HS Catalog 2022-2023

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HIGH SCHOOL CATALOG 2022-2023

DISCOVER YOUR FUTURE!


Polaris Board of Education Dr. Neal Postel Berea City School District Mr. James Oper Brooklyn City School District Mrs. Jennifer Bolander Fairview Park City School District Mr. Matt Hrubey Fairview Park City School District Mr. Thomas R. Herbster North Olmsted City School District Dr. Joanna DeMarco Olmsted Falls City School District Mrs. Michelle Bissell Strongsville City School District

District Administration Mr. Robert Timmons Superintendent Mr. Mike Robinson Treasurer

About Polaris

Enrollment Process

Polaris provides real-world career-technical education in a high-tech learning environment. At Polaris, you can begin earning college credit before you ever step foot on a college campus - saving time and money. In addition, many Polaris programs provide you with access to industry certifications which open many doors to employment. After graduation, you can go directly into the workforce or capitalize on those college credits by continuing your education at a two- or four-year school.

As a sophomore, you will have the opportunity to visit Polaris the week of November 15-17, 2021. Interested students can apply online now by visiting www.polaris.edu/register. Applications will not be reviewed until January 2022. Acceptance into Polaris programs will be based on each student’s Polaris Success Rubric score. Enrollment is limited, therefore, you are encouraged to apply early if you are interested in a specific program. Applications will continue to be accepted until the start of next school year on a space-available basis.

All Polaris labs and classrooms have been completely renovated and feature the latest technology and training in a practical setting. Come DISCOVER YOUR FUTURE! It’s easy to apply! Do you already know what Polaris program you want? Visit www.polaris.edu/register and apply TODAY!

Registration Night You and your parents and/or guardians are invited to visit Polaris to explore our facility, meet with our instructors, tour our labs and apply to a program during Registration Night on Thursday, November 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Plus, you’ll earn points toward your Polaris enrollment application, just for attending! Notes: Computers will be available for students who wish to register during Registration Night. Contact the Polaris Enrollment Office at 440.891.7732 with additional questions.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Career-Technical Programs (Middleburg Heights Campus)

Aeronautics................................................................................................. 4 Automotive Technology.............................................................................. 5 Baking & Pastry Arts.................................................................................. 6 Business Professional & Office Technology.............................................. 7 Computer Networking Academy................................................................ 8 Construction Trades................................................................................... 9 Cosmetology............................................................................................. 10 Criminal Justice........................................................................................ 11 Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management............................................... 12 Dental Assisting........................................................................................ 13 Digital Art & Design.................................................................................. 14 Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training......................................... 15 Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy......................................................... 16 Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning................................................... 17 Medical Professions................................................................................. 18 Pre-Nursing.............................................................................................. 19 Pre-Veterinary Science.................................................................... 20 Precision CNC Machining......................................................................... 21 Welding Technology.................................................................................. 22

Special Admissions Programs

Building Services & Ground Maintenance............................................... 23 Deli & Food Production............................................................................ 24

High School Job Training Programs

2020-2021 Students of the Year Mary Hiros and Hannah Huynh. See their stories on page 37.

Community Work Experience................................................................... 25 Employability Skills Lab........................................................................... 26 Retail Services.......................................................................................... 26 Transition to Employment........................................................................ 26

High School Satellite Programs

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Biomedical Science.................................................................................. 28 Engineering............................................................................................... 29 Broadcasting & Video Production............................................................ 30 Media Arts ................................................................................................ 31 Marketing & Entrepreneurship................................................................ 32

PLTW Middle School Satellite Programs........................................ 33 PLTW Gateway: App Creators, Medical Detectives, Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics Enrollment/General Information...................................................... 34 College Information.................................................................................. 35 Industry Credential Information............................................................... 36 Adult Education Information ................................................................... 39

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AERONAUTICS Career Options Air Cargo Handler Airport Maintenance Baggage Handler Flight Attendant Ground Attendant Sales Representative Ticket Agent

Future Opportunities with Further Education

Your career opportunities will soar in the Polaris Aeronautics program. Developed in collaboration with Kent State University, the Aeronautics program focuses on six areas of concentration: • Aeronautical Studies • Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology • Air Traffic Control

• Aviation Management • Flight Technology • Drone Operations

Aeronautical Studies is designed to give you a broad understanding of the aviation profession, including safety and security, airport management, aviation weather and flight theory.

Aviation Management prepares you for administrative and managerial careers in aviation. Aviation Management will give you exposure to both the technical and business side of the aviation industry.

Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology will prepare you to enter the field of aeronautical engineering and technology, providing a pathway to the manufacturing and production sectors of aviation.

Flight Technology is the pilot training portion of the Aeronautics program, including exposure to professional flight and ground instruction and commercial and instrument flight operations. Flight Technology provides theory and “hands-on” training in a flight simulator.

Air Traffic Control instruction includes theory and practical lab-based work in managing aircraft traffic both on the ground and in the air.

Drone Operations will provide instruction on the regulations and flight operations of commercial drones. You will develop your skills with real-world flying experience with local businesses.

“This program is great because it shows so many different aspects and possibilities in the world of aviation.” Alex Milicic, Olmsted Falls High School

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Aerospace Engineer Air Traffic Controller Airline Manager/Executive Airport Operations Manager Aviation Mechanic Aviation Photographer Avionics Technician Flight School Instructor Meteorologist Pilot

High School Credit Junior Year Aeronautics: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Aeronautics: 2.0 Physics: 1.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications FAA sUAS 107 Drone Pilot certificate


AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY Career Options Auto Dealership Service Department Team Member (i.e. Service Writer) Auto Parts Store Employee Department Store Auto Service Center Technician Independent Service Garage Technician Local and State Highway Service Garage Mechanic Service Center Apprentice Specialty Shop Employee Tire Center Employee

High School Credit Junior Year Automotive Technology: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Automotive Technology: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications ASE Student Auto Brakes ASE Student Electrical Systems ASE Student Engine Performance ASE Student Heating & Air Conditioning ASE Student Engine Repair ASE Suspending & Steering

Hybrids, electric engines, satellite navigation…the automotive profession is changing rapidly - the average car has six to thirty-six computers managing everything from traction control to the anti-lock braking system (ABS). Today’s Auto Technicians are high-tech master diagnosticians facing components and repairs unheard of a generation ago. In this program, you will learn the skills needed to diagnose, repair and maintain all types of automobiles, trucks and SUVs. The Automotive Technology program integrates hands-on training with academic studies allowing you to get a head

start on your college education. Successful completers of this program may earn credit from Cuyahoga Community College as well as ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. In addition, students who excel in the Automotive Technology program may obtain a paid internship during the summer of their junior year in an auto dealership through the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) program.

“This program and Polaris are great because we get real hands-on experience. We also get to practice actual industry standard tests. I worked in a shop over the summer and most of what we learned in class carried directly over to the shop experience.” Greg Shannon, Olmsted Falls High School

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BAKING & PASTRY ARTS Career Options Assistant Pastry Chef Baker Barista Chocolatier Food Service Professional Manager Pastry Cook Wedding Cake Designer

Future Opportunities with Further Education Food Consultant/Designer Head Baker Hospitality Management Pastry Chef Pastry Shop/Bakery Manager Pastry Shop/Bakery Owner

High School Credit Junior Year Baking & Pastry Arts: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Baking & Pastry Arts: 3.0

Potential College Credit

The Baking & Pastry Arts program is seeking artistic, creative and enthusiastic young foodies who are interested in a culinary career that will test the limits of their skills, knowledge and passion. Baking & Pastry Arts embraces both the oldest culinary discipline, baking, along with some of the most innovative and cutting edge techniques in the profession. This two-year program will prepare you for a profession in baking and pastry and a career in the food and beverage industry, by helping you build a foundation of basic culinary knowledge and culinary skills. From bread production to chocolates and candies, you will learn the ABCs of food and food preparation.

