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Computer Programming

Computers continue to be the life blood of businesses — both big and small. Computer jobs are plentiful in every industry and the job outlook continues to be good in Lenawee and surrounding counties for programmers and other computer experts.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This one- or two-year program will cover topics relating to software development with a focus on computer programming. The class is designed to accommodate different skills levels from introductory to the college level where students will learn how to plan, write, implement, debug, and maintain computer programs. Students will have the opportunity to learn mobile, game, web, and/or robotics programming in addition to computer application development, and will use a blended learning environment that combines online curriculum with hands-on labs and projects.

First year students will start the class learning the Python programming language, and will then go onto another language such as C#, C++, or Java, or may instead pursue web development with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Second year students will work with the instructor to create an individualized course plan to study advanced topics relating to computer programming.

Students are able to earn college credit and industry certifications as part of this class.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Students in this class are interested in computers – what makes them work and how they can help solve problems and complete tasks. Students generally have above average math and reading skills and creative thinkers.

Textbook Reading Level: College

INSTRUCTOR

Nicole Hutchison has been teaching computer science for over 10 years. She previously taught at Paw Paw High School and the VanBuren Technology Center, as well as night classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Davenport University. She received her bachelor’s degree and professional teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University. She also has a master’s degree and Vocational teaching certificate from Western Michigan University.

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RELATED CAREERS

*Completion of this program could lead to careers in:

Computer Programming
Computer Science
Video Game Design
Software Development
Software Engineering
Computer Engineering
Web Development
Mobile Application Development
*Note: Additional education may be required.

COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES*

Davenport University
Jackson College
Washtenaw Community College

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT*

1.0 4th Math (tbd)
1.0 Online Learning
1.0 3rd Science requirement
1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION

Business Professionals of America (BPA)
FIRST Robotics

CERTIFICATIONS OPPORTUNITIES

CIW – Site Development, Advanced HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
MTA – 98-361 Software Developer Fundamentals (c#), 98-375 HTML5 Application
Oracle – 1Z0-808 Java SE 8 Programmer 1

*Other certifications may be available depending on student interests and abilities.