elective: Juniors and seniors who choose this option combine classroom instruction with continuous employment and a minimum of 396 hours of work experience, an average of 11–15 hours of work per week for 36 weeks. Students must be registered for six classes and work in an approved trade and industrial position for the seventh credit. All students who wish to co-op must be in the 11th or 12th grade and have successfully completed one trade and industrial course in the sequence. 

Additional work-based learning experiences are available as a part of Career and Technical Education courses through an application process. Juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in CTE courses who have completed a coherent sequence of CTE courses are eligible. The application process includes student narrative and techer recommendation. Students participating in the work-based learning experience are required to complete a reflective exercise.

Industry Certifications: The High School Industry Credentialing initiative encourages students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma. The Virginia Department of Education evaluates on an on-going basis industry credentials against prescribed criteria for graduation requirements for the Standard Diploma (8VAC20-131-50.B) and student-selected verified credit (8VAC20-131-110.C). Credentialing exams are available to any student taking a Career and Technical Education course.

An application is required for admission to the Dowell J. Howard courses.

Auto Body Technology I

8676 (AUTOBODY I)
2 Credits 
Grades: 10–12

Through participation in classroom and lab activities, students develop fundamental knowledge and skills needed to analyze and repair automotive body systems. Students participate in activities such as estimating, unibody measurement and correction, welding, structural and nonstructural analysis and repair, paint preparation and paint application. Students also learn about job opportunities and training needed for careers in auto body and collision repair. This class requires the use of specialized personal protective equipment.

Auto Body Technology II

86771 (AUTOBODY II-NON)
2 Credits 
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: Auto Body Technology I

86772(AUTOBODY II-CO)
3 Credits 
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: Auto Body Technology I

Students are prepared for entry-level positions in autobody and collision repair career fields. Students are taught to repair, mask, and refinish auto body components and entire vehicles. Classroom and lab activities emphasize practical application of the knowledge and skills needed by autobody technicians in the workplace. Students are involved in all phases of a job from arrival in the shop to finished product. This class requires the use of specialized personal protective equipment. The Co-op method of instruction is available in this course.

Auto Body Technology III

86781 (AUTOBODY III-NON)
2 Credits
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Auto Body Technology II

86782 (AUTOBODY III-CO)
3 Credits
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Auto Body Technology II

This course is a capstone course, students perfect their auto body skills and move toward employment. Students who complete this program sequence will be prepared to take and pass the respective ASE/NATEF exam and will be prepared for post secondary education opportunities. The Co-op method of instruction is available in this course.

Automotive Technology I

8506 (AUTOTECH I)
2 Credits
Grades: 10-12

In this first course of the three-course program, students learn all aspects of repair, safety, and customer service by concentrating 140 hours of instruction on two of the primary *ASE/NATEF areas for certification: Brakes and Electrical/Electronics. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program will be prepared to take the student level ASE/NATEF exam and will be prepared for postsecondary education opportunities.

*Automotive Service Excellence/National Automotive Technology Education Foundation 

Automotive Technology II

85071 (AUTOTECH II-NON) (8507/36 weeks, 280 hours)
2 Credits 
Suggested Grade Levels: 11-12
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology I

85072 (AUTOTECH II-CO) (8507/36 weeks, 280 hours)
3 Credits 
Suggested Grade Levels: 11-12
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology I

Students will study an additional two new ASE/NATEF areas of certification; Suspension and Steering, and Engine Performance. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program will be prepared to take and pass the student level ASE/NATEF exam and will be prepared for post-secondary education opportunities. Students combine classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training in an approved position with continuing supervision throughout the school year. The Co-op method of instruction is available in this course.

Automotive Technology III

85081 (AUTOTECH III-NON)
2 Credits 
Suggested Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology II 

Automotive Technology III (Co)
85082 (AUTOTECH III-CO)
3 Credits 
Suggested Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology II 

After completing the four core program basics, students in Auto III will work collaboratively with one another to diagnose and troubleshoot on foreign and domestic automobiles in an automotive work environment. This program is set up to maximize hours of hands-on training. In addition, four remaining areas: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmissions and Trans-axles, Manual Drive Train and Axles, and Heating and Air Conditioning will be covered as time allows. The cooperative education opportunity is available for this course. Students can qualify for participation in the *AYES program which allows students to work with one of our local automotive dealership partners. Upon successful completion, this class will count as one year of hands-on experience toward ASE certification. Students in this class have the opportunity to receive dual-enrollment (college) credit. The Co-op method of instruction is available in this course.

*Automotive Youth Education System 

Building Trades I

8515 (BLD TR I)
2 Credits
Grades: 10-12

This course introduces students to skills in the four core areas of residential construction: masonry, carpentry, electricity, and plumbing. Students emphasize safety by preparing to earn the OSHA 10 card as they build or repair entire residential structures, using a variety of materials and tools.

Building Trades II

85161 (BLD TRII-NON)
2 Credits
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: Building Trades I

85162 (BLD TRII-CO)
3 Credits
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: Building Trades I

This course allows students to participate in classroom and lab activities designed to help them gain skills needed for entry-level employment in the construction trade and/or related areas. Students learn to use hand and power tools by laying out and constructing utility buildings and other projects. Blueprint reading, worksite safety and teamwork are taught. Students may elect to work through cooperative education or apprenticeship.​

Digital Applications

6617 (DIG APPL)
1 Credit
Grade Levels: 9-12

This course is designed for secondary school students to develop real-life, outcome-driven approach skills for digital citizenship, basic computer operations, keyboarding, application software (word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia applications, databases), and career exploration. This course promotes skills that can be applied across the curriculum and offers preparation relevant to 21st century skills and postsecondary education. Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible for a rigorous and relevant industry certification examination. Student skills may be enhanced by participation in work-based learning activities and/or the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Cybersecurity Systems Technology I

8628 (CYB SEC I)
2 Credits
Grade Levels: 10-11
Prerequisite: Cybersecurity Fundamentals


Students enter the world of computer technology and gain practical experience in assembling a computer system. Students will install, configure, and secure various operating systems. Students will troubleshoot computers and peripherals and use system tools and diagnostic software. They develop skills in computer networking and resource sharing. In addition, students explore the relationships between internal and external computer components. Upon successful completion of the course, students may qualify to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

Computer Systems Technology II

86231 (COMP HDSYSII-NON)
2 Credits 
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Computer Systems Technology I

86232 (COMP HDSYSII-CO)
3 Credits 
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Computer Hardware Systems Technology I 

This advanced course provides students with training in procedures for optimizing and troubleshooting concepts for computer systems, subsystems, and networks. Students study theory and application of local and wide area networking including design, implementation, and maintenance of a network domain. Students also install, configure and maintain physical and virtual networking applications. This course prepares students to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. The Co-op method of instruction is available in this course.

Apprenticeship

9841 (APPREN)
1 Credit 
Grades: 11–12

Students who register as an apprentice with the Virginia Department of Industry and Labor in Grades 11 or 12 and continue employment throughout the school year are eligible to earn an elective credit in Apprenticeship.