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Team Leader:
envelope_blue.jpgGreg Berger

Technologies & Computer Education Cluster Staff:
Len Apodaca
John Bryant
Jim Doorn

Business, Marketing, and Finance Cluster Staff:
Richard Faulkner,
Lacee Manus

Trades and Services Cluster Staff:
Greg Berger

General Electives

Italicized wording is specific to La Cueva High School.
√ Freshmen may take this class.


The Career & Technical Education Department was created at La Cueva High School to provide an interdisciplinary pathway for the life-long learner. With modern technologies playing a major role in the educational process, students participate in hands-on learning experiences, which assist them in developing marketable skills. The department works closely within a technology alliance, which includes educational institutions, businesses, and governmental agencies at the local, state, and national levels. This alliance allows for the students to be taught in an environment that is consistent with industry standards and allows them to gain marketable skills, which can be utilized, regardless of their chosen post-secondary pathway. Various courses utilize “vendor neutral” (i.e., generic concepts which can be implemented regardless of the manufacturer of the networking equipment or software) assessment tools to demonstrate credentials to potential employers. The following clusters represent the department:

  • Computer Science & Technologies Cluster

  • Business & Marketing Cluster

  • Trades & Services Cluster

  • Marine Corps Jr. ROTC

  • General Electives


92304      1 Yr.       9-12

Prerequisite: Election or appointment to office
Special Requirements: 1 credit per year.
Description: The purposes of this class are to provide regular class time for performance of tasks associated with election to Student Senate and to provide each elected member with skills necessary to perform these duties. The principles of representative government and the dynamics of student leadership are a major focus of this class. Leadership skills are enhanced through a leadership curriculum guide, which requires many hands-on activity lessons. The course provides a laboratory for the application of communication and critical thinking skills in the context of representative student government


53009     1 Yr.      11-12

Prerequisite: Permission of supervisor and Administrator, 2.0 GPA, good attendance and behavior record.
Special Requirements: Course may be taken only once.
Description: This course provides students the opportunity to work in one of several campus offices or with individual teachers, assisting the appropriate professionals with their duties. Emphasis is placed on appropriate work attitude and human relations. Daily attendance is required. A final examination is mandatory.


53020      1 Sem.      9-12

Prerequisite: None.
Special Requirements: None.
Description: Defensive Driving is designed for students who have not yet applied for a New Mexico driver’s license. The course covers the classroom portion of driver training; behind-the-wheel instruction is not included. Topics will include characteristics of good drivers, basic maneuver and defensive driving tactics, traffic laws, accident avoidance, and effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving performance. Successful completion of the course will qualify the student for a certificate required by the state for all first-time applicants for a New Mexico driver’s license.


53012      1 Sem.      9-12

Prerequisite: None.
Special Requirements: None.
Description: Service Learning is designed to provide the student with opportunities to use academic lessons in a real-world context. This course develops skills and abilities in problem solving, decision making, critical analysis, collaboration, and team building. The goal is for the student to design one or more service projects that engages him/her in action research and that identifies a community need. Through this process, he/she enhances his/her social, personal, and career development and gains a sense of civic responsibility and understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, preparation and planning, research, action, celebration, and evaluation. Literacy strategies are integrated throughout the course. Skills and knowledge acquired in this course can be applied to the Human Services career cluster.

NOTES: The goal for this class is to provide a program that connects learning with academic study by helping the student transfer knowledge and skills from one setting to another and deepens his/her understanding of how we can all work to make our communities better. It is a process that requires the support of school administration and community leaders and is a critical element in the success of the program.


53013      1 Sem.      9

Prerequisite: None.
Special Requirements: Counselor or teacher recommendation required.
Description: Skills for Success is a semester course that focuses on the academic and personal tools necessary to succeed in high school. The student explores and demonstrates skills in the areas of communication, personal and interpersonal relationships, and research. At the conclusion of this course the student will be equipped with the academic skills and development that will support him/her throughout high school and beyond.