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Program Description

Computer Technology experience has become a necessity for today’s students and the workforce of tomorrow. The Computer Technology program is an ever developing program in the industry of Information Technology (IT).  Whether it’s 3-D animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis, computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drive the world.

Computer Technology will give you a broad foundation of skills that can be applied to a variety of careers and will serve as a competitive advantage in a crowded job market. The program is designed with the goal of creating leaders in both in and out of computer science fields and attracting and engaging students with hands on experiences. 

Student repairing computer

What's New

10th Grade Visitation

On February 22, 2017 we hosted 10th grade students from Sanilac County Schools. Students were able to sample some of the activities that Computer Technology students do. If you were unable to attend or are interested in getting more information about Computer Technology please contact slawrence@sanilac.k12.mi.us subject line More Information Computer Tech

New for FALL 2017
AP= Advanced Placement= College Credit
Over 100 colleges have already stated their intent to award credit for satisfactory exam scores, and new policies continue to be submitted.

AP Computer Science Principiles Brochure

Drones

On April 25, 2017 we test flew our first of 4 drones. This drone was built by second year Computer Technology students. The drone was assembled from scratch. We will be building 3 more drones this year with Digital Media and first year Computer Technology students.  Second year students are working to set up a remote camera on their drone and a navigation system.

  Ethan attaching propeller motors to the droneMason and ethan attaching propellers

students flying the drone

the drone in flight

Students setting drone up for flight

PC Project

The Winning Design was submitted by Noah Bartle a senior from Sandusky High School. His design included a Intel i7-7700 3.6 Ghz CPU, Radeon RX 480 Graphics card, 16 GB DDR4 3000 RAM, a 512 GB SSD, 750 W power supply, 27 inch widescreen monitor and more. The case is a black with red trim Enermax Ostrog GT case and it looks great with the red RGB lights on the motherboard, graphics cars, power supply and case fans.

First year Computer Technology students competed their PC Project.  For the project students research the parts need to build 6 new computers according to the business scenario given. They must research the compatibility and reliability of each part they will be using in the build of their computers.  Students then must prepare a presentation along with written documentation.  Here they will include their justification of how the part chosen meets the needs of the customer and warranty information.  The student with the best design will have their design chosen and used to build 6 new classroom computers.  Check back to see the winning design.

Noah attaching power supply cables

Noah attaching power supply cables

Zack installing parts in PC

IT Essentials

First year students are studying Network Preventative Maintenance as part of the unit on Applied Networking. Their lab projects for this unit will include setting up remote desktop and remote assistant.

Student at computer review network preventative maintenance

Raspberry Pi

Both Grant Sheridan and Ethan Peck have started their new project. Check back with the status of their projects

Etha's new project to control the Raspberry Pi video car with a Xbox 360 controller

Ethan testing Raspberry Pi car

Grant's new project is to use the Raspberry pi and camera to create a facial recognition security system

Grant testing LCD display

Programming

First year Computer Technology and all Digital Media students spent the day programming. For some students it was their first time programming. Students had fun with the hour of code lessons.

Josiah CodingJohn Coding

Noah Coding

 

Why Computer Technology?

  1. It is part of everything we do!
  2. Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems.
  3. Making a positive difference in the world.
  4. Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.
  5. Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.
  6. Strengthen your primary career choice
  7. Opportunities for true creativity and innovation.
  8. Collaborative work and individual effort.
  9. An essential part of a well-rounded academic education.
  10. Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries.

In 2015, a national survey found that computer science majors were 35% more likely to have full-time jobs one year after graduation than graduates overall. They also had the highest starting salaries of all majors.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects computing and information technology jobs will grow between 12%–37% through 2022.

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Hands On Projects

 

Install Software
Build Computers
Replace Hardware
Troubleshoot Computers
Install and Use Linux
Explore Electronic Sensors
Build and Program Drones
Design Automated Robots
Program STEM Projects

Student working on motherboard

 

Terminate Cables
Design Networks
Subnet a Network
Install and Program Routers
Troubleshoot Wireless Networks
Program Python Games
Program Raspberry Pi
Program Mobile Applications
Create SQL Databases

FOR COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS

Computer Technology provides students with valuable skills to use while financing their college education.

In addition students may be eligible for advanced placement and/or articulation from Davenport University, St. Clair Community College, Delta College and Baker College with up to 24 college credits.

Student working on router configuration

More
Information

Cisco Academy

Cisco Putting the T in STEM Education

STEM 101: Intro to tomorrow’s jobs

occupations

  • Application software developer $98,260
  • Systems engineer $76,593
  • Web developer $64,970
  • Computer engineer $112,160
  • Information security analyst $90,120
  • Network architect $100,240
  • Computer support specialist $51,470
  • Database administrator $81,710
  • Network system administrator $77,810
  • Computer systems analysis $85,800
  • Software developer $100,690

All career and median salary information is courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

INDUSTRY
CERTIFICATION

  • CompTIA A+ certification exam
  • CompTIA Linux+ certification exam
  • CompTIA Server+ certification exam
  • CompTIA Network+ certification exam
  • Cisco CCNA certification exam
  • Cisco CCET certification exam