The Polaris bakery serves the public giving students an opportunity to put their customer service skills to the test. Students prepare baked goods to sell in the student-run bakery, Indulge, giving them experience in the production of a variety of baked creations. This real life experience prepares students for their future in the hospitality industry.

“The Baking & Pastry Arts program is great because I get the opportunity to learn a trade while still in high school. This program teaches me the skills I need to manage my own business.” Charles Dove, Berea-Midpark High School

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*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications ServSafe Food Handler ServSafe Food Manager OSHA 10-Hour


BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL & OFFICE TECHNOLOGY Career Options Accounting/Finance/Payroll/ Bookkeeper Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk Administrative Assistant Administrative Offices of Local/State Government Banker/Teller Billing Clerk Corporate Office Customer Service Representative Data Entry General Business/Office Assistant Human Resources/Benefits Administrator Insurance/Claims Assistant Medical Administrative Assistant Office Manager

High School Credit Junior Year Business Professional & Office Technology: 2.5 Finance: .5 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Business Professional & Office Technology: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certifications: Access, Excel Core, Excel Expert, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word Core, Word Expert Stukent Social Media Marketing

Business professionals are in demand and this program will give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of current business concepts and practices. While learning the latest office management skills, you will become proficient in Microsoft Office, computer operations, business communications, Internet research, data entry, customer service, employability skills and professionalism. Business courses include: business foundations, finance foundations, office management, and strategic entrepreneurship. You will work on simulated real-world projects as you learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher. A career in business is not always straightforward so there are more opportunities for specialization than in most other fields. Choose a specialization that fits your personality and career goals.

Business professionals need to have strong technical and interpersonal skills, work well in a team environment, exhibit good work ethics and have strong management skills. Office environments are becoming more automated due to rapid growth of technology and students need to be able to meet this challenge with strong technical skills.

“Polaris is a great place for you to strive for greatness. It is a hands-on experience that gets you ready for the real world. It has given me many opportunities to push myself to my full potential.” Ky’liah Swanson, North Olmsted High School

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COMPUTER NETWORKING ACADEMY Career Options Computer Network Technician Data Center Technician Desktop Support Technician Help Desk Analyst IT Support Tech IT Technical Support Specialist LAN Administrator Network Engineer Network Security Analyst PC Support Technician Service Desk Technician Technical Customer Support Windows Systems Engineer

High School Credit Junior Year Computer Networking Academy: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Computer Networking Academy: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

The Computer Networking Academy at Polaris Career Center offers the latest in technology and instruction which will prepare you for the high wage, high demand fields of computer networking, programming and cybersecurity. The Computer Networking Academy is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of IT concepts including networking, programming and security.

training to obtain advanced industry certifications; or use their experience and industry credentials to launch their career in Information Technology.

Upon graduation, students may choose one of the following college or career paths: transfer credits to a 2-year college to complete their Associate’s Degree; apply their college credits to a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree program; complete additional

In addition to their coursework, students will participate in classroom activities and community partnerships aimed at developing crucial business and leadership skills.

“Polaris has helped me gain a great understanding of the IT field.” Nick Vroutos, Olmsted Falls High School

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Potential Certifications Cisco CompTIA


CONSTRUCTION TRADES Career Options Carpenter Concrete Mason Electrician Plumber Roofer

Future Opportunities with Further Education Architect/Engineer Building Inspector Building Manager Company Owner Construction Foreman Construction Manager Construction Superintendent Estimator Professional Builder

High School Credit Junior Year Construction Trades: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Construction Trades: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications Carpenter’s International Training Fund Career Connections 1, 2 and 3 Forklift Operator License (5-year) OSHA 30-Hour

Come to Polaris and build a career with a solid foundation. Explore a profession where teamwork, commitment and precision combine to form the construction industry. If you have an interest in building structures and have a willingness to work with others, you might want to consider the Construction Trades program. Students with solid math and reading skills, mechanical ability and spatial perception can be very successful in this field. Construction Trades teaches you how to maintain, repair, construct and remodel buildings in a real-world, practical setting. The program includes the fundamentals of blueprint reading, site preparation and hands-on training in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, roofing, machining, electrical wiring and site layout. During the junior year, students learn how

to safely use power tools associated with the construction industry. Junior students will also earn a 30-hour OSHA card. During the senior year, students will learn how to install electrical, plumbing and interior finishes. Senior students will take field trips throughout the year to construction-related businesses in the area.

“The ability to learn through hands-on labs makes Construction Trades so great. Polaris provides you with the ability to learn and become great at a trade, as well as gets you ready for your future.” Connor White, Strongsville High School

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COSMETOLOGY Career Options (State license required) Chemical Texture Specialist Color Technician Esthetician Full-Service Cosmetologist Hair Stylist Haircutting Specialist Nail Technician

Future Opportunities with Further Education Cosmetology School Instructor Cosmetology School Owner Equipment Sales Inspector – State Board of Cosmetology Platform Artist Salon Owner/Manager

High School Credit Junior Year Cosmetology: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Cosmetology: 3.0

Cosmetology presents many tremendous career opportunities for students who have an eye for beauty and enjoy working with people. Salons across the country are busier than ever and offer thousands of opportunities for licensed cosmetologists. Today’s hottest growth areas include spa treatments, skin care, nail care and innovative color techniques. The cosmetology training you receive at Polaris Career Center will allow you to be on the cutting edge of all salon services.

Potential College Credit

In the Cosmetology program, you will learn to care for hair, skin and nails and create style and beauty. This course incorporates extensive hands-on experience using mannequins and live models. Computer skills are stressed as they relate to the business aspects of the cosmetology industry. This instruction, plus the practical experience obtained in the new Salon Allure, qualifies you to take the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology exam. During your junior and

OSHA 10-Hour Upon successful completion of this program and 1,500 hours, students are eligible to take the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology exam.

senior year, you are required by the State to complete 1500 classroom/lab hours and earn a total of four academic credits. Three of these credits are earned through the math and English graduation requirements at your associate school. The fourth credit MUST be in anatomy, biology or chemistry. You must maintain good attendance, pass all academic classes and each semester of Cosmetology theory and lab to qualify to take the State exam.

