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The Vocational Technical Studies Program at both Plymouth South and Plymouth North High Schools represents the best that education has to offer. The program consists of 15 high quality programs that are blended into the comprehensive academic environment.
All students who wish to obtain a technical certificate in addition to meeting their high school diploma requirements are encouraged to apply. The program is designed to provide students with the highest quality of hands-on instruction available. Students will gain knowledge in a wide variety of career and technical education areas. Opportunities within the program include internships, cooperative education assignments, job placement, licensure in selected programs, and admission to both two and four year colleges.
Our vocational technical studies graduates are attending some of the top colleges and technical institutes in the country. In addition, many go on to high paying apprenticeships or have a head start on military training. There are no limitations on how far our vocational technical studies students can go! You can literally have the best of both educational worlds here in Plymouth.
James R. Hanna
Vocational Technical Education Principal
jhanna@plymouth.k12.ma.us
 
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Automotive Technology

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and understanding of today’s complex and ever changing automobiles in order to obtain entry-level positions as automobile service technicians. Hands-on training will be provided through mock-ups and training aids, including on-site work experiences. Students will gain both insight and experience with complex engine components and accessories, as well as intricate electronics and automotive computer systems. Automotive Technology students will also be exposed to small engine repair and maintenance. After three years in Automotive Technology, students are eligible for co-op placement in the most advanced repair shops in the area.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Automotive Technology graduates have attended:  Mass Bay Community College, New England Technical Institute, Lincoln Technical Institute, Universal Technical Institute, University of Northwestern Ohio, Ohio Technical College   

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institiue upon graduation.              
Where are our students working?

Auto Fair Honda, Kingston Tire & Alignment, Sullivan Brothers, Performance Automotive, Reimels Automotive Shop, Marty's GMC, Baker's Auto

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

Benjamin Franlkin Institiute, Ohio Technical College, New England Institute of Technology, University of Northwestern Ohio, Mass Bay Community College, Southern Maine Community College, Universal Technical Institute

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

Able to take ASE tests in any of the nine areas and get 1 year of credit towards certification:   A1-Engine Repair, A2-Automatic, A3-Manual Drive Train & Axles, A4-Suspension & Steering, A5-Brakes, A6-Electrical/Electronic Systems, A7-Heating & Air Conditioning, A8-Engine Performance, A9-Light Vehicle Diesel Engines

Carpentry

This course of study offers students the opportunity to develop skills in the use of hand and power tools commonly used in the building trades. Emphasis is placed on identifying and applying OSHA health and safety regulations and following practices used to avoid on-the-job accidents. Students begin by learning use of stationary power equipment and portable tools on various small projects. The program focuses on the skills required for residential construction. This includes going off-campus to build full scale projects. Topics include building code, floor, wall and roof framing, exterior finish and interior finish. In the process, the students learn to read and draw plans and to prepare stock lists.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Carpentry graduates have attended:  Southern Maine Community College, Cape Cod Community College, North Bennet Street School

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
 Where are our Students Working?

Self-employment in construction and landscaping, SRW (siding, roofing and window sales), Construction contractors, The Military

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

Boston Carpenter's Apprenticeship & Training Fund (BCATF), Eastern Massachusetts Carpenter's Apprenticeship & Training Committee

Union Training Hours Obtained:

N.E. Carpenter's Union information can be obtained online or by calling       1-800-275-6200

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

4 years of vocational training is equal to 1 year of work experience towards the 3 years required before you can take the Construction Supervisors License exam.

Computer Aided Drafting

CAD is an acronym for Computer Aided Drafting and/or Design. The CAD program in the Technical Studies department at Plymouth South High School incorporates computer applications that are currently being used in Engineering and Architectural Firms today. These programs are the most current and popular software packages and are the industry standards. The software that is introduced to the CAD students includes Auto CAD (2D), Rhinoceros (3D wire frame), Inventor & Sketch Up (solid modeling) and other pertinent software titles found in industry related fields. While entry level job opportunities are available in different industry and engineering firms, the CAD program’s main focus is to have our students be aware of future opportunities and encourage them to further their education and become lifelong learners.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where or Computer Aided Drafting graduates have attended:  UMass Amherst, Bristol Community College, Wentworth, Norwich, Roger Williams, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Northeastern, Cape Cod Community College, Mass Maritime Academy, WPI, ITT Technical Institute, Johnson & Wales, New England Institute of Technology

All students can atend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Various engineering and architectural firms

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

15 Community Colleges through the Massachusetts State-wide Articulation Agreement, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, ITT Technical Institute, New England Institute of Technology, Southern Maine Community College

Computer Science

The Computer Science Program teaches how to use computers to make the world work as it does. Students learn how to make a computer behave how they want. This might be making a robot move something from one end of a room to another, it might be making a calculation which saves someone’s life in a medical ward, or it could be creating a whole new world through building a computer system. The Computer Science Program at Plymouth South High   School gives you an opportunity to enter this exciting field. Using Problem Analysis, Gaming, Algorithm Development, Programming, 2D & 3D Animation, Web Page Design and Networking, graduates of this program will be eligible for entry level positions in industry or higher education in the IT field.

