The Upper Dauphin Area High School offers 5 Career & Technical Education Programs including Agriculture, Building Trades, Communications Technologies, Diversified Occupations and Welding. Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements will take coursework throughout high school and earn the proper credits to be considered a vocational concentrator/completer. Students who successfully complete coursework will also qualify for the NOCTI exam, a nationally recognized exam that measures the skills of those who complete a secondary technical program. Based on the results of this exam, students will have the opportunity to earn a certificate or college credit in the respective technical area. Each credit earned in a technical program is equivalent to 120 hours. A student needs to take and pass a minimum of 5.5 credits in a given technical area to qualify to take the NOCTI Exam. The NOCTI exam is given in the spring of your senior year.
UDA Agriculture Program
Completer of Agriculture program requires 1320 hours. Concentrator of Agriculture program requires 50% or 660 hours. Visit pages 33-34 of the 2023-24 UDAHS Program of Studies for more information.
The course covers fundamentals of welding in preparation for more advanced study and practice in this subject area. This course is offered as part of the Agriculture and Natural Resources program, and it is to be taken prior to entry into the Welding Technology program.
Small Gas Engines
This course covers the small gas engine and its systems, such as carburetion, ignition, compression, governing and cooling. Use of common shop tools and measuring devices as well as tune-up and repair is emphasized. Students will also work in small groups disassembling and reassembling a single cylinder engine.
Advanced Agriculture Mechanics
Students will build upon knowledge provided from prerequisite classes listed below. This will be achieved through project based learning and advanced planning. Teacher permission is required for this course.
Crop and Soil Science (*Sci)
This course is designed to teach the basics of soil science and agronomic crop production. The fundamentals of soil science will be covered before advancing to topics on growing agronomic crops common to Pennsylvania. Computerized soil mapping using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be covered.
Forest and Wildlife Management
This course covers basic scientific principles of forest and wildlife management.
Natural Resources Management
Students will cover topics on land use, water quality, sustainability, stewardship, and environmental agencies.
Horticulture is defined as the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants. A key requirement of this course is the planning and implementation of a real-world, personalized student project.
Greenhouse Production and Management
Greenhouse structures, equipment, controls and management will be covered, as well as material on plant propagation and care. Students will gain extensive experience in vegetable and flower bedding plant production.
Animal Science (*Sci)
This is designed to expose students to agriculture, animal science, and related career options. Students participating in the course will have experiences in various animal science concepts with hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Students’ experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing.
Meat and Food Technology
This course begins with an exploration of the U.S. and global food industry, and advances into topics relating science to the production and processing of foods. Meat processing and carcass evaluation is covered also.
Supervised Agriculture Experience Project (SAE)
SAE supplements other agriculture education coursework. Students must identify a specific project or personal interest before enrolling in SAE, and instructor permission is required.
Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics and Technology (*Sci)
This course covers scientific principles underlying the study of machine and technological systems in agriculture production and natural resource systems.
Introduction to Animal, Plant Science, and Soil Science (*Sci)
This course focuses on the scientific principles underlying the study of animals, plants, and soils in agricultural production and natural resource systems. It is a prerequisite for many Level II courses.
Ag Business Management
This course covers starting a business, understanding financial documents, identifying risk management strategies, and writing a business plan.
Dairy, Livestock and Equine Production and Management
Dairy and Livestock Production and Management will be taught in school years beginning with an odd number. This course is designed for both farm and non-farm students with an interest in dairy, livestock and equine production. Feeding, genetics, reproduction, health care, and economics will be stressed.
UDA Building Trades Program
Completer of Building Trades program requires 1246 hours. Concentrator of Building Trades requires 50% or 623 hours. Visit page 35 of the 2023-24 UDAHS Program of Studies for more information.
Building Trades I
Demonstrate safety rules for the construction trades, identify and demonstrate proper use of hand tools, identify and proper operations of portable power tools and equipment, introduction to local building codes and blueprint reading, introduction to masonry trades, introduction to rough carpentry, introduction to simple electrical and plumbing systems. Use of knowledge and skills at the off-site project.
