Architecture Program

Architecture Program


Narrator: The Architecture program at Shadow Ridge High School prepares students to apply technical skills to create
two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs. Including custom homes,
commercial buildings, high-rise office building, structural steel detailing and
modeling designing landscape layout and working
with geographic information systems. Tayler: I got into it my freshman year, I just absolutely loved it. I’m getting better at my sketching and my floor plans are
becoming more professional. Elizabeth: It started back when I was like in 6th grade and I was I took a math class that incorporated architecture into it, it was kind of cool and since then I was very interested in that including like set design which kind of is also incorporated with architecture. Megan: Its kind of a passion for me. Its developed into a passion more so this year than last year
but I thought that building houses was always fun and always interest me since I was little. Narrator: Students learn the most advanced and latest industry software while completing their academically rigorous and industry authentic hands-on
projects. Megan: Last year we learned about like just the basics and how to make a floor plan
elevations foundation plan what needs to be on each plan like in order for it
to be to code and like to help contractors out and stuff like that. We’re introduced
to other stuff besides the floor plans like structural steel stuff they spend
it on how to make an elevation with more on it. We’ve done cross-sections and site plans
so just every year we build up more. Narrator: In addition to the occupation related skills, students develop advanced critical thinking, applied academics, interpersonal
relations, life management and business and economic leadership skills required
for the 21st Century work place. Katie: Its treated like a college level class because in a way it is. Scott Thomas: I run my class as it were a workplace a real place of work I expect my students to conduct themselves as employees in fact that’s how I refer to
them as employees so they have to have that same mindset that they’re not going
to school every day to come into architecture program, they’re coming in
here to go to work. Elizabeth: You’re really preparing to get out to the real world and for a real job
directly out of like even high school you could get a job in architecture Narrator: The Architecture program at Shadow Ridge High School has quickly developed
into an award-winning career and technical education option for Dysart
students gathering accolades at the local, state, national and international
level Scott Thomas: Since 2011 we’ve been involved with SkillsUSA. The last three out of four years we’ve been the National Skills USA
champions. We’ve been the state the Skills USA champions last five years in
a row. We’ve been recognized by the Association of Career and Technical
Education as the 2015 outstanding technology education program and the
International Technology Educators and Engineering Association just awarded us
the Outstanding Program Excellence Award and also I was honored to be the
International Teacher Excellence Award winner for 2016. Narrator: That recognition and the exemplary standards set forth for the students provide opportunities for
internships, entrance into colleges and universities and avenues for jobs right
out of high school Scott Thomas: The company’s know and colleges know that the students are coming from a program that is stellar and that helps to
ensure student success in the future whether they’re going to higher education or whether they’re gonna be in the field of work. Narrator: But more than
recognition and more than opportunity the Shadow Ridge Architecture Program
for students is about doing something they’re passionate about. Megan: It’s fun for me and if it’s fun for you when you can have a job out of it then why not pursue
it.


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