Communications Strand

UPDATE:  Students in the class of 2019 are invited to apply for the D-Tech Academy program at Foothill Technology High School beginning the winter/spring of 2016.

D-Tech is a new pathway program at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, California.  The pathway focuses on design, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.

Students in DTech learn how to:

  • Build electronic circuits and code with arduino
  • Design 3D objects with Fusion 360
  • Print designs with a 3D printer
  • Create a working solar power system
  • Build and fly drones
  • Create an Android app
  • And much more…

The Design Technology Academy requires enrollment in 3 pathway courses:

  • Grade 10 – DTech Survey with Mr. Miller
    • year-long, 5 credit course, scheduled during FIRE period
  • Grade 11 – AP coursework (minimum of 1 course from choices below
    • AP Computer Science with Mrs. Carr OR
    • AP 2D Art with Mr. Crouch/Mr. Frazier
  • Grade 12 – Senior Capstone course
    • includes ASPIRE3 project participation

Get information about DTech!

UPDATE:  We are phasing out the designation of the Communications Strand beginning 2015-16.

Members of the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 may still complete this program and earn recognition at

The Communications Strand is for students with a passion for or interest in the career areas of Design & Production or Performance & Publication are welcome to apply for the FTHS Communications Strand.

Communications students will:

  • demonstrate a depth of study by enrolling and successfully completing a series of courses (minimum of 60 credits) in their academy approved coursework (see Strand Tracking Form at bottom of page) ,

  • perform at a high level of academic achievement (3.0 GPA with 10 credits or less at C-level) in their academy coursework,

The process starts with attendance at a General Information Meeting and completion of a Statement of Intent.

Qualified seniors earn a Certificate (60-65 credits), Certificate with Merit (70-85 credits) or Certificate with Distinction (90+ credits) at Senior Awards Night; a Communications Academy cords at graduation; and notation of completion on their high school transcripts.

Strand coursework includes, but is not limited to:

  • Art 1 – 4

  • Digital Photography 1 – 2

  • Filmmaking

  • Web Design 1 – 2

  • Dance 1 – 2

  • Drama 1 – 2

  • Journalism 1 – 4

  • Leadership – ASB

  • Speech 1 – 2

  • Yearbook