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Career Pathways

What is a Career Pathway?
A Career Pathway is a sequence of courses that will help you acquire the depth of knowledge and skill within your area of interest. It is similar to majoring in college, except that you may start your learning experience in middle or high school. A Career Pathway is your educational road map that will connect your career interests from middle and high school to college and ultimately to your chosen career destination.  
OMI now offers five Career Pathways: Engineering Design | Information Communication Technologies | Performing Arts | Patient Care | Design, Visual and Media Arts 
Students step into the varied roles engineers play in our society and learn through hands-on, real world challenges that design and test solutions to in-demand issues.
Career Options:
Mechanical/Electrical Drafter, Design Engineer, Manufacturing Design Engineer, Project Architect, Robotics
Middle School: Students are exposed to the engineering design process, experiment with applying math and science to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design and market solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. 
7th - Design Thinking in STEAM
8th - Intro to Engineering and Business
High School:
Intro to Engineering Design - Students dig deep into 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 (like designing a new toy or improving an existing product) using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Upon successful completion of Intro to Engineering Design, students are eligible to take Principles of Engineering Enterprise.
Principles of Engineering Enterprise* -  Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, the strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.
Students learn to understand, manage, and support the functioning of computer software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming, and information systems in rapidly emerging and evolving careers in the technology world.
Career Options:
Computer & Info Systems Manager, Computer User Support Specialist, Database Administrator, Document Management Specialist, Business Intelligence Analyst
Middle School: Students will explore the essential skills for careers in the ICT sector include keyboarding, coding, basic digital literacy, and understanding systems that support the management and flow of data. Students will learn the ability to work well and communicate clearly with people, and the ability to manage projects efficiently.
6th - Computer Science Unplugged and Keyboarding
7th - Exploring Computer Science and Digital Media Literacy
8th - Intro to Computer Science
High School:
AP Computer Science Principles (recommended prior completion of Geometry with a B or better) - Students will learn a multidisciplinary approach to learning the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. Upon successful completion of AP CS Principles, students are eligible to take AP CS.
AP Computer Science* - The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem-solving, design strategies and methodologies, the organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using the Java language.
Mouse Squad I - The goal of this course is to introduce the student to computer hardware and software, as well as operating systems, networking concepts, mobile devices, computer security, troubleshooting, and basic IT literacy. Students will be prepared to earn the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam. The goal is for you to be JOB READY.
Mouse Squad II* - TBD
Students learn foundational skills for occupations involved in the creation, development, and production of theatrical and musical performances and explore occupations in practice halls, studios and performance venues.
Career Options:
Composer, Music Arranger, Conductor, Performing Artist, Musician
Middle School: The course will focus mainly on academic music and will provide basic skills that can be used if the student decides to pursue membership in an instrumental or vocal ensemble.
6th - Music 6
7th - Music 7
8th - Music
High School:
Intro to Professional Music (HS Band) - This course introduces performance technique in a variety of musical genre including jazz, classical, modern and pop. Students learn to perform solo and ensemble band music. 
Intro to Professional Music (Jazz Band) - Students learn to play in a Jazz band while gaining an appreciation of music as an art form and develop the skills necessary to pursue a variety of careers in professional music. 
Intermediate Musical Performance (Music Theory*) - This course will build on foundational music theory and technical knowledge to prepare students for specific career paths in music creation, performance, or production. Students will refine skills and competencies in their particular pathway of the professional music industry. Students will explore the career options and opportunities in their particular career path.
Advanced Professional Music (Music Composition*) - This course will build on music theory and technical knowledge to prepare students for specific career paths in music creation, arrangement, and production. Students will explore music as an interpretive form of artistic expression and as a practical communications tool. Students will be trained to compose and appreciate music in a variety of genre. The historical and cultural context of composition will also be examined.
Students learn foundational knowledge in careers that prevent, treat, and manage illnesses and supports the preservation of mental and physical well-being of patients in the medical and allied health field.
Career Options:
Kinesiotherapist, Nurse Anesthetist, Respiratory Therapist, Radiologic Technician, Dental Hygienist
High School:
Sports Medicine I - This course provides high school students with a general overview of athletic training, sports medicine, and its history. It includes introductory information about injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, emergency injury management, and administrative functions. Upon successful completion of Sports Medicine I, students are eligible to take Sports Medicine II.
Sports Medicine II* - This course is designed to build on the foundations learned in Sports Medicine 1. Greater emphasis will be placed on surface anatomy and manual techniques to improve assessment skills. Advanced procedures for treatment, rehabilitation, and protective wrapping and taping will be reinforced with guest lecturers from various health care professionals in the community.
Students learn the fundamentals for careers in creative arts professions that use visual art, digital media, and web-based tools as the primary means of communication and expression.
Career Options:
Graphic Designer, Digital Animator, Artistic Director, Commercial Artist, Web Designer, Museum Curator
Middle School: These courses build the foundation for careers in the Arts, Media and Entertainment industry sectors. Students will learn basic art, as well as how to engage in their creativity in an artistic career.
6th - Art 6
7th - Art 7
8th - Art & Entrepreneurship
High School:
Photo I - This class introduces students to digital photography using digital cameras and/or Smartphones as well as laptop computers. Students will learn the history of photography and 20th-century masters, basic photo editing skills using Photoshop and applying knowledge of visual art concepts in their photo projects.
Intro to Arts, Media and Entertainment - This foundational art course offers students deep exposure to essential design principles needed in any visual art professions. Students will learn the basics of visual design, printing enterprise, art and copy preparation, film/video production, and graphics and commercial art.
Digital Media Art I - Digital Media Arts 1 is an in-depth extensively on computer graphics, illustration, and design using the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and InDesign). Students will create custom images in Photoshop, logos, and illustrations with Illustrator, animations in Flash, and graphic layout design using InDesign.
Digital Media Arts II* - Digital Media Arts 2 focuses on advanced computer graphics, illustration, and design using the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and InDesign). Students will work on a variety of assignments (group and individual) including actual design projects for local businesses. Students will continue to learn video editing and animation techniques which will incorporate live action with animation, sound and special effects.
AP History - The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college course that explores the nature of art, art making, and responses to art. By investigating an in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective, students become active participants in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content.
PBS Reporting Lab/Film - PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is a project-based learning class that supports young people to report on important issues in their community, creating impactful video reports for local media outlets and the national PBS NewsHour. Students learn technical instruction on the use of cameras and editing equipment, as well as an understanding the role of journalism in society