Post-secondary Options:

UMass Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, New England Institute of Art, Cape Cod Community College, Bridgewater State, Military

Where are our students working?

Premier Research Boston, Best Buy


Existing Articulations providing college credit:

New England Institute of Technology, Quincy College, Southern Maine Community College, ITT Technical Institute, Cape Cod Community College

Cosmetology

Plymouth South High School is a Massachusetts State accredited licensed Cosmetology School. Students enrolling in the Cosmetology Program at PSHS will be instructed in all areas required for licensing by the State Board of Cosmetology. Their textbook training, along with practice on manikins and the required amount of time on actual salon clients, will give them the knowledge essential to become an entry level Cosmetologist. The study of Cosmetology brings with it many opportunities. Along with a well-rounded professional presence, the student will be instructed in all aspects of the field. A professional image, healthy mind and body, along with confidence building will be emphasized.

Post-secondary Options:

Once a student has their cosmetology license, they will do continuing education with classes and seminars from the industry's professional product lines and national industry educators such as Paul Mitchell, Bumble & Bumble, Sasoon, etc.

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Aristocracy Salon & Day Spa, Pro Cuts, Rapture, Adam & Eve's, Sally Beauty Supply, Zona Salon, Ulta Salon, Master Cuts, Aan Dora, Salon 1111 (owner), Angel Hair, C Lee's Hair Design, Toni & Company, Tara Dean Studios, Maxime Salon, Elements, Rejuventations, Accentuations, Hot Locks, Shear Creations, Andre Zona Studio, Super Cuts, Armond, Evolutions (owner), Crowning Glory (owner), Backstae Hair Designers, Beehive Salon, Earth Tones Hair Salon, Lord's & Lady's, Radiance Salon

Union Training Hours Obtained:

1000 hours received from PSHS makes student eligible to take the MA State Cosmetology License exam.

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

Cosmetology Operator's License by State Board of Cosmetology, State of Massachusetts

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program offers an intense curriculum that provides training in the techniques of food preparation. Creativity is greatly encouraged in the shop while basic, classical and modern techniques of food preparation are taught daily. They also gain valuable experience in gourmet and breakfast operations through the in-school restaurant facility that is open to the general public daily. In addition to food preparation, students will learn the valuable supervisory and management skills necessary to excel in the career of Culinary Arts. We offer articulation agreements with many well known colleges and institutions in which students can receive college credit for coursework.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Culinary Arts graduates have attended:  Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, Bristol Community College, Newbury College, New England Culinary Institute, Cape Cod Community College

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Hyatt Regency, White Cliffs Country Club, East Bay Grill, Marriott Corporation, Balsams Resort Apprenticeship

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

Bristol Community College, Johnson & Wales, Cape Cod Community College, Culinary Institute of America, Southern Maine Community College

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

Serve Safe, National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.

Early Education and Care

The Plymouth South High School Preschool Program is aimed at providing a quality learning experience. It is also an opportunity for high school students who are interested in early childhood development and education to experience an interactive, hands-on understanding of children. Students apply theory and concepts learned in the classroom to the highly supervised, full-service preschool housed in Plymouth South High School. This career oriented shop is designed to provide students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to meet the demands of today’s industries. Concepts taught are incorporated into hands-on computer projects of progressive complexity.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Early Education and Care graduates have attended:  Bridgewater University, UMass Amherst, Keene State, Framingham State, Fitchburg State, Cape Cod Community College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Westfield State, Salem State, Quincy College, Massasoit Community College

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Plymouth Public Schools, Kindercare, Kennedy Donovan, Bright Ideas, Kindercollege

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

Early Education and Care Certificate from the Department of Education, Qualified to teach Preschool 

Electrical

The Electrical program includes fundamental studies in electrical equipment, circuits and installations as it pertains to commercial and residential wiring. This course is designed for individuals interested in entry level positions in the electrical field. The program offers a comprehensive training and preparation for the journeyman’s electrical exam. The wiring shop provides practical experience in the installation, design and testing of circuits, reading and drawing schematic diagrams, preparation of detailed material lists, and Electrical Code applications for each project. Students enhance their skills with an active off-campus program, which provides real world experiences in the community. Qualified advanced students apply for cooperative work assignments and earn hourly wages during school time while learning skills with a licensed electrical contractor.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Electrical graduates have attended:  Mass Maritime Academy, Northeastern University, New England Institute of Technology, Southern Maine University, Quinsigamond Community College, Bristol Community College, Merrimack College, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, Cape Cod Community College

