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BPS Career Readiness: CTE and CFE

Today's cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. CTE students can earn industry certifications and licenses, gain career related work experience, take advantage of career focused leadership opportunities, and can compete in Career and Technical Student Organizations such as Robotics and DECA. CTE aims to prepare students to be college and career ready. A wide variety of CTE programs are offered to BPS students in grades 9-12 including, but not limited to, IT, Engineering, Marketing, Architecture, and Mechatronics.

The goal of Career Focused Education (CFE) is to develop awareness of career pathways, amongst staff and students alike, at each building level: elementary, middle and high school. Examples of programs supporting CFE efforts are STEM education experiences, career fairs, industry and business leaders speaking to students in classrooms and our high school College and Career Centers, career and self-exploration with Xello, immersing teachers into local businesses to raise awareness of current industry trends, job shadowing, internships, and more.

Career Readiness is a critical part of a student's educational journey because it prepares students for life after high school as they move on to whatever their next steps are. BPS aims to equip our students with the skills necessary to transition to a successful future.

K-5 Students



Xello engages every elementary student with content, experiences, and activities carefully designed to encourage age-approrpriate career awareness and skills development. Students can easily access their Xello accounts through ClassLink.


All BPS 5th graders will take a field trip to visit the STEMi, which is a 1,000 square foot mobile learning lab packed with the latest industry technologies. Students will experience a variety of learning stations while on the STEMi and it is an immersive hands-on learning trip! In the past, some of the mobile stations have focused on Smart Manufacturing, collaborative robots, extended reality, and self driving vehicles.

6-8 Students



Xello engages every student with a revolutionary future-readiness program. Students build 21st century skills to thrive and develop planning capabilities to navigate their future. Xello even has tools within the platform to help students transition to the high school level. Students can easily access their Xello accounts through ClassLink.

Career Focused Courses
Applied Engineering

The applied engineering technology program is a twenty-week experience where several different areas of technology will be explored. The course is designed where there will be more emphasis placed on group projects and designs emphasizing real world working environments. This class will explore major areas such as design, simple and complex machines, and research development. A strong emphasis will be placed on problem solving activities in which both individual and group efforts are developed. Projects may include cardboard chair, catapults, mouse trap car, and electricity and electrical wiring.

Computer Aided Drafting and Design

The CADD class is designed to help prepare the engineers of tomorrow. This class is designed for those students considering a field of engineering in their future. Throughout this class students will learn the fundamentals of drafting and different CAD software programs such as AutoCAD and TinkeCAD. Students will have the opportunity to see their drawing come to life using a 3-D printer and laser cutter. This is a great class for students looking to take high school engineering courses as it will give them a great start. Much of what they will need to know in their first course of high school will be taught in this class.


The design and purpose of this course is to provide a collaborative space for students to inquire, design and create through inquiry-based learning. Students will explore questions, challenges, topics or technologies of interest, at their own pace, and in directions of their choosing with the guidance of the teacher. Students will plan and reflect on their creations, processes, successes and difficulties through multimodal learning. The goal of this program is to prepare students for global learning opportunities by engaging their interest and imagination in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Students will develop their cognitive processes of analysis, comparison, inference, evaluation, and synthesis applied to a range of academic domains and problem solving contexts.

Applied Engineering Technology

This course is for 7th and 8th grade students who would like to further apply their skills in the exciting field of engineering. Individually, students will design and manufacture a robotic gripper to apply their knowledge of simple machines. In teams students will use a VEX robotic system to be introduced to the world of robotics in an engaging manner. Students will research, design, and manufacture an automated robot to meet a specific challenge. Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software is included with the VEX kits. This 3D software can be used by students to produce 3D mechanical designs, and to perform product simulations to test their design ideas before attempting fabrication of the actual model. This is a direct correlation to the real world; STEM is a prominent component of the entire process. No student is left behind, emphases is placed on the students' opportunity to work within their strengths to contribute to the team goal.

Computer Aided Design

This course is for 7th and 8th grade students interested in engineering drawing and design. Students will be exposed to a variety of drawing techniques and computer aided design programs (2-D, 3-D, pattern development software) to learn the fundamentals of communicating engineering ideas. Students will demonstrate their communication and engineering skills through the development of a Magnetic Levitation Vehicle.

Exploring Engineering

The Exploring Engineering Technology class is for students interested in designing and building individual projects using the design process as a guide. After learning “shop” safety and how to properly use the design process to come up with a working, to scale design of their project, students will have the opportunity to build their project in the lab. Two projects commonly produced are a CO2 race car and a wooden candy machine. Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials, hand tools, and power tools, to complete their projects.

