Johnstown Independent

J-M, Northridge, Utica

NHS to house C-TEC Computer Information Systems classes


Johnstown, Northridge and North Fork school district are teaming up with C-TEC of Licking County on a computer course program for juniors and seniors.

The course is called Computer Information Systems, and it will be housed at Northridge High School through C-TEC, according to Northridge Superintendent Chris Briggs. He said the program would be open to juniors from Johnstown, Utica and Northridge high schools. The goal is to have five students from each school for the 2013-14 school year and then expand the program during the 2014-15 school year.

C-TEC will provide the teacher and necessary equipment, and Northridge will provide the space. It will be a half-day program after which students return to their district schools for their core courses in the afternoon. C-TEC must accept the students into the program before they may begin.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our neighboring districts and C-TEC to provide our students this wonderful opportunity in the field of technology," Briggs said.

The curriculum incorporates the Ohio Department of Education Content Standards.

Briggs said the program would teach such skills as website development and design, database administration, programming theory, software systems management, and technical writing and documentation, among other skills.

"I believe the Computer Information Systems program will provide our students access to 21st-century learning skills that will assist in whatever pathway to graduation they choose," Briggs said.

Students also will receive college credit for the completion of the two-year program, he said.

"We'll plan to offer a content-related credential, articulation and dual enrollment credit once the curriculum is established," said Ginny Evans, C-TEC's director of district services.

Evans said although this program would serve primarily juniors and senior students from Johnstown, Northridge and Utica high schools, secondary consideration would be given to students in other districts, depending on enrollment. Evans said for the 2013-14 school year, juniors would be accepted for the first year of a two-year program.

"If openings are available, we will also accept interested seniors to be enrolled in the junior level and completing a one-year program for this initial year only," she said.

More information about the program is available by calling C-TEC's secondary center at 740-364-2832.