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Culinary Arts 1 

Culinary Arts is designed to explore eating habits in relation to good nutrition through the study and practice of all phases of cooking. Industry standards for safety and sanitation will be practiced regularly in the classroom and kitchen. Students will: understand knife cuts required by industry standards and how to maintain knives and safety with other kitchen tools; develop stocks and sauces from the five mother sauces using ingredients from Farm to Table; participate and gain knowledge in home canning and preserving fruit, vegetables, and other food items, as well as the basic principles of pickling and curing; learn the science of exact measurements in baking bread, pizza, and fresh pies and how to use different types of flours; learn about the different types of poultry, meat, game, and seafood used in the restaurant industry; learn to prepare fresh pasta from scratch, as well as develop skills using other starches such as potatoes, rice, corn, and barley; understand the scope and complexity of the industry by composing an employment portfolio which will contain photos of their finished projects, a resumé, letters of recommendation, a cover letter, and job applications, as well as develop job interview skills. Students will also be introduced to the farming aspect of the culinary world by expanding their knowledge of how crops are grown and harvested, how to know what to plant and when, as well as what food grows well together and what crops will fight for their nutrients. (Cooking at home is required.) 


Culinary Arts 2 

The Culinary Arts 2 course is designed not only to continue to explore eating habits in relation to good nutrition through the study and practices of all phases of cooking but will also emphasize the history and culture of various parts of the world including the techniques and cooking methods of international foods. Students will understand and practice safe serving regulations, food handler’s requirements, and health code procedures, The course will also cover key hospitality issues, management definitions, and career opportunities available in restaurants, hotels, food and beverage operations, wineries, casinos, theme venues, entertainment centers, cruise lines, and countless other hospitality and tourism businesses. Students will participate in community service events and have hands-on experience. Cooking at home and community service are required). 


Culinary Arts 3 

The Culinary Arts 3 program not only is designed to continue to explore eating habits in relation to good nutrition through the study and practices of all phases of cooking but will: 1.) Emphasize the history and culture of various parts of the world and also the techniques and cooking methods of International Foods from French Cuisine, Italian Cuisine, Spanish Cuisine, and other cuisines of the world. 2.) Prepare and understand the different desserts from countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and France.3.) Understand and practice servsafe regulations, food handler’s requirements, and health code procedures. 4.) Experience quantity cooking and concept of teamwork through community service events. Students will be working on their own most the year in a private kitchen. Only 3 per class and 15 in the entire school. Students must have an excellent discipline record with the school and receive instructor approval to be in this course. 


Hospitality and Tourism 

The Hospitality Program is designed to prepare students for the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry after high school and will include: 1. understanding small business operations and management, 2. developing professional customer service skills, 3. understand and practice serve safe regulations, food handler’s requirements, and health code procedures, 4. welcome students into the exciting and diverse hospitality and tourism industry by covering key hospitality issues, management definitions, and career opportunities available in restaurants, hotels, food and beverage operations, wineries, casinos, theme venues, entertainment centers, cruise lines, and countless other hospitality and tourism businesses, 5. experience quantity cooking and concept of teamwork through community service events, and 6. have hands-on experience at special events including field trips, planning and attending local events as staff, and visiting key businesses in Sonoma County to assist in the understanding process. (Community service is required.) 


Wood 1 

This course of study provides students with an introduction to all phases of woodworking. Students will develop safe woodworking skills and habits while constructing various projects. Specific projects are assigned to build skills. After completing assigned projects, students will be offered the opportunity to construct projects of their choice. Approval of project selection to be based upon skill level demonstrated, completion of required projects, and materials available. 


Wood 2

Advanced techniques in woodworking are emphasized in this class. Students will develop safe woodworking skills and habits while constructing various projects. Projects will be both assigned as well as student selected based on skill level demonstrated and materials available. 


Wood 3 

Continuing advanced techniques in woodworking are emphasized in this class. Students will develop safe woodworking skills and habits while constructing various projects. Projects will be both assigned as well as student selected based on skill level demonstrated and materials available. 


