Students attend Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center (RMCTC) on a “half-day about” basis. This means they spend half of their day at their high school, and half of their day at the career center.
The Reading and Muhlenberg school districts require students to earn a minimum number of credits to be eligible for graduation at the conclusion of the 12th grade. In order for students to complete all of the coursework required for graduation, students must take an academic course while at the career center. The academic program provided to fulfill this requirement is Social Studies. Most students will be required to take a course in social studies in both their 10th- and 11th-grade years while attending the career center.
WORLD STUDIES STANDARD
This course is a key to cultural, geographical, and historical literacy as students are introduced to great forces that have enlightened humankind. Attention is given to balancing the growth of ideas, religions, arts, cultures, and education with other important historical events or developments. Global awareness, as well as, national, regional, and local issues, are presented in a way to encourage cultural understanding.
WORLD STUDIES ACCELERATED
World Studies investigates change and continuity in human societies. The course focuses on the development of selected cultures and civilizations from the Renaissance to the present. This panoramic study of world history and world cultures features people and institutions with a special emphasis on those cultures making up our diverse student population. Geographical concepts are infused throughout the course. World Studies requires student research on selected topics and events in critical times and on the people who influenced the course of history for better or for worse.
AP WORLD STUDIES
This course will prepare students for passing the AP World History exam. American history beginning in 1,000 AD will be examined as well as that of civilizations from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Basic world processes will also be investigated such as disease transmission, trade, migration, cultural diffusion, social systems, economic development, technology, and the emergence of the city-state. Students will be expected to develop analytical skills such as how to handle conflicting interpretations and how to apply large international developments to more local patterns. This new vision and new data will enhance students’ understanding of many of the key historical forces shaping contemporary life.
AMERICAN HISTORY STANDARD
This course concentrates on the rise of America to the status of a world power. Emphasis is placed on World War I; growth of unions and the cities; the Depression and New Deal; World War II and the post war period; Korea and Vietnam. Presidential administration of these periods and American foreign policy will be examined.
AMERICAN HISTORY ACCELERATED
This is a history course which concentrates on the rise of America to the status of post 20th century world power. Emphasis is placed upon World War I; Roaring Twenties; Growth of Labor Unions; Urbanization; the Depression; the New Deal; World War II; Korea: the Fifties and the Sixties; Vietnam; and the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. There will be some emphasis given to the American Economy, Presidential Administrations, and the American Foreign Policy.
AMERICAN ECONOMICS & GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS
This course is designed to enable the student to understand the interaction, and the cause-and-effect relationships that exist between our American system of government, and its corresponding economic system, on a domestic and global basis. Concentration will be focused on economic theories and principles, government regulations, domestic and global competition for consumer and government markets, and in-depth study of local, state, and federal governments, and the various components at each level of government, and the dynamics of the U.S. Constitution in its ability to effect domestic and foreign political concerns. Students planning to take AP American History should take this course.