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Board of Education Mr. James Weisbarth, President Olmsted Falls City School District Mr. Dave Thurau, Vice President Berea City School District Mr. David Frazee Strongsville City School District Mr. Kit Krause Brooklyn City School District Mr. John J. Lasko, Jr. North Olmsted City School District Mr. James Oper Brooklyn City School District Mr. Joseph Shucofsky Fairview Park City School District

District Administration Mr. Robert Timmons Superintendent Mr. Dave Plahuta Treasurer Mr. Chris M. McCully Assistant Superintendent Mr. Gerald Lanning Principal Mrs. H. Dawn Wiant Director of Pupil Personnel & Satellite Programming Mr. Douglas Miller Director of Community Outreach

Enrollment Process – It’s easy to apply! As a sophomore, you will have the opportunity to visit Polaris the week of November 15-17, 2010. If interested in enrolling, you can apply online at www.polaris.edu beginning November 19. 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 if there is space available.

Registration Night – Attend Registration Night and Enroll Early! You and your parents and/or guardians are invited to visit Polaris to explore our facility, meet with our instructors, tour our labs and take advantage of early online registration during Registration Night on Thursday, November 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Note: Online application will only be accessible from inside Polaris during Registration Night. Contact the Polaris Enrollment Office at 440.891.7732 with additional questions.

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2011-2012 Table of Contents Career-Technical Programs Aeronautics ................................................................................................................................4 Automotive Technology..............................................................................................................5 Business & Marketing Technology............................................................................................6 Computer Networking Technology............................................................................................7 Construction Trades ..................................................................................................................8 Cosmetology ..............................................................................................................................9 Culinary Academy ....................................................................................................................10 • Baking & Pastry Arts ..........................................................................................................11 • Chef Training ......................................................................................................................12 Electronics & Alternative Energy ............................................................................................13 Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning ..................................................................................14 Healthcare Academy................................................................................................................15 • Dental Assisting ..................................................................................................................16 • Medical Professions ..........................................................................................................17 • Sports Medicine ..................................................................................................................18 Interactive Multimedia ............................................................................................................19 Introduction to Educational Aide Training ..............................................................................20 Law & Public Safety Academy ................................................................................................21 • Criminal Justice ................................................................................................................22 • Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training....................................................................23 Precision CNC Machining ........................................................................................................24 Welding Technology ................................................................................................................25 Special Admissions Programs Building Services ....................................................................................................................26 Deli & Food Production............................................................................................................27 High School Job Training Programs ......................................................................................28 • Employability Skills Lab ....................................................................................................29 • Community Work Experience ............................................................................................29 • Internship/Job Training ......................................................................................................30 • Transition to Employment ..................................................................................................30 Enrollment/General Information ............................................................................................31

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Polaris Provides a Pathway to College Did you know? Twenty-three 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. In fact, nearly 70% of our students who complete their two-year program pursue higher education. If you maintain a “B” or above grades you can articulate or test out of postsecondary courses based on your knowledge and skills. This saves you time and money!

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College Tech Prep Beginning August 2013, all Polaris career-technical programs will be designated College Tech Prep. College Tech Prep programs prepare you for high-skilled technical occupations, while allowing you to earn free college semester hour credit during high school. Once enrolled in a College Tech Prep program you can choose to enter the workplace after high school or continue your education at a two- or four-year college or university. College Tech Prep programs require that you maintain a “B” average in your career-technical program and pass Algebra II. Call 440.891.7732 or visit http://www.techprep4u.com/ for additional information.

CT2 The Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education have developed a system that allows you to transfer credit from select Polaris career-technical courses (that adhere to industry-recognized standards and certifications) to any state institution of higher education “without unnecessary duplication or institutional barriers.” Look for the CT2 designation throughout the high school portion of this Web site. Contact Ned Barnett, Counselor, at nbarnett@polaris.edu or 440.891.7640 with additional questions.

Polaris Student Organizations All Polaris High School career-technical programs are affiliated with one of the following student organizations: Business Professionals of America (BPA); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); DECA and SkillsUSA. Each organization provides you with a platform to participate in community service projects, learn valuable leadership skills and showcase your talents in regional, state and national competitions.

