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Automotive Technology

Auto collision is a four year program that educates and trains students for career paths and further education opportunities in the trade.

Students receive extensive training in structural and non-structural damage analysis and repair, painting and refinishing, automotive welding, mechanical and electrical component repair and the use of plastics and adhesives. Students complete a course of study meeting the national standards of NATEF and the technician certification requirements of ASE. Students are provided with entry level knowledge and skills that will permit them to specialize in one of the many areas of the trade. Automotive Technology is a comprehensive NATEF master certified secondary program that prepares graduates for entry level placement in the automotive industry or any one of many manufacturer- sponsored two-year college programs. Instruction takes place in a state-of-the-art, fully operational facility which is open to the public. Hands-on learning is an important component in grades 11 and 12. The shop integrates state-of-the-art equipment simulating an up-to-date diagnostic and repair shop. Students learn to use computerized diagnostic scan tools, four wheel computer alignment equipment, environmentally safe R134A refrigerant recovery systems and electronic wheel balancing tools.

Auto Technology

Automotive Technology is a comprehensive NATEF master certified secondary program that prepares graduates for entry level placement in the automotive industry or any one of many manufacturer- sponsored two-year college programs.

Instruction takes place in a state-of-the-art, fully operational facility which is open to the public. Hands-on learning is an important component in grades 11 and 12. The shop integrates state-of-the-art equipment simulating an up-to-date diagnostic and repair shop. Students learn to use computerized diagnostic scan tools, four wheel computer alignment equipment, environmentally safe R134A refrigerant recovery systems and electronic wheel balancing tools. Because the shop is open to the public, students also focus on customer service and communications skills. Whether they immediately seek employment in this industry or seek further education, the Auto Tech graduate is well-prepared for the next step in their career development.


Carpentry Students

The Carpentry Program is designed to prepare students to be employable at entry level jobs in house and mill carpentry.

In addition to carpentry skills, students learn blueprint reading, elementary drafting and architectural design, building materials identification and building codes. Upon completion of safety training and instruction in the proper use of hand tools, students complete a wide variety of projects such as step stools, tool boxes, night tables and learn various types of cabinet working, countertop and plastic lamination. Upperclassmen work on new house construction and building projects for municipalities and non-profit organizations. Integration of academic skills into the program prepares students for a wide range of education and work opportunities. Students learn real-world applications of math, reading, writing, science and social studies, giving them the problem-solving skills they need for successful careers. Construction projects undertaken by the shop include the Latham School Skill Center and various renovations of town buildings.


In the Cosmetology Program, students pursue the art and science of beauty care. Students develop the ability to create and design using hair, skin and nails as their creative medium.

This includes the styling, shaping, and coloring of hair, the use of skin care products and makeup and the care of nails. There is in-depth instruction in personal and professional health, decontamination and infection control, properties of the hair and all aspects of caring for hair, including: cutting, coloring, and perming. Instruction takes place in a fully functioning beauty and hair salon serving the public. While students are perfecting technical and academic skills they also work on social skills related to customer service. These skills include: customer relations, consultations, teamwork, listening skills, acceptance of responsibility (dealing with chemicals), and the desire to continue learning in an industry that is constantly changing. Students that accumulate 1000 hours after the age of 16 are eligible to take the state licensing exam and become a licensed cosmetologist.

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts students participate in all aspects of food preparation and service in the areas of contemporary American cuisine with classical influences, baking and pastry arts, as well as table service and dining room management.

Students gain valuable experience in an authentic setting as a daily menu is offered to the staff and public in the Hidden Cove Restaurant. The Bakeshop supplies the restaurant with desserts and rolls, fills custom cake orders, and stocks our retail bakery case. The emphasis of the program is on quality production and pride in workmanship in an educational atmosphere that meets the individual needs of students. Academic skills are strengthened through integration of math, language arts, science and social studies into both theory and shop instruction. Students work with current technologies including a state-of-the-art point of sale system. The department is certified through the American Culinary Federation’s ACCESS ACF program. Seniors have the opportunity to become certified “ACF Junior Culinarians”


Students in the Dental Assisting Program complete training in dental and health sciences, radiology, medical emergencies, and dental specialties, as well as hands-on training in the Ellen Jones Dental Clinic.

