Computer Systems Engineering Magnet
The Cisco Networking Academy®, which is an integral part of the Computer Systems Engineering magnet program, provides online courses, interactive tools, and hands-on learning activities to help individuals prepare for careers in virtually every type of industry. Students will begin the program by studying the hardware and software of personal computers in preparation for the nationally recognized A+ certification exam. Hands-on labs and virtual desktop learning tools will help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. This program allows students to develop the skills necessary to enter all fields of computer programming and computer engineering at the postsecondary level.
To stay current with the fast changing computer industry, Middleton’s Computer Systems Engineering curriculum (CSIT – Computer Systems Information Technology CTE Program), now includes courses in Cyber Security. In addition to the CSIT courses in this tract, students will take Digital Electronics, which is a “Project Lead the Way”
(www.pltw.org) course in Middleton’s Engineering magnet program, and they will take AP Computer Science, which will provide them with programming knowledge that will help prepare them for Computer Engineering/Science college degree programs and related careers.
“Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.” (www.pltw.org)
“AP Computer Science emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with an emphasis on problem solving and algorithm development and is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science. It also includes the study of data structures and abstraction.” (www.collegeboard.com)
All courses at Middleton Magnet High School are taught on a two-day rotation cycle. Students attend four 95-minute periods each day. This schedule enables students to complete 8 courses per year, rather than the traditional 7 courses at most HCPS high schools. The addition of an 8th period allows students to include popular electives such as Band, Orchestra, JROTC, Building Construction, Art, and Sound Engineering, or courses in other magnet programs.
Computer Systems Engineering Students Will...
Middleton Magnet Program Pathways of Study
These are the recommended pathways for the magnet programs at Middleton High School. Electives are chosen to meet the needs of individual students in satisfying the requirements of their course of study. Students enrolled in the College Preparatory Course of study are required to include two credits of Foreign Language.
Advanced Placement courses and courses such as music, require students to enroll for both terms in the school year. Each pathway of study may be technologically advanced by completing AP Courses, or Drafting-CAD I, II, and III as electives.
The final courses in each of the Magnet Pathways of Study may involve a senior project, portfolio completion or workplace/laboratory experiences. A student who is accepted to the magnet program is accepted for the entire four-year program. If a student is retained at the end of a school year he/she will lose their seat in the program and will be removed from the Magnet Program.
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