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“This program is providing me with tons of opportunities for growth and learning.” —Christine Wilkins, Olmsted Falls High School

Career Options Flight attendant Airport maintenance Baggage handler Sales representative Ticket agent Ground attendant Air cargo handler

Future Opportunities with Further Education Air traffic controller Meteorologist Pilot Airport operations manager Aviation mechanic Avionics technician Aviation photographer Airline manager/executive Aerospace engineer Flight school instructor

High School Credit Junior Year Aeronautics: 2.5 Technology: .5 Physics: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Kent State University: 11.0 Hours

Aeronautics Your career opportunities will soar in the Polaris Aeronautics program. Developed in collaboration with Kent State University, the Aeronautics program focuses on five areas of concentration:

• Aeronautical studies • Aeronautical systems engineering technology • Air traffic control • Aviation management • Flight technology 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. 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. Air Traffic Control instruction includes theory and practical laboratory-based work in managing aircraft traffic both on the ground and in the air.

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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. 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.

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Automotive Technology 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. To receive College Tech Prep credits from the Automotive Technology program, you must have successfully completed Algebra I and Algebra II by graduation.

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Career Options Independent service garage technician Auto dealership service department team member (i.e. service writer) Specialty shop employee Department store auto service center technician Tire center employee Local and state highway service garage mechanic Auto parts store employee Service center apprentice

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

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Cuyahoga Community College: 10.0 University of Northwestern Ohio: 18.0 College Tech Prep: 11.0 CT2 qualified credit

“I’m learning more than I ever thought possible…because I’m doing something I enjoy.” —Anthony Latta, Olmsted Falls High School

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“I really enjoy the Polaris atmosphere and meeting people with the same interests. It’s also preparing me for college. I love it.” —Justin Nowak, North Olmsted High School

Certifications *IC3 Internet and Computing Core Computing Fundamentals – Hardware, Software, Operating Systems – Key Applications – Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation – Living Online – Networks, Internet, Electronic Mail, *CeMA – Certified eMarketing Associate E-mail marketing Publicity Website design Banner advertising Search engines Coordinated marketing

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Business & Marketing Technology In the 21st century, almost everything you do — work, school, home, leisure and business — is impacted by the Web. Thanks to the Internet, the whole world is at your fingertips. With a click of a mouse, you can buy “virtually” anything from anywhere at anytime.

The Business & Marketing Technology program at Polaris will give you an understanding of basic business and marketing concepts with an emphasis on Internet marketing and social media. This program is ideal for students interested in marketing, business management, communications, entrepreneurship, sales, and advertising.

E-commerce marketing Advertising Public relations Marketing management Sports and entertainment marketing Market researcher Professional sales Entrepreneur

High School Credit Junior Year Business & Marketing Technology: 2.5 Technology: .5 English: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Cuyahoga Community College: 13.0 College Tech Prep: 10.0 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh: 9.0 Ursuline College: 9.0

Visit www.polaris.edu *Students will have the opportunity to receive the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) and the eMarketing Associate (CeMA) certifications.

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Computer Networking Technology Prepare for the exciting field of Information Technology (IT). IT careers are now part of most businesses. They offer many advantages: interesting work, high pay, and opportunities for advancement and continued growth.

The Computer Networking Technology (CNT) program helps you prepare for a career in Information Technology with a networking specialization. CNT is a College Tech Prep program where you can earn up to 30 semester hours of college credits while still in high school. Upon high school graduation, students can request a transcript from Cuyahoga Community College indicating which courses they have completed

while attending Polaris. The Tri-C transcript may be used at Tri-C or submitted to four-year colleges for transfer credits. The CNT program helps prepare you for the following industry certifications: CompTIA A+, and the Cisco CCNA.

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Career Options with Additional College Education PC support specialist Network administrator/engineer WAN administrator Wireless specialist Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) Computer security Computer forensics

High School Credit Junior Year Computer Networking: 2.5 Technology: .5 Algebra II: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit College Tech Prep maximum credit: 30.0 Successful CNT completion: 11.0 A+ certification: 7.0 Cisco CCNA: 16.0 Math certification: 4.0

“I like everything about this program. It’s all fun. We’re like a family.” —Chad Mizer (left), Fairview Park City Schools

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“I am building my future at Polaris. It’s awesome!” —Natasha Castro (middle), Berea High School

Career Options Carpenter Electrician Plumber Roofer Drywall installer Maintenance worker in schools, industry, hospitals, etc. Union/non-union apprentice

High School Credit Junior Year Construction Trades: 2.5 Technology: .5 Geometry: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Cuyahoga Community College: 9.0 College Tech Prep: 9.0

Construction Trades Come explore a profession where teamwork, commitment, and precision combine to form the construction industry. If you enjoy building structures from the ground up, have an eye for detail, a head for math, and a willingness to work with others, you might want to consider the Construction Trades program.