Building Trades II
Review of construction site safety, review of usage of hand and power tools, review of building codes and blueprint reading, assisting in preparing material list for off-site work or projects at the school. Be provided an in depth look at skilled trades, masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, interior and exterior finishes. Building Trades II students will also be tasked with the design and construction of the display for the home builders show.
Building Trades III
This course continues to expand upon the concepts and skills learned in previous years. Students will be involved in the design concept of the off-site project. The advanced students will be given the opportunity to lead and assist in training teams on the building site. Students will be provided time to expand and focus their understanding and knowledge of a specific trade area.
Additional Industry Credentials and Opportunities for Building Trades Students:
- Membership in the NAHB student chapter.
- OSHA Ten Hour General Industry Safety Card.
- Recognitions from Industry Suppliers.
- Credentialing from the local Home Builders Association provided by local colleges.
- Advanced career placements through NAHB and local Home Builders Associations.
- Assistants in obtaining construction industry scholarship funding provided only to construction industry students.
- With membership in the NAHB student chapter, students have opportunities to compete for prizes at state level chapter events. For students winning state level chapter events, the opportunity exists to move to national level competitions. Just for information, the next three years the national competition will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UDA Communications Technologies Program
Completer of Communication Technologies program requires 1320 hours. Concentrator of Communication Technologies program requires 50% or 660 hours. Visit pages 36-37 of the 2023-24 UDAHS Program of Studies for full information.
Computer Applications I – Word Processing/Presentation Basics
This course introduces students to word processing and presentation concepts as part of an office software productivity suite. This is a self-paced, hands-on approach that utilizes creative computer projections, group instruction, and step-by-step instruction using numerous business and general interest topics.
Computer Applications II – Word Processing/Presentation/ Spreadsheet
This hands-on course builds on the basic concepts introduced in word processing and presentation as part of an office software productivity suite and introduces spreadsheet functionality. A focus of this course is to master these applications both separately and in an integrated environment.
HACC CIS 105 Introduction to Computer Applications
Introduction to Computer Applications is a fundamental course designed to survey general topics in the computer field. Topics include computer concepts, hardware and software applications, and emerging technologies. In this course, students will work individually and in groups to explore these topics. Emphasis is placed on providing experience for learning basic and advanced features of word processing, database management, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. This course takes the hands-on approach utilizing step-by-step instruction using various business and general interest topics. Students apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through the use of the software applications.
Computer Applications – Graphic and Technology Design
Students will be introduced to computer applications that focus on the generation and adaptation of computer graphics and digital images. The integration of typography with imagery will be explored with emphasis being placed on creating visually appealing publications.
Digital Media I – Video and Photography
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital video production and photography. Students will learn how to produce short videos, including story-boarding and shooting, and will finish productions using current video- and sound-editing software.
Digital Media II – Video and Photography
This course will move students from the fundamentals of digital video production and photography to the more advanced features. This is a hands-on, project based course that utilizes digital media concepts which will feature digital media hardware/software tools, techniques and digital media applications.
Video Broadcasting I
Video Broadcasting I is a project-based course, where students use industry-standard video editing hardware and software to learn the process of creating a broadcast-quality video production.
Video Broadcasting II
Students will apply concepts they learned in Video Broadcasting I as well as learn more hardware, software, and production processes used to create video and audio productions in order to produce all aspects and content of a regularly scheduled production as part of a production team.
Video Broadcasting III
Students will apply concepts they learned in Video Broadcasting II as well as learn more hardware, software, and production processes used to create video and audio productions in order to produce all aspects and content of a regularly scheduled production as part of a production team..
Yearbook (may be taken multiple times for credit)
Students in journalism will work on various publications from the high school. They will develop their photography, writing, sales, communication technology, design and publication skills for publications including the yearbook.
