As a first-year student in the Threshold program, you'll take courses in 4 curriculum areas and explore our two concentrations—Early Childhood and Business Services.
As a first-year student in the Threshold program, you'll take courses in these 4 curriculum areas:
Year 1 is your career exploration year. Within the Vocational Education and Training curriculum, you'll explore both employment tracks we offer in Threshold—Business Services, and Early Childhood—to see which one you want to pursue in Year 2.
Through practical coursework, our students learn the skills needed for self-reliant adulthood.
Medical World Course (1 semester, 50 minutes/per week)This course is designed to help you feel comfortable within the health care world. You'll learn about:
Physical Fitness Courses (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)The Threshold program values the importance of students maintaining fitness in their adult lives. You'll receive instruction in using various fitness equipment. You'll also maintain a personal workout sheet so you can track your fitness goals and improvement.
Adult Sexuality Course (2 semesters, 2 hours/week)In this course, you'll learn about:
Personal Finance Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)This course is about banking, money management, and consumer skills. You'll learn how to:
Students learn about banking, money management, and consumer skills in Threshold’s Personal Finance course.
Personal Finance Lab (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)This lab will help you practice what you have learned in the Personal Finance course.
Current Events Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)You'll review local, national, and world news each week and discuss timely issues with your classmates.
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Coursework helps our students develop an understanding of their learning styles, how to communicate effectively, and being organized.
Personal Growth Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)
You'll set personal goals and work toward meeting them. This course helps our students understand the responsibilities of adulthood. Students take this course in Year 1 and in Year 2.
Effective Communication Strategies Course (1 semester, 50 minutes/week)
This course helps students develop social effectiveness with others, including social perception and general assertiveness.
Understanding Learning Strengths and Challenges (1 semester, 50 minutes/week, plus individual conference hour per semester)
In this course, you'll explore:
Organizational Study Skills Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)
You'll identify symptoms and causes of stress, and useful strategies for coping with stress. Specifically, we'll learn about:
"I've definitely grown as a person here. My parents and friends see that."
"The personal finance class has helped me a lot. I'm better at managing my checking account and spending."
You'll take coursework and fieldwork in our Early Childhood employment track for one semester, and in our Business Services employment track for one semester. Fieldwork allows you to use the skills you learned in the classroom in a real-life work environment, such as a daycare center or in food service.
You'll have a Threshold vocational advisor who will meet with you regularly, visit your field placement site for observations, and consult with your workplace supervisor about your progress. By the end of Year 1, you'll decide which of the two employment tracks to pursue in Year 2. First-year students also take computer courses.
Business Services Courses (1 semester, 3–4 hours/week + 10–12 hours of fieldwork/week)Coursework prepares you for an entry-level position in general office, retail, food service, and hospitality. Field sites are on and off campus. If you decide to pursue a concentration in Business Services, you'll take 2 more semesters of coursework and fieldwork in Year 2.
Early Childhood Courses (1 semester, 3–4 hours/week + 10–12 hours of fieldwork/week)You'll learn about the early childhood classroom environment, child development, and classroom management. Fieldwork is in local daycare centers and nursery schools. The Early Childhood employment path prepares you to be an aide or assistant in this kind of setting. If you decide to pursue a concentration in Early Childhood, you'll take 2 more semesters of courses and fieldwork in Year 2.
Introduction to the Work World Course (1 semester, 1.5 hours/week)In this course, you'll develop effective work habits and professional behavior. We'll discuss workplace relations and customer service.
Computer Applications Course (1 semester, 50/minutes per week)Strengthen your computer skills. Learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on a PC or Mac.
Internet Safety and Basic Computer Maintenance Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)This course is designed to increase your awareness of technology and Internet safety. You'll learn about:
You can take 1 elective each semester in the creative arts for about 1 hour per week. Explore dance, art, creative writing, improv, drawing, and more through elective courses.
Instructor, Threshold Program's Early Childhood Studies major
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Curriculum and Career Paths
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