Skills for Living

In this class 7th and 8th grade students will use cooperative and hands on learning to prepare for a successful future. Using the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey, students will learn the importance of creating healthy habits. Other units include: kitchen safety, foods labs, nutrition, interpersonal communication/ relationships and keyboarding.

Skills for Success

7th and 8th grade students will learn various 21st century skills. It is a cooperative learning style class with opportunities for hands on, project based learning. Students will gain independence, self-awareness and life skills. Units include: growth mindset, personal finance, career exploration, kitchen safety, foods labs, nutrition and keyboarding.

9-12 Students



With Xello, students complete interactive career, personality, and learning style assessments to help them better understand their unique interests, skills, and strengths. Each engaging assessment encourages reflection, helping students connect who they are with relevant career options. Students are also able to explore options that fit their future goals including most college majors, colleges and universities, the military, and trade schools. Students can easily access their Xello accounts through ClassLink.

Career Fair

Seaholm and Groves High School offer a Career Day program to students in select grades every year. Based on student interest surveys, professionals from popular careers are selected to present opportunities in their field. Learning about professions during Career Day also assists students in choosing possible programs in higher education, which is crucial as they apply to schools this year. Career Day is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore their options and get a taste of the professional world.

Oakland Schools Technical Campus

Juniors and seniors are able to attend comprehensive CTE programs at the OSTC campuses. Many offer articulated college credit and some also offer the Oakland Technical Early College program in partnership with Oakland Community College.

College and Career Centers

Our College and Career Centers are a wonderful resource for students seeking information regarding college planning, joining the military, or trade schools. Our full time College and Career Specialists also assist students with scholarships, gap year programs, test prep, and finding a job.

Groves College and Career Center, Ms. Jennifer Kondak, College and Career Specialist

Seaholm College and Career Center, Ms. Brenda Guinan Huddy, College and Career Specialist

Groves and Seaholm Career and Technical Education Courses
Accounting A&B

Accounting A is recommended for all students with an interest in business, earning a business major, and/or planning on owning their own business. Introduction to Accounting A is a study of fundamental accounting principles and the complete accounting cycle for a service business. In this course, skills such as analyzing business transactions, journalizing, posting, 8-column worksheet, financial statements and the closing entries are covered. All work is completed electronically using accounting forms. This class utilizes 21st century teaching techniques with interactive software and immediate feedback on their work. Accounting principles, practices, procedures and theories are emphasized for a sound foundation to any student wishing to pursue accounting at the university level or to help students become more marketable in todays business environment. At the end of the trimester, an individual simulation will be completed that will tie all units of study together. Accounting B is a continuation of the concepts taught in Introduction to Accounting A. Cash controls from within the business and the services offered by banks to businesses are studied and practiced. Proof of cash balances is emphasized. Payroll accounting will also be studied. All work is completed electronically using accounting forms. This class utilizes 21st century teaching techniques with interactive software and immediate feedback on their work. Students may also complete an extensive unit of accounting applications in the field of tax accounting. Upon the completion of Introduction to Accounting A and Accounting B, a student should have acquired the basic knowledge of how accounting works and functions. At the end of the trimester, an individual simulation will be completed that will tie all units of study together. A student should also have sufficient skills for an entry-level job or an excellent head start in the study of accounting in a post high school situation.

Advanced Robotics/Automation A&B

A course in the fundamentals and application of automated machines. Topics include programmable logic controllers, robot fundamentals, stepper motors, sensors, fabrication techniques, and safety. Emphasis is placed on the design and building of an automated machine that will compete in regional and national competitions.


Learn about the exciting industry of advertising and promotion. Students will develop new products, design logos, packaging and brand names as part of the product planning and branding process. Design contests, coupons, and sales incentives while learning the marketing techniques of sales promotions. Study the behind-the-scenes process of television, radio, print, and Internet advertising while designing creative and fun promotions for real and class-developed products. Students will look at the movie and television industry as a source of promotion through the use of product placement. Enhance communication, teamwork, and presentation skills as students work in teams to develop their own advertising campaign for a chosen product. Students will participate in creative projects, group activities, and learn about marketing careers.

AP Arch Design A&B

This course will expand on the Architectural Design A/B courses by allowing students to create a full set of architectural blueprints. Students will be expected to apply the design process, architectural theories, and specifications according to industry to their designs. The use of CAD software will be incorporated to aid in the development of drawings and three-dimensional computer models.


