Course Descriptions and Numbers

THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR. PLEASE SEE THE 2019-20 VALLEY AND VALLEY SOUTHWOODS COURSE DESCRIPTION CATALOGS IF NEEDED.

Classes in orange are available for Valley Southwoods students.

Family and Consumer Science
FAM109 OR FAM110 | First Semester OR Second Semester
ELECTIVE ⬛9 ⬜10 ⬜11 ⬜12
⬜DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

Family and Consumer Science is a one-semester course which empowers students to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. The classroom is divided into eight modules that the students rotate through on a 10-day rotation. Basic life skills are taught through the use of technology and hands-on experiences giving students essential skills and knowledge needed to achieve quality of life. All learning modules connect to additional course offerings in the family and consumer sciences. This is a one-semester course.

Apparel & Textiles Program

To be part of Design Studio, students need to have taken Textile Construction I and Fashion Analysis and Design. Students may be enrolled in Textile Construction II at the same time as Design Studio.

Design Studio
FAM403 and FAM 404 | Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Textile Construction II, Fashion Analysis and Design
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬜10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬛DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

Design Studio will advance students’ learning in fields of design, incorporating skills in sewing, and fashion. Students will expand on designing, marketing, merchandising, buying, promoting, and advertising. Culminating projects could include the opportunity to raise funds to visit a fashion district. Cross-curricular opportunities will be utilized with the production of the final fashion show. Community involvement will be solicited for exposure and connections, with a mini fashion show in the fall, which will involve elementary-aged children. This class will also replace the Central Campus Fashion course. Students may take Sewing II in conjunction with this course. 

Fashion Analysis and Design
FAM206 | Second Semester
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬛10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬛DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This is a one-semester course designed to provide experiences and information that will encourage students to develop a sense of fashion. Students will create personal projects dealing with design of fashion, fashion terminology, history of fashion, and design elements and principles. Students will also learn about fashion designers and have a chance to design some original creations from their perception. Some of the class activities are conducted off-campus, and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation. This class must be taken for DMACC credit.

Interior Design
FAM305 | First Semester
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬛10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬜DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

A one-semester course using the practical application of the principles and elements of design as they relate to decorating interior spaces. Students will create personal and group projects that relate to decorating interior spaces in residential and commercial buildings. Students develop skills using color, architectural elements, furniture styles, lighting, space, accessories, and other basic interior knowledge. Some of the class activities are conducted off-campus, and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation. 

Textile Construction I
FAM101 or FAM102 | First OR Second Semester
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬛10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬜DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental skills in Textile Construction.  The students will use a universal sewing machine and sergers to complete required projects. Students will learn and develop common sewing techniques to produce products that meet National FCS Standards. With success students will be recommended to go on to Textile Construction II.  Some class activities are conducted off-campus, and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Textile Construction II
FAM201 or FAM202 | First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Textile Construction I or teacher recommendation
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬛10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬛DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This course has been designed to advance students’ knowledge in textile construction. Students will use machine skills to complete a variety of projects based on standards and individual skill level building. Students will complete projects based on fabric, style, and basic construction techniques. They will also learn notions, weaves, and design elements as they relate to construction. Students will work independently to complete projects within the given timeline. Some class activities are conducted off-campus, and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Culinary Program

Culinary Arts I
FAM103 or FAM104 | First OR Second Semester
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬛10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬜DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This is a one-semester course that offers introduction and experience to the food industry.  Areas of study include sanitation, hygiene, culinary math, nutrition and the preparation of food using knives and smallware. Food products includes proteins, baked goods, dairy, fruits and vegetables. Within this course students will complete Iowa Food Handler certification. Culinary Arts I is aligned with the industry-recognized ProStart program and offers students the opportunity to pursue the National ProStart Certifications including career exploration.

Culinary Arts II
FAM303 or FAM304 | First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Culinary I
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬛10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬜DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This is a one-semester course that expands on the basic techniques of food preparation developed in Culinary Arts I. Students will make a wide variety of foods including potatoes, pastas, proteins, salads, yeast bread, desserts, world foods, thickeners, soups, and salads. Students will also learn to effectively use herbs and spices and handle large-quantity cooking. New products on the market, uses a variety of appliances, and other food related topics are also discussed. Culinary Arts II is aligned with the industry-recognized ProStart program.

Cafè V (ProStart)
FAM401 or FAM402 | First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I and receive a B or better in Culinary Arts II
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬜10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬛DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This is a one-semester course which is a double blocked class during fourth and fifth periods each day. This career oriented course offers students a hands on experience in running a restaurant and other food-related careers. Advanced cooking skills are taught with topics in food safety, menu planning, marketing, customer service, food preparation, and garnishing. Café V is aligned with the industry-recognized ProStart program. This course must be taken for DMACC credit. 

Culinary Work Experience
BUS405 and BUS406 | First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Cafè V
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬜10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬛DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

Culinary work experience is a one-semester course offered concurrent with enrollment in Cafè V or after the completion of Cafè V.  Culinary work experience is a placement for students who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education. Placement provides insight into the hospitality industry with many different opportunities in restaurant, hospital, private club, school food service, fast food, fine dining facilities and assisted living centers. Students will need to apply for and obtain a culinary job. (This course is Pass/Fail.)

Family & Community Service Program

Child Development
FAM308 | Second Semester
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬜10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬛DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This is a one-semester course focusing on best practices for the care and education of children from birth through two years of age in an integrated setting. Health, safety, cultural, and communication issues, as well as developmentally appropriate activities, are covered. The course begins with understanding of both the male and female reproductive systems. Students are exposed to many birth control methods, including abstinence, and discuss availability and the consequences of not being prepared. 

The remainder of the semester deals with the delivery and raising of a healthy baby. Special topics include: teen pregnancy, labor and delivery, premature birth, adoption, birth defects, reading to your children, and overall daily care. Many professionals and parents from the community, along with children from ages birth to toddler, are invited into the class. At the end of the semester, students will get the actual hands-on experience by going out into the community and working at local daycare/preschool facilities. Students will report to assigned locations during their extended periods. This is a definite class for tomorrow’s parents. This course must be taken for DMACC credit. 

Personal and Career Exploration
FAM301 | First Semester
ELECTIVE ⬜9 ⬜10 ⬛11 ⬛12
⬛DMACC ⬜NCAA ⬜RAI ⬜PBLN
OFFERED: ⬜Blended ⬜Online See appendix.

This course starts with the discovery of your personality and career characteristics. The class then goes into your individual Career Interests, Career Exploration mapping, your After Valley plans and pathway, Job Shadow completed outside of school hours and individual skill tasks.