Today, I would like to highlight one area of our curriculum about which I field a lot of questions. While our technology policy is conservative when it comes to cell phone usage and social media, we definitely support the responsible use of technology and its place as an academic tool. Our technology course offerings include digital photography, keyboarding and computer applications, desktop publishing and, perhaps the most practical class (and my personal favorite), “21st Century Communications.” This course includes an introduction to the many forms of communication our students will encounter in their college classes: PowerPoint, public speaking, webpage design, movie making, persuasive writing, etc.
We are also proud to be a Microsoft IT Academy. As part of our computer applications classes, students are able to work toward professional certification in the Microsoft programs used in the business world. In fact, I just received word that 12 of our students recently took the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Word 2010 Certification testing and all 12 passed! These students not only are achieving in the classroom; they are building a professional résumé along the way.