Software and Systems Development (SSD) Pathway

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About

The goal of the Software and Systems Development (SSD) Pathway at Enochs High School is to give a sense of the broad reach of computer science throughout all industry sectors, throughout the world, and to demystify computer science.  Students will realize that computer science knowledge and skills will give them an edge in whatever industry they wish to pursue and that these skills are within their reach.  Students of the four-year pathway will complete UC A-G approved courses while advancing skills, knowledge, and abilities in computer science and professional skills and certifications.  The SSD Pathway places an emphasis on equitable and hands-on learning and offers unique opportunities for students to interact with industry through field trips, speakers, mentors, job shadowing, and internships.  Most importantly, the SSD Pathway is adaptable to the ever-changing needs of the computing industry to ensure a quality, relevant, and equitable program for all students.

The SSD pathway includes courses in Exploring Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, Honors Mobile Apps & Software Development, Cybersecurity 1-2, Cybersecurity 3-4, Cybersecurity 5-6, Internship in Computer Science, Web Application Development, 3D Graphics & Animation for CS, Video Game Development, Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering.

One of the greatest strengths of the SSD pathway is that students can pursue their own path through the courses.  In this way, students can choose to explore different areas, or specialize in any one area.

Courses

Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways

Enochs Computer Science Patways info

Impact of Computer Science

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, 3.8 million people in the U.S. work in computer occupations. Yet more than twice as many, 7.7 million Americans say they use computers in complex ways in their jobs. Out of those 7.7 million, 3.9 million have jobs in STEM fields, and 3.8 million have jobs in non-STEM fields. All perform tasks such as developing software, modifying computer games, programming using languages like Java, SQL, PHP, or Perl, or maintaining a computer network.  Source: "Education Commission of the States (ECS)"

Opportunities in computing will only continue to increase.

Pathway Highlights

  • The most comprehensive high school computer science program in the area

  • Multiple AP Computer Science course offerings

  • Preparation for industry recognized certifications

  • Cutting-edge industry-standard software and tools

  • Graduates are more prepared for the job market

  • Flexible schedule allows for additional AP courses

  • Transferrable MJC college credit through articulation

  • Meets many different UC A-G requirements

  • Digital submission of work

  • Fun group projects

  • Ongoing expansion and new course offerings

UC A-G Credit:

COURSE

A-G APPROVED

Artificial Intelligence

"c" elective

AP Computer Science A

"c" elective

AP Computer Science Principles

"d" elective

Cybersecurity 1-2

"d" elective

Cybersecurity 3-4

"d" elective

Cybersecurity 5-6

"d" elective

Software Engineering

"d" elective

Internship in Computer Science

"g" elective

Exploring Computer Science

"g" elective

Honors Mobile Apps & Software Development

"g" elective

3D Graphics & Animation for CS

"f" elective

Video Game Development

"f" elective

Web Application Development

"f" elective

Certifications:

The SSD pathway helps prepare students for the following industry recognized certifications: CompTIA ITF+, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Server+, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Precision Exploring Computer Science, Precision Computer Programming I, Precision Computer Programming IB (Java), Precision Business Web Page Design I, Precision 3D Graphics, Precision 3D Animation

Articulation

SSD pathway students have an opportunity to receive transferrable early college credit through Modesto Junior College at no cost for completing articulated pathway courses with a “B” or higher grade.

Course

MJC Course

Transferability

Exploring Computer Science

CSCI 270: Introduction to Programming

CSU/UC

AP Computer Science Principles

CSCI 270: Introduction to Programming

CSU/UC

AP Computer Science A

CSCI 271: Problem Solving and Programming

CSU/UC

Cybersecurity 1-2

CSCI 240: Networking Essentials

CSU

Cybersecurity 3-4

CSCI 241: Advanced Networking & Security

CSU

Web Application Development

CSCI 252: Script Programming For The Web

CSU/UC

Software Engineering

CSCI 290: Computer Science Final Project

CSU

3D Graphics & Animation for CS

CMPGR 225: 3D Graphics and Animation

CSU

Adv. 3D Graphics & Animation

CMPGR 226: 3D Graphics and Animation

CSU

Activities

SSD pathway students

SSD pathway students have an opportunity to be part of a number of clubs and competitions including Girls Who Code, Pathway Student Leadership, SkillsUSA, CyberPatriot, National Cyber League, NorCalCyber Mayors Cup, Robotics, and more!

