High school students can often take vocational courses in agriculture, health, occupational home economics, business and marketing. Courses in vocational programs also revolve around construction, mechanics, precision production and repairs. Some high schools offer courses in technical communications as part of a vocational program.
Course topics for vocational programs include an introduction to health care and nursing, office management skills, food and beverage management, an introduction to cosmetology, and computer network management. Some schools offer courses in word processing applications, medical assisting, early childhood education, and skilled trades such as plumbing, electrical systems, and heating and air conditioning repair.
High school students interested in vocational studies can take courses in welding, building and trades, electronics, precision machine technology and engineering. Some schools offer programs to certify students as nursing assistants, day care assistants and auto mechanics. Vocational courses also help to prepare students for careers in food service, electronics, auto body repair, Web and graphic design, and criminal justice.
Vocational courses that focus on the health care industry include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, nursing assistant theory, laboratory experiences and hands-on patient care internships. Some high school vocational programs partner with local junior colleges to offer dual credit for students who successfully pass vocational courses.