The curriculum is competency-based requiring students to perform prescribed duties and tasks. The program’s performance tests require each student to achieve a high level of competency. The program stresses academic integration particularly in the area of science. Students use a computer lab to work with dental charting programs, the Watson Enterprise micro study program, and power point presentations. Students have a unique opportunity to work with dentists, giving them experience and exposure to the latest technologies. Students also do a six month internship with local dentists in the community, often resulting in employment. After successfully completing an examination required and approved by the Mass. Board of Registration in Dentistry, seniors will earn a Certificate in Dental Radiology.

Design & Visual Communications

Our teachers function as art directors with our students working as designers.

This allows our students to quickly learn what it is like to operate within a professional graphic design shop/firm. Students work on both professional jobs as well as school assigned projects. Being exposed to both types of jobs allows students to gain not only the proper knowledge but also the experience of working as a designer. Each student will have one-on-one contact with both clients as well as teachers. This, in some cases will force students to develop and work on interpersonal skills – an absolute necessity when working as a graphic designer. Our students work with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software available. Over their four years they will learn to master PhotoShop, InDesign and Illustrator.


The electrical program provides students with a broad range of experiences covering many new and existing technologies in power, communication, energy conservation, audio/video, security, fire safety, and lighting.

Using electrical codes as guidance, electrical students learn the correct installation of various wiring methods used in all types of construction.  Theory and shop classes conform to state standards allowing students to earn hours required by the state to become a licensed electrician. There is currently a shortage of licensed electricians both in the State of Massachusetts as well as in the USA. Qualified students can participate in a strong cooperative work program with many employers in the area. Many students retain their co-op employment in the electrical field upon graduation right into getting their Journeyman Electrician License.


The Engineering program was launched in September of 2012 to help address the high demand for engineering technicians in our society.

Throughout the four-year program students learn the basic skills required by many engineering disciplines and are introduced to mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering as well as architecture, robotics, and computer integrated manufacturing. Students follow the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems utilizing hands-on skills, computer modeling software and various tools. They document their work using an engineering notebook and technical drawings. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics and develop skills in problem solving, research, and design, while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. By the end of the program students are accredited in several computer software programs and have experience with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines and robotic manufacturing equipment. While the program is focused on engineering technology careers, there are multiple paths available to students to prepare themselves for post high school college engineering programs.

Health Technology

Students in Health Technologies are introduced to a broad range of healthcare and allied healthcare careers.

Students provide services either directly or indirectly to meet preventive, therapeutic, diagnostic, convalescent, rehabilitative, and custodial health needs of individuals and their community. The broad based curriculum provides entry level preparation for many areas of employment. The Health Tech program includes a challenging academic component. In addition to learning technical skills, students pursue a specialized academic program that includes anatomy and physiology, as well as chemistry. Students gain real world experience working in clinical settings such as Cape Cod Hospital, Hospice House, Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehab, and other various healthcare facilities. After successful completion of the state written and practical exam, juniors receive CNA certification through the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry. Certification in CPR, AED, and First Aid is conducted yearly.


Students in Horticulture experience every facet of the green industry. Landscape Construction, Arboriculture, Turf Management, Floral Design, Greenhouse Management, Equipment Operations/ Service & Repairs, Air Cooled Small Engine Technology, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Agriscience and Irrigation Technology.