“One of the great things about Polaris is that it is a school that lets students grow with their interests. Students can learn more about their passions, as well as get ahead in their career fields. It is also a hands-on school, which provides students with a different way to learn.” Jacelyn Kwan, Berea-Midpark High School

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Certifications


CRIMINAL JUSTICE Future Opportunities with Further Education Communications Specialist Crime Scene Investigator Federal Law Enforcement Officer Forensic Specialist Local Law Enforcement Officer State Law Enforcement Officer

High School Credit Junior Year Criminal Justice: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Criminal Justice: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications APCO Telecommunicator 1 (911 Dispatcher) Certified Protection Officer FEMA – Incident Command System (ICS) FEMA – National Incident Management System (NIMS) First Aid/CPR Individual Chemical Repellant Spray Ohio Department of Corrections Provision Certification Stop The Bleed

“To serve and protect”…this phrase will take on a new meaning when you enroll in the Criminal Justice program. This profession constantly demands thorough and up-to-date training for professional law enforcement personnel. The Criminal Justice program at Polaris Career Center is committed to providing you with the quality education and training needed to perform effectively in a wide variety of career positions within the criminal justice field. You will be trained in the enforcement of the law and the protection of life and property in both the public and private sectors. Dressed in uniforms, you will assist Polaris Career Center, associate schools and the community at special events. Successful completion of this program may also lead to certification as a Certified Protection Officer and 911 Dispatcher.

As a Criminal Justice student, you need to be physically fit, honest, respectful, caring and have good judgment. You should also be able to work in a team environment with minimal supervision. All students in this program must successfully pass a drug screen.

“The teachers in the Criminal Justice program are amazing and supportive, and my classmates push me and inspire me to become the best that I can be. I have an amazing and promising future because of Polaris.” Nawar Starks, Fairview High School

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CULINARY ARTS & RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT Career Options Caterer Chef Cook Dietary Assistant Host/Hostess Institutional Kitchen Employee Server Waiter/Waitress

High School Credit Junior Year Chef Training: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Chef Training: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Are you creative? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you thrive in a team environment? If so, Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management might be your recipe for success. The restaurant and hospitality industry is looking for the country’s best young people to be its future stars. Restaurant and hospitality, a $1 trillion industry, creates hundreds of thousands of new jobs each year with enormous advancement opportunities and earning potential for those who have the right skills and attitude. The Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management program at Polaris is affiliated with ProStart. ProStart, a program administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), is a nationwide system of high school restaurant and foodservice courses linked with on-the-job experiences. This state-of-the-art program opens the door to many opportunities including industry certifications, college credit and college scholarships. As a ProStart program, Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management is a two-year certification course that

provides you with basic culinary essentials and foodservice management skills including customer relations, cost controls, basic accounting principles, marketing, purchasing, inventory, teambuilding skills and communications. All of these skills are developed and refined in the new class-managed restaurant, Savour, and taught by an award-winning instructor. Also, students may compete in culinary and management based events that can lead to additional scholarships and potential employment opportunities.

“Culinary Arts allows me to practice doing something I am passionate about and also prepares me to get a good job in the future.” Caroline Hickle-Zambo, Strongsville High School

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Certifications ServSafe Food Handler ServSafe Food Manager OSHA 10-Hour ProStart Certificate of Achievement


DENTAL ASSISTING Career Options (as a Certified Dental Assistant) Business Office Manager/Receptionist Chairside Assistant Circulatory Assistant Dental Lab Technician Endodontic Assistant Hospital Dental Clinic Assistant Hygiene Assistant Insurance Manager Oral Surgery Assistant Orthodontic Assistant Pedodontic Assistant Periodontic Assistant Prosthodontic Assistant Sterilization Assistant

Future Opportunities with Further Education Dental Equipment Repair Technician Dental Hygienist (RDH) Dental Sales Representative Doctor of Dental Surgery – Dentist Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

High School Credit Junior Year Dental Assisting: 2.5 Technology: .5 Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0

High School Credit Senior Year Dental Assisting: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications Certified Ohio Dental Assistant First Aid/CPR Dental Radiology Certification

No trip to the dentist office would be the same without a highly trained dental assisting staff. As a Dental Assisting student, you will learn to work chairside with the dentist in the care and treatment of patients. Along with the basic dental laboratory procedures, you will learn dental terminology, the use of instruments and equipment, x-ray procedures, preparation of dental materials and dental office management skills. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, you will find the Dental Assisting program to be a rewarding experience.

Upon completion of this program, you are eligible to take the Certified Ohio Dental Assisting Exam to hold the title of CODA (Certified Ohio Dental Assistant), to become Dental Radiology Certified and receive your CPR certification.

“The Dental Assisting program not only provides important information for those continuing their education in the dental field, but it also prepares students to begin working right out of high school through hands-on experiences.” Marissa Corman, Berea-Midpark High School

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DIGITAL ART & DESIGN Career Options Advertising Salesperson Animator Design Assistant Layout Artist Multimedia Technician Museum/Gallery Worker Photo Lab Assistant Photographer’s Assistant Printer’s Apprentice Production Artist Studio Apprentice Web Designer

Future Opportunities with Further Education Advertising Designer Fashion Illustrator Graphic Designer Illustrator Interior Designer Multimedia Specialist Photographer Production Artist Publications Designer

High School Credit Junior Year Digital Art & Design: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year

You are creative and artistic. You are looking for a profession where you can apply your talents. Look no further than a career in digital art & design. From logos and ads, to commercials and websites, graphic design appears in many media forms. This program attracts aspiring artists with various talents and multimedia skills who come together to learn the techniques needed in this industry and the corporate world. In the Digital Art & Design program, you will study commercial art and advertising design. You will learn design fundamentals, layout, graphic drawing and production techniques, Web page

design, computer animation and three-dimensional design. Working on iMac computer systems, you also gain hands-on experience in integrating audio and video production.

“This program really pushes me to hone my skills and potential in the arts. It also teaches me new skills for better opportunities in the future.” Christian O’Kelley, Olmsted Falls High School

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Digital Art & Design: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign


EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN/FIRE TRAINING Career Options Emergency Medical Dispatcher Emergency Medical Technician (EMT prerequisite to Paramedic training) Emergency Room Assistant Fire Department EMT and Firefighter Military Corpsman Private Ambulance

Future Opportunities with Further Education Airport Emergency Management Emergency Management Worker Fire Investigator Fire Safety Inspector Hazardous Materials Team Specialist Paramedic Physician Physician’s Assistant Registered Nurse

High School Credit Junior Year EMT/Fire Training: 2.5 Technology: .5 Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0

High School Credit Senior Year EMT/Fire Training: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications APCO 911 Dispatch (Police, Fire and EMS) EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Firefighter I & II First Aid/CPR National Incident Management Systems 100c & 700b OSHA 10-Hour Stop The Bleed

Are you resourceful? Are you quick on your feet? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment? Do you have an interest in a medical, public safety, dispatching or fire service career? If so, a career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or a Firefighter might be just what the doctor ordered. The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is designed to provide you with the Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Technician curriculum which is a combination of lecture and practical skills. You will participate in shadowing experiences with local emergency rooms and local fire department rescue squads. The curriculum includes basic anatomy, foundations of fire and EMS, medical terminology, vital signs, patient assessment and medical report writing. Upon completion, you will (provided you meet all requirements of the program) take the National Registry EMT Exam which is the certifying exam for the state of Ohio.

The 260-hour Firefighting course provides the highest level of fire training that is required in the state of Ohio. You will learn all aspects of firefighting. Upon completion, you will (provided you meet all requirements of the program) take the state certifying exam. Successful completion of this program may also lead to certification as a 911 Entry Level Dispatcher. This program is offered in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College. During the second year of this course, students must provide their own transportation to the Tri–C Public Safety Training Academy. *Students MUST be 16 years old by August 1 to enter this program.