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Wayne J. Griffin Electric Inc., Interstate Electric, NSTAR, Decesar Electric, Sinclair Electric, Mazzolla Electric, McEnroe Electric, Granite City Electric Supply, Glynn Electric, Donovan Electric, Fall River Electric, Jordan Hospital, Concord Electric Supply, Relco Electric, Sounder Systems, Sherman Electric, O'Brien Electric

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

Bristol Community College, New England Institute of Technology, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

Due to the large number of hours required to fulfill their Electrical Apprenticeship before they can sit for their Journeyman License, our students receive 150 hours toward their code hours and approximately 1,500 hours toward their work hours

Graphic Design and Visual Communication

The Graphic Design and Visual Communications Program offers training in Graphic Design, TV/Video Production and Digital Photography. Graphic Design incorporates the elements of design, typography and color theory utilizing Adobe Creative Suites programs to create artistic term projects, logos, advertisements, posters, brochures and more. TV/Video Production incorporates state of the art Macintosh editing stations, studio space and FinalCut Pro software to produce high caliber TV commercials, PSAs, short films, instructional and music videos. Students will be trained in conceptually creative storyboarding, lighting, camera prep, sound, videotaping and editing. Digital Photography composition and editing will be taught to create a successful photography portfolio. Students will also learn professionalism and customer service, producing live jobs by conceptualizing ideas and translating them into electronic and digitally printed images, products and videos. GDVC students leave the program with these variety of skills, giving them a competitive edge whether they choose college or job placement in industries such as graphic design, videography, TV production, television broadcasting, photography and more.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Graphic Design and Visual Communications graduates have attended:  New England Institute of Art, Bridgewater State College, Lasell College, Framingham State University, Fitchburg State University, New York Film Institute, Springfield College, Keene State College, Curry College, Salem State University, Boston University

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation. 
Where are our students working?

Various Radio and TV stations, Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Destination Plymouth, G & G Silk Screen

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Mass Bay Community College, Southern Maine Community College, The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, Quincy College, The New England Art Institute

Marine Technology

Plymouth is a seacoast community with boats used both commercially and for recreation. There is a specific need for trained professionals in the field. The Marine Tech program is a comprehensive course of study which will include technical skills that are necessary to diagnose and repair marine systems including outboards (two and four stroke), outdrives and their components. Additional areas of coverage will include basic ship geometry, fairing of fiberglass, spray painting, and welding as it applies to the marine field. Since the marine shop provides services to the community, students also provide trailer repair, hull waxing and detailing to privately owned watercraft. The program will create a commitment to preserve the environment while providing skills to strengthen competitiveness for employment in the marine related industries.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Marine Technology graduates have attended:  Mass Maritime Academy, Universal Technical Institute, Miami Marine Institute, New England Institute of Technology, Lincoln Tech, Ohio Technical Institute

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Baker's Automotive, Taylor Rental, Various Marinas throughout Massachusetts

Existing Articulations Providing college credit:

New England Institute of Technology, The Landing School

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

None, however, co-op and vocational technical training counts toward time in the field for ASE exams. 

Marketing Education

Marketing Education is a specialized area of study with a broad field of applications. Marketing students learn essential communication skills applied to business development, entrepreneurship, management, career development and employability. The theory taught in the classroom is applied through hands on project based learning. It is our goal as a team to create an environment that inspires intrinsic motivation. By developing and managing projects students design themselves; the classroom culture generates innovative and critical thinkers prepared for the 21st century. The job outlook in marketing is better than ever with increasing competition among businesses of all types. The demand for qualified marketers will continue to climb. Marketing positions can be found in every arena from the computer science industry to fashion, law, and medicine. An education in Marketing does not limit students to a business career. It is not unusual for individuals to change careers several times and we can say with confidence the knowledge gained is a valuable tool students can use no matter where their career path may lead. Graduates of the program gain a solid foundation on which to base their future college goals.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Marketing Education graduates have attended:  Babson, Bentley University, Bryant University, UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State, University of Miami, University of Connecticut, Penn State, Virginia Tech, University of New Hampshire, Lassell, UMass Amherst, San Diego State, Western New England, Stonehill, Oregon State, Arizona State, Roger Williams, Suffolk University, Mississippi State, Regis, Keene State, Northeastern University

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Family Businesses, Retail stores, Daisy Riley, Advertising agencies, Corporate sales, Marketing firms

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

Cape Cod Community College, Curry College, Quincy College, UMass Dartmouth

Metal Fabrication and Welding

The Metal Fabrication program provides students with the opportunity to learn the proper use of hand and power tools, burning equipment and fabrication machinery used in the production of metal components. Students are prepared for successful entry into this field through co-op and apprenticeship opportunities. The students are able to become American Welding Society certified in the National S.E.N.S.E. program after passing their welding test here at the school. We also have added full OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety and health certification programs to our classes, in both OSHA 1926 Construction Industry and OSHA 1910 General Industry.

