CCA offers digital IT course to help prepare students for life after graduation
Elective technology course teaches students about various computer programs, HTML coding and digital job searching.
Technology is everywhere. Smartphones, laptops and tablets are important aspects of everyday life. Students may think they know all there is to know about technology because they grew up with it, but do they actually know how to apply that knowledge in a professional setting?
For students who want to learn how to use technology to help them grow professionally, CCA offers a digital information technology course to help prepare them for life after graduation.
The digital IT course is a technology elective offered to any high school student in grades 9-12. Throughout the course, students will gain experience with several Microsoft Office programs, HTML coding and digital job searching.
“Everybody who is going to be working on computers should take this course,” said Richard Morda, CCA business education teacher. “If you don’t know how to use Microsoft programs, you’re at a huge disadvantage. Even if you aren’t using one of these particular programs, you can easily transfer those skills to other computer software.”
According to Morda, the skills provided by this class are necessary to survive in any career.
“I’ve worked outside of education. I’ve worked in accounting, I’ve worked in the military. You can’t function in the workplace without it,” Morda said.
Morda believes understanding how Microsoft programs function is essential to life after high school and will help improve skills in subjects other than technology-based fields, such as math and writing.
“If you’re not really good at writing or spelling, it’s OK because you have the spelling and grammar checker. They have programs to help with math functions, too,” Morda said. “Someone who knows the basic functions of these programs can up their game analytically and in the way they communicate.”
Students who take this course should also consider taking other business courses, especially consumer math, personal finance and accounting. Morda believes these courses provide students with the skills necessary for success after graduation.
“There’s no doubt in my mind this is one of the most important skills to have,” Morda said. “It’s doing a disservice to students, whether they are college bound or not, to not have some fundamental training, or at least raise their awareness and reduce their fears of stepping into using these programs.”