“What really caught my attention about this program was the amount of job opportunities it creates. When we graduate, we will be EMT and Fire 1 & 2 certified.” David Medina, Fairview High School

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EXERCISE SCIENCE & REHAB THERAPY Career Options Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Medical Office staff Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Patient Care Assistant

Future Opportunities with Further Education Certified Athletic Trainer Certified Personal Trainer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/ Paramedic Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Physical Therapist Physical Therapy Assistant Radiology Technician Registered Nurse (RN) Sports Medicine Physician

High School Credit Junior Year Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy: 2.0 Science: 1.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit agreements.

You strive to promote healthy living. You have a desire to help people meet their performance goals. You are interested in physical therapy. This program will open the door to the exciting field of sports medicine. While in this program, you will learn the basics of preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise. Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy

is designed to prepare students to transition to college and pursue a career in the athletic training, fitness or health care fields.

“The opportunities are endless at Polaris! No matter what your interests are, you will always find a program that suits you. Exercise Science has helped prepare me for so much. I will forever be grateful!” Christina Pitingolo, North Olmsted High School

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Certifications First Aid/CPR OSHA 10-Hour NASM – Certified Personal Trainer Physical Therapy Aide


HEATING, VENTILATING & AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) Career Options HVAC Repair Technician Installer Maintenance Worker Parts Representative Salesperson Service Technician

Future Opportunities with Further Education Business Owner Engineer General Manager Service Manager Superintendent of Maintenance Crew

High School Credit Junior Year Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit agreements.

Certifications Forklift Operator License (5-year) ESCO EPA 608 Refrigerant handling OSHA 10-Hour

Some may call us an HVAC Technician. We like to think of ourselves as Comfort Engineers. This cool profession is heating up year round. After all, what would we do in Cleveland without heat in the winter? And what would Miami be like without air conditioning? The HVAC program teaches you the skills you need to service and install temperature, humidity and air quality control systems in both commercial and residential settings. HVAC systems consist of many mechanical, electrical and electronic components such as motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats and switches. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems throughout the entire system. Students enrolled in this

program learn to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair residential and commercial comfort control systems. This class offers the opportunity to work on gas and electric furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps and more.

“Polaris is great because it has given me a chance to learn a skill I can use, but more importantly, Polaris has taught me respect for myself, others and the trade.” Philip Angus, Olmsted Falls High School

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MEDICAL PROFESSIONS Career Options Home Health Aide Medical Assistant Medical Secretary Patient Care Assistant/Aide State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Future Opportunities with Further Education Laboratory Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Medical Assistant Pharmacy Technician Phlebotomist Physician Radiographic Technician Registered Nurse Respiratory Therapist/Assistant Sterilization Technician Ultrasound Technician

High School Credit Junior Year Medical Professions: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year

You enjoy multitasking. You have a caring personality. You work well under pressure. You might want to consider a career in the medical field. Modern technology and medicine have added years to people’s lives and have improved their quality of life. As a result, the healthcare industry is one of the major growth areas in employment. As a Medical Professions student, you will learn to perform routine administrative and clinical procedures to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. In addition, you will receive hands-on instruction in providing nursing care in skilled nursing facilities and/or hospitals.

You will also be given the opportunity to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA). Coursework includes instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical ethics, medical terminology, office procedures, medical records, laboratory skills and personal healthcare. *Please note: students applying to this program will be placed in either Medical Professions or Pre-Nursing based on their transcript and other criteria.

“Polaris opened a lot of doors for me, such as my future career path. I currently work in the medical field and the program has really helped me get there. Polaris is a great opportunity to help prepare you for your future.” Diya Daies, North Olmsted High School

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Medical Professions 2.0 Science: 1.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications State Tested Nursing Assistant First Aid/CPR OSHA 10-Hour


PRE-NURSING Future Opportunities with Further Education BSN (Bachelors Degree in Nursing) Laboratory Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Medical Assistant Nurse Practitioner Pharmacy Technician Phlebotomist Physician Radiographic Technician Registered Nurse Respiratory Therapist/Assistant Sterilization Technician Ultrasound Technician

High School Credit Junior Year Pre-Nursing: 2.5 Technology: .5 Bio-Chemistry: 1.0

High School Credit Senior Year Pre-Nursing: 2.0 Science: 1.0

Potential College Credit Anatomy and Physiology (potential College Credit Plus) Nursing I and II Medical Terminology

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications State Tested Nursing Assistant First Aid/CPR OSHA 10-Hour

Successful nurses are compassionate caregivers, effective communicators, team-players, lifelong learners and patient advocates. Explore this fast-paced, rewarding career and become part of something special! Nurses are the backbone of every hospital, doctor’s office and clinic – they provide vital patient care and are the unsung heroes of every practice….and they’re in-demand like never before! As a Pre-Nursing student, you will learn to monitor patients’ conditions and assess their needs to provide the best possible care and support; observe and interpret patients’ symptoms and communicate them to physicians; collaborate with

physicians and nurses to devise individualized care plans for patients; perform routine procedures (blood pressure measurements, administering injections, etc.); and many other important responsibilities. All of this will take place in our new state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. *Please note: students applying to this program will be placed in either Medical Professions or Pre-Nursing based on their transcript and other criteria.

The Pre-Nursing program at Polaris has far exceeded my expectations in providing me with some great insight into the responsibilities needed to pursue a career in nursing. The program has made me realize that the healthcare profession is the right path for me.” Shaelyn Jereb, Fairview High School

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PRE-VETERINARY SCIENCE Career Options Animal Care Technician Animal Scientist Equipment/Medical Sales Director Registered Veterinary Technician Veterinarian Veterinary Assistant Veterinary Tech Surgery Assistant Wildlife Rehabilitation Zoologist

High School Credit Junior Year Pre-Veterinary Science: 3.0 Technology: 0.5

High School Credit Senior Year Pre-Veterinary Science: 3.0

Potential College Credit *See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications Certification First Aid/CPR National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America-Approved Veterinary Assistant

You love animals. You are compassionate and caring. You have a strong desire to work in an in-demand field. This program might be just for YOU! The Pre-Veterinary Science program is designed to provide you with the fundamental skills for success in the animal science field. During this two-year program, you learn to provide basic health care for animals, and acquire on-thejob training to be a skilled Veterinary Assistant. Typical activities will include caring for animals after surgery, helping provide emergency first aid and medication to sick or injured animals, maintaining and sterilizing instruments

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and equipment and obtaining animal health histories and more. The curriculum features rigorous course work with a focus on higher level science, animal health, management, and veterinary medical concepts. Prior to graduation, you will complete internship hours at a local veterinary office. During the second year of the program, students must be able to provide their own transportation to internship locations.

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PRECISION CNC MACHINING Career Options CNC Operator CNC Programmer Machine Operator Machine or Tool Room Supplies Salesperson Mold Maker Apprentice Precision Machine Apprentice Tool and Die Apprentice

High School Credit Junior Year Precision CNC Machining: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Precision CNC Machining: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Certifications

Explore a world where imagination, automation and manufacturing meet to form the exciting field of precision machining. Join this innovative, high-tech career and secure your future in a highdemand/high wage profession. Feel the satisfaction of making your own components from concept to completion using state-of-the-art Computer Numerical Control (CNC) production technology and equipment. Whether machining components for the aerospace, automotive or medical industries, you will enjoy this self-satisfying profession. You will utilize a laptop loaded with CAM software to create 2D and 3D models. These models are then manufactured using fully-automated CNC machines as well as conventional machining applications. In addition, you will use Tooling-U, an online virtual resource, to compliment this exciting curriculum.

