Communication Systems

SCED Code: 11002
Virginia Extended Description: 18
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 18 Weeks
Hours: 70
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

Communication Systems provides experiences in the fields of imaging technology, graphic productions, video and media, technical design, and various modes of communicating information through the use of data. Students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills using the universal systems model. Students also learn about the impact of communication on society and potential career fields relating to communications. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
A/V Technology & Film
  • Audio and Video Technicians
  • Editors
  • Graphic Designers
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Art Directors
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Editors
Performing Arts
  • Lighting Technicians
Printing Technology
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
  • Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
  • Computer Programmers
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
Visual Arts
  • Graphic Designers
  • Interior Designers
  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Pathway Occupation
Network Systems
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
Web & Digital Communications
  • Graphic Designers
  • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
  • Web Developers

Pathway Occupation
Marketing Communications
  • Art Directors
  • Web Developers
Marketing Management
  • Art Directors
Marketing Research
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Professional Sales
  • Telemarketers

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