Post-secondary Options:

Union Locals, Boilermakers Local 29, Sheet Metal Local 17, Ironworkers Local 7, Engineers Local 4, Pipefitters Local 51 RI, Pipefitters Local 537 MA

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation.
Where are our students working?

Manufacturing, Machine Shops, Welding Shops

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 and Local 63 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees, ATI (Virginia Beach), Ohio Technical College, Southern Maine Community College

Union Training Hours Obtained:

1 year off apprenticeship program in Local 17 Sheet Metal

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

OSHA 1910 General Industry 10 & 30 Hour Certification, OSHA 1926 Construction Industry 10 & 30 Hour Certification, AWS Welding Certification in Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel (Per AWS Codes D1.1 Steel, D1.2 Aluminum, D1.6 Stainless Steel)

Plumbing

Plumbing is a growing, highly professional trade that is very important to the health and well-being of society. There currently is a shortage of plumbers. It is estimated that in the next decade 350,000 new workers in the trade area will be needed. Students will learn a variety of entry level skills. They will be taught all phases of drainage, waste, venting, water distribution, repair and maintenance work through our outside work program. Emphasis is placed on the Massachusetts State Plumbing and Gas Code and laws that students must know in order to obtain the Journeyman’s Plumbing License.

Post-secondary Options:

The following is a sample of where our Plumbing graduates have attended:  New England Institute of Technology, Plumbers Local Union, Sprinkler Fitters Local Union, Mass Maritime Academy, Pipe Fitters Local Union, Peterson School

All students can attend a 2 year, 4 year or Technical Institute upon graduation. 
Where are our students working?

We have students working in the Plumbing Industry, Plumbing Supply, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and also as Oil Burner Techniciams and Sprinkler Fitters.

Existing Articulations providing college credit:

New England Institute of Technology

Union Training Hours Obtained:

A student receives on avearage 220 classroom hours and 1,100 shop hours towards their license.

Licensure or Certifications Obtained:

Apprentice Plumbers License with the endorsement from a Master Plumber.

DECA

Why are over 180,000 high school students in 5,000 chapters located in the U.S., Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico members of DECA?  Because DECA provides unparalleled opportunities to:

  • Develop leadership and business skills beyond what the classroom can provide
  • Explore a variety of career fields, such as fashion, finance, marketing, hospitality & tourism, sports & entertainment and entrepreneurship
  • Receive international recognition in competitive events
  • Create friendships with people from all across North America and beyond at career/leadership conferences held in exciting locations
  • Build a college application and resume that will put you at the top of anyone's list

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.  SkillsUSA serves more than 280,000 students and instructors annually.  The organization has 13,000 chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.  Every Technical Studies student is enrolled in the SkillsUSA Plymouth Chapter.  As members, they can participate in a variety of competitions at the Local, District, State and National levels.  It is a chance to show off their trade skills, meet new people and gain confidence in the careers they will hold.

Application Process

A Vocational Technical Studies Program is offered to all students who wish to obtain a technical certificate in addition to being able to meet their high school diploma requirements.  Students must apply to the Vocational Technical Studies program before March 12, 2014.

Students enrolled in Vocational Technical Studies will have the opportunity to participate at any academic level within the high school's program.  All students enrolled in a Technical Studies Program attend Plymouth South High School, with the exception of Allied Health, Marketing, Engineering and Facilities Management which are housed at Plymouth North High school. 

The Vocational Technical Studies Program is designed to provide students with the highest quality of instruction available.  Students will gain knowledge in a wide variety of career and educational opportunitites. 

In order to ensure equal access to the Technical Studies program, a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Vocational Technical Education Admissions Policy has been adopted for all students.  A copy of the Admissions Policy and the Application is available at the link below. 

Vocational Technical Education Admissions Application
Vocational Technical Education Admissions Policy
Admisiones Politicas/Pautas
Aplicacion de Admisiones

Services to the Public

Plymouth South High School's Vocational Techical Program offers many services to the community.  We take pride in being able to provide the public with so many options at an extremely low cost.  Contact us by calling 508-224-7512 ext. 1205 to see what the students and staff can do for you and/or your business!

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Cooperative Education

Students who are in good academic standing, who have an acceptable attendance record and who have completed at least two years of vocational technical training, and no earlier than second semester of their junior year, are eligible to participate in a co-operative placement program.  Other specific requirements based on individual programs may need to be fulfilled for admission into the co-op program. 

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