Vocational and Career Classes

  • Cody HS students that are making adequate progress towards graduation are encouraged to explore vocational and career technical options available through DPSCD. These courses can be completed in one school year and lead to immediate job placement and apprenticeship opportunities. Please see your counselor for more details. 


    Classes Offered

    Breithaupt Career and Technical Center

    • Automotive Collision Repair – Students learn to repair and/or restore automobiles and truck bodies; weld broken frame parts, replace damaged or missing vehicle body parts; estimate cost of repairs; prep and paint repaired vehicle body surfaces.
    • Automotive Services Technician – With an emphasis on professional service and diagnostic procedures, students will learn the operation of automotive systems and will perform skill exercises in: (1) Engine Performance, (2) Brakes (3) Steering and Suspension (4) Electrical/Electronic System relative to automotive services. The Automotive Services Technician Program develops technical skills necessary to maintain one’s personal automobile and seek professional mechanic certification.
    • School of Cosmetology – Students enrolled in the Cosmetology program are educated in the science and art of beauty culture. Students learn practical techniques and manipulative skills utilized in the care and styling of hair. Students are expected to earn 500 clock hours each year of the three-year program and upon attainment of the 1500 hours, participate in the State of Michigan Licensing Examination for Cosmetologist.
    • Manicuring- 1-year program – (10-12th Graders only!) – Students enrolled in this one year course, will learn the art and science of hands and feet. Core skills include: entrepreneurship, salon ecology, mechanical/electrical safety, salon management, ethics, occupational safety and health administration, anatomy/physiology with basic and advanced nail care techniques. At completion of this comprehensive 400 hour course, students will have the knowledge and ability to take the Manicuring Licensure Examination.
    • Electronic Network Systems (ENS) – Students in this program obtain a solid foundation in Electronics (DC, AC, Analog and Digital), computers, network systems (CISCO). Students design, build, and troubleshoot local and wide area computer networks through the use of Cisco Systems equipment and technology. Students learn how the internet works and why it is such a vital tool in today’s society. As participants of the Cisco Networking Academy, students acquire the skills and knowledge to achieve Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) Certification.
    • Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Services – (Hospitality and Food Services; Travel & Tourism; Baking and Pastry; Meat Cutting) Students learn basic and advance principles of food preparation and services practiced in the hospitality industry. Students perform job related tasks found in typical commercial dining establishments; dining room services; pantry shops (cold foods); and restaurant style food preparations; as well as the art of preparing food, proportionally suited to serve quantities specific to special occasions, catering and gourmet services are taught. Students also, receive instruction in computer applications relative to food industries. Students learn skills for exciting career opportunities within the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, including airlines, cruise lines, tours operators, wholesalers, charter operations, hotel representatives, car rental agencies, tourist offices, as well as meeting, event and convention planning companies and travel agencies. Students learn practical baking operations associated with the preparation of breads, cakes, pies, pastries and other bakery products for retail distribution, for consumption in a commercial food service establishment or for special functions. Instruction includes making, freezing and handling of baked products, decorating, counter display, and packaging of merchandise. Students learn to process, package, display, and sell retail and restaurant cuts of meat. Students are taught the art of Customer Service through the operations and management of the various shops which comprise our Culinary Department. Students also learn marketing and entrepreneurial skills as they serve the public.
    • Pre-Engineering Design Technology – Students are equipped with skills based in STEM concepts that are necessary to support engineering design and development work, by preparing detail drawings with exact dimensions and specifications for production purposes. Students acquire proficiency in the fundamentals of drafting and utilization of the computer (CAD system) to apply learned knowledge and skills of design, mechanical operations, geometric dimensioning and tolerances, strength of materials, solid modeling and 3D visualization to comprehensive design-based projects in a practical hands-on learning environment, which emulates and applies directly to the work of work.
    • Welding and Cutting – Students learn major welding and cutting processes, those utilized in industrial welding industries, such as oxy-acetylene welding and brazing, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and tungsten arc welding. The students design, lay out, cut and fabricate metals in the production of various projects such as free-standing basketball reams, decorative yard furniture, fencing, and barbeque pits. Students are privy to National Welding Certifications, as well.
    • Business Administration Management & Operations 1 & 2 - is a one- year course where students develop skills and learn business-related procedures common to various entry-level technology jobs. Students will acquire the following performance accuracy in keyboarding, proper filing techniques, banking skills, communication skills, formats of written and communication, mail processing skills, spreadsheet and database skills, effective Internet skills, develop a portfolio of their work.  Students will have at least 200 contact hours of instruction.
    • Business Administration Management& Operations 3 & 4 – (students should have successfully completed Management 1& 2) is a one-year course is designed to increase students’ knowledge of the features of the MISCROSOFT OFFICE  SUITE (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).  Students will also improve employability skills and office procedure skills common to various entry-level office technology careers.  Students will have at least 200 contact hours of instruction.

