Two Alpine District high schools have begun offering new technology courses to help students prepare for the high-tech workplace.

The classes were designed and adopted by the Utah Department of Vocational Education and the State Board for Vocational Education.American Fork High School is beginning its second year offering Principles of Technology, and Mountain View High School initiated the program this year. Principles of Technology is a two-year course in applied science that teaches technical principles, concepts, science and mathematical skills through hands-on laboratory experiences. Learning experiences in mechanical, fluid, thermal and electrical systems are included.

Neil Christensen, Alpine vocational technology director, said the program will benefit a variety of students.

"The courses are recommended for all students considering the technology involved in today's business and industry, but they are particularly valuable to those who may pursue a career in any field of technology, design, engineering and mechanics."