Services & Trades

Advancing success in career readiness & transferable skills

A student holds a large bag of sugar near bowls of chocolate and sugar, while in the background other students are discussing a recipe.
Services and Trades programs provide students with activities designed to develop transferable skills, career planning and industry content. These courses are directly aligned to viable employment options and to the CDOS credential. Opportunities to earn work-based learning hours are infused within the curriculum.  In order to support students with special needs, these courses have a classroom aide and smaller student-to-teacher ratios.

Building Trades

Two students examines a piece of wood on a lathe.

Food Services

A student in chef's clothing holds a baking tray of cookies

Personal Services

A student looks over a tabletop display of the areas of study in Personal Services

In the Building Trades, students explore various entry level jobs in the facility maintenance and landscape management industries. They learn to use equipment related to interior and exterior maintenance and repair, as well as basic landscape management. The foundation of the Building Trades curriculum is career readiness and teaching students the transferable skills necessary to be successful in the working world.

In Food Services, students learn academic, technical and employability skills required to gain entry level employment in the food service industry. The classroom focus is on integrated academics through discussion, problem solving, repeated practice and real-world, hands-on learning opportunities.

In Personal Services, students work towards mastery of career readiness and daily living skills with an emphasis on completing tasks and following multi-step directions. Course content is provided through discussion, cooperative learning, problem solving, and a variety of classroom, building, and community jobs. Through these activities students focus on transferable (soft) skills such as communication, team work, and time management. Job related tasks earn students work based learning hours and experience.
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