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

Student Organizations

Business Professionals of America (BPA)
FIRST Robotics

Related Careers

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Video Game Design
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Web Development
  • Mobile Application Development

High School Credit*

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

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

College Credit Opportunities*

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

  • Davenport University
  • Jackson College
  • Washtenaw Community College

Certification Opportunities

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

  • 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

Instructor

April Platt has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.  She has worked in education for over 20 years including positions such as Adjunct Faculty instructor in computers, communication, sociology, and first-year seminar.  Previous positions at the LISD TECH Center include serving as a substitute teacher, learning assistant, and teacher assistant.  Other previous positions also include administrations of campus housing, student life activities, and student success coaching in Michigan, Ohio, and Maine.  April brings varied experience in software systems and training throughout her professional experience to the Computer Programming program.

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