Students have a variety of opportunities to experience the industry through strong community partnerships with local businesses, co-operative work experience and job internships. While in shop students will get to experience industry through helping out on the campus grounds and working on off campus projects. Students begin to learn about more global issues like how to feed every person on the planet utilizing cutting edge growing techniques that differ from traditional agriculture. Students will learn how to design, engineer and fabricate a variety of hydroponic growing systems in order to produce as much food as possible in as little space as possible without the use of harmful pesticides or chemicals. Everything grown in the greenhouse on campus is done so organically. Students will progress to learning and preparing for industry certifications such as the ISA certified arborist license, Ma. Pesticide license, Ma. hoisting license, MCLP, MCH and MCA certifications. FFA Students also get to showcase their skills and reinforce their technical learning through their participation in FFA. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) is the largest student run organization in the world. Through FFA students will be able to attend and participate in various competitions that is entwined with the Horticulture Program’s curriculum. FFA teaches premier leadership and individual growth through agricultural education.


The HVAC Program provides students with the skills necessary to work on residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating units.

Students learn to install, service and repair the various types of equipment found in the industry. Some of the applications and installations include refrigerators and freezers, reach-in freezers, ice-making equipment and home and commercial air conditioning units. VIDEO The shop utilizes the latest working systems and components for a better understanding of current equipment, allowing students and instructional staff to teach and learn in a real world environment. During theory students learn the basic principles of electricity and electronics as well as the applications of math, physics and chemistry as they apply to air conditioning and refrigeration. Students also write research papers to further integrate academic skills with trade skills. The shop uses training software and software aligned with the textbooks. Students use computers to develop wiring diagrams, write reports and do Internet research. The curriculum incorporates the study of The Clean Air Act and students prepare for and take the EPA 608 Certification test for refrigerant handling before graduation. Students take the Industry Competency Exam (ICE), a part of the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation, and also prepare to take the Massachusetts CMR oil burner technician certificate upon turning 18. The HVAC department has articulation agreements with N.E. Technical Institute, Northeast Technical Institute and Massasoit Community College.

Information Technology

The Information Technologies program focuses on the whole student.

Through promoting teamwork, cooperation and customer service as well as providing homework help in all academic areas, we strive to make sure our students are ready to face what’s next after high school. Whether it is on to a 2 year or 4 year college, or starting their own business right away, we make sure they have the tools needed for success. The technical skills we teach focus on all things related to information technology infrastructure. From cell phones to servers and all the stuff in between that connects them, we give them the training needed to plan, install and maintain it all.

Marine Services

Students in Marine Services develop the skills necessary to repair and maintain oceangoing pleasure crafts.

All aspects of vessel repair are covered with an emphasis on engine mechanical repair, DC electrical circuitry and computer diagnostics. Instruction involves extensive hands-on projects in a group setting, enhanced with demonstration and traditional theory courses. Modern diagnostic procedures are performed using industry service literature and the most technologically advanced equipment available. There is a strong emphasis on academic skills such as mathematics, general science, written analysis, and verbal communication skills. This is a four year program with the potential for industry related job placement or post secondary education at a technical college.


Students in the Plumbing and Heating program prepare for careers involving the provision of safe water supply to buildings, distribution of potable water to various plumbing fixtures, as well as the removal of wastewater and waterborne materials.

Other areas include the maintenance and repair of existing plumbing systems, installation of gas pipe systems, water filtration devices, heating systems, sizing, and installation of forced hot water and radiant heating systems. Shop safety, pipe fitting, rough and finish plumbing of simulated houses, gas, boiler, and water heater installations are covered in shop. Massachusetts Plumbing and Gas Codes, science, math, blueprint reading and sketching are covered in trade theory classes. Students perform a variety of industry-related skills such as interpreting the state plumbing code, filling out permits, solving trade related math problems, and generating job orders and invoices. Eligible students can find employment through the Cooperative Work program. All hours gained while in shop and theory are credited toward state licensing for the Massachusetts Journeyman Plumber’s test. Graduate opportunities may include business owner, master plumber, facility management, teaching, engineering and business degrees.

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