Project MAKE 

Project MAKE introduces students to a variety of skills and equipment that can be used to design, fabricate, and modify products of all kinds. Subjects of study will include: simple machines, materials, graphic and 3D design, principle of flight, electronics, computer programming, solar energy, and much more. The class requires that all students report their progress through a weekly personal blog.


Project MAKE 2 

Advanced Project Make is an individualized, student-directed, extension opportunity that provides access to the makerspace during a scheduled Project Make class. Students work on projects of their own design and in areas of personal interest, extending knowledge in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Applied Mathematics and CTE sectors that do not have dedicated courses at El Molino. For example, topics of study and projects may involve Robotics, Computer Aided Drafting, Graphic Arts Production, preparation for the county Science Fair, Fashion Design, Engineering or Entrepreneurship. NOTE- There is no direct instruction during class, and enrollment is contingent on signing and maintaining an Academic Contract that ensures students are setting appropriate academic goals and meeting them. Please consult the instructor to ensure that your specific goals can be met through this course. 


Stagecraft Technology 

This course is designed to prepare students for theater, stage, and movie production technology. Students interested in set, costume, makeup, lighting and sound design, and production should take this course. It is coordinated with the entire Fine Arts Department and affords opportunities to work backstage at performing arts productions. Students also design and build all aspects of the productions. This course may be taken for four (4) years and more difficult and technically demanding work is assigned each successive year. 


Digital Photography: Yearbook and Photography 

This is a beginning class that includes an introduction to both film and digital photography. Students will learn about the history of photography from the beginning of the simplest cameras, through film cameras to the digital cameras of today. Students will start out with pinhole cameras, and then move on to using the 35 mm film camera and the development of film and photos. Finally, digital cameras and the use of Photoshop to produce an image will be taught. Students will perform all aspects necessary to the production of the school yearbook including writing, photography, business management, and digital graphic design. Students will become proficient in using Photoshop and InDesign computer applications and are expected to attend some school events, such as sports, drama, or dance productions. 


Digital Film making

This competency-based course provides students an introduction to creating digital video projects, using digital camcorders and non-linear editing software. This project-based course emphasizes confidence and competence building strategies to train students on these digital video tools, as well as video techniques, pre production planning, scripting, and story organization. Student projects are showcased at the annual El Molino Film Festival, as well as other local film festivals. In addition to class hours, additional hours and homework will be required outside of class time. The course operates in a working environment that is flexible, creative, self-paced, and provides off-campus privileges for students to complete video projects. 


Web Design 

Students will learn how to design and publish pages for the World-Wide Web that includes text, graphics, animation, video, and audio. They will learn the fundamentals of HTML and CSS code, as well as the available WYSIWYG (what-yousee-is-what-you-get) programs that make web page development easy for both Macintosh and PC platforms. Students will learn fundamentals of graphic and screen design using Adobe Photoshop. Projects will be organized and published to the Internet. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop their own pages designed with their individual 24 interests and expertise in mind. The object of the course is for students to learn how to provide reliable information and creative projects for the rest of the world to see and use. 


Digital Marketing 

The Digital Marketing class will offer advanced digital media students an opportunity to create professional-level content for web and video in a work like environment. Students will be in charge of maintaining and updating the school’s web. Students will work with outside clients to develop web and video content for real businesses and organizations. 


Advanced Media Production 

This Advanced video/media class offers students a hands-on training in Television production and advanced digital video skills. Students will learn advanced skills in digital camcorders, non-linear editing software and Television Studio equipment. The emphasis will be on refining advanced skills and techniques including planning, producing, directing, editing, and performing for video. Team and individual productions will be produced, as well as a daily video bulletin and Television program broadcast to the entire student body. Students will tape, produce, and broadcast videos of school and community events. The course will emphasize creating a flexible and creative working atmosphere that stresses profession productivity and responsible and mature broadcasting standards. 


Viticulture & Plant Sciences 

This course will provide the student with theories and principles related to viticulture and enology in a “learning by doing” approach. This course also provides methods in plant science and practical experiences associated with the topic. Throughout the course we will be meeting with local vineyard managers, winemakers, participating in industry tours, hosting guest speakers and explore related careers. This course is intended to successfully prepare those students who need high school science graduation credits as well as students interested in working in the viticulture industry. Throughout the course, students are graded on participation in intra-curricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.