These classes are the focused study of advanced programming for the serious, self-motivated, talented math student who is considering computer science or computer engineering as a major in college. These two courses prepare the student to take the AP Computer Science A ® exam in May. These two courses are taught as BLENDED classes. An extremely strong math background is vital for taking this course - successful students in the past have been in at least Calculus or further as they take these classes. Java is the programming language used in these courses and on the AP Exam, as prescribed by the College Board. Are you up for the challenge?! In the First Trimester, students will focus on these topics: Java Simple Data Types, Using Methods and Parameters, Control Structures and Boolean Logic, Class Methods and Object Methods, Creating Class Methods, The String Class, OOP and Encapsulation, OOP and Class Interaction, and One-Dimensional Static Arrays. Students will also complete a College Board Lab: Magpie, and begin: Elevens. In the Second Trimester, students will focus on these topics: One-Dimensional Dynamic Arrays with ArrayList, Abstract Interfaces & Classes, OOP and Polymorphism, Two Dimensional Arrays, Program Design, Recursion, Algorithms, and AP Exam Prep. Students will also complete the second and third College Board Labs: Elevens and Picture Lab.

AP CSP 1&2

AP Computer Science Principles® is a course that gives students the opportunity to be creative with technology. The class offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, the Internet, cybersecurity, and much more! AP Computer Science Principles ® 1 and 2 will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. We will focus on the innovative aspects of computing as well as the computational thinking practices that help you see how computing is relevant to many areas of your life. Materials have been developed to appeal to a broad range of student interest and ability for this course. Many assignments may be done as a team. You will be creating and sending artifacts to the College Board throughout the second term that will be used in determining your AP score. You will have a lot of freedom to choose what aspect you would like to focus on for these projects. The AP multiple choice exam will also be given in May.

Arch Design A&B

This course begins with the study of residential design and provides instruction in utilizing various CAD software and hand drawing techniques as it relates to the architectural industry. Each student will have the opportunity to combine their creativity with the practicality of floor plans, elevations, plot plan specifications, and interior design, to create a single family home complete with a virtual tour.

Business Foundations

Students will be introduced to essential concepts, including marketing, management, accounting, business law, economics, and communications. Each of 12 foundational business topics is delivered with a hands- on approach and designed to teach the basic concepts of the unit. The units will be approximately 1-2 weeks in length and designed for appropriateness of 9th and 10th grade students interested in learning the basic principles of business as they prepare for college and their future course choices. Topics will be broad in nature to exhibit applicability for students in all career paths.

Business Law

Business Law is primarily concerned with providing a legal framework relating to personal rights, obligations and responsibility within our business-oriented culture. It helps to emphasize the social, economic and moral forces that make and create the law. Such areas as the nature and structure of the law and the court system, elements of the contract, personal property, agency and employment, case studies and analysis, and courtroom procedures and strategies are discussed. Classroom debate of current legal issues is also part of the curriculum.

Career Focus

Career Focus is a course geared toward the student who could benefit from structured time devoted to college and career planning. Through guided research and personal inventories, students look at personal goals and professional interests. The course encourages students who have already chosen their desired career path to take a careful look at all the options available within that career while others may focus on selecting a suitable career path. Students examine specific challenges of careers. Work environments, work styles, aptitudes and interests are examined through the use of on-line databases. Students also devote time to exploring educational and career opportunities and other important factors regarding their futures.

Engineering Systems A&B

Students will learn engineering fundamentals of electrical, hydraulic, mechanical and pneumatic systems. This is a hands-on, lab driven course that includes house wiring, mechanisms, and fluid power. Students will also have the opportunity to design and build a VEX mobile robot for a competition.

Engineering Design & 3D CAD Modeling A&B

This blended course is for students interested in expanding their engineering drawing experiences. Drawings and activities focus on in-class application of 3D CAD programs and design apps to create advanced engineering drawings, assemblies, and 3D Printed products. Topics include threads and fasteners, descriptive geometry, exploded views, and assembly drawing. 3D Modeling will also focus on the Engineering Design Process and problem solving skills to create hands on collaborative projects.

Engineering Design & CAD A&B

This course introduces the basic idea of mechanical drawing to students through the use of CAD software. Students will apply basic mathematical skills and sketching exercises to solve various design challenges through the principles of drawing, engineering, and hands-on collaborative projects. Topics include orthographic projections, dimensioning, sections, and auxiliaries. College credit available, see teacher for details.

Entrepreneurship A&B

Students will develop a real business idea that they could open at the completion of the course. Within teams, students will research, write, and collaborate to complete a professional comprehensive business plan. Finished business plans are not only a great learning tool but a way to develop strong business writing skills, project management and the ability to work with others towards a common goal. Student business plans can exceed 60 pages in completion including areas of marketing, financial viability, location research and market analysis.

