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Computer Science's WEBPAGE

DISCOVER: Learn about the Computer Science Program

EXPLORE: Dig deeper into the advantages and benefits of Computer Science

PLAN & APPLY: Create a pathway to a career in this field

10th graders must apply by Dec 1st for first round decisions!!
 

 

INSTRUCTOR

D. Andrew Starkey (Email:   dastark@carrollk12.org     ) :  

B.S. in computer Science

Alumni of CCCTC

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DESCRIPTION

From the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Website

At a time when computer science affects how we work and live, PLTW Computer Science empowers students in grades 9-12 to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. 

The program’s interdisciplinary courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges. As students work together to design solutions, they learn computational thinking – not just how to code – and become better thinkers and communicators. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

PLTW Computer Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW computer science pathway.

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BROCHURE & VIDEOS

Brochure

Brief video

Youtube Videos (caution: 3rd party website):

Videos about CCCTC and other programs      

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ADVANTAGES

COLLEGE ADVANTAGE: 

Get a jump start on college- Use college level texts to earn college credit while having the training, skills, and experience that most high school graduates do not get until they are well into their college major.  This program puts students teaching students how to program with many of the modern computer languages before they go to college. Students in this program will feel right at home in any college programing class.  (more)

  CAREER ADVANTAGE:

Start your career NOW- Work with industry grade technology that our local business partners use every day.  This shows employers you are trained in a Project Lead the Way facility and have the skills industry is looking for in a Computer Science programer.  These skills allow the best students to come back as CCCTC interns or find an internship at a local businesses. (more)

SkillsUSA: 

Compete at the state and national level- our Computer Science Program has been highly successful in competitions sponsored by SkillsUSA. (more)

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MAJOR TOPICS & SKILLS

MAJOR TOPICS COVERED

Computer Science Principles  Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP CSP exam for college credit.

Computer Science A  Students collaborate to create original solutions to problems of their own choosing by designing and implementing user interfaces and Web-based databases, as well as creating a game for their friends or an app to serve a real need in the their community. This course is aligned to the AP CSA framework. 

Cyber Security  Students explore the tools and concepts of cyber security and create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy.

CAREER SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN

See the list of skills you will learn in this program- <Students at CCCTC are evaluated on SKILL attainment in the following areas for this program> 

Professionalism

At CCCTC we know how important professionalism is to getting and keeping a job.  <We emphasize professionalism in each program> 

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SAVE MONEY AND TIME AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

 EARN VALUABLE CERTIFICATIONS 

OUR program is Project Lead the Way (PLTW©) certified-  Project Lead the Way provides curriculum and training that is developed nationally by high schools, colleges, and industry.  If you want to be set apart from other students in this field, Project Lead the Way will give you that edge.   (more)

 

EARN COLLEGE CREDIT 

Computer Science partners with these schools- Students can earn college credtis in this program through our agreements with these colleges:

  • Carroll Community College – 8 credits
  • Penn College of Technology – TBD
  • The Community Colleges of Baltimore County – 10 credits
  • Wherever AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science credits are accepted.

Contact the college or trade school you plan to attend and find out if you can earn credits or advanced standing at their institution!

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ARE YOUR READY?

HERE ARE THE QUALITIES NEEDED FOR THIS PROGRAM:

  1. OUR PROGRAMS ARE RUN LIKE REAL BUSINESSES!!!  Do you have the work ethic, perseverance, professionalism, and problem solving skills needed to be successful in Computer Science? 
  2. Prerequisites: College Prep Math and Science course each year of high school, Algebra II, and 94% attendance and 2.0 GPA in academic level classes
  3. Qualities and characteristics you will need:
  • AP/Transcipted level classwork
  • MUST be able to work independently
  • Able to memorize large amount of information
  • Computer and technical skills
  • High interest in Mathematics and Science
  • Organizational skills to manage multiple projects
  • Problem-solving skills to analyze situations or data and produce appropriate solutions
  • Self-motivation and academically ready for college level curriculum
  • Strong math and reading skills (college level)
  • Utilize logic to solve problems
  • Work through difficult problems
  • (more)
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YOU HAVE TO APPLY!!

 <THE APPLICATION PROCESS>-  SPACE IS LIMITED FOR SOME PROGRAMS.  Acceptance is based on Attendance, GPA, and grades/rigor in certain classes.  Also, tenth graders who apply by Dec 1st are part of the first round of decisions. See the <How to Apply webpage>

 

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HOW DOES IT FIT WITH YOUR SCHEDULE?

SCHEDULING INFORMATION 

PREREQUISITES- (Completed before you start the program)

  • College Prep Math and Science course each year of high school
  • Algebra II
  • 94% attendance and 2.0 GPA in academic level classes

SCHEDULE OF PROGRAM-

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL

Mods 1-4: home H.S.

 

SPRING 

Mod 1: home H.S.

Mods 2-3 @ CCCTC

Mod 4: home H.S.

SENIOR YEAR

FALL

Mod 1: home H.S.

Mods 2-3 @ CCCTC

Mod 4: home H.S.

SPRING

Mods 1-4: home H.S. or the opportunity for an internship based on performance in the program

FROM THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES-  Suggested Educational Career Plan and a description of the program found in the program of studies.  To see the most recent information go to the current Carroll County Program of Studies

    See the Program of Studies for most up to date information.

Click to see a SAMPLE Educational Career Plan

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL TIMES-  <Arrival/dismissal times and other dates>

CCCTC TRANSPORTATION- Transportation is provided to from your home high.  (there are some exceptions such as community based internship)  Also, students going to CCCTC will still have classes at their home high school and may continue to be involved in extracurricular activities. 

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CAREERS THAT START WITH THIS PROGRAM

CAREERS AND COLLEGE MAJORS 

EXPERIENCE YOUR CAREER IN HIGH SCHOOL-  Do you want to go to college, start a career OR pay for college with your new career?  Joining the CCCTC is a life changing experience  where you are immersed with others students who are interested in your field.  You learn in professionally reviewed programs from industry proven experts.  THIS IS REAL-LIFE!

ENTRY LEVEL- With CCCTC start a career right after high school

TECHNICAL LEVEL- CCCTC and a 2 year associates degree or trade school degree 

  • Software Applications Specialist
  • Game Developer
  • Tester
  • Web Designer

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL- CCCTC and a four year degree that you will be well prepared to complete

  • Applications Analyst
  • Applications Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Developer
  • System Administrators
  • Test Engineer

AND BEYOND

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineers

Check Out These Career Sites:

Check Out These Career Sites to find the many paths our student begin at CCCTC!

ONETThe O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information.

OOH: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Extensive government database of over 20,000 Career.

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PROFESSIONALLY REVIEWED PROGRAMS

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS  (Don't just take our word for it)

Project Lead the Way-  PLTW creates an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. PLTW also provides teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning. (We have been recognized as a model school by this organization (one of 16) which touts over 2000 high schools on their membership.)

Carroll Community College, Penn College of Technology, and The Community Colleges of Baltimore County-  all have an agreement with CCCTC based on the college's requirements for curriculum, faculties, and instructor that is reviewed and renewed periodically to guarantee that students are getting the equivalent instruction at CCCTC that would be expected in class at that institution.  Credits are awarded based on that agreement.

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COUNSEL  By Federal and state regulations each program has a group of local business and educational institutions that periodically meets to discuss  the programs curriculum and resources to make sure current trends in technology and skills are being taught so that students are prepared for the ever changing career requirements for that industry.  (more)

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Program Accomplishments

<coming soon>

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Student Testimonials

<coming soon>

 

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