Software Development and Programming
Tech Prep Program – Avon High School Common Concerns What is Tech Prep?
Tech prep is an educational reform initiative that emphasizes technological skills and a goal orientation. That combination provides students with a wide array of options after they graduate from high school. The Tech Prep program promotes academic and occupational competencies. Local information technology professionals play a large part in helping to identify relevant educational objectives and providing experiences for students that compliment classroom activities. It is a three-period elective taken during the junior and senior years of high school. Students learn through focused group activates and an opportunity to work on assignments that will make the connection between what the students are doing in high school and what they want in the future.
What will Tech Prep do for me?
Tech Prep will give you the widest range of alternatives upon finishing high school. I feel that Software Development and Programming is the most utilitarian of the Tech Prep programs. In this program you will learn how to be an effective welder of information technology in dealing with any situation you encounter. You can combine secondary education activities and higher education leading to an associate degree if you wish to accelerate your transition to the work world; pursue a four-year higher education option with the tools to maximize the benefits of that effort; or you can pursue immediate employment opportunities after high-school.
Do I get to work with Microcomputers?
The Software Development Program is fortunate to have excellent computing resources. This year we are using high-powered Pentium IV notebook computers equipped with a wide array of powerful software that are networked through wireless technology to give students the very best resources upon which to learn. The classes are structured to permit students to spend approximately 70% of their time actively engaged in learning activities rather than just listening, so the computers get a lot of use.
What is Software Development and Programming?
The Software Development and Programming Tech Prep program provides a foundation in all the skills that are required to develop information systems solutions to organizational needs. Students will not only learn high-level software development skills, but will also learn how to promote an environment in which their efforts will be successful. Students are encouraged to be pragmatic problem solvers who know what it takes for information technology to help individuals and organizations Problem solving, communications abilities, interpersonal effectiveness, strategic planning, systems analysis, project planning, web development and programming are all emphasized in the Avon program
Can I write game programs?
The class is geared to developing skills that enhance a student’s general productivity and allow them to provide information systems leadership in business organizations. During the course of the program though, students will have the opportunity to work on a number of independent projects. There is nothing to prevent interested students from using those opportunities to pursue their interest in game programming.
How can I afford to commit that much time to a single elective?
We are talking about a lot of time. But there are several ways to look at that. Working on something for an extended period of time is much more like what you will be asked to do in college or on a job. The skills that you will be mastering from will make you much more productive in working on your other courses. In many cases, a part of that time would otherwise be taken up by a study hall: In this course you have the potential to get a much greater return on your investment of time.
What if the idea of programming turns me off?
Don’t let that stop you from considering the program. If you take a close look at the curriculum outline, you will find that programming is part of a much larger body of information that we deal with. Keep in mind, that as software development tools become more and more sophisticated they seem less and less like what people think of as "traditional" programming. Conversely, if the prospect of "programming" is exciting for you, the truth of the matter is that most jobs that have “programming” somewhere in the title, require that people filling them to spend most of their time making sure that their programming activities will serve a valuable business purpose. That places a premium on interpersonal skills.
Why should I consider Tech Prep, I’m going straight to a four-year college?
As popular as that general scenario is, you’ll be surprised to know that one report has only about 21% of 9th grader’s with that expectation actually receiving their baccalaureate degree within 6 years of highschool graduation. The strength of the Tech Prep program is that it is insurance against contingencies that you can’t anticipate. It may be the difference between being rerouted on the way to the future you want and being completely derailed.
Contact: Bosela@leeca.org for more information. Revised: January 12, 2003