Student Help Desk (may be taken multiple times for credit)
The Student Help Desk is a student technology innovation and integration course. The course is a hands on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students are required to assess problem sets throughout the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem.
BIM120: Social Media in Business & Society
Examination of the strategic use of social media for personal, professional, and business communication, advertising, and marketing. Course work includes using various social media tools, creating and sharing content, and collaborating on group campaigns using social media for social change. Includes analysis of current and emerging social media tools from a personal and business perspective. In order for students to take this course, every student enrolled must pay $80 (this may change if book price goes up) for the text and course platform.
BWM150: Introduction to Web Page Development
Introductory coverage of the Internet and online Web technologies. Skills learned include how to plan, create, and maintain static web pages.
CIT160: Introduction to Programming
Introduction to problem-solving techniques, elementary programming and the implementation of these techniques.
CSC132: Introduction to Gaming and Simulation
This course teaches the play-centric approach to designing both physical and digital games. No coding experience is needed as we use visual game editor to create digital games.
UDA Diversified Occupations (Co-Op) Program
Completer of Diversified Occupations CTE Program requires 720 hours. Concentrator of Diversified Occupations CTE Program requires 50% or 360 hours. Visit page 38 of the 2023-24 UDAHS Program of Studies for full information.
Diversified Occupations I
This senior course may be taken as an elective, but it is required for seniors enrolled in Diversified Occupations II. It covers career exploration, acquisition, maintenance, advancement and entrepreneurship. It also deals with meeting adult responsibilities.
Diversified Occupations II
The D.O. II program includes placement of the student at a business and/or local establishment for on-the-job training for ½ of each school day. Training agreements are arranged between the employer-trainer, student-learner, parent, and the school. Students are placed on the job by the employer/trainer through the job search process. The job site will comply with all federal and state labor laws. The classroom part of the course includes work as it is related to the individual’s job and other related outcomes from the student’s working environment. A portfolio will be required for each student to log hours worked and outcomes achieved from a pre-approved job site. Ongoing visitations and/or career counseling will take place throughout the school year with the D.O. Coordinator. Pre-approval for job sites should take place before the start of one’s senior year.
UDA Welding Program
Completer of any CTE program requires 1080 hours. Concentrator of any CTE program requires 50% or 540 hours. Visit page 39 of the 2023-24 UDAHS Program of Studies for full information.
Level I Welding
The Level I Welding Technology program provides students with training in Occupational Safety, Principles of Welding, Weld Drawing and Symbols, Weld Inspection, Shielded Arc Welding (SMAW), Manual Oxy Fuel Cutting and Welding, Brazing and Soldering.
Level II Welding
The Level II Welding Technology program provides students with training in Oxy Fuel Cutting and Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, MIG Weld Safety/Operation, Flux Core Welding Safety, Plasma Cutting, Weld Drawing and Symbols, Weld Inspection, Weld Drawings and Symbols, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Mechanized Oxy Fuel Cutting, and Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC). This course also offers Employability Skills Training.
Level III Welding
The Level III Welding Technology program provides students with training in:
OPTION 1: AWS D1.1 GTAW 3G Certification – Offered On Campus
- TIG Weld Safety/Operation
- Carbon Arc Cutting Safety/Operation
- Brazing and Soldering Set Up/Operation
- 800s: Gas Tungsten Arc Cutting (GTAW)
- 1200s: Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A)
- 1300s Brazing and Soldering
OPTION 2: Cooperative Education – In the Field
Accountability Targets Achieve proficient or advanced on the Keystone Exams, graduate with a high school diploma, achieve Competent to Advanced on the NOCTI exam number, 4172, Welding. Success in Meeting Secondary Core Indicators.
Cooperative Education Class
This senior course covers career exploration, acquisition, maintenance, advancement and entrepreneurship. It also deals with meeting adult responsibilities. This course is required for students simultaneously enrolled in Level III Welding Option 2: Cooperative Education.