Construction Trades teaches you how to maintain, repair, construct, and remodel buildings and homes in a real-world, practical setting. The program includes the fundamentals of blueprint reading, site preparation, and more

advanced training in carpentry, plumbing, wiring, roofing, and drywall installation. Good basic math and reading skills, mechanical ability, and spatial perception are important in this field.

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Cosmetology You enjoy working with people. You have an eye for beauty. There are tremendous career opportunities for students in cosmetology. Salons across the country are busier than ever and there are thousands of opportunities for hair designers, spa directors, estheticians, and nail technicians. Skincare, spa treatments, and nail care are the hottest specialty growth areas today.

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 in the cosmetology industry. This instruction plus the practical experience obtained in the Polaris Career Center salon, New Beginnings, qualifies you to take the State of Ohio Board of Cosmetology exam. In addition, during the two-year

program, you are required by the State to earn two credits in English, one credit in science and one credit in math. You must maintain good attendance, pass all academic classes and obtain your high school diploma to qualify to take the State exam.

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Career Options (State license required) Full-service cosmetologist Hair stylist Color technician Chemical texture specialist Haircutting specialist Esthetician Nail technician

Future Opportunities with Further Education Salon owner/manager Cosmetology school instructor Inspector — State Board of Cosmetology Cosmetology school owner Platform artist Equipment sales

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

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Cuyahoga Community College: 20.0 Hocking College: 15.0

“Polaris is providing me with a great jump-start on my career. I look forward to coming to school every day to learn something new.” —Man Tran (right), Brooklyn High School

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Culinary Academy

Culinary ACADEMY

You are creative and artistic. You have a passion for food. You thrive in an environment where you can showcase your culinary talents.

The Culinary Academy at Polaris Career Center will give you the opportunity to explore the culinary profession in one of two exciting programs, Baking & Pastry Arts and Chef Training. Both programs will expose you to a

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wide variety of practical learning experiences and related academic classes that will give you a general understanding of nutrition, food sanitation, basic culinary techniques, baking and culinary equipment, food preparation and much more.

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Baking & Pastry Arts The Baking & Pastry Arts program is seeking artistic, creative and enthusiastic young gourmets 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.

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The Baking & Pastry Arts program at Polaris Career Center 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 program opens the door to many opportunities including industry certification, college credit, and college scholarships.

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Career Options Food service professional Baker Pastry cook Assistant pastry chef Manager Barista Wedding cake designer Chocolatier

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

Potential College Semester Hour Credit ProStart® credit may transfer into college credit depending on which college you choose to attend. The amount of credit awarded depends on the college or university and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF): Up to 24.0 CT2 qualified credit

“I love this program. It’s hands-on, it allows me to be creative and is preparing me for further education.” —Tyona Williams (left), Midpark High School

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“Polaris is preparing me for a bright future. I love being able to cook almost every day of the week! Chef O is a great instructor.” —Austin Zavodny (left), Fairview Park City Schools

Career Options Chef Caterer Cook Dietary assistant Institutional kitchen employee Host/hostess Waiter/waitress

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

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Hocking College: 18.0 Johnson & Wales University: 9.0 ProStart® credit may transfer into college credit depending on which college you choose to attend. The amount of credit awarded depends on the college or university and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF): Up to 24.0 College Tech Prep: 13.0 CT2 qualified credit

Chef Training Are you creative? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you thrive in a team environment? If so, Chef Training might be your recipe for success. The restaurant and foodservice industry is looking for the country's best young people to be its future stars. Restaurant and foodservice, a $580-billion industry, creates hundreds of thousands of new jobs each year with enormous advancement opportunity and earning potential for those who have the right skills and attitude.

The Chef Training program at Polaris Career Center 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 program opens the door to many opportunities including industry certification, college credit, and college scholarships.

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As a ProStart program, Chef Training is a two-year certification course that focuses on 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 class-managed restaurant. Also, ProStart gives you the opportunity to compete in culinary and knowledge-based events that can lead to additional scholarships and potential employment opportunities.

