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.
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.
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
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Program Success Indicators
- Add, subtract, multiply, divide, and find percentages
- Solve for variables in algebraic equations
- Be computer and internet literate, knowledge of a variety of Microsoft Office applications
- Workplace literacy skills requiring information processing, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
- Listen, read, and follow verbal and written directions
- Good work ethic and good attendance
- Organizational skills
- Complete assigned work in a timely manner; meet deadlines, prioritize tasks
- Dependability, responsibility, honesty, integrity, and courtesy
- Positive attitude and interest in program
- Adhere to professional standards of dress and behavior
- Learn from feedback and constructive criticism
- Work independently and be productive every day
- Teamwork skills
- Provide excellent customer service
- Enjoy playing with puzzles, solving problems, and lateral thinking games
- Interest in learning computer programming languages (Python, Java, C+, etc.)
- Keyboarding and typing skills
- Pay attention to detail, locate and fix errors, and proofread work for accuracy
- Measure how well a system is working and how to improve it
- Read industry-standard materials including manuals, guidebooks, and reports
- Participate in a student organization (SkillsUSA)
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
- 1.0 Online Learning Experience
- 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
- 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
- 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
College Credit Opportunities*
*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.
- Davenport University
- Jackson College
- Siena Heights University
- Washtenaw Community College
*Other certifications may be available depending on student interests and abilities.
- MTA – 98-361 Software Developer Fundamentals (C#), 98-375 HTML5 Application
- Oracle – 1Z0-808 Java SE 8 Programmer 1
Brian McDowell has been an educator for 14 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and also is a National Board Certified Teacher. He is certified in Project Lead the Way App Creators, Computer Science, Automation and Robotics, and Design and Modeling. Brian has worked with students creating coding and robotics clubs, competitions, and summer camps. During his teaching career, he has learned that facilitating hands-on instruction leads to success in the classroom and in life. Brian believes exposing students to different skills that can lead to a possible career is important and is a goal for him.