Dallas County Technical Center Programs include:
Automotive Technology is a two-year pogram for juniors and seniors. This course is designed to meet the needs of the automotive industry in maintenance and light repair by introducing students to the diagnosis and repair of today's automobiles with their precision-built automatic mechanisms, complex electronic cicuitry, and advanced power units.
Collision Repair Technology
The Collision Repair Technology program provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills that are necessary for the repair and refinishing of the modern automobile. It provides an understanding of how cars and trucks are constructed through study in class. It also covers a wide range of manipulative skills through shop work which includes sheet metal straightening, welding, fiberglass and plastic work, panel replacement, glass replacement, as well as painting and refinishing and damage appraisal.
Computer Information Systems
The Computer Information Systems program provides students the opportunity to prepare to choose and enter the Information Technology career field of their choice at an introductory level. Course topics include building and repairing device hardware; maintain operating systems such as Windows, Mac, and Linux; configure network equipment and cloud hardware; demonstrate cybersecurity principles including white-hat hacking; and create video games and cloud applications using computer science concepts. Related careers include User Support Specialists, Information Security Analysts, and Softward Developers. Students who enroll in a Computer Information System (CIS) class may now count the class as either a math credit, a science credit, or a practical art credit. However, this credit may not take the place of a required EOC class (Algebra, Biology).
This course is designed for students who are interested in working in the criminal justice field. The goal is to teach skills that students can use in every aspect of life while focusing on the functions and duties of the criminal justice field. The course combines academic instruction with hands-on labs that compliment classroom instruction. Classroom instruction includes the history of policing, constitutional law, patrol procedures, criminal law, judicial process corrections, ethical issues, current trends, report writing, and more. Hands on labs include communications and using radio equipment, arrest and handcuffing procedure, trace evidence, photography, crime scene investigation, patrol procedures, impression evidence, alternative light sources, and fingerprint collection. Students will have opportunities to participate in job shadowing and community service at several local, private and government agencies.
The Graphic Arts program is a two-year program, which studies the various career paths in the graphics industry. This can include: study of digital photography, screen-printing, vinyl sign-making, vinyl applications, embroidery, advertising design, and 3-D modeling and printing. Students work in an environment much like a design company, where they are assigned projects that will challenge and enhance their skill and portfolios. Copyright and business ethics are stressed in the Graphic Arts program. Participation in the co-curricular program SkillsUSA is encouraged. Students interested in enrolling in the photography portion of the class would greatly benefit from a basic knowledge of PhotoShop.
Health Sciences I
Health Sciences I is an introduction to health-related professions as well as the demands of a career in healthcare. This course is designed to prepare students to enter the labor force in a variety of healthcare occupations or continue the pursuit of a college education. Students will learn safety, infection control, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, basic disease information, and basic nurse assisting skills. Additionally, students will learn professionalism, communication, leadership, time management, problem solving, legal and ethical responsibilities, and employability skills. Health Science I students in good standing first semester, will have opportunities for job shadowing in various hospital departments second semester.
Health Sciences II
Health Sciences II is available to the high school senior who is interested in obtaining employment as a Certified Nurse Assistant and who has successfully completed Health Science I. Students will learn why the human body operates as it does, how to prevent the spread of disease, and how to provide basic health care skills. They will become familiar with vocabulary and terminology of the medical world. The student also learns all the skills related to the duties of a nurse assistant. Through the combination of area healthcare facility, students are provided the opportunity of combining theory with clinical practice while being supervised by facility healthcare professionals and their instructor. Students should have a good math and science background as well as an interest in working with people
The Teacher Education Preparation program is designed for students considering a career in the field of elementary, middle, or high school education or as a corporate educator. This course is offered to juniors or seniors as a one-year program in which there will be a combination of rigorous classroom instruction accompanied by intense student teaching experiences. This course will follow guidelines established by the Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession as outlined by DESE originating in the Family and Consumer Science cluster. Students must demonstrate good moral character, good work habits, responsibility, organization, and integrity. A high level of work is expected of students enrolled in the Teacher Prep program and students will be expected to act like professionals at all times. Students will be required to participate in the Educators Rising student organization.
The Welding Technology program is designed and follows the AWS SENSE (American Welding Society Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) certification program; to teach all major welding and cutting processes as set forth by the American Welding Society, as well as to refine skills needed to be successful in the welding field and related work areas. Wheather students go to work or choose to further their education, they will excel because of the knowledge and skills they have obtained from the Welding Program. Students have the opportunity to become an AWS Certified Welder and obtain AWS SENSE level 1 National Certification, and a member of the DCTC Student Chapter of the American Welding Society, AWS District 17-Section 136/Ozark section, as well as a member of SkillsUSA.
Coming Fall 2019
Construction Trades will be offered as a two-year course to high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in the construction industry. This course will follow guidelines established by the Career Pathways for Construction Trades as outlined by DESE originating in the Industrial and Engineering Technology career path and Agriculture and Construction career cluster. The course will be designed for students considering professions in general construction, carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Students may apply learning concepts to building projects on the campus of DCTC and then transported to customers or at local construction sites. Examples of building projects may include hunting or fishing cabins, tiny homes, or she-sheds. Students may also have opportunities to help with Habitat for Humanity building projects within the local community. Students enrolled in the construction trades class will be expected to act like professionals at all times. Students will be encouraed to particpate in the SkillsUSA student organization.