Forming Skills (NIMS). During the second year, you may be placed in a part-time position at a member company; hours worked may apply toward an apprenticeship. This program is a practical step in acquiring a two- or four-year technical degree.

During this two-year program, you can earn nationally recognized certification from the National Institute of Metal

This program has no student fees thanks to the generosity of several local industry partners and grants.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Available Level I Performance Credentials: Precision Layout Drill Press Vertical Milling Precision Surface Grinding Turning Between Centers Turning Chucking CNC Milling CNC Turning

“Polaris brought back the challenging aspect of school for me, as I feel the skills and knowledge I receive in class directly relate to my future career in machining.” Kaidence Pozniak, Berea-Midpark High School

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WELDING TECHNOLOGY Career Options Equipment Salesperson Inspector Production Welder Robotic Technician Welder/Fitter Welding Foreman Welding Technician

Future Opportunities with Further Education Equipment Salesperson Fabrication Shop Owner Owner of Welding Business Robotics Technician Welding Engineer Welding Inspector Welding Instructor Welding Shop Manager

High School Credit Junior Year Welding Technology: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year Welding Technology: 3.0

Potential College Credit

*See your Polaris counselor for more information on college credit opportunities for this program.

Nothing sparks the imagination like a welding torch. The pulse of welding beats strongly in the 21st century according to the American Welding Society. Welding has an impressive track record in technology and process advancements. Because of its strength, welding is used to construct and repair parts of ships, automobiles, spacecraft and thousands of other manufactured products. Welding is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges and other structures. The Polaris Welding Technology program will teach you the fundamentals of welding, the most common way of permanently joining metal parts, and the processes used to fabricate metal. You will receive training in gas, arc,

fluxcore and MIG and TIG welding. Along with blueprint reading and welding symbols, you will also learn how to use a grinder, drill, plasma arc cutter, burning torch, arc welding machines and more.

“The Polaris Welding program is challenging and rewarding. I came into this program knowing very little about welding, but thanks to the instructor and the staff, I have a great foundation to move forward with my career in welding.” Wyatt Paine, Strongsville High School

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Certifications Forklift Operator 5-Year License D1.1 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3G, 4G D1.1 Gas Metal Arc Welding-P 3G, 4G D1.1 Fluxcore Arc Welding-G 3G, 4G Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3F Mild Steel Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3F Aluminum Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3F Stainless

Other Possible Certifications American Society Mechanical Engineering 6G 2-inch and 6-inch SMAW - GTAW American Petroleum Institute 6G in 6-inch SMAW


Special Admissions Program (Counselor Recommendation Only)

BUILDING SERVICES & GROUND MAINTENANCE

Skills Outside Lawn Care • Edging • Leaf blowing • Push mower operation • Weed eating Building Care • Chemical safety and care • Floor care and cleaning • Mechanical floor machine operations • Wall care and cleaning

Building Maintenance • Basic drywall installation and repair • Basic electrical wiring and fixture repair • Basic plumbing repair • Operation of small power tools External Building Care • Small utility vehicle operation • Tow motor training and certification • Zero-turn mower operation

Career Options Carpenter’s helper Electrician’s helper General custodial worker General ground keeping Lawn maintenance Light maintenance worker Plumber’s helper

Future Opportunities with Further Education Custodial Supervisor Lawn Care Supervisor Maintenance Engineer Property Manager Salesperson

High School Junior Credit Building Services & Ground Maintenance: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Senior Credit Building Services & Ground Maintenance: 3.0

Do you enjoy making repairs around the house? Do you have an interest in maintenance? If so, the Building Services & Ground Maintenance program might be a perfect fit. Building Services & Ground Maintenance is a multi-skill program that teaches the fundamentals of building and ground maintenance. Instruction will emphasize the skills necessary for you to be competitive for employment in this industry. You will be trained in the basics of carpentry, electricity, plumbing, drywall installation, custodial services, lawn care, lawn equipment operation and other power tools. In addition, you will practice safe work habits and learn job site procedures.

Certifications Forklift Operator License (5-year) OSHA 10-Hour

“In this program I can learn new skills, and it makes me more employable.” Jacob Colona, Berea-Midpark High School

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DELI & FOOD PRODUCTION

Special Admissions Program (Counselor Recommendation Only) Skills Basic cooking and baking skills Cashier procedures Catering business-related skills Commercial food equipment operation Customer relations Sanitation and safety

Career Options Assistant Cook Baker’s Assistant Busing Attendant Cashier Catering Dietary Aide Food Service worker Server Short-Order Cook

Future Opportunities with Further Education Baker Banquet Manager Caterer Chef/Head Cook

High School Credit Junior Year Deli & Food Production: 3.0 Technology: .5

High School Credit Senior Year

Do you have an interest in the restaurant and foodservice industry? Place your order and enroll in the Deli & Food Production program. This two-year program is designed to offer you experience in the actual operations of a deli and food production establishment. While operating the new student-run Center Café at Polaris, you have an opportunity to demonstrate skills that include food preparation and presentation, cash handling procedures, customer relations and sanitation. The state-of-the-art equipment and individualized approach to learning help you prepare for entry-level employment in the industry. Small classes allow for maximum teacher-to-student contact. Students in this program can earn the ServSafe certification.

“In this program we get to learn new things every day. I love the fact that we get to have a hands-on experience. Experience is key to success.” John McDonald, Berea-Midpark High School

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Deli & Food Production: 3.0

Certifications ServSafe Food Handler


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HIGH SCHOOL JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS

Polaris offers a variety of special admissions job training programs that are designed to help prepare students for the world of work. The continuum of programs is tailored to the specific needs of students and provides training in the following areas: •B asic employability skills •S pecific job skills •C ommunity work experience •A ctual on-the-job training and support

Each program is unique in addressing the needs of individual students. High School Job Training programs include: • Community Work Experience • Employability Skills Lab • Retail Services • Transition to Employment For additional information, contact Diane Xander, Director of Pupil Personnel, at 440.891.7666 or dxander@polaris.edu.

COMMUNITY WORK EXPERIENCE The Community Work Experience program is a Special Admissions program designed to prepare students for entry into competitive employment and paid supported employment positions. Students in the Community Work Experience program will develop employability skills and traits necessary for succeeding in the workplace while gaining non-paid work experience within the community. Some of these employability skills and traits include: • Maintaining good attendance • Displaying a positive attitude • Working independently and as a team member • Following instructions • Interacting appropriately with supervisors and co-workers • Taking pride in workmanship (quality) • Displaying flexibility • Working safely • Enhancing problem-solving skills/ability • Working at an acceptable/competitive work rate • Enhancing work stamina • Staying on task • Working under pressure/stress and managing frustration

Community Work Experience students gain authentic work experience through opportunities provided by local business establishments. These opportunities include hands-on experiences both on-site as well as in-house at Polaris Career Center. Some tasks students will experience while participating in the Community Work Experience program might include: • Assembling informational packets • Filing • Working in a cafeteria/restaurant dishroom • Basic food prep • Packaging • Stocking • Cafeteria/restaurant maintenance • General light duty cleaning • Linen services • Shipping and receiving tasks • Retail services • Light duty manufacturing assembly and disassembly tasks For additional information, contact Diane Xander, Director of Pupil Personnel, at 440.891.7666 or dxander@polaris.edu.