    Randolph Career Technical Center

    • Carpentry - This is a 2-year program that prepares students with skills and knowledge for a career in residential and/or commercial carpentry.  Projects include rough framing of structures, foundations and roofs; application of siding, installation of fixtures, and drywall. The students in this program build a 1200 square foot ranch home from the ground-breaking to the finished product when materials are available.  Hands-on learning will be used for entry-level jobs in the construction industry or necessary lifetime skills.
    • Computer-Aided Design - Pre-Engineering in the Construction Trades is designed to provide students with a foundation with the basic skills needed for success in modern engineering, design, and renewable technologies careers.  Students will use AutoCAD (Automated Computer-Aided Design) in the creation of drawings and 3D geometry in both standard and metric measurements.  Instruction will be given through a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on projects and experiments.
    • Electrical - Students are introduced to the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical systems.  Students explore a variety of job tasks by wiring an actual house circuit and their electrical components.  Students learn to read blueprints, design layouts, bend conduit, and test electrical systems.  Students learn to install electrical circuits, doorbells, and lighting fixtures.  Students also learn code requirements, electrical meters and their uses, electrical theory, Ohm’s Law, and service maintenance.
    • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning -Students test and service an air conditioning unit, perform electrical, mechanical, and maintenance tasks.  They learn about the installation, maintenance, and operation of residential air conditioning and refrigeration systems.  Principles of air conditioning and refrigeration are explained, including gas expansion and compression, heat transfer, evaporation, condensation, thermostatic control, motors and electrical circuitry.  Students also learn the basic heat system which includes operating controls, carbon monoxide analysis, service maintenance, and installation.
    • Masonry - Brick masons are highly skilled craftsmen who use specialized equipment and tools to mix mortar, bond materials together to form patterns, and layout and construct foundations, masonry walls, patios, and other types of stonework.  Upon completion, graduates may work as a mason helper, enter into an apprenticeship, or operate their own business.
    • Plumbing and Pipefitting - Students will learn to assemble, measure and construct piping and plumbing systems.  Students will learn to install, repair, and replace piping systems.  Students will fabricate piping materials for water, gas, drain, waste, and vent systems by installing hot water tanks, appliances, and fixtures.  They will also learn how to lay-out plans for plumbing systems, maintain plumbing equipment, rough in piping systems, and install hydronic heating systems.

    Golightly Career and Technical Center

    • Business and Technology - Academy of Finance, Academy of Travel and Tourism, Call Center, Computer Graphics/Publishing Technology, Photography and Academy of Information Technology.
    • Hospitality and Food Services - Baking and Pastry Arts, Diversified Hospitality and Food Services, Meatcutting and Charcuterie.
    • Trade and Industry - Agriscience, Automotive Body Repair, Automotive Service Technology, Computer Aided Drafting/Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Law Enforcement, and Mass Communication.
    • Printing Services - Students learn the field of graphic design, photography, print, web and customer service. This program enables students to design layouts, logos, and other promotions. Students will create marketing materials based on industry standards incorporating effective design principles. The students learn concept development, creating self-promotional items while building a portfolio using several software programs including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, and Microsoft Word. Students practice technology-based skills in a customer service business environment.