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Teacher: Matthew Strinden

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

Location: C-4
Phone: 916-632-6500 ext. 6662

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: 10-12
 Requirements Met: WHS Technology
Computer Science II is an advanced course that prepares students for potential careers in a variety of computer science fields including: game development, web development, network administration, technical support, cybersecurity, and robotics.  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 manage their own projects and will require students to utilize prior knowledge on the project, extend their learning, and guide their group members to their own understanding of the subject matter.
Grade Level: 11-12
 Requirements Met:  WHS Technology
AP Computer Science Principles is one of the newest AP courses from the College Board. More than a traditional introduction to programming, this is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact computing and technology have on our society. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, the AP Computer Science Principles course gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity, use the power of computing to create artifacts of personal value, and develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field. 
Program Outcomes and Certifications

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  • Public speaking

  • Project planning and management

  • Foundational computer science skills

Computer Science Students at Work

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