Technical Courses

  • Jefferson College


    The higher-paying jobs of today and tomorrow are based on high technology, advanced communications, and service occupations. The Northwest R-1 School system and Jefferson College have developed a partnership to better prepare our students for the job market.


    These courses of study are designed to meet the need for high school graduates to have more technically oriented educational backgrounds. A blending of higher-level academic and vocational courses prepares students for the advanced courses required by 2-year technical and community colleges. Jefferson College Area Technical Students need to have a study hall in their schedule. Therefore they have the ability to only earn 3.0 credits for the year.



    • Computer Applications I is recommended for all of the Jefferson College programs.
    • Building repair technology and health services receive only high school credit.
    • The other programs offer college credit that may be applied to an associates of applied science degree at Jefferson College.
    • Students attending the afternoon session at Jefferson College, MUST have transportation home from NHS.




    BUILDING REPAIR TECHNOLOGY – 9027(1), 9028(2)

    The Building Repair Technology program prepares students to be skilled building maintenance workers. This course provides hands-on experience in construction, installation, maintenance, and repair of residential and commercial buildings. Classroom and practical shop instruction include opportunities for students to work with metals, wood, stone, brick, glass, concrete, and composition substances. The program also includes experience with the installation and maintenance of various mechanical and electrical systems. Students will learn the proper use of a variety of hand and power tools as well as how to read blueprints and follow technical specifications.  Successful completion of the program can lead to various types of skilled employment, such as building maintenance worker, building service mechanic, carpenter, plumber, painter, and many more. The training experience may also be used as preparation for additional technical education. Related mathematical skills will be included as an integral part of the instructional program.

    Recommended courses: Woods, Computer Applications I, Physical Science and Physics

    Tool/Supply Requirement: Safety Glasses, Daily School Supplies (paper, notebook, etc.)




    CULINARY ARTS – 9020(1), 9021(2)

    This course is designed for the student who wishes to enter the culinary arts trade with a career in food preparation in a hotel, club, or restaurant environment, with an emphasis placed on the fundamentals of the culinary arts. The student will also learn the fundamentals of restaurant banquet service and restaurant management or ownership. Areas of study include kitchen safety, baking and pastry, purchasing and receiving, accounting and cost control, supervisory development, meat fabrication, soups, stocks and sauces, and menu design and preparation. Students will also receive sanitation certification from the Jefferson County Health Department.

    Instruction stresses quality food preparation techniques and creative food presentation styles. The skills learned in this class, if not utilized as a career choice, will be beneficial throughout life when planning family meals or hosting a group of friends. Students who successfully complete the program may find skilled careers as line cook, prep cook, server, server assistant, or host/hostess. This program is an excellent prerequisite for a postsecondary culinary arts education.

    Recommended Courses: Family & Consumer Science courses, Art Fundamentals and Computer Applications I

    Approximate Cost: $100.00

    Students must have proof of a Hepatitis A vaccination by September.



    METAL FABRICATION – 9025(1), 9026(2)

    Metal Fabrication provides students with specialized learning experiences in metal work. Students are prepared to assume the duties of an all-around metalworker capable of fabricating and assembling a variety of metal products in many industries. Instruction includes theory, laboratory, and shop work as they relate to materials layout. Also, students will learn how to sequence operation: set up and operate fabrication machines; position, align, fit and weld parts; and design and construct templates and fixtures. Materials used during fabrication include items, which are cast, formed, shaped, molded, heat- treated, cut, twisted, bent, pressed, stamped, fused, and marked.

    Successful program completion can lead to employment in various types of skilled and semiskilled employment, which may include welders, welder helpers, braziers, sheet metal workers, grinder operators, drill press operators, machinist helpers.

    Recommended Courses: Metals I and Computer Applications I

    Approximate cost is $140.00.



    RESIDENTIAL CARPENTRY – 9029(1), 9030(2)

    Residential Carpentry is a pre-apprentice course designed to provide graduates with entry-level skills in any one of a number of construction trades. Instruction will include tool usage and safety, safety on the work site, construction materials, floor framing, wall and ceiling framing, roof framing, roofing materials, windows and doors, exterior finish, insulation, and interior finish. These topics will be covered through lectures, written assignments, demonstrations and skill performance in construction techniques and processes in a laboratory setting.

    Recommended High School Courses: Woods, Metals, Computer Applications I & II

    Tool Requirements: Safety Glasses, 25-foot tape measure - total cost $20.00 - $25.00




    (Students must have completed one year of residential carpentry prior to taking this course)

    Instruction consists of application of the topics covered in Residential Carpentry with performance of skills in construction techniques and processes through construction of an actual structure.

