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Fire Science

FIRE SCIENCE I

Grades: 11,12

Prerequisite: None

All first year students (whether junior or senior) follow the complete OSFM Basic Operations Firefighter curriculum which will include the cognitive and

psychomotor components to Basic Operations Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Fire Service Vehicle Operator, Technical Rescue

Awareness, Basic First Aid, AHA CPR and AED, and NIMS 100 and 700. The only exception is that students will not engage in live interior structural

firefighting activities due to age and liability aspects as recommended by OSFM. As students progress through graduated skill evolution, drills are added with

increasing complexity to challenge and evaluate firefighter capabilities. Drills combine students from Fire Science I, Fire Science II and the EMT program to

simulate real life emergency scene situations. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive college credit for the reciprocating classes at Waubonsee

or Elgin Community Colleges. Fee: $45.00

FIRE SCIENCE II

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Fire Science I

Second year students follow OSFM Advanced Technician Firefighter Curriculum including the cognitive and psychomotor components relevant to a journeyman

firefighter as outlined by NFPA 1001. In addition, students will receive complete training toward OSFM certification in Vehicle Machinery Operations (vehicular

extrication), Fire Apparatus Engineer (Pump Operator), and NIMS 200. The only exception is that students will not engage in live interior structural

firefighting activities due to age and liability aspects as recommended by OSFM. As students progress through graduated skill evolution, drills are added with

increasing complexity to challenge and evaluate firefighter capabilities. Drills combine students from Fire Science I, Fire Science II and the EMT program to

simulate real life emergency scene situations. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive college credit for the reciprocating classes at

Waubonsee or Elgin Community Colleges. Fee: $45.00

 

EMT Information

GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: NONE

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic education program will prepare students to become competent, entry-level EMT Basics in order to serve in volunteer and/or professional career positions in the State of Illinois and area communities.

EMT Basic program fulfills the prescribed requirements by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and prepares students to practice the art and science of pre-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. The goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. An EMT Basic primarily provides care to emergency patients in a pre-hospital setting and serves as a vital member of the health care team.

This program is available to students who plan to go into the health care or fire science fields, or another area of emergency medical services.

Upon completion of EMT Basic, the student is prepared to take the EMT Basic Competency Exam which allows for certification from the IDPH.

Special Requirements: All students must purchase a FVCC uniform top, pants, ID badge, stethoscope, watch with second hand and textbook.

In addition, students must complete and pass an American Heart Association health care provider CPR class. As part of the EMT Basic class,

students will complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of emergency room clinical in the prescribed time indicated by the instructor. The law

requires all persons involved in patient care at any health agency to have a 2-step tuberculin skin test, proof of vaccinations for MMR (mumps,

measles, rubella) and hepatitis B. The students must also pass a drug screen and criminal background check.

Fee: $30.00 plus costs for manual/workbook, drug screen, TB test and background check. Uniform and equipment costs

are approximately $100.00.

When students are taking part in the clinical hours at an area hospital, they will be required to provide their own transportation to the health

care facility.

2-1/2 Credits

VALEES #: 14055A001

Associate

 

Directed Studies Information

Credit: .5 per semester

Grade: Typically 12th Grade

Prerequisite: Successful completion of competencies in appropriate courses as determined by the instructor. More »

 

WELDING I

2-1/2 Credits

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisite: None, but Introductory Industrial Technology courses are recommended.

This introductory course is designed to help students master skills in the following areas: shielded arc welding, gas metal arc welding, tungsten metal arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, bronzing, flame cutting and the fundamentals of weld shop fabrication. Welding I students will complete a competency chart. Students must supply their own safety glasses, heavy gloves, work shirt, and necessary tools/materials.

Fee: $45.00

 

WELDING II

2-1/2 Credits

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Welding I

This course will utilize the concepts practiced in Welding I with more in-depth specialization. A higher level of competency is expected. The course material will be developed around problem solving fabrication equipment, operational procedures, production layout, technical function, pipe welding, and necessary tools/materials. Students that receive a B or better can receive college credit at Waubonsee Community College in the following courses: Welding I and Welding II. Fee: $45.00

 

COSMETOLOGY I

3 Credits

Grades: 11, 12

Off Campus Class (Various Locations)

Prerequisite: None

Cosmetology I is divided into several units of study that include hair shaping, hair styling, draping, shampooing, blow dry styling, manicuring, facials, waving and sanitation. Chemistry and professional ethics will be taught in conjunction with the above units. Laboratory work and classroom instruction help students learn the theory required for licensing. Students must complete 750 hours to continue in the program. Students are required to furnish their own transportation to the training schools, buy uniforms, shoes, cosmetology kit, and pay the required registration and lab fees. A mandatory meeting is required to participate in the program.

 

COSMETOLOGY II

3 Credits

Grade: 12

Off Campus Class (Various Locations)

Prerequisite: Cosmetology I

Students will continue work to obtain the required 1500 hours and meet the state requirements for licensing testing. After completing the second year of cosmetology curriculum and the 1500 required lab hours, students may take the Cosmetology Licensing Exam and become a licensed cosmetologist. Students are required to furnish their own transportation to the training schools, replenish any supplies needed, buy uniforms, shoes, and pay the required lab fees.

