• Business, PLTW, and Tech Department Course Offerings

    If you have questions regarding the Business/Technology Curriculum, email Mr. Von Dauber (gvondaub@nhart.org), Business/Technology Department Chairperson, or call him at 315-624-1214.

    The members of the Business/ PLTW/ Technology Department at the Senior High include:

    • Mr. Amante
    • Mr. Goodelle
    • Miss Mytch
    • Mr. Von Dauber, Chairperson



    Students are required to either earn one half credit for Computer Applications or pass the Computer Competency Exam in order to graduate. 

    Many courses in this department can also be used to fulfill graduation requirements of other departments.

    This course meets the Art/Music requirement:

    • PLTW Design and Drawing for Production

    These courses can be used to meet the third credit graduation requirement for Math or Science:

    • PLTW Design and Drawing for Production
    • PLTW Digital Electronics
    • PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    • PLTW Principles of Engineering
    • AP PLTW Computer Science Principles
    • Production Systems

     This course can be used to meet the third credit graduation requirement for Math :

    • Accounting

     This course can be used for the Economics graduation requirement: 

    • Personal Finance





    Computer Applications 



    Alternate day half year


    Emerging Technology 


    Alternate day half year



    Accounting (AC110)




     Dual Credit with MVCC

    Intro. to Business (BM100)



     Dual Credit with MVCC

    Personal Finance (BM108)
    1.0  Semestered  Dual Credit with MVCC

    Production Systems


    Alternate Day half year


    AP/PLTW Computer Science - Principles (CSP)


           1.0        (0.5 each semester)

    Alternate day all year

     Algebra 1 



    Semestered or Alternate day all year

    This course is NOT offered at the High School on a yearly basis

    PLTW Digital Electronic (DE)




    Algebra 1 recommended and it is recommended for students in grades 11 or 12

    PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)


    Semestered or  Alternate day all year

    DDP is highly recommended; Recommended for students in grades 10, 11 or 12

    PLTW Principles of Engineering (POE)


    Semestered or Alternate day all year

    DDP and CIM Recommended; Physics Recommended Previously or Concurrently; Recommended for students in grades 11 or 12

    PLTW Engineering Design and Development (EDD)


    Semestered or Alternate day all year

    DDP; Recommended for students in grade 12 

    ½ unit of credit

    Computer Applications is a half-credit course designed to develop proficiency using a computer for a variety of tasks. This course meets the technology standards for students graduating from the New Hartford Central School System.
    In this course, each student is instructed on how to utilize the school’s network system, using the Microsoft Office software packages and Spartan Applications. Students will use the word processing, spreadsheet, and computer presentation applications. Students will apply these skills to produce a variety of personal and professional documents including business letters, mail merge documents, tables, and research papers. Students are instructed in spreadsheet formulas for numerical calculation as well as graph construction and interpretation.Instruction on presentation design focuses on content organization and layout techniques. Students explore the impact of computing in society, the application of computing across career paths, building skills, and awareness in digital citizenship, and cybersecurity.  Students will also create simple apps for mobile devices using MIT App Inventor®.  Using Spartan Applications, a web based software program, documents can be shared for viewing and/or collaboration.Users can work in an online mode in real time. Within each of these applications, students complete a variety of activities to develop their computer literacy for school and personal use.

    ½ unit of credit

    This course will give students an opportunity to identify and explore the potential benefits of new technology and determine the feasibility of their implementation in society.  Students will learn to research and apply new and/or innovative technologies which are being integrated into business, industry, education, and the medical fields today.  The course will provide students with opportunity to investigate trends and examine the potential impact of the technology on these industries, on our community, and beyond as well what education and skill sets must be obtained to pursue these evolving fields after high school.  Topics that may be covered are: drones, computer vision/simulation technologies, collaboration technologies, evolution of smart technology, driverless cars, etc.

