BUSINESS & INDUSTRY ENDORSEMENT Business Marketing Finance
The YWLA Business Marketing Finance pathway offers students a rigorous liberal arts foundation coupled with real-world curriculum and hands-on instruction as well as internship opportunities in the fashion, business, marketing, and advertising industry where students will be able to practice their skills and network for future careers. Students learn and practice design techniques using a variety of media and technology. Presentation skills learned through our program help students prepare for and be competitive in a multitude of careers. College preparatory curriculum and AP and Dual Credit coursework, including AP Spanish and AP French, help our Business Marketing Finance students get a jump start on college while still in high school, improving their chances of gaining admission into the prestigious college of their choice. The pathway also has opportunities for field-based exploration.
STEM ENDORSEMENT Biotechnology
DescriptionIn this STEM based pathway, students will take a sequence of courses including Concepts of Engineering & Design, Biotechnology, Advanced Biotechnology, and Scientific Research & Design as well as optional electives such as Forensic Science and Medical Microbiology.In the introductory Biotechnology course, students explore the world of biotechnology including the basics of microbiology, bioprocessing, genetic engineering, and biotechnology careers as well as examining the role of biotechnology in the medical field. Some topics students examine include bioengineering, forensics, and food biotechnology. This course is a hands-on, experiment-based experience that will keep students interested with exciting lab-based learning and field-based exploration. Information about units in this course follows.Introductory Course Units: BiotechnologyExploring Foundations in Biotechnology, Careers related to Biotechnology, Basics of Biotechnology and Microbiology, Basics of Chemistry, Understanding Bio-processing, Investigating Genetic Engineering, Exploring Biochemistry, Examining All Aspects of Industry, The Role of Biotechnology in Agriculture, Biotechnology's Role in Medicine, Food Biotechnology, Applying Biotechnology to the Environment, Bioethics, Forensics, Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and Immunology.
STEM ENDORSEMENT Engineering
DescriptionIn this STEM-based pathway, students will take a sequence of courses including Concepts of Engineering & Design, Engineering Design & Presentation, Advanced Engineering Design & Presentation, and Engineering Design & Problem Solving as well as electives such as computer science and computer programming. Students who complete this pathway will learn the concepts needed to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve their lives. Exciting hands-on learning activities like rating consumer products, destructive testing, drafting, design, presentation, career exploration, and 3D solid modeling. The pathway also has opportunities for field-based exploration. This pathway applies math, science, technology, history, and English into its content.Introductory Course Units: Engineering Design and Presentation
The Secret to Success (Failure), What is Engineering, Engineering Communications, Success in the Classroom, Systems and Optimization, History of Engineering, Kick out the Ladder, Teamwork and Concurrent Engineering, Measurement, Introduction to 3D Solid Modeling, Materials, Basic Electricity, Problem Solving, Design and Modeling, Traditional Engineering Disciplines, FastTrack RC Culminating Project.
PUBLIC SERVICE ENDORSEMENT Education & Leadership Preparatory
The Education & Leadership Pathway prepares students for a career in Education. Students develop professional life skills and participate in field experiences through the University of Texas at Arlington and various intern experiences through Grand Prairie ISD. GPISD Education & Leadership Preparatory Academy offers students 30 or more hours of college credit through the University of Texas at Arlington. These dual-credit hours may be applied toward a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and students will be prepared in college to take the TExES EC-6th certification exams. Upon earning a college degree and teacher certification, students will be eligible to teach in ESL and Bilingual shortage areas in the state of Texas.
Aviation Technology (Aerospace)
The Aviation Technology pathway prepares students for a career in the aerospace industry. Partnerships with aerospace companies provide internships, program support, and hands-on learning opportunities. Curriculum and exploration to become a Pilot are explored in this program, along with other careers, such as Flight Simulation and Drone Operation, Air Traffic Controller, Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Program Manager, US Air Force Aviation Mechanic, Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisor, Airfield Operations Specialists, Airport Management, and Pilot Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone Operator.