Career and Technical Education
Springfield School District participates in career and technical education at DCTS. Each course is an extension of the high school program and elective credits towards high school graduation will be awarded. The courses are scheduled on a half-day basis.
The Delaware County Technical Schools are preparing today's students for tomorrow's opportunities by meaningful career training and a foundation for lifelong learning with support from business, industry and the community.
- Medical Careers
- Health Occupations
- Culinary Arts & Hospitality
- Early Childhood Education
- Emergency and Protective Services
This advanced placement course is recommended for the collegebound senior who is interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare profession. In this program, the hospital becomes the classroom. This is a partnership with Crozer-Keystone Health System and Taylor Hospital. Students will be given a rigorous academic curriculum as well as rotating through all of the hospital's departments as part of their clinical rotation.
The Cosmetology Program is a three-year standards-based education program. The 1250 hours required for this course are earned when a score of 80% or above is achieved for each individual unit, which includes both theoretical and hands-on training. Students learn haircutting, coloring, manicuring, facials, hairstyling, and shampoo techniques and treatments.
Culinary Arts and Hospitality prepares students for success in our nation's number one employer, the food service and hospitality industry.Students are taught food preparation, dining service, inventory control, safety, sanitation and management skills. Our students also learn food nutrition, healthy cooking, equipment identification, use of hand tools and culinary vocabulary.
We are the only high school Culinary Arts program in this part of Pennsylvania to be certified by the American Culinary Federation.
- Applied Engineering Technology Academy
- Business Administration and Technical Support
- Computer Integration and Support
- Computer Networking Support
- Interactive Multimedia and Design
The Applied Engineering Technology Career Pathways Program is an innovative educational model, which allows a student to earn up to 16 credits while in their junior and senior years of high school. Students entering this program will actually be dually enrolled in Delaware County Community College (DCCC) while in high school and will be entitled to all of the services of DCCC.
Interactive Multimedia is a computer graphics program that introduces students to technology-based desktop publishing, multimedia design and production skills. Students learn the concepts of color and design and their use in computer-based graphic design. They also learn animation, sound, video and graphics editing in the multimedia class.
DCTS has the distinction of being among a small number of schools and colleges to be selected to participate in the AYES program, a partnership with General Motors, Daimler Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes Benz corporations. This program gives DCTS students a competitive edge by allowing them to work directly on new cars with technicians experienced in the field and at dealerships.
DCTS's Collision Repair Technology course is based on an occupational analysis of the auto body field and reflects the job requirements of ICAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) and the Automotive Collision Technology standards. Using state-of-the-art equipment, students are taught MIG welding/cutting, metal repair, corrosion protection, masking, refinishing, undercoating, unibody inspection and detailing.
- Landscape and Greenhouse Operations
- Building Trades
- Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- Industrial and Residential Electricity
The Carpentry program prepares students for employment in residential home remodeling and light commercial construction industries. The curriculum covers the use of hand and power tools, blueprint reading, estimating and scheduling of construction operations. Students are introduced to concrete form building, placing, reinforcing and finishing.
This course prepares students to apply the technical knowledge and skills necessary to install, repair and maintain commercial, industrial and residential heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The course is taught in compliance with the standards established by the National Association for Testing Excellence (NATE) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
The Industrial and Residential Electricity program introduces students to the basis concepts of residential and commercial wiring. Students install circuits, switches, conductors, circuit breakers and other electrical devices. Skills are taught in compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) industry standards.
Articulations and Dual Enrollments
Students attending DCTS can earn college credit while in high school as part of the Tech Prep Program. DCTS has agreements with the Delaware County Community College, Penn College of Technology, Harcum College as well as other post-secondary institutions that give credit for technical courses.
DCTS students have many opportunities to achieve advanced career certifications before they graduate from high school. For example, Health Occupation students can earn Nurses' Aide, Computer students can earn A+, Network, MOS, MCSE I, and Emergency and Protective Services students can achieve CPR and HazMat Awareness certifications.