Porterville Unified pilots 10 new courses

The Sun-Gazette

Aviation Technology 2 and 3 are two of the 10 new courses to be offered to PUSD students

PORTERVILLE – As 2021 flies by, fall will be here in the blink of an eye. When it arrives, Porterville high school students will have 10 new courses added to their curriculum.

Expected growth in student enrollment into the Porterville Military Academy pathway has prompted the need for additional courses to offer students a variety of elective choices. Both Aviation Technology 2 and 3 will be available to students in the fall.

Aviation Technology 2 will introduce students to basic aircraft and UAS structures and their major components, principles of flight, and the fundamental physical laws affecting flight. Aviation Technology 3 is foundational for both manned and unmanned aviation, and will prepare students to take either of two Federal Aviation Administration tests: The Private Pilot Knowledge Test or the Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test.

Increased student interest has prompted the need for additional courses to allow students choices for the college level classes. Intro to Kinesiology, which is the study of human movement and its impact on wellbeing, will include an orientation to major subfields such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, sport sociology and exercise psychology. The course will also explore available career opportunities and pathways in the areas of allied health, sports, fitness, physical therapy, teaching and coaching.

Other electives include intro to public speaking which will teach students how to perform and critique speeches, and principles of microeconomics which will be an introductory course to the concepts of economics covering topics such as scarcity, supply and demand, elasticity, and more.

Due to increased student interest, additional college level art and advanced mathematics courses will be available. A new multimedia course will analyze film and television texts. Students will study various modes of production such as editing, sound and visual design. A new video production course will also be available. It will provide an introduction to the operation of single camera video production and will touch on scripting, producing, post production, and more. College Precalculus I will be available as a rigorous college level course in algebra for majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All three courses are CSU/UC transferrable.

A digital design for yearbook course will be offered to grades 10-12 at Harmony Magnet Academy and Porterville Military Academy. This course will focus on design and how it pertains to a variety of creative techniques including digital photography, desk top publishing, and the digital darkroom. Finally, junior year students will be able to take a new college history course exploring the historical, political, and social development of the United States from 1865 to the present. This course will expose students to college-level course work and rigor and can earn college credit.

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