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CompSci Education Week

The first week of December is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), a time dedicated to inspiring K-12 students and teachers in the area of computer science. Colorado is trying to catch up to the demand for more college graduates with degrees in computer science by focusing on the state’s K-12 classrooms – offering teachers training in computer science, creating rigorous computer science academic standards and developing an online resource bank. Visit the Colorado Computer Science Education webpage to learn about the statewide initiatives underway. During this week, the Colorado Department of Education is encouraging schools and districts to share about the computer science activities they’re engaged in!

 

LCS is extremely proud of the computer science programs available for our middle and high school students. Our Introduction to Computer Science class for grades 9-12 provides high school students the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science and demonstrate the skills they have learned through a variety of software programs such as Microsoft Visual Studio and JavaScript.

LCS’ computer science teacher, Mr. Dozier, brings a plethora of knowledge and experience with him into the first year of his teaching position at the Academy campus. After working as a technical data analyst for HP for 37 years, Mr. Dozier decided to marry his love of teaching with his computer science skills by joining our faculty.

Mr. Dozier explains the importance of such classes being available by saying ” I want my students to learn enough about computer science in middle school and high school to know whether they have a natural aptitude and passion to pursue it further. If they enjoy it enough to pursue it, great! But if they decide it’s not for them, then I feel we have still succeeded by saving them a lot of time and tuition they would otherwise spend at the college level.”

As the computer science and information technology sectors continue to boom in the US, integrating such classes into the curriculum has been a goal of LCS since its inception. Additionally, as computer science and IT are among the top 3 growth industries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for those entering this field continues to be high. Enabling students to have the freedom to explore their options for the future before making life-changing decisions is imperative for their success after graduation. LCS is proud to have an expert like Mr. Dozier imparting such a positive influence on our students.

Learn more about LCS at the next informational meeting Wed., December 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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