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Electronics & Alternative Energy Explore the cutting-edge field of renewable energy and electronics. The Electronics & Alternative Energy program is designed to prepare you for a career as an engineer or electronics technician with a focus on new energy technology.

Electrical energy generation using alternative and sustainable technology is growing at a rapid rate worldwide. Solar power, wind turbines, tidal mills and fuel cells will all play a key role in future electric energy production.

Changes in electronics are impacting other industries too. The transportation sector is witnessing tremendous growth in hybrid (gasolineelectric) vehicle production, and the biomedical and security systems industries are expanding due in large part to technology advances. These and other industries need electronic engineers and technicians like you who can invent, design, manufacture, distribute, install and maintain the advanced electronic components of tomorrow.

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Career Options Advanced energy technician Wind field service technician Installation, maintenance, and repair technician for consumer or industrial electrical or electronic devices and/or systems in the manufacturing, biomedical, health science and entertainment sectors Technician for fabrication and/or testing of prototypes Fabrication and/or testing of prototypes

High School Credit Junior Year Electronics: 2.5 Technology: .5 Algebra II: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Cuyahoga Community College: 22.0 Hocking College: 17.0 Sinclair Community College: 4.0 College Tech Prep: 15.0

“I love the hands-on activities in this program. The real world approach makes it easier to learn and comprehend.� —Jacquelyn Hamill (right), Strongsville High School

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“Polaris offers many different opportunities for students and teaches me the skills I will need to be successful in the HVAC industry.” —James Kukich (front), Olmsted Falls High School

Career Options HVAC repair technician Parts person Maintenance worker Service technician Installer Salesperson

High School Credit Junior Year Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning: 2.5 Technology: .5 Geometry: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit University of Northwestern Ohio: 6.0 Stark State College: 12.0 College Tech Prep: 13.0

Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Some may call you an HVAC Technician. We like to think of you as a Comfort Engineer. 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 applications.

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.

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Healthcare Academy You have a desire to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. You are fascinated by the inner workings of the human body. You thrive in a high pressure environment.

The Healthcare Academy at Polaris Career Center is designed to prepare you for the diverse field of healthcare with a focus on the following career opportunities: • Dental Assisting • Dental Hygiene • Medical Assisting • Pre-Nursing • State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) • Sports Medicine

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The Academy is comprised of the following Polaris programs: • Dental Assisting • Medical Professions • Sports Medicine Once you complete your Polaris program, you can go directly into the workforce, pursue further education at a two- or four-year college or do both.

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“Dental Assisting is giving me a great head-start on my career and is providing me with practical experience in a first-class environment.� —Kaitlyn Jancik (right), North Olmsted High School

Career Options (as a Certified Dental Assistant) General chairside assistant Endodontic assistant Orthodontic assistant Pedodontic assistant Periodontic assistant Oral surgery assistant Prosthodontic assistant Hygiene assistant Hospital dental clinic assistant Dental lab technician Circulatory assistant Sterilization assistant Insurance manager Business office manager/ receptionist

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

Potential College Semester Hour Credit College Tech Prep: 7.0

Dental Assisting 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.

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Medical Professions 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 on 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 & physiology, medical ethics, medical terminology, office procedures, medical records, laboratory skills and personal healthcare.

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Career Options Positions are available for qualified employees in: Physicians’ offices Hospitals Ambulatory care centers Extended care facilities Insurance companies

Future Opportunities with Further Education Nurse Paramedic Respiratory therapist Occupational therapist/ assistant Laboratory technician Radiographic technician Physical therapist/assistant Ultrasound technician Physician Pharmacy technician

High School Credit Junior Year Medical Professions: 2.5 Technology: .5 Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit College Tech Prep: 11.0

“This program is providing me with the skills to be successful in my career, and it’s giving me the ability to help others. I love it!” —Zaid Odetallah (right), North Olmsted High School

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“This program is preparing me for college and an exciting career in healthcare. I enjoy meeting new people and the teachers are great.” —Liznell Castro-Caraballo (left), Brooklyn High School

Career Options Positions are available for qualified employees in: Health centers Hospitals Nursing care facilities Athletic organizations As a certified personal trainer (upon obtaining certificate)

Future Opportunities with Further Education Registered nurse (RN) State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Emergency medical technician (EMT)/ paramedic Licensed practical nurse (LPN) Physical therapy assistant Physical therapist Radiology technician Certified fitness trainer Certified athletic trainer Sports medicine physician

High School Credit Junior Year Sports Medicine: 2.5 Technology: .5 Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit College Tech Prep: 11.0

Sports Medicine 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. Sports Medicine also offers real world experience through shadowing and clinical hours in approved healthcare facilities.

