This course is designed to give students a strong technical and application of touch typing using the computer keyboard and how a computer works; text-based application processing using the Microsoft Office software package application - MS Word. This course is a requirement for 6th grade students. Students will learn keyboarding skills and basic computer concepts with an emphasis on the personal computer, Internet and World Wide Web search techniques, Internet safety, email etiquette, and appropriate digital citizenship .  The major emphasis will be on the following applications: Keyboarding www.edutyping.com and MS Word. If time permits, we will spend some time on MS Excel, learning how a spreadsheet can be used to project, forecast, and answer "What If" questions.

"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we have ever created.  They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”- Bill Gates

"Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”- John F. Kennedy

Sources:  www.brainyquote.com

College and Career Readiness Course is a 1/2 Credit -One Semester course.

"The 21st Century workforce has proven the creation and completion of well-informed and meaningful postsecondary plans will, in turn, create a more successful global workforce.” Source:  McGraw-Hill's College & Career Readiness.

It is your first day in high school, college or your first day on the job. What information should you bring with you to ensure your success?  What should your toolbox for success contain?  This course will be project-based learning focused on the following crucial areas:  

  • Academic Coursework Preparation; Junior-Senior Year Calendar

  • College Admission versus High School Graduation; "Investing in your Future”

  • Time Management

  • Effective Oral Presentations

  • College, Career, and Money Plan Worksheet

  • Exploring High Growth Occupations& American Job Market

  • Self-Assessment (Interests, Strengths, Weaknesses, Work-Styles Inventory)

  • Occupations Scavenger Hunt

  • SMART Goal setting  -- Compare types of college programs (Two-Year and Four-Year)

  • Research colleges that align with your SMART Goals.

  • The College Application Process (Interview &Admissions Essay)

  • Financing my college education?

  • Study Skills

  • Transitional Life Skills (Soft skills - communications (digital & personal; interpersonal interactions; time management, positive attitude, and willingness to work as a team.)

  • The World of Work -Work study and Internships

  • How to become a Life-Long Learner

Toolbox Activities:

  • Decision-making

  • Managing stress

  • Elevator Speech

  • Creativity

  • Learning from Failure

  • Effective use of Social Media

  • Stretch your boundaries

  • Leadership skills

  • Essential financial handbook

  • Building Self-Confidence

  • Networking

  • Formal versus Informal 

  • Changing your major or employment direction

  • How to land your dream job

  • Your Personal Brand

  • Win--win negotiations

  • Crisis handbook

  • Visualization for goal achievement

  • Volunteerism

Students will identify with the Nine Character Education categories listed below:

Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Resilience, Tolerance, Commitment, and Accomplishment.

Students will pick a Character Education category from above each week; utilizing the words within the category.  Once your choose a category, you cannot pick that same category until you have chosen from the other categories.

Students will write a maximum of three (3) sentences identifying where application of these characters strengthen an employment or organizational relationship.  Where do you apply these character traits within your present lifestyle?

This course is designed to give students an understanding of how a computer works, its capabilities, limitations, and applications. Course content includes system components, societal impact, applications, and the use of the Microsoft Office software package. This course is strongly recommended for all students. This course has no prerequisite. Students will learn basic computer concepts with an emphasis on the personal computer and its practical use, including hardware, mechanics of computer operation, application and system software, the Internet and World Wide Web, communications(including how to properly use email), and computers in society.  The major emphasis will be on the following applications: Keyboarding (EduTyping; a Web-based program that can used from home.), MS Word, MS Excel, Charting, MS PowerPoint, MS Access (If time permits) and integration of these applications.