Fashion Merchandising A&B

Clothes, fashion designers, fabrics.... if this sounds like your area of interest, this course will explore all the areas of the fashion business and more. Students will learn where designer inspiration comes from, learn the history of fashion through the decades, fabric information, how fashion influences culture and society, study backgrounds of influential and up-coming-designers, elements of fashion design and design your own collection. Creative hands-on projects will help students learn fashion merchandising concepts as well as field trips and guest speakers. Fashion Merchandising B is a marketing course designed as a follow up to Fashion Merchandising A. Students will learn advanced merchandising techniques associated with the fashion industry. Units of study will include fashion promotion and advertising, retail merchandising and buying, visual merchandising, publicity and editorial coverage on show as well as special event planning. Students will increase their knowledge about the world of Fashion Merchandising by researching and applying their knowledge to projects, assignments, in-class activities and field trips. Students may repeat Fashion Merchandising B only with teacher permission prior to registration.

Game Design

Do you like playing games? Do you want to learn about gaming theory? Do you enjoy or want to learn about graphic design? Learn how to create games yourself! Unleash your creativity and make cartoons, interactive projects and games using animation, videos, graphics and sound. You will learn to integrate animation, graphics, game assets, text, video and audio tracks into eye-catching stand-alone interactive games and projects. You can use an Oculus Rift and touch controllers to make virtual reality games. You use a web based game engine software called Unity to add excitement by animating images for the projects. Sound creation/editing and movie editing are key elements for a good interactive project. Photoshop helps you create beautiful and creative artistic images and animations for use as elements in the projects. This course is a great way to learn and explore advanced computer skills in a fun, interesting way. You will design your own final exam to further explore personal areas of interest.


Students will participate in the “Stock Market Game”, an investing game. Students are assigned teams with each team allotted imaginary “cash” stock account to invest in common stocks of their choice. Research and close follow of the market will aid students in their stock choices. Units of study in this course include a discussion of the basic principles of investing as well as financial goal setting ideas. The importance of discipline in relation to personal savings, time, and risk factors as they relate to lifelong financial planning will also be investigated. The mutual fund industry, bonds, and bank products, will also be discussed along with a special unit covering non-traditional investment categories such as real estate and collectibles. Students will build an investment portfolio throughout this course.

Marketing & Sales

Gain skills essential for any career. Students will learn how and why marketers reach different consumers through age, gender, location, income, hobbies, and many other segmentation techniques. Students will conduct marketing research to find out habits and patterns of customers using different real-life methods such as observation, experiment, and survey. Fun activities, projects, field trips, and guest speakers will teach students the concepts of marketing. Students will explore the process of selling products, ideas, and services. Learn to communicate and read body language in sales situations, overcome objections in a sale, and close the sale. These skills translate to many areas of a students life from a job interview to a career in marketing or business. Students will participate in role-play situations to learn and practice techniques.

Personal Finance

Financial literacy for young adults has become an essential component to future financial independence. Personal Finance focuses on the management of personal finances while students learn the importance of maintaining a good credit score, in-depth budgeting, savings, interest calculations, responsible spending, payroll tax computations, completion of personal income taxes, buying and leasing cars, obtaining loans and home mortgages, and auto and homeowner insurance. Guest speakers are often invited to share their real-world expertise. Students develop an understanding of how to protect themselves from identity theft and fraudulent activities. Students create a portfolio and work through simulation projects that provide practice in the application of personal financial management.

Programming A & B

This class is designed for all students interested in taking any kind of programming, and who want to explore this particular field. Programming A is designed for the introductory computer student who wants to have fun with this discipline. Programming in particular and Computer Science in general are growing fields – be ready for your future!! This course gives you a strong foundation and help you decide if you want to investigate this field in more detail. You will write programs in a logical, structured and organized manner. You will be using Visual Basic to learn fundamental programming skills. At the end of the course, you will create a game of your own to demonstrate programming concepts learned as your final exam project. If you have taken Computer Technology and/or Web Design A, you will have sufficient background to take this class. Most students do very well in this introductory course, and have fun learning programming and creating a game of their own. This is an excellent course for those students considering Engineering at the high school and/or college level. Programming B [Blended] is designed for the student with a serious interest in computer science and programming. You will use Java and C++ in this course. You learn how to solve programming problems by breaking them down into logical steps. You will illustrate major concepts by creating programming projects. By learning these skills, you will have the awareness of the reason for a particular computer language; the role a program plays in computer use, and the ability of the programmer to control the computer. You will explore creating applications for smartphones and/or tablets in a unit in this course. By taking this course, you will be preparing to take the next course, Advanced Placement Computer Science. Java is used to take the College Entrance Exam Boards Advanced Placement exam. This course will not prepare a student for that exam; rather, they should take the AP Computer Science ® A course for that purpose. PROGRAMMING B IS BLENDED FOR 5 WEEKS as long as all requirements for blending are met.

