Computer Science Program Expands Course Offerings
The Saline County Career is celebrating its golden anniversary throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. Opening in 1968, SCCC has grown significantly over its 50 year history to meet the ever-changing needs of students, surrounding businesses, and communities. High School students from Marshall, Malta Bend, Slater and Sweet Springs currently attend SCCC. As part of the celebration, SCCC will highlight each one of its nine programs in the coming months. This month features the Computer Science program.
The Computer Science program is taught by Mr. Josh Glassmaker. Josh, is in his second year of teaching, and is a graduate from Marshall High School, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and he is currently working to complete a Master’s degree from the University of Central Missouri-Warrensburg. After working in the computer science field at Cerner in Kansas City, Mr. Glassmaker knows firsthand the need for students with a background in technology. He is excited to offer the following Computer Science courses at SCCC:
- Computer Service and Repair Technology
- Computer Networking/Network Pro
- Web Page Design
- Coding/Computer Science
Computer Service and Repair Technology and Network Pro classes offer a certificate through SCCC, upon successful completion of the course. The nationally recognized certifications, Test Out and Comp TIA A+, are highly regarded by employers. Certification is considered to be the equivalent of 12 months of on the job training and a huge resume booster for successful students.
Coding is a new course offered through SCCC this year. The course utilizes Code.Org, a nationally recognized nonprofit that is dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools for students K-12. One of Mr. Glassmaker’s future goals for the Computer Science program is to offer Coding for AP credit. It is a valuable prep class for students who wish to pursue coding at the post-secondary level.
Ms. Callie Dobbins, SCCC Director, is eager to see students succeed in today’s job market. “At SCCC we take pride in our hands-on approach to learning. The Computer Science program is a great example of how Career & Technical Education can provide career path overviews to high school students. Through our hands-on approach, students learn the basics of computer programming, for example. They can see if the career field interests them enough to pursue additional coursework and possibly a career in the future. At SCCC, we like to say it is providing “Learning That Works!”
For more information about the Saline County Career Center and the programs offered, go to MarshallSchools.com/SCCC or follow us on Facebook @Saline County Career Center.