 

ESTHETICS

2-1/2 Credits

Grade: 12

Off Campus Class (Various Locations)

Prerequisite: None

The Esthetics curriculum is broken into four components: basic training, scientific concepts, practices and procedures, and business practices. Estheticians are trained in the treatment and care of skin for both health and appearance. They perform a wide variety of tasks on various parts of the body. They give facials, body treatments, pedicures and manicures. They also remove unwanted hair from the body. Areas of study include the history of skin care, personal hygiene and public health, professional ethics, sterilization and sanitation, introduction to analysis and skin care and facial treatments. Students are required to furnish their own transportation to the training schools, buy uniforms, shoes, cosmetology kit, and pay the required registration and lab fees. A mandatory meeting is required to participate in the program.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD I

2-1/2 Credits

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Early Childhood I provides students with the knowledge and practical experiences needed to develop skills required to work effectively with young children ages 2-5. Classroom studies include philosophies of early development, management of childcare centers, and state regulations governing childcare centers. A primary learning experience involves working with children in Small World Learning Center, the child care center at Fox Valley Career Center. Students plan and present developmentally appropriate learning activities to the young children that promote growth in all areas; social, emotional, cognitive and physical. These experiences include stories, transitional activities, art, dramatic play, blocks, small manipulatives, literacy, math, music and movement. Students also prepare a professional portfolio which includes a resume, samples of their teaching, and class work. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive college credit for the course, Career Explorations in Early Childhood, at Waubonsee Community College. Fee: $30.00

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD II

2-1/2 Credits

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Early Childhood I

Early Childhood II is a continuation of Early Childhood I. Emphasis is placed on working with infants, children with special needs, and elementary school children. Students are provided opportunities to work in the infant-toddler room at Small World Learning Center or serve as interns in area schools throughout the community. Students explore food and nutrition, various child care programs (Montessori, Head Start, etc.), early childhood theorists and research career opportunities. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive credit for Waubonsee Community College course, Introduction to Early Childhood Education. Fee: $30.00

 

HORTICULTURE I

2-1/2 Credits

Prerequisite: None

Grades: 11, 12

This course offers instruction in landscaping, greenhouse, indoor plant care, floral design and tissue culture. Units of study during the first semester include plant science, landscape maintenance and pruning, landscape design and installation, and holiday floral design and sales. Second semester features greenhouse crops, care and handling of cut flowers, floral design, tissue culture, propagation, marketing and sales. This is a project-based course, so students will be able to work on horticulture projects in their area of interest. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. First semester students will receive .5 credits in science for BSAA plant science. Second semester they will receive .5 credits in science for Biotechnology. Participation in FFA activities (high school agriculture student organization) and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts. Fee: $25.00

 

HORTICULTURE II

2-1/2 Credits

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Horticulture I or Instructor Approval

This course focuses on the landscape, nursery and turf segments of the horticulture industry. Units of study include identifying landscape plants, designing landscape plans using computer design programs, hardscape construction techniques, and installing landscape plants. Agribusiness units will cover calculating prices for work, managing a horticulture business, advertising and sales. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA (high school agriculture student organization) activities and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts. Fee: $25.00

 

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS I

2-1/2 Credits

Grades: 11 & 12

Prerequisite: None. Art, Drawing & Computer courses can be helpful.

Graphic Communications I is a comprehensive introduction to the Graphic Communication Industry. Emphasis will be placed upon the theories and processes that make up production printing. Instruction and practice will be given in offset printing, digital workflow, and screen printing, which include: imposition, multi-color, step and repeat work, multi page layout, multi-color press operation, paper identification, estimating and management, and advanced finishing processes. Using these processes, students will design and produce printed materials for real customers and for personal promotion in future job assessment activities and in the Graphic Industry, Graphic Design techniques with industry standard software, computer illustration, advanced typography, digital imaging, scanning, halftones, duo tones, posterizations, and special effects will be explored. Dual credit from College of DuPage is available. Fee: $30.00

 

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS II

2-1/2 Credits

Grades: 12

Prerequisite: Graphic Communications I

Graphic Communications II is an extension of Graphic Communications I in the production oriented environment. The course content includes the following broad areas of emphasis: further career education opportunities, planning for the future, job seeking skills, personal development, human relations, legal protection and responsibilities, economics and the job, organization and job termination. Articulated Credit from Waubonsee Community College is available. Fee: $30.00

 

CERTIFIED NURSE ASSISTANT (CNA)

2-1/2 Credits

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Good reading and writing skills, good physical health, and emotional maturity.

Note: This is a full year course with clinicals.

Health Occupations introduces the student to various health concepts and trains them to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The CNA is responsible for giving nursing care. This program is available to students who plan to go into the health care system. Upon completion of Health Occupations - CNA, the student is prepared to take the Nurse Aide Training Competency Exam which allows for certification from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Fee: $25.00 plus costs for a textbook, workbook, drug screen and background check. Uniform and equipment approximately $60.

This program is located at an off-campus site and students must provide their own transportation. Students must pass CPR for Health Care Providers with an 84% or better, and units on Safety, Blood Pathogens, and Universal Precautions with no less than a 70% to remain in class for clinicals.

Special Requirements: All students must purchase a FVCC uniform, ID badge, gait belt and vital sign equipment for clinical sites. White support shoes are required with white hose or socks. A watch with a second hand is mandatory to take vital signs. The law requires all persons involved in patient care at any health agency to have a chest X-ray or 2-step tuberculin skin test and a hepatitis B vaccination series as part of their yearly physical exam. Students must also pass a drug screen and criminal background check. Students that receive a grade of B or better can receive credit from Waubonsee Community College course, Nurse Assistant Skills.

 

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