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Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center, Highlands Ranch, CO

Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center
Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center
Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center
Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center
Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center
Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center
Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center
Rock Canyon High School - Tech Center

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Project informed specifically by 21st Century educational concepts Douglas County School District embraces the 21st Century educational concept that students learn in different ways. Student interest in their education is maintained by helping them realize that what they are learning prepares them for life in the real world. LKA designed the Rock Canyon Career Tech Ed Building with focus on the concept that knowledge is constructed through research and application with connection to personal experience, talents, interests and passions. Technologies in the Career Tech Ed program are not an end in themselves but tools to create knowledge.


The program offers multiple pathways to success beyond high school, some providing college credit or certifications achieved at graduation, enabling students to learn in relevant real world project-based contexts with integrated thematic curriculum. Students are more engaged and more successful when they can connect what they are learning to situations they care about in their community and in the world. It provides access to quality learning tools, technologies, and resources supporting 21st century skill outcomes.


Unique Project Features: The existing Rock Canyon High School main building was constructed in 2002, patterned after the District prototypical high school with infrastructure for a subsequent classroom pod addition to accommodate an increase in student enrollment. The District departed from the typical classroom addition to develop the Career Tech Ed program by replacing roughly eight standard instructional classrooms with specialized teaching spaces supporting the Career Tech Ed programs for Pre-engineering, Construction Technology, Digital Media Production, Business Technology, and Cosmetology.


The Digital Media Production program provides training in broadcast television and the film and video industry. Students learn overall studio production skills including lighting, sound, basic camera skills & techniques, composition, equipment handling, and computer software editing skills. Students completing the program would be employable as camera technicians or similar entry-level jobs in the industry. The Digital Media facility includes a video studio, a broadcast studio, a control room in a structurally and acoustically isolated “building within the building”, editing and audio rooms, and a classroom for lecture instruction and group collaboration.


The Construction Technology program is designed to equip students for entry level work (after high school) in building construction related trades. There is an emphasis on developing “employment” skills so that students could potentially be employed in residential construction following successful completion of the program. Technical Certification or Apprenticeship could subsequently be pursued at the Community / Junior College level in various construction trades. The facilities provided will be a classroom for lecture instruction and a shop with construction power tools, hand tools, and work assembly area.


The Cosmetology course teaches customer relations, business techniques, sales and salon management. Students completing the coursework will be prepared to take the state licensing exams to practice in this career field.


The Pre-Engineering program with lab workstations and equipment will offer Career Tech Ed students college credit if an articulation agreement is reached with community colleges or universities.


The Business Technology program takes students through the entrepreneurial small business startup process. It may also be offered as an adjunct program to students in the various other Career Tech Ed Programs, i.e., Construction Technology, Cosmetology, and Digital Media Production.


A CADD classroom with thirty computer stations and a dedicated Computer Instruction classroom/lab with thirty–two workstations for computer graphics and computer software instruction are available to students. These two rooms may serve students participating in any of the Career Tech Ed Programs as well.