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New Hartford CSD offers many options for occupational education. Business, Computer, Technology & PLTW Courses include:

  • Computer Applications
  • Web Design
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Design & Drawing for Production
  • Digital Electronics
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Design & Development
  • Biotechnical Engineering

Why Choose Occupational Ed Classes | Business Education | Project Lead the Way | Occupational Ed Classes at New Hartford

Why Choose Occupational Ed Classes?

What Business Education can do for our high school students

Business Education courses are a perfect complement to any academic program. New Hartford offers the following Business Education classes: Accounting, Web Design, Computer Applications, and Business Law.

Expand educational options

Business education courses add new dimensions to learning – hands on in addition to eyes on. A business course relates academic courses to the real world and shows how reading and math can be applied in “real world” situations.

College and job prep

Colleges show a major with a high undergraduate enrollment is business administration/management. Students will be ready for this program with a solid high school business education program.

Develop life skills

Business education courses help students develop skills and knowledge in personal finance, business concepts, and computer skills. This information will be applied throughout their lives in important decisions related to mortgage and rental agreements, car loans, insurance decisions, tax regulations, banking, and finance.

Pretest career interests

Business education courses offer a wide variety of programs for students to explore career interests.

Acquire lifelong skills

Self-confidence, Self-awareness, good work habits, problem solving, critical thinking, reliability, teamwork, and leadership are learned in Business Education classes.

A path to success

Business Ed prepares students for a wide range of careers in the 21st century. It can prepare students for college, for the workplace, and more importantly, for their future.

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What Project Lead the Way (PLTW) can do for our high school students

Educational options

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is more than just science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is about learning real skills, solving real problems, and making real discoveries about the world.

College and job prep

PLTW programs offer students an array of advantages, from career readiness, and hands-on experience to college preparatory level classes, labs, and creative exercises. College credit can be earned by passing PLTW classes.

Develop life skills

PLTW classes are hands-on, based in real world experience and fun for students.

Setting the highest standards for rigorous, focused, and engaging study, and developing students’ innovative, collaborative, cooperative, and problem- solving skills.

Pretest career interests

You work hands on with technology. You’ll build contraptions, learn about drafting and graphic design on the computer, use real lab equipment, and have fun while you’re doing it.

Acquires lifelong skills

PLTW instills confidence, stresses the importance of self-discovery, encourages innovative problem solving, and critical thinking, teaches team building, and rewards creativity.

A path to success

PLTW prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world.

PLTW education at NHCS

A PLTW class is the first step on your life’s journey of imagination, innovation and discovery. New Hartford offers the following PLTW classes: Gateway, DDP, Computer Science, CIMS, Digital Electronics. POE, and EDD.

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Occupational Ed Classes at New Hartford

What is PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education program that is used in middle and high schools across the U.S.

Digital Electronics

(1 unit of credit) RIT College Credit Recommended for 10th or 11th Graders.

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.

Design & Drawing for Production

(1 unit of credit) RIT College Credit Recommended for 9th or 10th Graders.

Students will 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. This course may be counted toward the Fine Art requirement for graduation.

Principles of Engineering

(1 unit of credit) RIT College Credit Recommended for 10th or 11th Graders.

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.

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.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

(1 unit of credit) RIT College Credit Recommended for 10th, 11th or 12th Graders.

The major focus of this course is to answer questions such as: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? 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.

Biotechnical Engineering

(1 unit of credit)

The major focus of this course is to expose students to the diverse fields of biotechnology including biomedical engineering, and molecular genetics. (This course is offered through the NH Science Department.)

Engineering Design & Development

(1 unit of credit). Recommended for 12th Graders

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.

Business/Computer Education


Business/Computer education plays a prominent role in preparing students to become responsible citizens, capable of making the economic decisions that will benefit their personal and professional lives in an increasing international marketplace. In addition, these standards provide a solid educational foundation for students who want to successfully complete college programs in various business disciplines.

Computer Applications

(.5 unit of credit)

This course is a graduation requirement for all students. Students will use the word processing application to produce a variety of personal & professional documents including business letters, research papers, and tables. Students will be introduced to database management, spreadsheets and graphs. iLife applications in iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie are implemented. Microsoft Office and Spartan Applications will be used for word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet documents.


(1 unit of credit)

This course is an introduction to keeping business and financial records and covers the basic accounting cycle. The students will be able to keep a simple set of books upon completion of the course. It is an excellent elective for all students. Academic students planning on a college major in accounting or business will find the course extremely beneficial. This course may be counted toward the third credit required in Math.

Business Law

(1 unit of credit)

This course is recommended for all students who are interested in the relationship of the laws to one’s everyday life. The students will gain a broad understanding of our legal structure, contract law, employment law, and consumer law. Some of the topics are renting/buying a car and a house, purchasing insurance, going into business, bailments, and crimes and torts.

Why Study? PLTW Business/Computer Education

This program of study offers a wide variety of courses for students to explore career interests. It is about learning real skills, solving real problems, and prepares students for college, for the workplace, and more importantly for their future. These courses are a perfect compliment to any academic program.

Web Design

(.5 unit credit)

This course provides an introduction to the tools and techniques needed to create and manage professional looking web sites. Topics to be covered will include creating web graphics, basic page layout, and web design history and theory. Projects will require students to integrate text and graphics to create professional quality web pages. This course is highly recommended for any student who is preparing for any college program that will involve the use of computers, graphic design, or multimedia. Prerequisite: Computer Applications 1. This course may be counted toward the Fine Art requirement for graduation.

Computer Science

(1 unit credit)

CSE is appropriate as a first course/ introduction to computer science. Students can take this class as a stand alone class or part of the PLTW Pathway to Engineering program. Students create apps for mobile devices, automate tasks in a variety of languages, and find patterns in data.

Students collaborate to create and present solutions that can improve people’s lives and weigh ethical and societal issues.

Learn more about the Hour of Code initiative to spark interest in Computer Science on the corde.org website.

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