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code (GWC) teaches participants about Computer Science (CS) in a fun and safe environment! Our club serves as a place (virtual included!) for girls to spend time together while learning about CS and building their confidence. We provide participants with a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models, and an opportunity to use their skills to positively impact their community. While our programs are designed for participants who identify as female to promote a girls-supportive environment, we welcome any member who wishes to join the Girls Who Code mission regardless of gender identity.

Student Leadership Team

A great pathway is a lot more than exceptional course offerings students can take each year. A great pathway helps students feel connected. The SSD Pathway Student Leadership Team are the ones that build this environment. The student leadership team works together to plan fun activities and events for all pathway students.

SkillsUSA

Skills USA bronze medal

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success. Our program has been recognized with bronze chapter distinction.

CyberPatriot

The mission of CyberPatriot is to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future through fun and engaging programs designed for K-12 students. Each team competes in a series of online competition rounds by fixing vulnerabilities, hardening systems, and performing other tasks. Rounds are held on weekends, and all divisions compete on the same weekends. Teams may compete in any six consecutive-hour period within the specified competition windows during the online competition rounds. Awards and national recognition are available for winning teams.

National Cyber League

The National Cyber League (NCL) is the most inclusive, performance-based, learning-centered collegiate cybersecurity competition today! The NCL, powered by Cyber Skyline, enables students to prepare and test themselves against practical cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce, such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pentesting and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and much more! The NCL is a community and virtual training ground that allow students to develop and demonstrate their technical cybersecurity skills, helping students bridge the gap from curriculum to career.

NorCalCyber Mayors Cup

The NorCalCyber Mayors Cup brings awareness to cybersecurity careers and provides students an opportunity to engage in team-based learning. The Sacramento County Office of Education and the North Regional Consortium invite students, educators, businesses, and government leaders from across Northern California to participate in the NorCalCyber Mayors Cup experience.

Robotics

The Robotics team (Robonox) meets regularly after school to plan, strategize, and problem solve how to build a robot that can best complete each year's challenge. It's a fun way to collaborate with others using imagination and skills to build a robot!

Fun Monthly Activities

SSD pathway students also have an opportunity to take part in fun monthly activities after school to help build strong friendships. SSD pathway activities include places like The Gaming Hub, Funworks, Boomers, Rockin’ Jump, Potlucks, Pool Parties, and more.

Field Trips

Juniors and Seniors in the pathway have an opportunity to attend yearly field trips to colleges and universities that offer program related majors.

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How to Apply

If you’re already enrolled at Enochs, let your counselor know you’d like to be part of the SSD pathway; and ballot for one or more of the SSD pathway classes. If you’re an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school in a different high school boundary in Modesto, you can request an intradistrict transfer from your home high school; or pursue open enrollment. If you’re an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school outside of Modesto City Schools, you can request an interdistrict transfer from your home high school’s district office. For more information on the IDT process; Open Enrollment; or for an IDT application, click here.

Local Industry Advisors

LaMar Software
Custom Software Development
https://lamarsoftware.io

Modesto City Schools
Information & Educational Technology Services (IETS) Department
https://www.mcs4kids.com/district/its

Sylvan Union School District
Information Technology Department
https://www.sylvan.k12.ca.us/departments/educational-services/technology/information-technology

Bay Valley Tech
Code Academy
https://www.bayvalleytech.com

Jobs Available Inc.
Employment Opportunities In The Public Sector
https://jobsavailable.net

Teachers

Amy Pezzoni

Amy Pezzoni
SSD Pathway Teacher
Email Amy Pezzoni at pezzoni.a@mcs4kids.com
(209) 574-1719

Brad Cornwell

Brad Cornwell
SSD Pathway Teacher
Email Brad Cornwell at cornwell.b@mcs4kids.com
(209) 574-1719

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson
SSD Pathway Teacher
Email Andrew Johnson at johnson.a@mcs4kids.com
(209) 574-1719

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson
SSD Pathway Teacher
Email Kevin Richardson at richardson.k@mcs4kids.com
(209) 574-1719