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Interactive Multimedia You are creative and artistic. You are looking for a profession where you can apply your talents. Look no further than a career in interactive multimedia. From logos and ads, to commercials and Web sites, 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 Interactive Multimedia 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.

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Career Options Animator Production artist Design assistant Layout artist Studio apprentice Printer’s apprentice Photographer’s assistant Photo lab assistant Multimedia technician Museum/gallery worker Advertising salesperson Web designer

High School Credit Junior Year Interactive Multimedia: 2.5 Technology: .5 English: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Ursuline College: 9.0 College Tech Prep: 13.0

“This program is a hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art learning environment. My teacher, Mr. Takatch, is the best!” —Teresa Mruk (left), Senior, Fairview Park High School

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Career Options Teacher’s aide Aide Educational aide Teaching assistant Instructional assistant Job coach Classroom assistant Day care center assistant Nursery school assistant Child care worker in children’s hospital Head Start assistant Library assistant Attendant

Future Opportunities with Further Education Teacher – elementary or secondary education Head Start teacher Nursery school director Day care director Family services Nanny

High School Credit Junior Year Introduction to Educational Aide Training: 2.5 Technology: .5 English: 1.0

Introduction to Educational Aide Training This one year program is designed to prepare you for a career as an educational aide or instructional assistant and will serve as a spring board into this high-demand educational career.

Educational aides are non-teaching staff in a school district who directly assist and work under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher or other licensed, certified or credentialed education professional in providing instructional or other services to students.

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The Introduction to Educational Aide Training will give you exposure to this exciting career through a series of hands-on activities and classroom exercises.

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Law & Public Safety Academy You thrive in a high-pressure environment. You have a desire to give back to the community. You enjoy helping others.

The Law & Public Safety Academy, comprised of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training programs, features a wide variety of practical learning experiences and related classroom activities. As a student in the Law & Public Safety Academy, you will be exposed to and become proficient in the following foundation skills: • Communications • Problem-solving and critical thinking • Technology applications • Safety, health, and the environment

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• Leadership and teamwork • Ethics and legal responsibilities • Employability and career development In addition, the Academy will give you a broad understanding of the law and public safety field, preparing you for careers in: • Corrections • Security and protective services • Law enforcement • Emergency and fire management • Legal services

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“Criminal Justice helps prepare myself for law enforcement and has made me realize that this is the career area that’s right for me.” —Kelly Uber (left), Senior, Olmsted Falls High School

Career Options Private security officer and industrial security Ohio State Patrol cadet Police dispatcher Military police officer and Federal protection officer Fingerprint technician Bureau of Criminal Identification officer Traffic/parking control officer Police officer/Deputy sheriff* Ohio State Trooper* Federal law enforcement intern* *Most police departments in Ohio, which include federal law enforcement agencies, require you to be 21 to become a law enforcement officer. A department that is not civil service may hire you at 18, especially out-of-state departments.

High School Credit Junior Year Criminal Justice: 2.5 Technology: .5 Forensics: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Cuyahoga Community College: 7.0 Chancellor University: 18.0 Hocking College: 23.0 College Tech Prep: 10.0 CT2 qualified credit

Criminal Justice “To serve and protect”…this phrase will take on 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 by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission as a private security officer.

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Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training 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 or fire service career? If so, a career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or a firefighter might be just what the doctor ordered.

This 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. Some examples of the curriculum are basic anatomy, 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 – Basic Exam which is the certifying exam for the state of Ohio. This program is offered in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Health System EMS Academy and the Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus Fire Training Academy.

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Career Options Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Emergency room assistant Prerequisite to Paramedic training Private ambulance Firefighter Military corpsman

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

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Cuyahoga Community College: 17.0 College Tech Prep: 27.0

“I have the greatest teacher. She prepares us for everything we need to know about the EMT/Firefighting field. It’s a top notch” program.” —Dominic Dalessandro (right), Midpark High School

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“This program is hands-on and fantastic. Hands-on does not mean mindsoff in the Precision CNC Machining program. We are surgeons of steel!” —Jon Cress (right), Fairview High School

Career Options Precision machine apprentice Tool and die apprentice Mold maker apprentice Machine operator CNC operator CNC programmer Machine or tool room supplies salesperson

High School Credit Junior Year Precision CNC Machining: 2.5 Technology: .5 Algebra II: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit College Tech Prep: 8.0

Precision CNC Machining 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 high-demand/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 profession.

