CCCS offers five pathways: Animal Science; Design, Visual, and Media Arts; Information Support and Services; Patient Care; and Performing Arts. Upon enrolling in CCCS, each student will choose a pathway of primary focus based on his or her interests and goals.
Veterinary Science 1A/IB
This class will explore careers in animal care such as pet grooming, exhibiting, training, boarding/pet sitting, military service with canines, and veterinary medicine. Students will learn to identify over 70 dog breeds and 15 cat breeds, and begin to learn the language of the animal care industry. In addition, medical terminology and introductory anatomy concepts will be introduced. Students are required to complete six hours of volunteer time at Front Street Animal Shelter. The course ends with an analysis & evaluation of some of the major animal welfare/rights groups in the news today, and how they can affect the animal care industry and private pet ownership. Students are eligible to earn 50 hours toward Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certification. Field trips are required and may occur on Saturdays.
Veterinary Science 2A/2B
This course begins focused training for work in the fields of veterinary medicine and/or pet grooming and includes both classroom and lab components. Students will be enrolled in the ACT online curriculum to begin earning certification. Most online assignments must be completed at home prior to class. The classroom component will include an in-depth focus on veterinary medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of animals and the major diseases of companion animals. The lab component includes handling of animals including proper lifting, gentle restraint, and performing minor procedures such as trimming nails and cleaning ears. The lab component also includes a required field trip to an American Kennel Club (AKC) event, and participation in caring for orphan kittens in the spring. Students are eligible to earn 100 hours towards Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certification. Field trips are required and may occur on Saturdays.
Veterinary Science 3A/3B
This course includes learning and practicing job specific skills and curriculum to prepare students to be Certified Veterinary Assistants. CVA candidates will complete all ACT (Animal Care Technologies) online curriculum assignments prior to class time. Candidates will learn how to position patients for xray and ultrasound examination, use veterinary hospital equipment such as a centrifuge, autoclave, Doppler blood pressure monitor, UV light, and IV fluid pump from guest instructors currently working in the industry. The lab component includes routine off-campus assignments/field trips in veterinary settings. Students are eligible to earn 100 towards Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certification. Field trips are required and may occur on Saturdays.
Design, Visual, and Media Arts
Students in the Photography pathway will take Photo I and Photo II. These courses are dual credit classes, for which students can earn both high school and college credit if they complete both courses.
- Photography 1: This course is designed for students with little or no photography background. First semester instruction will cover all aspects of black and white photography, digital enhancement, including an introduction to the use and proper handling of a DSLF (digital single-lens reflex) camera and light reading as a creative tool. Creative and technical instruction will be presented through lectures, study of the great masters of photography and the history of photography, in-class critiques, as well as thorough individual discussions with the teacher.
- Photography 2: This course will cover various aspects of photography such as: digital enhancement using the latest version of Adobe Lightroom, High Dynamic Range (HDR), architecture, urban landscapes, and animal photography. This advanced class also travels to the Sacramento Zoo and various locations in San Francisco. The Photo 2 students also take part in portrait sessions throughout the school year. Prerequisite: Photography 1
Information Support and Services
Information Support and Services includes Computer Repair, Network Management, and Information Systems Security. Students in the Computer Information Systems pathway will take the Computer Repair and Support series: three one-year classes in computer repair, network management, and information systems security. Each class will lead to a separate industry-recognized entry-level certification: the CompTIA A+ (computer repair) certification, the CompTIA Net+ (network management) certification, and the CompTIA Sec+ (network security management) certificate.
Participation in this pathway will require 1-2 three-hour labs per week, plus approximately five hours per week of online classwork. Students in this program will participate in field trips to various local businesses to learn more about technology applications in today’s business environment.
For the 2018-2019 school year, CCCS is offering several web-based courses that will help prepare students for a future career in the health professions. These courses include:
- Medical Terminology
- Health Science Concepts
- Health Science and Medical Technology
- Nursing Assistant*
*There is a classroom component to this course that will provide training in the area of basic Home Health Care skills.
Students who chose the Academy of Creative Arts theater pathway will receive high level theatre training that will prepare them for a collegiate program or company. Students in the theatre pathway take a production class and one technical course a year. In the production class, the students participate in two mainstage shows a year, as actors and/or in backstage roles. Technical class choices are dance, acting, hair and makeup design, or costume design and creation. Theatre students will participate in field trips, projects, and creative evaluations.
The end goal of this course is to present a full, main stage production. This course is designed for students who are already acquainted with the basic premise of acting. The course is designed to stretch students, to allow them to find more freedom on stage, and to learn the classical and safe acting techniques of the Stanislavski system.
Students will take part in at least one of the following areas of production:
Set Building/ Painting:
Students will work hand in hand with the set designer and the director (if not the same person) to help bring a unified vision to the set and to create something workable and beautiful in a creative way.
Students will be charged with carrying out and furthering the director’s vision through the costuming of all of the characters in the show.
Students will be in charge of compiling all of the moveable and immovable props used in the show. They will also be in charge of set dressing and pre- and post-show walkthroughs and organization.
The stage manager and assistant stage managers work as a team, in charge of all actors. During the rehearsal process they are in charge of enforcing the schedule, recording blocking, rehearsal reporting and administering first aid. The stage managing team is also in charge of the show once the curtain goes up and the director’s job is finished.
Each cast member will work with the director/assistant director on blocking, tactics, and character development. Each cast member will be required to assist in the technical side of production as well.
Theatrical Hair and Makeup Design:
Students will have to conduct research about historical or geographic research on how the actors should be portrayed on stage. They will work with the director, assistant director, and costumer to ensure the vision of the show is cohesive and whole.
Technical Classes (students choose one in addition to the production class):
- Acting covers character creation and design, classic acting styles, monologue and scene performance (in class only).
- Costume Design will include found and created costumes (creating costumes from things that can be bought or found), costume modification (taking things that can be bought and changing them to fit costuming needs), and costume creation (sewing and creating the pieces needed for the show).
- Dance covers all classical styles of dance including, ballet, tap, jazz, partnering, and hip-hop, with a focus on how to fit these styles into musical theatre. There will be a strong focus on developing flexibility and strength in this class. This class also counts toward the PE graduation requirement.
- Theatrical Hair and Makeup Design will cover decade and period design, basic stage face, using make-up to simulate wounds, and specialty character design.