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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. The program creates an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive.

Biomedical Science  Engineering Computer Science
  • Principles of Biomedical Science 
  • Human Body Systems  
  • Medical Detectives
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • Engineering Design & Development
  • Digital Electronics
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Dual Enrollment Options

  • Start College Now - allows Junior and Senior students to take courses through Blackhawk Technical College 
  • Early College Credit Program - allows all high school students to take courses at an “institution of higher learning”, generally a 4 year university or 2 year extension
  • Partner in Education (PIE) - allows Junior and Senior students to take specific courses to receive UW-Whitewater credit

Advanced Standing and Transcripted Credit

  • Advanced Standing (AS) - SDJ courses that are equivalent to BTC courses and taught in our high schools that provide credit when a student enrolls at BTC
  • Transcripted Credit (TC) - BTC courses taught by SDJ teachers that are taught in our high schools and produce college transcript to transfer to other institutions of higher learning

AS and TC Options Offered to SDJ Students

Blackhawk Technical College Transcripted Courses

  • TC Advanced Computer Science AB JAVA
  • TC Anatomy and Physiology - year
  • TC:ECE: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • TC: ECE: Infant and Toddler Development
  • TC Child Development
  • TC English Comp I
  • TC Introduction Statistics
  • TC Marketing Education II - Mangement, Marketing Resarch, Digital Marketing 
  • Microbiology - year
  • TC Psychology
  • TC Sociology

Advanced Standing Courses

  • AS Accounting I
  • AS Advanced Automotive
  • AS Animal Science ES
  • AS Aspiring Educators
  • AS Assisted Childcare ACCT
  • AS Automotive Processes
  • AS Culinary Arts III A ProStart
  • AS Culinary Arts III B ProStart
  • AS Culinary Arts IV A ProStart
  • AS Culinary Arts IV B ProStart
  • AS Intermediate Algerbra with Applications
  • AS Math 4 the Workplace
  • AS Medical Terminology
  • AS Physics
  • AS Plant Science ES
  • AS Welding
  • AS Welding Fabrication

Advanced Placement Course Offerings

  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Drawing
  • AP 2-D Design Portfolio
  • AP 3-D Design Portfolio
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics I and II
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP United States History
  • AP US Government & Politics
  • AP World History
  • AP European History
  • AP Chinese
  • AP French
  • AP Spanish

Certificate of Global Competence 9-12

Earn through coursework, experiences and reflections to develop cultural literacy, participation in global activities, and contributions through global service projects

Global Scholars Promo

Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) 

Engaging, Challenging and inspiring students to be globally competent. 

Global Scholars DPI website Requirements:

  • Coursework
    • Four credits in one world language
    • Four credits in courses with global content
  • Eight reflections demonstrating cultural literacy
    • Minimum of four reflections on books
    • Minimum of one reflection on art, music, or film
  • Participation in school wide global activities
  • Minimum of twenty hours work on a global service project


MS Career and Technical Education Course Offerings

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
  • Exploring Pathways
  • Exploring Computer Science
  • Technical Education / STEM
  • PLTW
  • Culinary / Hospitality
  • Culinary / Entrepreneurship
  • Technical Education / STEM
  • PLTW

HS Career and Technical Education Course Offerings

Course Handbook

  • Agriculture Sciences (Starts on pg. 52)
  • Business & Marketing (Starts on pg. 61)
  • Computer Science (Starts on pg. 65)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (Starts on pg. 75)
  • Health Science (Starts on pg. 79)
  • Technology & Engineering (Starts on pg 107)
Student CTSO Opprotunities Career and Technical Student Organizations Student IRC Opportunities Industry Recognized Credentials
  • DECA - Marketing 
  • FBLA - Business
  • FFA - Agriculture
  • HOSA - Health Science
  • ProStart - Culinary
  • SkillsUSA - Tech Ed/Skilled Trades

  • OSHA 10
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Snap-On
  • Youth Apprenticeship
  • Skills Co-op
  • CNA
  • Assistance Child Care Teacher
  • ProStart
  • A*S*K
  • Quickbooks (2023)

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

  • Students must be enrolled in Mentorship, Internship, COOP, or Youth Apprenticeship if they are attending a related career based learning opportunity. Students interested in volunteering or job shadowing do not need to be enrolled in any specific courses.
  • Educational Agreement Printable PDF must be signed by student, parent/guardian, employer, and district facilitator and submitted to the district.
  • Student must provide his or her own transportation.
  • Student must maintain employment throughout the SDJ Career Based Learning experience.

Craftsman with Character

The Craftsman with Character course is a semester long experience designed to run each weekday for two class periods. Four of these days are spent job shadowing, allowing students to be immersed in a culture while gaining knowledge about a trade. The remaining day offers classroom instruction, where students explore their life goals and are encouraged to recognize their unique gifts and talents. Special emphasis is given to helping them recognize their self-worth.


This course is designed to provide a challenging opportunity for motivated, responsible students who are ready to direct their own learning. After an initial period of classroom instruction dealing with leadership, ethics, critical and creative thinking, students will gain experience through career exploration in a business, non-profit, government or academic setting. Students will be released during the class period as part of the 50-hour field experience with their professional mentor. Additional contact hours can be arranged as agreed upon by student, teacher and mentor. A detailed log, portfolio and final project are presented at the completion of the course.

HS Work-Based Learnign Opportunities

State-Certified Co-op

  • Students are required to maintain a daily record of their work experiences.
  • Students must work an average of 15 hours per week for the duration of the program (minimum of 480 hours).
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workplace.
  • Absence from school means absence from work. Students may not, without permission from the teacher coordinator, report to the workplace when absent from school.
  • Student employment must be coordinated with the school-based learning.

Youth Apprenticeship

  • Be enrolled in a public or private secondary school or an approved program leading to a General Equivalency Degree (GED)/High School Equivalency Degree (HSED); or
  • Be enrolled in a home-based program or Charter School;
  • Perform satisfactorily on the Wisconsin Pupil Assessment System or otherwise demonstrate the ability to attain the required skills; and
  • Have participated in career exploration, guidance and/or education activities, which allow them to make an informed choice about their chosen career area

Youth Apprenticeship Options with Skill Standard Checklists