    1 unit of credit

    This course is an introductory course designed to expose students to the fundamental accounting concepts and principles used to analyze and record business transactions. Topics include the accounting cycle, accounting for service and merchandising businesses, special journals, payroll, banking and internal controls, and inventory methods. Guest business professionals from our community will visit class to share their business expertise and discuss career options as well.

    1 unit of credit

    This course presents the relationships among social, political, economic, legal, and environmental forces, and the development and operation of business in a global economy. It includes an overview of the concepts and principles of the various subfields of business accounting, management, finance, marketing, law, ethics, human resources, and general business as well as current topics of interest, and the internet research and simulation exercises. Guest business professionals from our community will visit class to share their business expertise and discuss career options as well.
    1 unit of credit

    This course teaches the fundamentals of personal finance.  Students learn how to create a financial plan, manage personal finances and reach personal financial goals.  Topics include: establishment of financial objectives (homeownership, education, and retirement), budgeting and savings, personal income tax, investments (stocks, bonds, and mutual funds), insurance, retirement and estate planning.  The effective management of credit is also covered.
    0.5 unit of credit

    This course is divided into two parts, manufacturing and construction.  During the manufacturing segments students are involved in lab activities that allow them to develop, build, and market a product as it would be done in a real-world economic situation.  The second portion of the course deals with the on-site manufacturing portion of construction technology.  Structures such as buildings, bridges, and highways along with the foundation superstructures, utilities, and environmental impacts are covered.  Approximately 75% of the class time is spent in lab activity. 


    Project Lead the Way Information and Courses

    Project Lead the Way (PLTW)is a partnership among schools, colleges, universities and industry to address America 's need for highly skilled technology workers. PLTW at New Hartford is designed to help students explore technology related careers and to prepare them for two and four year college technology degree programs. Each class is taught in a laboratory setting using state-of-the-art technology equipment and software. Instruction is generally one-third theory and two-thirds application, sometimes involving mentors from industry and colleges. Class activities focus on problem-solving, requiring students to work in teams to generate solutions. Typically, students who enjoy math and science will benefit from exploring at least part of, if not all of the PLTW program. For more information on PLTW, check out their website at http://www.pltw.org/www.pltw.org.
    Note: Students who are enrolled in Design and Drawing for Production, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and/or Principles of Engineering may be able to earn college credit through Rochester Institute of Technology. Credit for these courses may be transferable to other colleges. To be eligible a student must earn at least an 85 in the course and earn at least a 70 on an exam provided by PLTW. The cost to the student is $250+.

    1 unit of credit 
    (0.5 each semester)

    Students enrolled in this course are required to take the accompanying Advanced Placement Exam in May.

    Students can take this class as a stand alone class or part of the PLTW Pathway to Engineering program.

    Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration.  CSP helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. The course curriculum is a College Board-approved implementation of AP CS Principles.

    PREREQUISITE: Algebra 1  

    PLTW Design & Drawing for Production (DDP) 
    1 unit of credit
    In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.  The major focus of the DDP course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. 


    1 unit of credit


    This course is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentation. This course is recommended for 11th or 12th grade students.

    PREREQUISITE: Algebra 1 is highly recommended 

    1 unit of credit

    The major focus of this course is to answer questions such as: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? As students find the answers to these questions, they learn about the history of manufacturing, a sampling of manufacturing processes, robotics and automation. The course is built around several key concepts: computer modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics and flexible manufacturing systems. This course is recommended for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students.

    PREREQUISITE: DDP is highly recommended

    1 unit of credit

    This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is recommended for 11th or 12th grade students.

    RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: DDP, Digital Electronics and CIM recommended; Physics recommended or concurrently enrolled in Physics

    1 unit of credit

    This capstone course allows students to design a solution to a technical problem of their choosing. This is an engineering research course in which students will work in teams to research, design, test and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The product development and a design process are used to guide and help the team to reach a solution to the problem. The EDD course allows students to apply all the skills and knowledge learned in previous Project Lead The Way courses. This course is designed for 12th grade students.

    PREREQUISITE: Design and Drawing for Production (DDP)