Retail Management (Store)

Learn retail and merchandising skills while working in a real student-run business: The Maple Tree - Seaholm's school store. Students will design and build store and window displays, run creative store promotions, investigate new product offerings for the store, learn pricing techniques in retail such as mark- ups, mark-downs, and perform all fiscal/accounting responsibilities. Use a computerized point-of-sale system to ring customer purchases, track inventory, and run sales reports. Participate in purchase decisions, develop sales skills, and customer service techniques. Students will also develop skills in time management, teamwork, initiative, and leadership.

Retail Marketing

Learn how a business works from the behind-the-scenes. Students will learn the fundamentals of retail marketing: sales, visual merchandising, loss prevention, customer service, cash management, and promotion. Students will practice the classroom skills learned by working in The Maple Tree, Seaholm's School Store. Upon completion, students may sign up for Retail Store Management to learn and participate in advanced retail strategies during the 3rd hour Retail Management.

Robotics/Automation A&B

A course in the fundamentals and application of industrial robots. Emphasis is placed on the use of micro- controllers to control robots. Topics include micro-controller programming, robot fundamentals, DC stepper motors, sensors, programming, gripper design, and safety. A major emphasis is placed on a design project involving the design, build, and test of a mobile robot for a competition.

Social Media & Marketing

Companies are competing for our attention in an increased multi-media, digital world. How are they getting your attention? Learn how companies integrate marketing strategies online such as social media, mobile apps, email/database marketing, website content, mobile/cellular marketing, search engines, blogs and many more strategies to market their products and increase sales. Create fun projects for companies integrating these strategies. Explore the creative ideas companies are using currently to get your attention and earn your brand loyalty. Learn the latest trends happening in advertising, public relations and sales using an online presence. Develop an online presence for yourself by learning how to develop a professional online voice and online professional networking. Examples of companies we will explore would be social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn; online sites such as You Tube, and various corporate product websites and blogs (networks subject to change based on an ever-changing online world!).

Sports & Entertainment Marketing

This course is designed to teach students marketing and management concepts associated with the sports and entertainment industries. Students will learn techniques and practices used to make this global market part of a multi-billion dollar per year industry. Strategies used by successful sports and entertainment marketing and management firms and businesses will be evaluated. Sports and Entertainment Marketing will prepare students for advanced studies in marketing/management and create an inside look at how and why the sports and entertainment industry operates. Much of this course's work will be accomplished with student teams. Student teams will own their own NFL (National Football League) franchise and participate in a Seaholm Fantasy Football League. Students will research and make marketing and management decisions that will affect their individual teams (i.e. Location of the franchise, team logos, team colors, team mascot, team nicknames, etc.). Other areas of sports and entertainment marketing and management that will be investigated will be professional sports promotions, NCAA non-revenue sports promotions, marketing history of professional sports, sports drink sponsorship, and the movie/concert industry.

Web Design A&B

In Web Design A, you will create sophisticated web pages using HTML 5, JavaScript, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver and Adobe Animate. You will learn the fundamental features of the Adobe CC 2017 products. This class is a great way to enter the world of coding as well! You will build exciting, interactive websites. Explore the following web elements: animation, graphics, text placement, audio, and design techniques. You will use a classroom intranet web server to practice posting your web sites. Classmates will offer structured critiques to improve your web skills. We all use the Internet every day- find out how it works! Some students have taken this class and gone on to create professional web pages in a business setting or as entrepreneurs. If this area is of interest to you, consider also signing up for Web Design B and Programming A. Completion of Web Design A could lead to college advanced placement credit. In Web Design B, you will take your web design skills to the next level by designing web sites that are exciting and innovative. You will further enhance your skills learned in Web Design A. You will compose your own music and sounds, make interactive games and one-of-a-kind graphics, add to your PhotoShop and DreamWeaver skills, and use Adobe Illustrator and Animate. Make and add your own videos to add more personal touches to your websites. Many students create portfolio websites in this class to use for college, job applications, and/or scholarship requests. You will use a classroom intranet web server to team and work with other students when creating some of the websites in class. This prepares you for work in college and in the real world. You have the freedom to use your computer knowledge and web design expertise to develop a web site on a topic of your choice! If this area is of interest to you, consider also signing up for Programming A and/or AP Computer Science Principles (1 and 2).

Students at DECA


If you'd like more information regarding our Career Readiness efforts, please contact Amy Bowman, District Department Head K-12 CTE and CFE at