Career Technology Education

Culinary Arts & Hospitality I and II (*Semester Long)

 This one-semester course provides the opportunity to explore the basic fundamentals and principles of the art of cooking and the science of baking, as well as opportunities to explore and experience the hospitality and tourism industry which encompasses lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, and resorts; and restaurants and food beverage service. The knowledge and skills are acquired through rich and engaging hands-on and project-based instruction, which also includes delivery through laboratory-based training and exploring the many career opportunities available within the Hospitality career cluster.

Ms. Leni Gillespie is Lamar's Culinary Arts teacher.

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Engineering Flight and Space (FS) & Energy and the Environment (EE) (*Yearlong)

FS - The exciting world of aerospace comes alive in this class. Students become engineers as they design, prototype, and test models to learn about the science of flight and what it takes to travel and live in space. They solve real-world aviation and space challenges and plan a mission to Mars. EE – Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They use what they’ve learned to design and model alternative energy sources, as well as evaluate options for reducing energy consumption. (YR) *A yearlong class for half a high school credit for 7th and 8th grade. Open to 6th grade with no high school credit

Engineering Magic of Electrons (ME) & Science of Technology (ST) (*Yearlong)

ME - In this class, students examine the behavior and parts of atoms as well as the impact of electricity on the world around them. They learn skills in basic circuitry design and digital electronics. They will build electromagnets, DC motors, and solder nightlights. ST - Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. In this unit, students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials. (YR) *A yearlong class for half of a high school credit for 8th grade.

Engineering - Design & Modeling (DM) and Automation & Robotics (AR) (AKA PLTW: DM/AR) (*Yearlong)

This Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course is a yearlong class for half of high school credit. DM - Students discover and use the design process to develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They use design software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio of their innovative solutions. AR - Students use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.

Fashion Design 

This course provides opportunities for the learner to explore careers in fashion that span all aspects of the textile and apparel industries.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design introduces students to the digital creative design process used for two or three-dimensional projects. Students learn to apply the Principles of Design to their work; projects include design of digital collages, logos, posters, and typefaces.


Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students will need to apply touch system data entry for production of business documents.

Media/Animation (*Yearlong)

This is a yearlong class that introduces students to the basics of creating original, multimedia projects ranging from hands-on assignments to digital animations and short movies. Students study computer and media literacy, history of film/animation, and project management through a series of creative assignments including flip books, Photoshop animations, Claymation, and short movie productions. 

Photography Careers 

 This is a hands on beginning photography course that teaches students how to use a DSLR camera, use the rules of photographic composition, how to use Adobe Photoshop, and explores the skills needed for a wide variety of photographic careers. Our students work with the Canon Rebel T3 DSLR cameras. They have assignments that help them to apply all of the different functions of the camera. The rules of photographic composition are incorporated into the artistic use of photography. Students use Adobe Photoshop to perform a variety of techniques that are used to improve and enhance their images. When studying the photographic Careers; students learn to use studio equipment, green screens, and scanners. They also look at Sports Photography, Photojournalism, Commercial Photography and Freelance Photography. All student work is digital and students maintain a digital portfolio. Our students are encouraged to participate in Jr. VASE (UIL for middle school Art) along with other competitive opportunities.

Principles of Arts, A/V

(prerequisite: Keyboarding, Graphic Design, Photography, Multimedia/Animation, OR Video Game Design; High School Credit) Principles of Arts and AV is a high school credit course that builds on skills practiced in previous CTE courses. During this year long class, students create varied media projects which include photography, animation, video production, and audio production. This course serves as an introductory class for further Arts and AV study in high school. Students become familiar with careers and current technologies in the world of Arts and Audio & Video production. 

Video Game Design I and II

(prerequisite: Photography I, Intro to Computer Science, or Graphic Design) Students will analyze and assess current technologies while designing and creating video games using text, pictures and digital video. Video Game Design I is a prerequisite for Video Game Design II. 


Nondiscrimination Statement

The Austin Independent School District offers career and technical education sequences of coursework based on the sixteen federally defined Career Clusters. Admission to these courses is based on interest and aptitude, age appropriateness, and class space availability. It is the policy of the Austin Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.