This course enables students to further explore and develop technological knowledge and skills.. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create products and/or provide services related to the various technological areas or industries, working with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and postsecondary education and training pathways leading to careers in technology-related fields.
Projects include: architectural design (design & build the cardboard boat race), computers (computer code Lego robot & 3D printer), communications technology (web design), woodworking (design & build a wood based project), and manufacturing (design metal products using 3D software).
The grade 9 Exploring Technologies course provides a strong technical foundation and is strongly recommended for students who wish to specialize and succeed in future grades 10, 11 and 12 Technological Education courses in Technological Design, Communications Technology, Construction, Transportation, Hospitality, Cosmetology and Horticulture.
In the Villanova Technology department, our philosophy of learning is hinged upon the motto Skills for Life. We provide the opportunity for students to learn skills that will benefit them in everyday situations, such as preparing nutritious meals for your family, maintaining your vehicle, designing home renovations, completing small home projects, landscape design and making the most of digital media. Our courses are also designed to enhance post- secondary education through theoretical and practical experiences.
Our technology department offers eight different areas of focus. They include Communication (Digital Media), Computer Technology (Robotics), Construction, Green Industries, Hairstyling & Aesthetics, Hospitality, Technological Design (Drafting) and Transportation Technology (Automotive). Over the past 10 years, we have had 17 medal winning students that have competed in various competitions such as Ontario Skills, Cardboard Boat Races and Skills Canada to name a few.
Courses Offered-> TGJ2O, TGJ3M, TGJ4M, TGV3M, TGV4M
Program Highlights – Industry Standard Software (Adobe Suite), DSLR cameras, Powerful Computers, Professional Video Equipment, SHSM
Communications technology courses are project-based and will provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, use, and manage electronic, live, recorded, and graphic communications systems, specifically in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media and animation. These courses will help students understand the effects of communications technology on the environment and society. Students will also examine standards and regulations governing communications technology, health and safety issues, careers in the field, and the importance of lifelong learning, and will learn about the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in careers in the field.
Courses Offered-> ICS2O, ICS3C(U), ICS4C(U), TER3M, TER4M
Computer technology is an expanding branch of engineering, with roots in both electrical engineering and computer science. It includes the related areas of computer hardware and software; computer interfacing, programming, and networking; analog and digital electronics; and robotics. Computer technicians, technologists, and engineers work in every sector of society, in careers ranging from building and repairing computer systems to designing and installing computer networks, to designing and building prototype robots and electronic devices. Students taking computer technology courses will learn to work safely with computer equipment, electronic circuits, and robotic devices, and will explore the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in computer technology. Computer technology courses prepare students for apprenticeship, further study at college or university, or entry into the workplace directly after graduation.
Courses Offered -> TCJ2O, TCJ3C, TCJ4C
Construction technology has always played a central role in society. It is a multifaceted industry in which projects can result in products, systems, processes, or services and encompass various aspects of production, repair, and maintenance. In construction technology courses, students will learn about designing, constructing, and maintaining a variety of buildings and structures, and will gain experience with the tools, equipment, and processes commonly used in the field. Students will also learn about health and safety standards in the construction industry, building codes and regulations, and employment opportunities and careers in the various sectors of the industry, including electricity, carpentry, masonry, heating and cooling, and plumbing. The construction technology courses initially focus on residential and light construction systems related to residential buildings and structures, and progress to more advanced residential and light commercial construction. The woodworking courses allow students to concentrate on furniture building or cabinet making.
Courses Offered -> THJ2O, THJ3E/M, THJ4E/M
Green industries courses offer students opportunities to investigate how to care for and sustainably manage our natural and living resources. Students will explore a variety of areas within green industries, including agriculture, floristry, forestry, horticulture, and/or landscaping. Students will gain practical skills and knowledge by completing a variety of authentic, industry-relevant activities and projects, such as plant propagation and greenhouse maintenance activities; landscape design and planning exercises; assignments that include farm or forestry management plans; and various construction projects. In addition, students will be introduced to concepts pertaining to biodiversity, environmental sustainability, and natural versus artificial products. Students will also investigate the numerous and varied ways in which green industries and society are interdependent. Green industries courses will prepare students for working safely in the many fields that are encompassed in this subject area. Students will learn about career opportunities in the green industries and about the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in these fields.
Courses Offered -> TXJ2O, TXJ3E, TXJ4E
Hairstyling and aesthetics courses offer students an opportunity to work in a salon/spa environment and provide services for a diverse clientele. Students may focus on careers such as hairstylist, aesthetician, nail technician, or make-up artist. In a growing service economy, courses in hairstyling and aesthetics help prepare students for rewarding careers. Students will gain hands-on experience using professional materials and equipment and practicing current techniques. They will use professional terminology related to hairstyling and aesthetics, acquire transferable problem-solving skills, and learn about the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in these fields. At the same time, they will expand their communication and interpersonal skills as they interact with their peers and clients.
Courses Offered -> TFJ20, TFJ3E, TFJ4E
Hospitality and tourism is one of the top fields for employment in Canada. Hospitality and tourism courses prepare students to meet diverse challenges in this multifaceted field. Hospitality and tourism education provides both a hands-on and a theoretical approach to learning about the various sectors in the field. Students will have opportunities to develop essential food preparation and presentation skills; will learn about event planning and marketing, customer relations, human resource management, inventory management, and tourism administration and management; and will examine the cultural and economic forces that drive tourism trends. Students will gain experience with equipment and procedures commonly used in their particular sectors of interest, and will comply with health and safety regulations and standards that govern the various sectors in the tourism industry. They will acquire a foundation of skills and knowledge that will prepare them for both postsecondary education and careers in hospitality and tourism.
Courses Offered -> TDJ2O, TDJ3M, TDJ4M
Technological design courses provide students with a variety of learning experiences that focus on the practical application of the principles of engineering, architecture, and design. These activity-based courses emphasize problem solving to meet design challenges in a wide range of areas, which may include apparel and textile design, architectural design, interior design, mechanical and industrial design, and robotics and control systems. Students learn to apply knowledge of research, historical trends, design, materials, fabrication methods, and testing criteria to develop innovative and environmentally sustainable products, processes, and/or services. The technologies and processes used to create design solutions may include both traditional and computer-based drafting methods, scale models, working prototypes, animations and simulations, displays, portfolios, and presentations.
Courses Offered -> TTJ20, TTJ3O/C, TTJ4O/C
Transportation affects our lives in a multitude of ways. Transportation systems move raw materials to manufacturers and finished products to consumers locally, nationally, and globally. Individuals use transportation systems every day for business, work, and pleasure. Transportation technology courses provide students with opportunities to understand transportation systems from the perspective of either the consumer or the service provider. The range of courses enables students to study both vehicle ownership and vehicle maintenance, and to develop skills and prepare for careers in the servicing and repair of vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft. In addition, students will develop the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in the transportation industry.