Whitney High School

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profile photoTeacher: Brian M. Pointer

Industry Sector: Information Technology
Career Pathway: Information Support and Services

Location: C-4
Phone: 916-632-6500 ext. 6455

Email: bpointer@rocklinusd.org


Social Media: 

Twitter - @WHSMrpointer

Program Description

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The program is designed to provide the foundational skills needed to enter into Information Technology positions.  Students will engage in project based learning with focus on 21st century employment skills.  
Program Sequence

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Grade Level: 9-10
Prerequisites: None
 Requirements Met: WHS Technology
ECS is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through and exploration of engaging and accessible topics.  Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems.  There is emphasis on computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving, interface design, limits of computers, societal and ethical issues, and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students.
Grade Level: 10-11
Prerequisites: Exploring Computer Science
 Requirements Met: WHS Technology
IT Essentials is an advanced course that prepares students for a potential career in network administration, technical support, cybersecurity, robotics, or web development.  It is a project based learning class that will rely heavily on projects as authentic assessments, as well as guest speakers and mentorship from our industry partners.  The students will be expected to be managers of projects, that will require students to utilize prior knowledge on the project, extend their learning, and guide their student employees to their own understanding of the subject matter.
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisites: IT Essentials
 Requirements Met:  WHS Technology
AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.
Program Outcomes and Certifications

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  • Public speaking

  • Project planning and management

Program Video

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Computer Science Students at Work

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