Vocational and Other Programs

Richmond students may enroll in a variety of vocational programs.  Richmond students cannot participate in any career/technical programs offered at other centers if the programs are offered at Richmond High School.


Non-Discrimination Statement

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972,Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1977, it is the policy of the Richmond Community School District that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, military status, national origin or ancestry, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law,) height,weight, or marital status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination during any program, activity, service or employment.  Inquiries related to any nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Superintendent, 35276 Division Road, Richmond, MI 48062, (586) 727-3565.


In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language proficiency is not a barrier to admission or participation. Support services are available through Carl D. Perkins Education Act for students with special needs.


Vocational-Technical Programs Offered at Richmond High School


AIS Heavy Equipment, Operation, Repair & Maintenance

Grade: 11-12                          Credit: 2 credits over 2 years

Prerequisite: 2.0 or above GPA and good attendance. Student may have to provide own transportation to AIS Construction Equipment Corporation in Richmond.


*This class meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts or Math or Math related credit if taken in their senior year.


Description:  Richmond High School along with AIS Construction Equipment Corporation offer a program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the safe operation, maintenance and repair of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, and front-end loaders.  This course includes electronics, hydraulics, engine performance, fuel systems, and fundamentals of mechanics related to heavy equipment and diesel operations.  Successful completion will afford students an opportunity to earn a sponsorship to Ferris State University worth approximately $10,000 (tuition costs), apply for acceptance into the AIS Apprenticeship Training Program, or find employment with other heavy equipment or diesel maintenance companies.



Criminal Justice

            Grade:  11-12                          Credit:  2 credits over 2 years

            Prerequisite:  2.0 or above GPA and good attendance. 


Description:  This course will help prepare students to perform the duties of police and public security officers, criminal investigator, federal marshal, police detective, evidence technical and other careers in this area.  Students will earn basic skills such as patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation, and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.  Through field trips and guests speakers, students will have the opportunity to witness how these duties are performed by actual law enforcement professionals. 


TV and Broadcast Media

            Grade:  10-11-12                          Credit:  2 credits over 2 years

            Prerequisite:  None. 

Description: If you enjoy making videos or just want to play with some top notch technology this program can help put you in the middle of the lights, camera and action. TV & Broadcast Media is a course where students have the opportunity to create unique video projects in

a state of the art television studio. This is a course where students learn by DOING. Students produce numerous videos – from basic Public Service Announcements to Mini-Movies. Students film on HD cameras and DSLR’s, then edit their masterpieces on their laptop (Potentially). In the TV studio, students operate a teleprompter, video switcher, soundboard, and HD studio cameras. This course emphasizes a hands-on approach to skill development enhanced with the latest literature on Television Production. Students learn to use Adobe Creative Cloud which includes Premier Pro, Photoshop, After Effects and other software used in the industry. The course is designed to prepare students to explore careers in Television Production, and to develop the essential skills for employment in this field. Note: Successful completion of this course fulfills the high school graduation requirement for a credit in Visual, Performing or Applied Arts.



Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

    Grade:  10-11-12                          Credit:  2 credits over 2 years

      Grade:  10-11-12                          Credit:  2 credits over 2 years

            Prerequisite:  None. 

Description: Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are lifesavers, responding to emergency medical situations that include sudden illness and injury accidents. Trained in emergency medical procedures, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics assess illness or injuries, provide emergency treatment to stabilize and transport victims to hospitals.  This class is designed for those interested in emergency medicine and ambulance operations, as well as fire, public safety, and police occupations.

            This program is an intense study of pre-hospital and emergency medical training.  Students will receive intensive hands-on instruction in emergency first aid, bleeding control, shock management, cardiac arrest management, airway management, patient treatment, and anatomy and physiology.  Students will complete classroom study, hands-on practicals, and clinical training.

With successful completion of all course requirements at the end of year 2, students will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Services Exam (NREMT exam) at the conclusion of the second year.  Successful completion of the NREMT exam then allows the student to apply for their State of Michigan EMT license.

Career Opportunities 
Health services are one of the fastest growing job areas in the United States.  Many fire and police departments require their personnel to gain this certification.  In addition to working in the pre-hospital setting, some EMTs work in hospital emergency departments, offshore refineries, occupational medicine and movie sets.  Demand for EMTs and paramedics continues to grow.  Successful completion of the Richmond Lenox EMS EMT class can be an excellent entry point into one of the most dynamic and fastest growing careers of our time.
 Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.


  Vocational/Technical Courses Offered at Pankow



Auto Collision 1&2                                       

Auto Tech 1&2

ConstructionTech 1&2

CulinaryArts 1&2

EarlyChildhood Ed.

GraphicArts and Design

    Tech1 & 2


HealthOccupations 1&2

HorticultureScience 1&2

Medical Assisting

Medical Investigations


   Administration 1&2

PCServicing & Network 1

     & 2



TeacherCadet (pre-


TV& Media Broadcast

Sports Medicine, PT&OT

Web Design 1 & 2

 Once enrolled in the Pankow program the following procedures will be in place:

1.      No driving of personal vehicles.  All students will ride the bus to and from the Pankow Center. Attendance may be taken on the bus.  Some programs will require students to use their personal vehicle to transport to work sites.  (HealthOcc 2, and Teacher Cadet)

2.      Students enrolled in the Construction Tech program must have their instructor provide RHS with aschedule of when students are required to be on the job site. 

3.      On days that there are no classes at Pankow, RHS students will be required to attend their regular RHS classes (if in session) and then vacate RHS.

4.      When students are not atPankow and they are done with their classes at RHS, they will not be allowed back into RHS until RHS classes are dismissed for the day.

5.      Exceptions will be granted only by written permission of the administration.

6.     Failure to adhere to these procedures may result in being withdrawn from the Pankow Center and/or disciplinary action from RHS.



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