As a Precision Machining Technology student, you will receive a laptop computer on loan for the duration of the time you spend in the program. The laptop will enable you to use CAM software to create 2D and 3D models which are then machined in the fully automated CNC vertical machining center. In addition, you will use Tooling-U, an online virtual resource, to compliment this exciting curriculum. During this two-year program, you can earn nationally recognized certification from the National Institute of Metal Forming Skills (NIMS). During the second year, you may be placed in a part-time position at a member company; hours worked may

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apply toward an apprenticeship. This program is a practical step in acquiring a two- or four-year technical degree. College Tech Prep offers eight (8) credits to be used toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing/Industrial Technology.

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Welding Technology 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.

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Career Options Tack welder Production welder Welder/fitter Robotic technician Inspector Welding foreman Welding technician Equipment salesperson

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

Potential College Semester Hour Credit Lorain County Community College: 7.0

“The Welding Technology program is fantastic! Polaris is giving me the tools I need to be successful now and in the future.” —Andrew Johnson (left), Brooklyn High School

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“This program provides me with excellent experience and is preparing me for a variety of skilled trades opportunities.” —Mohammed Najjar (right), Fairview Park High School

Skills Basic carpentry Basic electrical Basic plumbing Basic drywall Custodial services

Equipment Various power tools Circular saw Power miter saw Reciprocating saw Table saw Jointer, planer Cordless drill Floor care equipment

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

Future Opportunities with Further Education Property manager Sales person Custodial supervisor Maintenance engineer

High School Credit Building Services: 3.0 Technology: .5

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Building Services Do you enjoy making repairs around the house? Do you have an interest in maintenance? If so, the Building Services program might be a perfect fit.

Building Services is a multi-skill program that prepares you for all phases of custodial maintenance. Instruction will emphasize the employability 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, welding, and custodial services. In addition, you will practice safe work habits and learn job site procedures.

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Skills Basic food preparation skills Catering business-related skills Commercial food equipment operation Vegetable and fruit preparation Meat and poultry preparation Sandwich and side-dish preparation Bread and pastry production Nutrition fundamentals Cash handling procedures Sanitation and safety Delicatessen equipment operation Packaging techniques

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Deli & Food Production Do you have an interest in the restaurant and foodservice industry? Place your order and enroll in the Deli & Food Production program.

A two-year course leading to state certification in Food Management, Production and Service, this program is designed to offer you experience in the actual operations of a deli and food production establishment. While operating the Old Oak Deli at Polaris Career Center, 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 helps you prepare for entry-level employment in the industry. Small classes allow for maximum teacher-to-student contact.

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Knives Beverage equipment Oven Grill Deep fat fryer Microwave oven Scale Mixer Dishwasher Slicer

Career Options Assistant cook Busing attendant Cafeteria worker Short-order cook Baker’s assistant Waiter/waitress Dietary aide

Future Opportunities with Further Education Chef/head cook Banquet manager Host/hostess Caterer Baker

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

“My teacher, Mr. Werner, makes it fun to cook and learn how to run a business! I love it!” —Kevin Kolhoff (right), Senior, North Olmsted High School

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High School Job Training Programs Polaris Career Center 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: • Basic employability skills • Specific job skills • Career exploration activities • Community work experience • Actual on-the-job training and support

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Each program is unique in addressing the needs of individual students. High School Job Training programs include: • Employability Skills Lab • Community Work Experience • Internship/Job Training • Transition to Employment

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Employability Skills Lab Polaris Job Training Programs include an inhouse Employability Skills Lab for students who require more intense training in prevocational skills including both basic employability, vocational and social/life skills.

The program’s goal is to build more independent skills through simulated and authentic work settings. The Skills Lab provides instruction for students who require the most support to learn specific work skills, work behaviors, and self-help skills. Through this program, students learn the importance of positive work attitudes, quality of work, teamwork, following directions, staying on task, working independently and managing time. The program targets high school students, ages 17-22, with cognitive and/or multiple disabilities. A current IEP reflecting community-based employment as a reasonable outcome, either in a competitive or supported employment setting, is required. Also, students need to be able to complete simple vocational tasks without prompting.

