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AHCCS offers increased Computer Science & IT Courses

Alane Butler

In January of 2016, the White House launched its new #CSforAll initiative – a plan to empower students to learn computer science and arm them with the skills they need to be the creators in a digital economy.

As a result, Achievement House is doubling down on its efforts in this area and big changes are coming to the school curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year, increasing the number of computer science and IT based courses. We have always been a leader when it comes to technology in the virtual classroom, but this year we are asking one question:

What can we offer that no one else can?

The biggest undertaking is the expansion of the Innovation Academy Program. Innovation Academy will now offer full year courses, seminars and one day enrichment workshops that fall into the following categories: Entrepreneurship, the Maker Movement and Information Technology.

Maker Movement: For students who want a future in the IT field – this is where you need to be! In our virtual makerspace we are exploring ideas and concepts that will allow our students to become the creators of their world. Students will be given their own RaspberryPi computer loaded with coursework, but also learn how to code and make their own Pi. While getting your fill of Pi, additional courses introduced for 2016-17 will include 3D printing design, robotics and CAD.

Entrepreneurship: Not much has changed here! AHCCS has always challenged budding entrepreneurs through the Schoolyard Ventures program, offering students the opportunity to launch their own small business and nonprofits while learning the ins and outs of financial management, operations and marketing. Channel your inner Shark Tank and get that side hustle started.

Information Technology: Did you know? AHCCS is a certified Microsoft® IT Academy, offering professional level certifications in Digital Literacy and all Microsoft programming. These certifications differentiate our students who choose to enter the workforce directly from high school – broadening their potential employment options. But wait, there’s more! Want to learn web design, SEO or Adobe Creative Suite? We have classes for that – turning students into professional web developing, designing, and publishing pros!

Mix these classes with PA Core Standards and you can create your own personalized learning experience this fall. Sound like fun? Click here to see ALL of the courses you could take as a part of the Innovation Academy!