    Successful completion of the program may lead to apprenticeship, semi-skilled and laborer type employment within the carpentry and construction industry. The training experience may also be used as preparation for additional technical education.

    Minimum Requirements: Completion of Residential Carpentry with a grade of "C" or above.

    Recommended High School Courses: Same as Residential Carpentry

    For second quarter, the other required tools must be taken to the job site on the first day of the second quarter. If there are any questions on type or quality of tools, see the instructor prior to purchase to be sure to get the correct tools. If students already have some of the tools needed, it is not necessary to purchase new ones.

    Suitable work boots must be worn. Soft shoes such as sneakers or tennis shoes will not be allowed.

    It has been our experience that carpenters' overalls and carpenters' tool boxes are usually in short supply. These two items should be purchased as soon as possible to avoid the likelihood of not being able to obtain them.

    Recommended Courses: Woods, Computer Applications I & II

    Approximate Cost: $250.00 for Tools



    BUSINESS MANAGEMENT – 9033(1), 9034(2)

    The instruction in Business Management includes the study of management theory and functions, organizational structures, leadership, planning, the stimulation of change within an organization and relationships between subordinates and superiors. Topics in marketing will center on the mix of the elements of product, price, distribution and promotion. Retailing instruction will present the organization, management, and operation of retail institutions with emphasis on merchandising for improvement of inventory and financial control. Topics in salesmanship will provide an overview of selling as a process that provides benefit to both buyers and sellers. Retail, industrial sales and business mathematics will be emphasized as part of the course. The study of Business Mathematics is also a portion of the program with topics covered such as trade and cash discounts pricing merchandise, depreciation, financial statement analysis, and simple and compound interest. Introduction and hands-on experience with the three most common microcomputer software programs--word processing, database, and spreadsheet--are provided to develop the students understanding of these three programs.

    Minimum Requirements: Upper half of high school class, Applied Math (Grade of C); ability to comprehend course material

    Recommended Courses: Accounting, Computer Applications I & II Upper 1/2 of class

    Approximate Cost $20.00



    DIGITAL MEDIA TECHNOLOGY – 9037(1), 9038(2)

    The Digital Media Technology Program places emphasis on studies to develop skills in digital media authoring, production, presentation and distribution. Students will gain skills using digital cameras, scanners, and printers. All students will be part of a team to create and maintain a webpage for the program. Students will obtain practical experience in the creation and design of web pages, implementation of digital video productions, 3D modeling and animation. Some of the programs that are used to gain this useful experience include Adobe Photoshop 7,  DreamWeaver,  Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Flash, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects.

    Recommended Courses: Computer Related Courses, Computer Applications I & II

    Tool Requirements: 256MB Jump Drive/Thumb Drive




    This program provides students with the background and professional competencies necessary for employment in the field of early childhood care and elementary education.  Instruction includes topics in child health nutrition and safety, infant/toddler care, and principles of child growth and development.  Additional laboratory experiences are provided with direct interaction with young children under qualified supervision in the campus Child Care Center or other approved sites within the county.  This course of study also may lead to a career in teacher education for students desiring to obtain a teaching certificate from a four-year university.  The student must be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school.  Articulation agreements with the University of Missouri St. Louis and Missouri Baptist University allow for the high school senior to transfer all credits to these institutions towards a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Recommended High School Courses:  Family & Consumer Sciences courses, Health and Child Development

    Students will be required to purchase a minimum of one program shirt to be worn in labs.  A student can purchase additional shirts and/or hoodie.  The approximate cost of a shirt is $10.00 and a hoodie is $16.00.  A Missouri Highway Background check may also be required at a cost of $11.00.



    ELECTRONICS- 9012(1), 9013 (2)

    The Electronics core curriculum consists of lecture and laboratory experience involving:  analysis of direct current and alternating current circuits; the study of semiconductor physics; semiconductors as physical devices and circuit elements.  Instruction in Mathematics is also a concurrent component of the program and includes selected topics from algebra, trigonometry, and plane geometry with technical applications.  The student must have a basic understanding of the following mathematical concepts:  addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The student should understand and be functional in these concepts as they pertain to whole numbers, fractions and decimals.  Coursework that demonstrates abstract reasoning ability and geometric concepts, or assessments such as the ASVAB would be beneficial.