Some typical work experiences could include: • Laundry • Housekeeping • Floors • Recycling • Assembly • Packaging • Stocking • General Office Work

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Community Work Experience Our Community Work Experience program is designed to introduce and improve basic work skills for students with disabilities who have barriers to employment. This is accomplished by providing students with real-life work experiences in the community. The students are transported to an off-campus job site. The current site is Southwest General Health Center.

Students explore a variety of training sites and begin to experience the demands of a real job. They are expected to work for periods of time without constant supervision and need to be willing to: • Stay with a task, improve speed and quality • Maintain professional hygiene and grooming • Get along with others in the workforce • Learn how to take initiative and seek out more work while on the job • Continued instruction in life skills such as appropriate work behaviors, social and communication skills, self-advocacy and problem-solving is also provided

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Internship/Job Training The Internship/Job Training program at Polaris expands upon the Community Work Experience program by providing individual job training experiences.

The Internship program places individual students in non-paid internships in a variety of local businesses. The student does not report to Polaris, only to his/her internship site following the schedule provided by the employer. The student is first provided with travel training and then placed in a series of three job rotations throughout the year. The program focuses on improving basic work skills so that students can be successful in a competitive work environment and provides further career exploration opportunities in realworld settings. Students in this program learn about the importance of employer expectations while still working to increase their speed, time on task, stamina, and communication skills. Additionally, students continue to improve work attitudes and behaviors including: • Getting along with co-workers and supervisors • Accepting criticism • Taking responsibility for attendance • Following directions in a supported work environment Students entering into this program may have already met their academic requirements at the associate school, or may still be in the process of working to fulfill their requirements.

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Transition to Employment Transition to Employment is the last step in this continuum of program options. It is a job placement program that matches individuals to desired and realistic employment in the community.

It is designed for students who are in a position to seek and attain competitive employment in the community. A student in this program needs supported job placement services and has met all the graduation requirements. 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 Dawn Wiant, Director of Pupil Personnel & Satellite Programming, at 440.891-7703 or dwiant@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 is easy to apply to Polaris • You must be 16 years of age by October 15, 2011. • You must be in the process of meeting graduation requirements set forth by your high school. • You need six completed credits at the time of your application or at the end of the current semester. • Register online at www.polaris.edu beginning November 19, 2010. • Take advantage of early online registration during Registration Night on November 18, 2010. Contact the Polaris Enrollment Office at 440.891.7732 with additional questions.

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Student Visitations You are encouraged to visit Polaris during Sophomore Visitation Days on November 15-17, 2010. You may schedule a program visit on Career Tech Thursdays, running January through April 2011. Your high school guidance office will help you plan your visit.

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

Student Fees 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. Assistance is also available to students with financial need.

Transportation Busing to and from Polaris is provided by your school district. A $25 Polaris parking permit must be purchased in the Main Office if you plan to drive to school.

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Skill Credentials Career Passport The Career Passport is a credentialing tool that documents the skills and achievements of students who have completed a comprehensive career-technical education program in Ohio. It is designed to assist employers in identifying, screening, and evaluating applicants, while helping career-technical students market their skills.

Polaris Certificate of Achievement Polaris students who successfully meet the requirements of their program will receive a Polaris Certificate of Achievement and a Career Passport. Students are required to maintain a 95 percent attendance rate and passing grades in order to be eligible for the certificate.

Industry Certification Many Polaris programs offer students access to industry-specific certifications. These certifications are recognized throughout various industries as documented proof of a person’s skills and abilities. Providing our students access to these credentials gives them a competitive advantage. The following is a partial list of the industry certifications available at Polaris:

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Attention Parents! Polaris isn’t just for high school students. We offer hundreds of high quality courses that will help you succeed and achieve in this fast-paced global economy. Prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Register now! Online Registration: Now Available at: www.polaris.edu Registration: 440.891.7600

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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 access to industry-recognized certifications. After graduation, you can go directly into the job market or capitalize on those college credit hours by continuing your education at a two- or four-year college. Polaris has many career-technical programs to choose from. All programs feature state-of-the-art technology and training in a practical setting. Come DISCOVER the Polaris program that is right for you! Attend Registration Night and Enroll Early! Visit Polaris and take advantage of early online registration during Registration Night on November 18, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Polaris High School Catalog 2011-2012  

Polaris High School Catalog 2011-2012

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