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HIGH SCHOOL JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS

Special Admissions Program (Counselor Recommendation Only)

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS LAB Polaris Job Training Programs include an in-house Employability Skills Lab for students who require more intense training in pre-vocational skills including both basic employability, vocational and social/life skills. The program’s goal is to build more independent skills through authentic work settings. The skills lab provides instruction for students who require the most support to learn specific employability skills such as following directions, staying on task, being flexible, time management and accuracy. Students will have the opportunity to job train in the community while enrolled in the program in order to offer the student extensive career exploration.

RETAIL SERVICES

For additional information, contact Diane Xander, Director of Pupil Personnel, at 440.891.7666 or dxander@polaris.edu.

Held at Polaris, this one-year course leads to experience and training in a mock retail/pharmacy store.

the opportunity to job train in the community while enrolled in this program.

This one-year program is offered during the afternoon session at Polaris. Students learn employability skills while working in a mock retail store where they practice communication skills, decision-making skills, professional dress, acceptance of constructive feedback, accuracy, speed and the ability to stay on task. The state-of-the-art equipment and individualized approach to learning helps students prepare for entry-level employment opportunities in the retail industry. Students have

Skills: •C ash register training •C ustomer service • I nventory control •S tocking

TRANSITION TO EMPLOYMENT

Transition to Employment is the last step in the continuum of program options. It is a job placement program that matches individuals to desired and realistic employment in the community through unpaid and paid internships and competitive employment. It is designed for students who are in a position to seek and attain competitive employment in the community. It may begin with non-paid job sites in a variety of local businesses. The student does not report to Polaris, but only to his or her non-

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Some typical work experiences could include: • General office skills • Laundry • Mailroom • Basic custodial • Recycling/Shredding • Food service/food prep • Packaging • Proper food handling • Hospitality skills • Customer service • Banquet set-up • Cash handling • Dishwashing • Stocking/Inventory

• Basic marketing/distribution • Product placement • Store set-up • Retail policies/procedures

For additional information, contact Diane Xander, Director of Pupil Personnel, at 440.891.7666 or dxander@polaris.edu.

paid worksite or his or her place of employment. Students may be provided with travel training opportunities to help further build their readiness for work. A student in this program needs supported job placement services. Students must ultimately display a desire to work and be willing to accept supervision. Skills that are needed for maintaining successful competitive employment are required. For additional information, contact Diane Xander, Director of Pupil Personnel, at 440.891.7666 or dxander@polaris.edu.

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HIGH SCHOOL SATELLITE PROGRAMS Polaris Satellite Programs prepare students for exciting careers in biomedical science, engineering, marketing and video production. Currently, we serve over 3,200 students at all of our partner high schools and middle schools. High school programs include: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science, PLTW Engineering, Broadcasting & Video Production, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, and Media Arts.

For additional High School Satellite Program information, visit www.polaris.edu, call 440.891.7666 or email dxander@polaris.edu.

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BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE (PLTW)

Offered at Berea-Midpark, Fairview, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville High Schools

Biomedical Science is a four-year PLTW program designed to introduce you to the in-demand field of medicine and biomedical science. Each biomedical course gives you the opportunity to solve real-world problems using the latest equipment and technology. This program includes the following courses: • Principles of Biomedical Science • Human Body Systems • Medical Interventions • Biomedical Innovation

PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE (PBS)

This introductory course to the PLTW Biomedical Science program serves to provide foundational knowledge and skills in fields such as biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, and epidemiology, as well as engage students in how they can apply this content to real-world situations, cases, and problems such as solving a medical mystery case, diagnosing and treating a patient, or responding to a medical outbreak. PBS is open to 9-10 grade students. Students in 11th and 12th grade need permission from the instructor and school counselor

HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS (HBS)

Examine the interactions of human body systems as you explore identity, power, movement, protection and homeostasis in the body. Exploring science in action, you will build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®, use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action and respiration, and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. HBS is open to 10th grade students with a prerequisite of PBS and/or having passed biology with a C average. Students in 9th, 11th and 12th grades need permission from the instructor and school counselor.

MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (MI)

BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION (BI)

Follow the life of a fictitious family as you investigate how to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. You will explore how to detect and fight infection, screen and evaluate human DNA code, evaluate cancer treatment options and predict organ failure. Through real-world cases, you are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics.

In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, you build on the knowledge and skills you have gained and design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. You will address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology and have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor/advisor from a university, medical facility or research institution.

MI is open to 10th-12th grade students with a prerequisite of one previous PLTW Biomed course passed with a C average.

BI is open to 11th and 12th grade students with a prerequisite of two previous PLTW Biomed courses passed with a C average.

Honors credit option and college credit available for this program. See your Instructor for more information on college credit opportunities. For additional High School Satellite Program information, visit www.polaris.edu, call 440.891.7666 or email dxander@polaris.edu.

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Offered at Berea-Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville High Schools Engineers design and build virtually everything around us. Career opportunities in this field are endless – there are thousands of engineering jobs available nationwide every year. Engineering is a four-year PLTW program that will introduce you to this challenging career. This program includes the following courses: • Introduction to Engineering Design • Principles of Engineering • Digital Electronics • Computer Integrated Manufacturing • Engineering Design and Development • AP Computer Science Principles

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (IED)

(Recommended 1st course) Dig deep into the engineering design process applying math, science and engineering standards to hands-on projects. You will work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software. Offered at Berea-Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville High Schools IED is open to students in 9th and 10th grade. Students in the 11th and 12th grade need permission from their instructor and school counselor.

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (POE)

Through real-world problems that engage and challenge, you will explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. You will develop skills in problem solving, research and design, while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration and presentation. Offered at Berea-Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville High Schools

ENGINEERING (PLTW)

POE is open to students in 10th-12th grade. Students in 9th grade need permission from the instructor and school counselor. Successful completion of Algebra II recommended.

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS (DE)

From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics or circuit design. You will study topics such as combinational and sequential logic, and will be exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits and programmable logic devices. *College credit available for this course. See your Counselor for more information on college credit agreements. Offered at Brooklyn, Fairview and Strongsville High Schools DE is open to students in 10th-12th grade. Students in 9th grade need permission from the instructor and school counselor.

CIVIL ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE (CEA)

Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standing engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software. Offered at Berea-Midpark and Olmsted Falls High Schools CEA is open to students in 10th-12th grade. Students must have taken IED or POE. Students in 9th-12th grade need permission from their instructor and school counselor.

ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT (EDD)

The knowledge and skills acquired throughout the PLTW Engineering program come together in Engineering Design and Development, as you will identify an issue and then research, design and test a solution which is ultimately presented to a panel of engineers. Apply the professional skills you have developed and complete this capstone course ready to take on any post-secondary program or career. Offered at Berea-Midpark, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville High Schools

EDD is open to 11th and 12th grade students. Students must have taken IED and earned a passing grade. Tenth grade students may enroll with permission from their instructor and school counselor.

