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CCHS Technology Teacher Earns Computer Science Certification from Project Lead The Way

Congratulations to CCHS Technology Teacher Lisa Eichholzer for earning a Computer Science Certificate from Project Lead the Way.

Eichholzer has always been a "lifelong learner." She has been trained to use and has taught over 20 different software programs during her 16 years at Colonie Central High School as well as Hudson Valley Community College. She holds an Adobe software certification and has recently completed her Project Lead the Way Training in Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE).

Eichholzer's computer experience goes way back to the mid-1980s when she worked for Microsoft in Washington State. She was the first teacher to introduce programming for the web in computer graphics classes and those classes have remained very popular.

Additionally, the CISCO Networking classes (CCNA), taught by Tom Casey, have seen a huge increase in enrollment over the years. Employment opportunities for networking technicians and administrators are growing fast and students coming out of the program at Colonie High School not only have a major advantage but in some situations, can obtain excellent jobs immediately upon graduation. The Technology Department felt that the new Project Lead the Way Computer Science and Software Engineering class would compliment an already strong program. It's being taught for the first time this 2015-2016 school year.

According to research done by Project Lead the Way, the projected number of job openings in 2018 for STEM fields will reach 2.8 million. Of these, approximately 1.4 million jobs will be for computer specialists. Like many other STEM fields, the current demand and supply are mismatched, as computer science career openings outpace students' skills and interest. Also, like many other fields, computer science interest starts long before a student decides on a major or applies to college.

This new course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. CSE helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation.