Course Descriptions

What courses are offered in IHECP College Prep?

*Highlighted courses are required for all IHECP College Prep students.

Adult First Aid Certification Preparation 

Successful completion of this course will prepare you to take the American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED certification course and examination. Students learn how to handle simple first aid situations which could put them in the position to save someone’s life. Concepts and vocabulary of first aid is emphasized along with hands-on practice of general guidelines for administering first aid including:

Check, Call,

Care Scene safety

Checking a responsive adult

Checking an unresponsive adult

Basic first aid procedures

Adapted from the American National Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Participant’s Manual

Basic Anatomy 

Gleaned from Dr. Alice Roberts’ The Complete Human Body, the definitive visual guide® and Dr. Wesley Norman’s Georgetown University Anatomy Study Guide, this course introduces students to an overview of the human body through diagrams of human anatomy.

Coaching Unified Sports 

Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition. This course will help you become an assistant or certified Special Olympics Unified Sports coach. The National Federation of High School Associations® offers a Unified Coaching certificate after successful completion of the course final exam.

Digital Literacy for College* 

Digital Literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. As a college student, accessing your coursework online, reading, researching, writing papers, creating presentations, and communicating with other students and professors are all a part of your day-to-day life, and all of these activities require varying degrees of Digital Literacy.

In this hands-on course, you will learn how to use an online learning management system, assistive technology, Outlook email, One Drive, Word documents and computer applications to help you succeed in your College Preparation courses and beyond. However, Digital Literacy is more than knowing how to use technology. Digital Literacy is knowing how to safely navigate online media and becoming familiar with how to credit others’ work.

Filmmaking: From Script to Screen 

This course will deepen your understanding of the filmmaking process and show you how to take it further – whether making your own short films, thinking about a career, or simply a deeper appreciation of the films you watch in future.

Adapted from “Filmmaking: From Script to Screen,” the National Film and Television School (NFTS), with support from the British Film Institute (BFI), through the Film Academy program.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction 

Foundations of Teaching for Learning is a program of study primarily for people who want to teach but have had no formal teacher education. This introductory course considers the three domains of being a teacher: Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Professional Practice; and Professional Values, Relationships and Engagement.

Adapted from “Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction,” Commonwealth Education Trust

Get Organized: How to be a Together Teacher 

This course is designed for teachers who juggle time-sensitive tasks and often-exhausting teaching schedules. With an eye toward long-term sustainability, The Together Teacher examines the purpose for planning ahead, provides tools for tracking time commitments, deadlines and tasks, and helps teachers develop a personal organization system that interacts with their day-by-day practices. All teachers, from the pen and paper list maker to the tech-savvy digital maven, will benefit from the no-nonsense approach to “togetherness” that’s presented in this course.

Adapted from “Get Organized: How to be a Together Teacher,” Relay Graduate School of Education

Introduction to Human Physiology 

Physiology is an integrative science which considers the function of each organ and organ system and their interaction in the maintenance of life. This introductory course is divided into ten modules. The first introduces some of the underlying concepts that govern integrated body function.

These introductions will be brief and will serve as a guide to understanding normal communication among cells, tissues, and organs. In successive modules, we will consider each of the major organs systems and their functional integration. As you move through this course, many of these basic concepts will be easier to comprehend, because they will be presented in the context of how a specific organ functions. At the completion of the course, you should be able to predict the body’s responses to daily activity, as well as to understand some clinical aspects and/or organ system failure leading to disease.

Adapted from “Introduction to Human Physiology,” Duke University

Launching New Ventures 

This course is designed for students who want to learn how to successfully launch a business. Students will gain a broad overview of entrepreneurship strategy with insights they can apply to their own dream business regardless of location, industry or venture stage. By the end of the course you will be able to:

Identify a promising business opportunity

Develop your ideas into a venture concept, and

Experience the early stages of the entrepreneurial process

Adapted from Coursera, “Launching New Ventures,” École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Learning How to Learn* 

Based on the work of Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski at the University of California, San Diego, Learning How to Learn introduces invaluable learning techniques. Students will learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it chunks information. Students will study and practice executive functioning strategies to improve learning, including memory techniques, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping students master tough subjects. Using these approaches, students will change their thinking and change their life.

Adapted from Coursera, “Learning How to Learn,” University of California, San Diego

Learning How to Study* 

Discuss and practice what professors expect from college students both behaviorally and academically. Students will practice how to study smarter, not harder, as they use proven techniques to improve focus, reading, research and writing. Organizational skills, preparing for class discussions and test taking skills will not only be discussed but practiced as students prepare for the rigors of higher education and the workplace.

Managing Food and Beverage Companies 

Managing a company in the food and beverage industry is a fascinating task. Food and beverage products are so deeply rooted in the culture of most countries that making and selling them is not only a matter of good and tasty products, but products that nurture people’s body, soul, and heart. Given this, it’s not difficult to see that the task quickly becomes complex.

The objective of this course is twofold: first, we will focus on contemporary challenges that managers and entrepreneurs in food and beverage businesses should be able to face; and second, we will provide models and tools to design and implement appropriate courses of action to satisfy customers and build an advantage over the competition.

Adapted from “Managing Food and Beverage Companies,” Universitá of Bocconi

Personal Finance* 

Explore how spending, saving and personal values impact your finances and future. Students practice accounting for their spending and cashflow including making deposits, writing checks, using debit cards and credit responsibly. Setting goals for their financial future and creating a plan to achieve financial goals will help students participate fully in their financial futures.

Adapted from the National Endowment for Financial Education’s Secondary School Financial Planning Program.

Public Speaking 

In business, in school, and in public life, we are often called upon to “make a few comments.” Often, people tasked with such speeches become flummoxed. They might not know what to talk about, or ramble without making a point, or simply be confusing to listen to. This course is designed to help you shine where others falter. We’ll learn how organize talks clearly, write them memorably, and deliver them confidently. By the end of the course, you should be able to significantly reduce your fear of public speaking, use rehearsal techniques to develop a strong, vibrant speaking voice, and perform speeches with dynamic movement and gestures. The speech model that we’ll practice is useful for briefings, elevator talks, interviews, and even as a structure for hour-long presentations.

Adapted from Coursera, “Introduction to Public Speaking,” University of Washington.

Self-Advocacy on Campus and in the Community* 

This course, based on the work of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), explains how to make informed decisions about disclosing a disability and advocating for oneself in academic and community environments. Students will discuss what self-determination is, and how to self-advocate for their rights and responsibilities under the law, accommodations, and post-secondary disclosure. Students will practice disclosure on campus, disclosure in social and community settings, and the “Why, When, What, to Whom, and How” to make informed decisions that will affect students’ educational, employment, and social lives.

Adapted from Disability 411, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

Skills For College Life 

-Discuss and practice what professors expect from college students both behaviorally and academically.

– Build independence skills as you locate landmarks around the Auraria Campus, demonstrate community safety skills and independently get where you need to go.

-Practice skills for success as you identify individual traits, evaluate habits, and improve personal characteristics that help you become the best student you can possibly be.

-Participate in hands-on activities to increase your understanding of the importance of working together as a team. Evaluate your role in making your team successful through activities that challenge your old ways of thinking and encourage new problem solving strategies.

-Gain confidence in speaking to a small group through guided in-class presentations. Plan and practice presentation skills, use tips and incorporate feedback to help improve your communication in individual and group settings.