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (CSP)

Using Python® as a primary programming tool, this course will develop your computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing and foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles will help you develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity and simulation. Offered at Brooklyn and Fairview High Schools AP-CSP is open to students in 11th and 12th grade. Students must have earned a passing grade in one PLTW Engineering course. Students in 9th-12th grade need permission from their instructor and school counselor.

Honors credit option and college credit available for this program. See your Instructor for more information on college credit opportunities. For additional High School Satellite Program information, visit www.polaris.edu, call 440.891.7666 or email dxander@polaris.edu.

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BROADCASTING & VIDEO PRODUCTION

Offered at Berea-Midpark High School

They say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” If that’s true, how many words is a video worth? This program will introduce you to the exciting field of Broadcasting and Video Production with an emphasis on studio production and programming. Foundation skills include script writing, lighting, camera operation, audio, editing and much more. While enrolled in this program, you will participate in on location shoots and in studio productions to create a variety of programming. This program includes the following four courses: • Intro to YouTube & Video Creation (recommended 1st course) • Video Technology, Production & Editing • Video Broadcasting & News Journalism •D igital Cinema & Film Making

INTRO TO YOUTUBE & VIDEO CREATION

(recommended 1st course) The worlds of art designers, performers and media artists intersect historically, culturally and aesthetically. In this introductory course for the Arts and Communication career field, you will learn the basics of performance, design, audio and video. You will also review and critique brochures, photographs, news stories, videos and other products common to the visual media and performing arts industries.

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCTION & EDITING

This course focuses on video production for commercial use. You will plan and coordinate work with clients to produce projects on a tight timeline and learn how to read and interpret a script, select and maintain equipment, and combine graphics, text and special effects. Key skills attained include pre-production documentation and planning, in-production audio and video recording and postproduction editing and distribution. *College credit available for this program. See your Instructor for more information on college credit opportunities.

VIDEO BROADCASTING & NEWS JOURNALISM

This course focuses on video broadcast for the journalism field. Skills attained include interviewing, image capture, color manipulation, audio and video blend, lighting and editing. Throughout this class, you will critique news broadcasts and research content. You will also plan and shoot video for live and recorded use in a specific time slot while adhering to laws related to defamation, libel, copyright and privacy.

AUDIO, MUSIC & PODCAST PRODUCTION

Sound is essential to broadcast journalism, social media, and communication. Students will produce, record, and mix various styles of music and audio for projects. They will generate content, record, edit, mix and produce voice and music for airwaves, podcasts, and social media. *College credit available for this program. See your Instructor for more information on college credit opportunities.

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Offered at Strongsville High School

MEDIA ARTS

INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA ARTS: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF YOUTUBE AND VIDEO CREATION

The worlds of art designers, performers and media artists intersect historically, culturally and aesthetically. In this introductory course for the Arts and Communication Career Field, students learn the basics of performance, design, audio and video. They review brochures, photographs, news stories, videos and other products common to the visual, media and performing arts industries. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of short videos for YouTube and other mediums.

MULTIMEDIA WEB PRODUCTION: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEB PAGES AND THE INTERNET

The focus of this course is on merging different types of media on the Internet. Students combine text, still photography, audio, videography and graphic arts to create interactive Web pages. They demonstrate creative, digital storytelling accessible from multiple platforms. Students learn project management and marketing. They learn how to create Web content that is accessible by individuals with visual disabilities.

VIDEO AND AUDIO PRODUCTION

This course focuses on video production for commercial use. Students plan and coordinate work with clients to produce projects on a tight timeline. They learn how to read and interpret a script, select and maintain equipment and combine graphics, text and special effects. Skills attained include pre-production documentation and planning; in-production audio and video recording; and post-production editing and distribution. Students compare and contrast how sound alone and sound combined with visuals can entertain, inform and initiate action. They generate content, record, edit, mix and produce voice and music for airwaves, podcast and/or the Internet.

DIGITAL CINEMA AND FILM-MAKING

Technique and trends are the focus of the single-camera style approach to this course. Students will engage in creative storytelling through concept development, script writing, and storyboarding. They will learn to achieve the look of film through lighting and camera techniques. Legal and ethical aspects of cinema, such as copyright and fair use guidelines are learned. *College credit available for this program. See your Instructor for more information on college credit opportunities

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MARKETING & ENTREPRENEURSHIP – POLARIS SIGNPRO SHOP Offered at Berea-Midpark High School There are countless businesses across the U.S. employing tens of millions of Americans. Marketing & Entrepreneurship will introduce you to the dynamic field of business in a practical setting. This innovative program combines business concepts, sales and marketing and graphic design to create a one-of-a-kind experience. While enrolled in this program, you will apply your new skills in the student-run “Polaris SignPro” sign shop located at Berea-Midpark High School. This program includes the following four courses: •S ignPro Business Foundations (recommended 1st course) • SignPro Management & Operations • SignPro Professional & Technical Sales • SignPro Strategic Entrepreneurship

SIGNPRO INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

(recommended 1st course) This is the first course for the Business and Administrative Services, Finance and Marketing career field pathway. Students will obtain knowledge and skills in fundamental business activities. They will acquire knowledge of business processes, economics and business relationships. Students will use technology to synthesize and share business information. Employability skills, leadership and communications and personal financial literacy will be addressed.

SIGNPRO MANAGEMENT & OPERATIONS

This class will introduce you to vital techniques used to manage people and information in a business setting. You will learn to build relationships with clients, employees, peers and stakeholders and to assist new employees.

You will also manage business records, gather and disseminate information, preserve critical artifacts, and become familiar with contracts, internal controls and compliance requirements. Business office tools and applications will be emphasized. *College credit available for this program. See your Instructor for more information on college credit opportunities.

SIGNPRO SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING AND SALES

Brand awareness is essential to sales and marketing for any business. Students will develop sales and marketing plans using multiple social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. They will promote and manage the sales, marketing, and recruiting of Polaris SignPro. Students will use the platforms to communicate with customers creating engagement and increasing brand awareness.

SIGNPRO STRATEGIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP

During this highly interactive class, you will get the creative juices flowing to generate ideas for new products and services, evaluate the feasibility of those new ideas and develop a strategy for commercialization. You will use technology to select target markets, profile target customers, define the venture’s mission and create a business plan. You will also take the initial steps to establish a business, calculate and forecast costs, breakeven and sales. Establishing brand, setting prices, promoting products and managing customer relationships will be emphasized. *College credit available for this program. See your Instructor for more information on college credit opportunities.

For additional High School Satellite Program information, visit www.polaris.edu, call 440.891.7666 or email dxander@polaris.edu.

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PLTW MIDDLE SCHOOL SATELLITE PROGRAMS PLTW GATEWAY

Middle school is a time of exploration a time when you are figuring out what you are passionate about today and how that relates to what you’ll become tomorrow. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway sparks a joy of discovery and opens the door to a range of paths and possibilities you can look forward to in high school and beyond. These fun and engaging classes will introduce you to an exciting world of STEM possibilities. Our middle school classes include: App Creators, Medical Detectives, Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics.

