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Program Overview

Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center

Program Overview

 
 
Students in ALL courses will have the opportunity to earn First Aid/CPR/AED Certification. All classes earn a total of 3 credits upon successful completion of the year-long course.
 
 

Welding & Manufacturing

  • 1 tech math credit
  • 1 art credit
  • Up to 3 occupational or elective credits
  • .5 tech science
  • Variable Tech Prep credits available from BBCC
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Did you know that much of the world is held together by welds (bridges, heavy equipment, machines, buildings)? Do you like working in a shop setting, using tools and machines? You will learn valuable welding techniques including oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal and flux-cored (MIG) arc welding, and gas tungsten arc (TIG) welding. In addition to welding skills, you will also learn assembly, tooling, fabrication, math, and problem solving, CAD-based design technology, and water jet cutting technology in this class. Numerous job possibilities include sheet metal, iron working, pipe fitting, boiler making, and working in manufacturing and welding shops. Certification opportunities include OSHA 10, Forklift, and lift certification. Tech Prep credits are available through Big Bend Community College.

 

Automated Manufacturing and Design (Engineering)

  • Up to 3 Elective or Occupational Credits
  • .5 Art Credit
  • 1 Tech Math or Geometry Credit
  • 1 Tech Science
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification
  • Variable Tech Prep credits available from BBCC

In hands-on labs, you'll learn mechanical and architectural drafting, computer-aided drafting, design (CAD), 3D Printing, Robotics & Programmable Logic Controls, Drone Technology, and CNC programming. Explore various engineering disciplines, as well as safety, current industry trends, and educational opportunities. The program puts a strong emphasis on developing professional skills in high demand, such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. OSHA 10 certification.

 

Automotive Technology*

  • Up to 3 elective or occupational credits
  • .5 tech science
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Do you have a passion for cars? Are you interested in following a career path in the automotive industry? If so, this course is for you. Auto Tech coursework includes both theory and hands-on training with hoists, computerized wheel aligners, tire mounting and balancing machines, engine rebuilding, and the latest in handheld meters, scan tools, and lab scopes. You will learn how to maintain and tune up as well as diagnose and repair vehicles. The course is taught by an ASE Certified Technician. You are also taught to demonstrate professionalism and follow safety procedures in the auto service industry. OSHA 10 certification.

*Auto shop is located at an offsite location.

 

Construction Trades

  • 1 geometry and/or tech math credit in this class
  • 1 art credit
  • Up to 3 elective or occupational credits
  • .5 tech science
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification
  • Variable Tech Prep credits available from BBCC
  • Tech Prep math credits available through Big Bend Community College


Do you think about designing, planning, and building the structures where we live and work? Do you like to bring your ideas to life? In this course, you will learn skills of the construction trade and then use those skills on actual construction projects on-site and off-campus. Skills taught include framing, siding, roofing, electric, HVAC, plumbing, the proper and safe use of tools, job site safety, estimation of labor and materials, construction mathematics and measuring, building codes, and blueprint reading. You will also be exposed to the construction industry through guest speakers and participation in field trips. The course is designed to prepare you for direct entry into an apprenticeship of skilled craftsperson by meeting academic and industry standards. Certification opportunities include OSHA 10, Forklift, and lift certification.

 

Cosmetology*

  • 1 art credit
  • .5 tech science
  • Up to 3 elective or occupational credits
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Are you a creative person who likes to help people feel good about themselves? In this class, you will learn to use tools of the industry and the business skills necessary to be successful. Instruction and practice in the program include scalp and hair analysis, cutting, trimming, and styling hair; facial treatments and conditioning; bacteriology; ethics; sterilization and sanitation; nail services and chemical services. Lecture and lab time are documented in order to help you qualify for a professional license. The cosmetology program covers the 1640 hours required to take the Washington State Cosmetology, Barbering, Nail Technician, and Esthetician examination.

*Offsite locations- Char Glo School of Beauty or Elegance Hair Academy

 

Criminal Justice

  • Up to 3 occupational or elective credits
  • .5 Forensic Technology,
  • * 1 English
  • .5 Street Law credit
  • 1 PE
  • Variable Tech Prep credits available from BBCC
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Do you want to serve your community? Would you like to learn about criminal investigation from a real police officer? In this course, you will investigate the role of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and the corrections department. You will take field trips to public service and criminal justice facilities and receive training in fingerprinting, patrolling and investigative procedures, criminal and traffic laws, conflict resolution, record keeping, and technical writing. You will meet and hear from a variety of representatives from public safety organizations and departments. The program trains you for entry-level employment in Correctional Services, Law Enforcement Services, and Security and Protective Services.