    Recommended High School Courses:  Algebra (with grade of C or better), Woods & Metals, Physical Sciences and Geometry

    Estimated Tools/Supply Requirements:  Scientific Notation Calculator (Recommended: Texas Instruments TI-30 or Casio FX260)



    HEALTH SERVICES ASSISTANT – 9039(1), 9040(2)

    The instruction of Health Services is designed to provide specific educational experiences essential for development of skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for employment in existing and emerging health occupations. Each student will develop an understanding and skills in basic nursing practice as it applies to the duties of a nurse's aide. Instruction will include procedures and directions in the following areas: basic hygiene and infection control techniques, bed making, personal care procedures, food service, charting, basic preventative and restorative care, basic observation, safety techniques, basic emergency first aid, uncomplicated nursing procedures, i.e., recording vital signs, weighing and measuring, etc.; communication and mathematical skills, interpersonal relationships, teamwork, and ethical and legal responsibilities. In addition, students will be required to participate in a supervised learning experience in a related health agency for approximately 21 weeks.

    Students must be at least 16 years of age to participate in this program, and have private transportation to attend clinical training sites.

    Successful program completion may lead to employment in doctors' offices, nursing homes, and hospitals as nurse’s aides.

    Approximate cost for materials is $175.00-200.00

    Recommended Courses: Science classes, Health, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Applications I & II

    Students must have proof of TB and Hepatitis A vaccinations.



    WELDING TECHNOLOGY – 9043(1), 9044(2)

    The instruction in Welding Technology will progress from basic gas and arc welding through advanced arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten and advanced welding techniques. Instruction in industrial math, industrial blue print reading and an introduction to metallurgy are also included.

    Recommended Courses:  Metals and Algebra (Grade of C) prior to senior year in high school

    Approximate Cost $266.50



    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY – 9017(1), 9018(2)

    The instruction in Automotive Technology includes the study of design and construction of automotive engines. The fundamentals of general engine diagnosis and diagnosis and repair of cylinder head, valve train, engine block lubrication and cooling system are emphasized. The study of steering, suspension and brake systems is also included. Emphasis is placed on wheel alignment and/or diagnosis and repair of various brake systems and their components. Instruction in mathematics for technicians is a required component of this program. Topics include the order of operations, signed numbers, fractions, decimals, scientific notation, percents, the metric system, linear equations in one variable, equations involving fractions, ratio and proportion, direct and inverse variation and applications from various technical fields.

    Minimum Requirements: Upper 1/2 of high school class; Algebra (Grade of C); Metals; ability to comprehend course material.

    Recommended Courses:  Metals, Algebra, Geometry, Computer Applications and Physical Science

    Tool Requirements: Safety Glasses, 2 Jefferson College Automotive Shirts




    In this program students will learn integration in industrial manufacturing which is the key to providing high precision and intricate machined metals parts into the world’s growing demand for extremely technical design.  With the assistance of computer aided drafting and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) the gap between manufacturing and engineering tightens.  The results of this integration are higher standards of precision and quality along with programming, set-up, and machine cycle time reduction of CNC machining centers and turning centers.

    Recommended High School Courses:   Algebra, Career Exploration, Woods, Metal and Mechanical Drawing

    Estimated Tool/Supply Requirement:  Safety glasses, Daily School Supplies (paper, notebook, etc.)




    Introduction in Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning involves both lecture and laboratory experiences in basic electricity with topics in electron theory, series and parallel circuits, test equipment, electronic motors and as introduction to household wiring.  Principles of Refrigeration includes the study of basic refrigeration theory, use of hand tools and test equipment, soldering and brazing, and evaluating and charging systems.  The study of domestic refrigerators and freezers involves the application of small low temperature hermetic compressors and compression systems, electrical circuits and controls, automatic defrost circuits and ice makers.  Instruction in the installation diagnosis and service of window air conditioners and dehumidifier systems is also included.

    Recommended High School Courses:   Physical Science, Algebra and Metals

    Estimated Tools/Materials Requirements:  TBA Parents and students will be notified as soon as the tool list becomes available.



    JC FIRE SCIENCE – 9066(1), 9067(2)

    Prerequisite:  Seniors only, 18 years old by end of school year, a valid driver’s license.

    Fire Science provides a detailed look and explanation into the fire service by examining educational expectations, fire department administration and operations, professional requirements, and the public’s expectations of today’s fire service professional.  The course also covers protection characteristics, behavior of fire, chemistry of fire, extinguishing agents, water supply, in-depth fire streams, auto extrication and fire theory.  Students will also learn about hazardous materials awareness and operations.  Successful completion of this course will prepare the student for the NFPA 1001-1997 fire Fighter Professional Qualification Standards.  Students will have clinical on some Saturdays in which they must attend. Recommended High School Courses: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, and Health.  Estimated tool/supply requirement: $96.00-185.00