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Who is Involved in Our SkillsUSA Chapter!

All Career and Technical Education Students at Quincy High School, including Freshmen in the exploratory class, Freshman Seminar, are eligable to participate in SkillsUSA. Bolow are listtings of the CTE Programs available to students.

Champions at Work - The theme for the 2013-2014 season is SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Educated and Skilled to Lead America

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Here We Grow Again

The QHS Chapter is growing again! We have welcomed the addition of many new student members as well as new programs to our chapter. (Read more in News)


2013-2014 Program Participation

Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology trains students in the skills required to meet the demands of the automotive industry. We are NATEF (National Automotive Technical Educational Foundation) and AYES (Automotive Youth Education Services) certified. The NATEF program prepares students for employment as an entry level technician in the automotive repair business. Students are prepared to advance their career through additional technical training programs. Sophisticated diagnostic equipment and emissions testing, coupled with real-world experience, enables our students to repair any domestic or foreign vehicle. Skills learned include servicing the brake, fuel, exhaust, and suspension systems. Students learn electronic diagnostics, air conditioning repair, and billing procedures. Students also learn engine rebuilding and assembly as well as full electrical and computer diagnostics. (

Broadcasting Technology

Broadcasting Career training provides a broad-based preparation for students. Broadcasting Technology 1 students learn all of the positions and equipment on a studio show including director, producer, news, technical and management, Students also use portable video equipment for location shoots. Broadcasting Technology 2 students write a screenplay, shoot and edit a movie which students direct, film, record, and act. They complete a series of projects including a music video, a commercial, Internet podcast, sports announcers, animation, and interviews. Broadcasting Technology 3 students produce the morning announcements, a daily live show that is broadcast to the entire city of Quincy. (

Business Technology

The Business Technology program prepares students for careers in customer service, management, bookkeeping, consulting, non-profit development, administrative support, event planning, sole proprietorships, franchising, and finance. We create a foundation for students to continue their training at a 2- to 4-year college or to start their own business after high school. Students engage in an active stock market game, prepare business plans, develop mission statements, and gain an understanding of structure within a company. Students organize and run effective meetings, demonstrate project management skills, financial concepts and applications, and conduct business negotiations. The program emphasizes ethical business practices. (


To learn the carpentry trade, students build cabinets, coffee tables, sheds, entertainment centers, end tables, and more. Architectural woodworking, blending traditional woodworking with sophisticated computer skills, is a valuable skill students also learn. Safety is emphasized. Students work on framing, carving, joinery, architectural woodworking, and finish carpentry. To simulate real-world work conditions, students work independently and in groups. Carpentry 2 students begin working outside jobs including building decks and sheds. Carpentry 3 students work in the community, building job expertise, enhancing their resumés, and learning interview skills. Selected students enroll in the cooperative education program, working in the field while still attending school once a week. (

Early Education and Care

Early Education and Care is part of the Health Care Technology career major. Students in the Health Care Technology major take an introductory course, focusing on the personal and community level. Early Education and Care courses are designed as interactive, hands-on experiences, where students learn in the classroom and practice at outside placements in real early childhood classrooms. Students prepare portfolios starting Junior year which include pre-clinical checklists for placement, evaluations, competency-based frameworks check lists, writing samples, and their philosophy of education. Training in the growth and development of children from birth to seven and child psychology is put to practical use. Students observe and assist in the placement classroom setting. Students in the Early Education and Care program at Quincy High School may become a preschool teacher upon graduation and a lead teacher at the age of twenty-one. (


Electrical Technology 1 students learn different wiring methods, electrical theory, how to draw and read wiring diagrams, and National Electrical Code (NEC). After obtaining OSHA certification, Electrical Technology 2 students work on advanced shop projects and participate in work projects on and off campus. In the classroom, students learn AC and DC current, three phase and single phase systems, and blueprint reading. Electrical Technology 3 students draw, lay out and wire entire rooms, configure and size electrical service and circuits for residential homes, wire fire alarm systems, security systems, motor controllers, and transformers. Hours earned for successful completion apply to the Massachusetts State license requirements. Students have a basic understanding of the Massachusetts Electrical Code and basic wiring and circuitry. Selected students are considered for the Cooperative Education Program which allows students to seek employment or apply for entry into higher educational programs. (

Engineering Technology

The Engineering Technology Career program has three tiers.

Foundation Courses introduce students to basic engineering concepts and processes. Courses include: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Digital Electronics.

Specialization Courses teach bio-tech, civil, and computer engineering in more depth. Courses include: Civil Engineering and Architecture, Bio-technical Engineering, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Engineering Design and Development allows students the opportunity to research an engineering principle in depth, write a paper, and then defend their findings before a panel of experts. This is the capstone course in the Engineering Technology program. (

Graphic Arts/Visual Design

Students in Graphic Arts / Visual Design work on a wide variety of projects including logos, digital photography, poster design, packaging design, advertising, web design, print production, story boarding, videos, and comics. As students progress, they work on real-world projects for community, school-based, and non-profit clients, learning the teamwork and design skills needed to prepare for design careers. Creativity, technology, communication skills and the ability to meet tight production deadlines are emphasized. Throughout the program, students are expected to perform independent research and give oral and written presentations of their work. Depending on interest, students may wish to take art or computer programming classes along with their Graphic Arts/Visual Design classes to further their career options. (

Information Technology

The goal of Information Technology career preparation is to give students the hands-on experience and training necessary to become certified, successful information technology professionals. Information Technology 1 students study computer hardware and software, learning to diagnose, upgrade and repair PCs. Students are prepared to pass the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Information Technology 2 students expand their hardware skills and learn computer networking. Students are prepared to pass the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Information Technology 3 students focus on computer programming and computing beyond the desktop. Resumés and portfolios are created. Many students receive internship opportunities for on-the-job experience. (

Metal Fabrication

Metal Fabrication/Welding Technology career preparation teaches students gas metal arc welding, CNC plasma arc technology, blueprint reading, layout, fabrication of light and heavy gauge metals, shielded metal arc welding, soldering, brazing, oxygen/acetylene welding and cutting. Our shop uses a variety of machinery. During the three-year program, students receive over 725 hours of shop and related training. Written and practical exams are given throughout the program for certification in the American Welding Society. Welding skills are taught to the American Welding Society Qualification Standards. OSHA Construction certification classes are taken for an additional certification. The testing and training in accordance with the American Welding Society standards prepares for entry level positions in the Welder-Fitter and Certified Massachusetts Bridge Welder occupations. Students are prepared to go on to immediate employment or higher educational programs. In addition we have agreements with local unions and technical colleges to accept our program for credits toward apprenticeships. (

Protective Services

The Protective Services program introduces students to a variety of careers including police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), or FBI agent. Students participate in law enforcement activities including trips and exercises with Quincy Police, Massachusetts Department Of Corrections, Quincy District Court, Quincy Fire Department, U.S. Customs and many other agencies. Protective Services students work closely with the Quincy Police Department to better understand the human and legal aspects of these demanding careers. Speakers from many law-related careers give students an inside view of protective services careers. During Protective Services 3, students prepare to pass the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch 911 certification exam. Students leave this program with a resumé and their own portfolio for application to college, training programs, or employment. (

Profiles for the following programs are coming soon: Culinary Arts, Fashion Technology, Health Care Technology, Plumbing Technology