Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Business, Marketing, Technology Education

Michael Patch
Marketing Ed Teacher, HS
CTE Department Chair
mdpatch@fcps.edu

CTE Department Staff

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Auto Tech I students learn the names and functions of the automotive system. Shop work provides live hands-on experience to vehicle maintenance and repair. Auto Tech II students continue their studies and shop work to prepare for a career as an Automotive Technician. Students completing the Auto Tech II with a "B" or better average may earn two to nineteen credits at NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) through sucessful completion of an exam administered by the college.

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The Business curriculum reflects trends in society with visits from prominent business people, use of current software and up-to-date technology. There are 15 courses to chose from, courses that hone computer skills and courses that prepare students for careers and college majors in business. Business courses include Principles of Business and Marketing, Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Business Law, Business Management, Finance, Information Systems, Advanced Information Systems, Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies, Programming, Web Page Development, and Office Administration. Also offered are IB Business and Management and Higher Level IB Business and Management as well as Cooperative Office Education (COE), an office-related work program for Business students who want to "earn while they learn". Last year, Lee's COE students worked with 18 local employers and earned over $78,000. At present there are over 20 students in the program, making Lee's COE program one of the largest in Fairfax County.

The National Business Honor Society accepts junior and senior business students as members who meet academic, attendance, and professional requirements.

The professional organization for high school business students is Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). This co-curricular organization focuses on leadership training through regional, state and national conferences and competitions, service learning projects, fund-raising activities, and socials. FBLA members have an opportunity to receive additional training for college and careers in business by inviting guest speakers from area businesses to share valuable information with members, attending leadership conferences, workshops, competitions, school/community service events. The Business Department would like to encourage ALL business students to join Future Business Leaders of America. For more information on the national organization go to: www.fbla-pbl.org and click on the FBLA High School tab.

Lee FBLA is one of the largest and most successful chapters at the regional, state, and national levels with over 200 members. Last year Lee HS students placed in 20 out of 36 regional competitive events making them once again one of the top honor chapters for the NOVA Region from approximately 23 high schools. Lee has won the prestigious title, NOVA Most Outstanding Honor Chapter seven times. In addition, Lee was ranked third in the entire state of Virginia from over 400 chapters and have three state championships and one national championship to their name!! Numerous students advanced to the Virginia State competition. Of those, Hanah Smith advanced to the national level and in Nashville, where she placed sixth in the nation!

Community service is strongly emphasized in our organization. For six years, FBLA was recognized as the Lee HS Service Club of the Year and at the state level for their service projects. Each year our chapter holds several school and community service projects such as Landscaping Day and Spring Cleaning Day to make the school look great for opening and closing events. FBLA plans again to conduct a drive to provide age-appropriate items for teenagers with cancer for The Association for the Support of Children with Cancer, (Project ASK). We will also continue working with the Apple Federal Credit Union to promote financial literacy through our award-winning student-run credit union, theLancer Branch, as well as our other business partners Lockheed Martin, Best Buy, and NonTraditional Media, LLC.

The Lancer Branch of the Apple Federal Credit Union is a project that the department has seen flourish. TheLancer Branch is the first high school student-run credit union in Virginia and serves as a role model for new branches. The credit union is full-service, operating during the fifth period. Advanced accounting students and FBLA members operate the branch with supervision by business teachers. These students gain experience in working in an office environment, mastering the telecommunications/banking software and relating with customers. The student body faculty and staff benefit because they can do their banking conveniently at school. The Lancer Branch serves over 300 members at Lee HS. The Lancer Branch provides a solid base for financial literacy training at Lee High School and was the inspiration for new programs for younger students such as Young Buck$ and Fiscal Fitness Week. Parents of Lee students are eligible to become members and join in the savings. Ask your student to bring home an account application. Applications can be returned to the Lancer Branch near the cafeteria on blue days except Mondays. For more information contact Mr. Ryan.

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Cosmetology students are introduced to the basic manipulative skills and theory associated with the beauty industry. After completing state qualifications, students apply for the board exam, pass the exam and enter gainful employment directly after graduation from high school.

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The design and technology program offers a rare opportunity for every student to learn about modern technology industries. Step-by-step, they solve problems with new solutions and develop new products wanted by our consumer-driven society. Students enter the world of manufacturing, communications, transportation, and production systems and experience the steps from planning to constructing and testing their creation.

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The Family and Consumer Sciences program focuses on the development of management skills needed throughout the life span. Developing knowledge and skills to support healthy, functioning individuals in the family and work place, developing critical thinking skills, and enhancing self-esteem are major goals. Life Planning, Gourmet Foods, International Hospitality, Child Development and Parenting, Fitness and Foods, Intro to Fashion and Interior Design and Early Childhood Careers are the courses offered.

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Marketing courses include Marketing I, Advanced Marketing, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Advanced Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Fashion I, and Advanced Fashion. Marketing students can take advantage of retail work experience through Co-Op training to "earn while they learn". Last year, Lee's Co-Op students earned over $46,000. At present there are over 30 students in the program. Students enrolled in marketing courses also benefit from co-curricular involvement in DECA, the student organization for Marketing students. We are very excited to have a growing DECA organization with students participating in local and district competitions. This year we hope to have our DECA chapter represented at the state and national leadership conferences and competitions!

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A series of four courses are available to the student wanting to learn technical drawing: Basic Technical Drawing, Engineering Drawing, Architectural Drawing and Advanced Drawing. Approximately 90 percent of the drawing is done using computer aided drafting (CAD). Students work at their own computer work station with an emphasis on problem solving and computer aided drawing.

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