 

Culinary Arts

  • 1 tech math
  • 1 food tech science
  • Up to 3 elective or occupational credits
  • Tech prep credits available through Walla Walla Community College
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

From menu planning to food prep to culinary vlogging experience, students will be immersed in real-world learning experiences. Local restaurants and hospitality companies are instructional partners, sharing industry knowledge and current trends. Kitchen procedures, sanitation, and safety, estimating, budgeting, advanced baking, advanced cookery, catering, barista training, cafe management, food photography, and food blogging/vlog will all be covered. This two-year course of study will provide the knowledge and experience applicable to working in all types of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, catering companies, and food-related entertainment. Students can earn industry certifications from the WA State Food Handlers Program and the NRA ServSafe Management Course.

 

Digital Arts and Filmmaking

  • Up to 3 occupational or elective credits
  • 1 computer science credit
  • 1 English credit
  • 1 art credit
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Digital Arts and Filmmaking is an exciting, creative course designed to educate students on the ever-changing digital world, as well as to provide hands-on experience with industry-standard software and equipment. Topics covered in this course include graphic design, animation, audio production, post-production, filmmaking, and web design. Students will use the full Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, and AfterEffects. Other topics covered include sound design, logo creation, pre-production, and scriptwriting, still photography, digital marketing, and media creation for print and for YouTube.

 

Entrepreneurship/Marketing

  • Up to 3 occupational or elective credits
  • 1 art credit
  • 1 business math credit
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Have you ever thought about opening your own business? Learn how to become an entrepreneur. Students learn professionalism, fundamentals in marketing, customer service, buying and selling, store promotions, the importance of product knowledge, merchandising and visual display, as well as project and retail management. This class will learn how to develop a business plan, logo design, business cards, brochures and research the various types of social media as a promotional tool. There is a strong emphasis on employability skills, leadership, and teamwork. Students study the Dave Ramsey High School personal and business finance curriculum.

 

Flight Technology

  • Up to 3 occupational or elective credits
  • 1 tech math or geometry credit
  • 1 lab science credit
  • Variable Tech Prep credits available from BBCC
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Get ready for lift-off! This exciting course makes its debut in the fall of 2020 and is offered through a partnership with Big Bend Community College. This course is a precursor to further training in aviation mechanics or a related program. The aviation industry offers many high-demand careers. The class includes physics, electricity, aircraft structural materials and hardware, cleaning and corrosion, maintenance and records, and ground handling service. This course will be taught at BBCC by an FAA-certified instructor. Core Plus curriculum will be included. OSHA 10 certification.

 

Professional Medical Careers

  • 1 tech science credit
  • .5  health credit
  • up to 3 occupational credits
  • Variable Tech Prep credits available from BBCC
  • 1 English credit
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

Are you caring, detail-oriented and adaptable? Do you like to help people of all ages? Students will learn about the body systems, illnesses and conditions, professionalism and teamwork, and basic nursing skills. Once students meet the criteria, they are able to apply their knowledge and skills while caring for real patients/residents at clinical rotations in our local facilities. Multiple industry certifications are available, including Healthcare Provider CPR and AED, First Aid, HIPPA, Food Handlers, Bloodborne pathogens, Infection Control, and Legal & Ethical Issues Certification. Successful completion of all requirements, including clinical rotations, allows eligibility for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) State Licensing Examinations. Must be 17 to start the class and must have proof of a driver's license.

 

Video Game Programming

  • 1 geometry or tech math credit
  • 1 art credit
  • Up to 3 elective or occupational credits
  • 1 English credit
  • Variable Tech Prep credits available from BBCC
  • 1 Computer Science
  • 2 BBCC credits for first aid certification

 Do you love video games? Are you interested in developing your own games? In this class, students learn key art, math, and computer science programming concepts that are applied to video game productions. Instruction focuses on video game design. Students also learn how programming can apply to a wide variety of careers. All courses are taught using C# programming language with a specific focus on the Unity Editor and cover a spectrum of introductory to advanced material. Advanced students have the opportunity to develop their skills in 3D programming, mobile applications, virtual reality, and 3D graphics. OSHA 10 certification.

Automotive Technology

Every Monday we have "Tool Box Talks", discussing OSHA safety guidelines.

Manufacturing

Our students develop valuable skills that can launch exciting careers!  Noah is a 17 year-old Automation Technician Youth Apprentice at Ephrata Machinery in Ephrata, Washington. As a former manufacturing student at CBTech, Noah will begin his apprenticeship classes through Big Bend Community College this fall- while continuing his 2,000 hours of OJT.