Rising 9th graders can get a jumpstart on their career while in high school!
Learn more about interesting career pathways and hear from our instructors below!
All CMS students are eligible to apply for enrollment at the Academy of Health Sciences at Hawthorne and the Military, Global Leadership and Public Safety Academy at Hawthorne. Transportation is provided. Students must apply through the School Choice Lottery. Apply by 10pm on February 5, 2021.
This pathway prepares you to pursue health-related degrees and professions, offering a foundation of knowledge and skills.
Areas of focus are ethics, professionalism, prevention (wellness), diagnostics, therapeutics and rehabilitation. You gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning experiences.
This pathway prepares you to pursue health-related degrees and professions, offering a foundation of knowledge and skills. Areas of focus are ethics, professionalism, prevention (wellness), diagnostics, therapeutics and rehabilitation. You gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning experiences.
Public Safety: Emergency Management
Public Safety: Firefighter
Public Safety: Law Enforcement & Protection
The Military, Global Leadership and Public Safety Academy at Hawthorne High School’s campus offers three pathways to CMS students. The Military, Global Leadership and Public Safety Academy develops young leaders in the fields of Emergency Management Systems, Firefighter Technology, and Law & Justice. The school has an collaborating partnership with the Charlotte Fire Department and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
Ready to apply for one of these programs? Click the button below to submit an application with your top choice in the School Choice Lottery. Apply before the lottery closes on February 5 at 10pm.
Need more information or have questions? Email the Pathway Development Coordinator (PDC), Candi Showalter:
Want to hear more? Join us for a Virtual Parent Open House on February 2 at 6pm.
PLTW PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Students investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. (Approved Honors)
PLTW HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS
Prerequisite: PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. This course is designed for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students. (Approved Honors)
PLTW MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS
Prerequisite: PLTW Human Body Systems Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students. (Approved Honors)
Health Science l
This course focuses on human anatomy, physiology, human body diseases and disorders, and biomedical therapies. Students will learn about healthcare careers within the context of human body systems. Projects, teamwork, and demonstrations serve as instructional strategies that reinforce the curriculum content.
Health Science ll
This course is designed to help students expand their understanding of financing and trends of healthcare agencies, fundamentals of wellness, legal and ethical issues, concepts of teamwork, and effective communication. Students will learn health care skills, including current CPR training for healthcare professionals.
Nursing Fundamentals and Practicum
This course is designed for students interested in medical careers where personal care and basic nursing skills are used. This course is an enhanced adaptation of the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) Nurse Aide I (NAI) curriculum and helps prepare students for the National Nurse Aide Assessment (NNAAP). Students who pass the NNAAP become listed on the NC NAI Registry.
PUBLIC SAFETY I
This course provides basic career information in public safety including corrections, emergency and fire management, security and protection, law enforcement, and legal services. FEMA certifications NIMS 100,200, 700, 800 are also a part of this course. Additionally, students will develop a personal plan for a career in public safety. The course includes skills in each area, using resources from the community to help deliver instruction to the students.
PUBLIC SAFETY II
Prerequisite: Public Safety I This course provides a deeper level of understanding of career information in public safety by focusing on the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Certification. CERT is a Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) developed certification that incorporates all areas of public safety. Additionally, FEMA ICS300 Intermediate Incident Command System is covered in this course.
Emergency Management l
Prerequisite: IP11 Public Safety I, IP22 Emergency Medical Technology II, IP32 Firefighter Technology II, OR IP42 Law & Justice II This course is the first in a series of courses aligned to the Emergency Management certifications from FEMA and are recommended by the North Carolina Emergency Management Office at the NC Department of Public Safety as appropriate for high school students. These certifications are those required by professional in this field. The course includes skills in each area, using resources from the community to help deliver instruction to the students.
Emergency Management ll
Prerequisite: IP51 Emergency Management I. This course is the second in a series of courses aligned to the Emergency Management certifications from FEMA are recommended by the North Carolina Emergency Management Office at the NC Department of Public Safety as appropriate for high school students. These certifications are those required by professional in this field. The course includes skills in each area, using resources from the community to help deliver instruction to the students.
FIRE FIGHTER TECHNOLOGY I
This course covers part of the NC Fire Fighter I/II combination certification modules required for all fire fighters in North Carolina. The modules include: Fire Department Orientation and Safety; Fire Prevention, Education and Cause; Fire Alarms and Communications, Fire Behavior, Personal Protective Equipment; Portable Fire Extinguishers; and Fire Hose, Streams and Appliances.
FIRE FIGHTER TECHNOLOGY II
Prerequisite: Fire Fighter Technology I This course covers additional NC Fire Fighter I/II combination certification modules required for all fire fighters in North Carolina. This includes Ropes, Ladders, Forcible Entry, Ventilation, Water Supply, Sprinklers and Foam Fire Stream. FIRE FIGHTER TECHNOLOGY III Prerequisite: Fire Fighter II In this course, students select one specific occupation in the Career Cluster and conduct research to include the nature of the work, work environment, training, education/advancement and job prospects.
LAW AND JUSTICE I
Students desiring to pursue a career in Law and Justice will examine the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ right and officer’s responsibilities to maintain a safe society. Students will examine the components of the criminal justice system, including the roles and responsibilities of the police, courts, and corrections. Additionally, students will learn the classification and elements of crimes. Students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including communicating with diverse groups, conflict resolution, the use of force continuum, report writing, operation of police and emergency equipment, and courtroom testimony.
LAW AND JUSTICE II
Prerequisite: Law and Justice I This course emphasizes “need-to-know” information for protection officers throughout the security industry and is aligned to the International Federation of Protection Officers (IFPO) certification as a Certified Protection Officer (CPO). Course content includes: Foundations in Law Enforcement and Protective Services. Communications in Law Enforcement and Protective Services, Protection Officers Functions, Crime Prevention and Physical Security, Safety and Fire Protection, Information Protection, Deviance Crime and Violence, Risk and Threat Management, Procedures in Investigations, Legal Aspects of Security, Procedures for Officer Safety and Used of Force, Procedures for Relations with Others, and AHA First Aid Certification