APP CREATORS

App Creators will introduce you to the cutting-edge field of mobile app development. This class will give you the opportunity to customize your experience by choosing from one of the following areas of interest: health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service and school culture. Since many of these involve real-world problems with a health, wellness and public safety focus, the unit will introduce you to important biomedical science concepts. Offered at Fairview Middle School

MEDICAL DETECTIVES

This hands-on class with give you the chance to play the role of real-life medical detective as you collect

and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. You will solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, dissect a sheep brain, investigate disease outbreaks and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction. Offered at Berea-Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville Middle Schools

DESIGN AND MODELING

Design and Modeling will give you a platform to discover the design process and develop an understanding of how creativity and innovation lead to many scientific advancements. You will then be challenged and empowered to use and apply what you’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. Offered at Brooklyn, Fairview, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville Middle Schools

AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS

This high-tech class will enable you to trace the history, development and influence of automation and robotics as you learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. You will use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths and robotic arms. Offered at Berea-Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville Middle Schools

For additional Middle School Satellite Program information, visit www.polaris.edu, call 440.891.7666 or email dxander@polaris.edu.

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ENROLLMENT/GENERAL INFORMATION Career-technical education gives you the opportunity to acquire the entry-level skills needed to obtain a position in the career of your choice. At Polaris, you will learn what will be expected of you in the world of work and gain the skills necessary to apply and interview for a job. You may continue your education at a technical school, college or university. In fact, many Polaris students go on to further their education beyond high school.

It’s easy to apply! • Participate in Sophomore Visitation Days on November 15-17, 2021 • Attend Registration Night on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm • Apply online at www.polaris.edu/register Contact the Polaris Enrollment Office at 440.891.7732 with additional questions.

Student Visitations You are encouraged to visit Polaris during Sophomore Visitation Days on November 15-17. You may schedule a program visit on Career Tech Thursdays, running December 2021 through March 2022. Your high school counselor will help you plan your visit.

Career-Technical Enrollment The vast majority of Polaris career-technical programs can enroll up to 25 students. When more than 25 students select a specific program, it is deemed over-subscribed. Students who select an over-subscribed program will be placed on a waiting list for future enrollment consideration.

Transportation Busing to and from Polaris is provided by your school district. A Polaris parking permit must be obtained if you plan to drive to school.

ancestry, economic status, military status, or age in its educational programs, activities, services or employment policies.

Disclaimer

The Board does not discriminate on the basis of legally acquired genetic information.

There is no tuition cost to attend Polaris. However, all programs will require fees to cover the cost of tools, uniforms, workbooks, etc. Payment plans can be established through the Polaris Treasurer’s Office.

In accordance with Title VI of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Polaris Career Center’s policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, religion, veteran status, disability,

If you are having a problem or have questions or concerns regarding compliance with Title IX or Section 504, contact: Assistant Superintendent Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator 440.891.7600

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Student Fees


PATHWAY TO COLLEGE Did you know? Polaris high school programs provide you access to free or reduced cost college credits. Many of our students begin earning those credits before they ever step foot on a college campus. This saves you time and money! In fact, over 70% of our students who complete their two-year program pursue higher education.

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College Credit Polaris programs prepare you for high-skilled technical occupations, while allowing you to potentially earn free college semester hour credits during high school. Once enrolled in a program with a pathway to potential college credit, you can choose to enter the workplace after high school or continue your education at a two- or four-year college or university. For each Polaris program with college credit potential, there may be specific requirements. Please feel free to contact the program instructor

or guidance counselor for more information about pathways to college credit at Polaris. College credits can be earned through: • Career Technical Assurance Guides (CTAG) • College and University Articulation Agreements Contact Mr. Ned Barnett, Polaris Guidance Counselor or Jamie Bollinger, College and Career Coordinator at 440.891.7600, with additional questions.

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INDUSTRY CREDENTIALS Career Portfolio The Career Portfolio is a credentialing tool that documents the skills and achievements of students who have completed a comprehensive careertechnical education program in Ohio. It is designed to assist employers in identifying, screening and evaluating applicants, while helping careertechnical students market their skills.

Industry Certification Many Polaris programs offer you access to industry-specific certifications. These certifications are recognized throughout various industries as documented proof of your skills and abilities. Providing you access to these credentials gives you a competitive advantage. The following is a partial list of the industry certifications available at Polaris: • ASE • Cisco • First Aid/CPR • Forklift Operator License • Microsoft Office Specialist • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) • OSHA • ServSafe • State Tested Nursing Assistant

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2021 POLARIS STUDENTS OF THE YEAR This past spring, Mary Hiros, Computer Networking Academy, Berea-Midpark High School, and Hannah Huynh, Dental Assisting, Berea-Midpark High School, were named the Outstanding Senior Students of the Year for the Polaris Class of 2021. Below are their stories.

MARY HIROS COMPUTER NETWORKING ACADEMY BEREA-MIDPARK HIGH SCHOOL

Mary Hiros excelled throughout her two years at Polaris. She achieved a 4.7 GPA in her Computer Networking program and a 4.9 GPA in her college courses at Cuyahoga Community College. In fact, Mary already earned her associate degree from Tri-C and is enrolled in the University of Cincinnati’s Early IT program. Mary was a member of the National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Phi Theta Kappa and is a Polaris student ambassador. She is also a two-time recipient of the National Center for Women & Information Technology award. In addition to her achievements in the classroom, Mary was very involved in many school and community activities. She participated in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, marching band, student council, varsity golf, Cyber Security Club, Women in Computing, Hyland Hy-Tech Club and Model United Nations. She juggled a very busy schedule while also working for the Cleveland Metroparks and the Polaris information technology department. Mary’s Computer Networking Academy instructor, Tina Bright, gives her high praise. “Mary is a truly exceptional student that has a strong desire to learn. She is generous with her knowledge and willing to share what she knows with her fellow classmates.” Mary has set a clear career path which builds on her Polaris experience. She is currently attending Baldwin Wallace University and majoring in cyber security and finance and minoring in entrepreneurship. She plans to further her education and earn a master’s degree and PhD in cyber security. She hopes to start her career in the FBI or a similar federal law enforcement agency and then later transition that experience to the private sector.

HANNAH HUYNH DENTAL ASSISTING BEREA-MIDPARK HIGH SCHOOL

Hannah Huynh built an impressive resume during her time at Polaris. She achieved a 4.0 GPA in the Dental Assisting program and a 3.9 GPA at Berea-Midpark High School. Her certifications included the Ohio State Dental X-Ray and CPR Healthcare Provider certificates. Hannah was a member of the National Technical Honor Society, a Polaris student ambassador, National Honor Society, student council, Key Club, Junior and Senior Executive Boards, PRIDE and a member of the Titan bowling team. She also participated in Camp Mi-Bro-Be as a counselor and has worked for many years in the Berea City Schools libraries. She also worked as an intern at Fairview Park Dental Care applying her Polaris skills on the job. Prior to coming to Polaris, Hannah participated in Project Lead the Way classes offered at BereaMidpark High School. Hannah is also fluent in Vietnamese. Her Dental Assisting instructor, Rachelle Pickwick, raves about Hannah as both a student and leader. “Hannah is a goal-oriented young lady determined to succeed. She is a quiet leader who always goes above and beyond to help her classmates. Her compassion and generosity will serve her well in this field.” Hannah attends Cuyahoga Community College and plans to major in dental hygiene.

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ATTENTION PARENTS! Adult Education at Polaris Career Center provides education and training programs that will inspire you to achieve personal success. We offer Job & Career Training programs, Customized Training for employers, as well as Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment classes, so there is something for everyone. Course offerings and content remain current with today’s interests, changing technology and job market.

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