Other Computer Science Career Resources:
Computer Science and Entertainment MP4 WMVComputer Science and the Environment MP4 WMV
Computer Science and Communications MP4 WMVComputer Science and Medicine MP4 WMV
Computer Science and Empowerment MP4 WMVAssociation for Computing Machinery: Computing Degrees and Careers Website
National Center for Women & Information Technology: You Can Be Anything Video, University of South Carolina:  Why Study Computing?
George Washington University:  What Exactly IS Computer Science?
  • Cisco Networking Course Series: 

    Information & Communications Technology - Your Future?

    Cisco Networking Academy courses teach comprehensive networking concepts and skills. Students progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models. Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching certification exams, networking related degree programs, and entry-level networking careers. Courses emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills. Multimedia learning tools, including videos, games, and quizzes, address a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning and promote increased knowledge retention.

    These four Cisco Networking Academy courses are delivered in a Blended Distance Learning (BDL) delivery mode. Students require modern personal computing equipment and reliable broadband Internet access, and the maturity and academic discipline necessary to set and meet goals without constant supervision. Students proceed independently, using web-based curriculum and free network simulation software, at their own pace so long as minimum pacing and performance milestones are met.

    All students are required to attend a full-day orientation before beginning the first course in the series. Thereafter, weekly in-person sessions are available for access to lab equipment and instructor coaching. Students must successfully complete two in-person, proctored Final Exams at the end of each course. The first is an on-line assessment of networking knowledge. The second is a hands-on assessment of skills using commercial-quality routing and switching equipment.

    Students must provide their own transportation to the initial orientation, and in-person lab, coaching and Final Assessment location(s). Virtual coaching is available, either by appointment or during regularly scheduled on-line sessions.

    These are college-equivalent experiences, offered at nearly 7000 colleges/universities around the world. Completion of one or more of these courses may result in credit at the discretion of the institution to which applying. Students and parents should investigate potential credit at the specific institution(s) that interest them.

    Before committing to enrollment, completely read each of the following four sample Chapters of material. If you are still excited about the Cisco Networking Academy Series after reading them, then by all means follow through with your enrollment. If you find the material uninteresting, confusing, boring, or simply far too technical, then please seek other learning options.

    Sample 1 ------ Sample 2 ------ Sample 3 ------ Sample 4

    For more information, contact:
    • Ms. Tresa Durkin, Associate Director, Marketing & Off-Site Programming at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools (tdurkin@efcts.us)
    • Mr. David Herman, Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (herman.1@napls.us)

  • Robotics 1: This course is based on curriculum materials developed by Carnegie Mellon University and National Instruments.  Students choose from over 50 assignments - basic, intermediate and advanced - to earn at least 10 achievement points per week.  They can complete the assignments in any of our three software Integrated Development Environments (IDE).  There are media-rich digital learning tools available for each IDE.
  • Lego Education NXT-G: A simple drag-and-drop programming tool, capable of controlling pretty complex robotic behaviors.  It was designed to target middle and high school students.
  • National Instruments LabVIEW for Lego Mindstorms: A more complex drag-and-drop environment targeted at high school and college students.  It is a customized version of their professional software authoring tool.
  • Carnegie-Mellon University RobotC: Based on the C programming language, this environment is perfect for those students who might later go on to take the AP Computer Science course.