• The Career and Technical Education Department at the Goldendale High School consists of 6 certified teachers. These teachers provide many different opportunities for students. Goldendale's Career and Technical Education offerings are:


    NOTE:  All of the occupational arts courses are electives.  However, students must complete 2.5 credits in this area to fulfill district graduation requirements. 


    NOTE:  All agriculture courses are highly recommended for Careers in Technology and Natural Resources. 

    Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (9th Grade Science): all year (9th grade) AFNR is a hands-on, project based freshmen science class. Students will study soils, hydroponics, cell structure, plants, ecosystems, and much more through a variety of experiments and projects that use all the latest science technology. The course is also the first course in an Agriculture Program of Study. Plant Biology: all year (10th-12th grade) Plant Biology is a biology equivalent course that uses hands-on activities, projects, and problems to teach plant concepts. Student experiences will include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. 

    Animal Biology: all year (10th-12th grade) Animal Biology is a biology equivalent course that uses hands-on activities, projects, and problems to teach animal biology concepts. Student experiences will include the study of animal anatomy and physiology, and classification. Metal Fabrication: all year (10th-12th grade) This hands-on course teaches students how to service, repair and test farm machinery. Students learn a variety of welding processes, become trained in basic shop related skills, and practice machine tool operation and maintenance. Students are required to perform all tasks using industry approved safety guidelines. Power & Structures: all year (11th-12th grade) This hands-on course is for students who are interested in the repair and maintenance of machines and structures used in agriculture. Students will learn about power structures, electricity, small engines, and build various outdoor projects.


     Note:  Students intending to apply to any of the public universities in Washington (e.g., U of W, WSU, etc.) may only use one (1) year of technical writing to meet the 4-year English requirement for admission.  

    FINANCIAL ALGEBRA:  all year (11th-12th grade ELECTIVE or MATH).  The purpose of this class is to learn how to responsibly manage personal finances using applied and business math concepts and techniques.  To learn more about the free enterprise system and how it relates to the global economy.  To learn how to invest wisely in several different venues including the Stock Market and real estate. 

    INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS: all year (9th-12th ELECTIVE) Intro. To Business will help you develop skills in marketing, management, entrepreneurship, business ethics and learning the global economy. You will learn to create a business plan, market and advertise your products, develop an employee training program, and debate current business issues. 

    BUSINESS ENGLISH: all year (11th and 12th grade ELECTIVE or REQUIREMENT)  This course prepares students to communicate effectively as a future business employer/employee within the public or private sector by learning how to create and present a variety of business documents such as memos, emails, business plans, website literature and formal presentations to company stockholders. Students will also practice verbal communication skills through marketing campaigns, interviews and public announcements.   

    DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS: one semester (9-12th grade) Digital Communications involves the use of several different Microsoft (MS) Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). The Internet is used for research, and assignments are then given that utilize the various programs.  You will learn to format business documents, create spreadsheets and presentation in Office 2016. In addition to gaining valuable computer skills for the 21st Century, you can earn a Microsoft Office User Specialist Certificate. 

    GRAPHIC ARTS: one semester (9th-12th grade) This course utilizes the Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software as well as the Adobe InDesign program.  Students are introduced to creating shapes, borders, colors, and gradients using PC computers and color laser printers.  Digital photography and Internet research are introduced. Projects include posters, newsletters, greeting cards, reports, event tickets and programs. Numerous assignments are completed for community members and organizations advertising their functions.  



    FOODS:  one semester (9th-12th grade) Course is attractive for students who enjoy planning and preparing food dishes using a variety of tools, incorporating a wide range of food groups and including products and seasonings from around the world.  Students will also be expected to work within a budget, modify meals to meet dietary restrictions, and prepare meals to retain nutritive value.  Other course topics include eating disorders, fad diets, food labels, questionable advertising, and food related careers. 

    PARENTING:  one semester (9th-12th grades) Class studies the issues and roles pertaining to being an effective parent as a child grows from birth to adulthood. Students study parenting styles, and philosophies, needs of children at each developmental stage, and the typical challenges that make parenting one of the most rewarding and exhausting roles in life.  Students observe children, design age-appropriate activities and are responsible for the care of a “Baby Think It Over”. .5 Social Studies credit 

    APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY:  one semester (10th-12th grade ELECTIVE)  Learn about the major theories of human behavior and how each theory attempts to understand and explain the human experience.   Students will learn about dogs, rats, dreams and the brain.  The second half of the class is about relationships with friends, co-workers and mates.  There is some reading, several class and small group projects and numerous class experiments scheduled to help the broad topic of Psychology and self-understanding come to life.  .5 Social Studies credit 



      INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP:  all year (This is a required course for 9th-10th grade Class Officers) The course is designed to introduce and explore the elements of leadership from an individual and group perspective.  Students will have several hands-on opportunities to grow their leadership skills through school and community projects.  Students learn, develop and practice leadership skills through topics such as project planning, communication, organizational leadership, budgeting/fundraising, school climate and safety, and engaging the community. Non-ASB/Class Officer students may take this class by permission of the teacher only.  

    ASB STUDENT COUNCIL: all year (This is a required course for 11th-12th grade ASB & Class Officers)  Non-ASB/Class Officer students may take this class by permission of the teacher only.   



    NOTE:  Construction Technology courses are highly recommended for Careers in Technology and Natural Resources. 

    INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING:  one semester (9th-12th grade) Students will learn how to operate saws and power tools to make several small projects.  A strict adherence to safety procedure is enforced.  This is a foundation course for students interested in home construction, carpentry, advanced woodworking, and engineering.  Can be used as .5 Fine Arts 

    ROBOTICS: all year (9th-12th grade) A course that exposes individuals to the use of basic engineering principles and technical skills in developing and using robotics. Includes instruction in the principles of robotics, design and operational testing, system maintenance and repair procedures, robotics, computer systems, control language, and safety. 

    INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING:  all year (9th-12th grade) Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application.  Through hands-on projects, students, apply engineering standards and document their work.  Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Can be used as an Algebra credit. 

    PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING: one year (10th-12th grade) Have you ever asked yourself in a Math or Science Class…”Why do I need to know this stuff?” You will find out for yourself in Principles of Engineering (POE).  Get a chance to test your mental power and your ability to use the math and science you have learned into real world examples.  Students will study:  mechanisms, the strength of structures & materials, and automation.  Skills in problem solving, research, and design are a focus as well as helping students learn strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

    NOTE:  All of the occupational arts courses are electives.  However, students must complete 2.5 credits in this area to fulfill district graduation requirements.