Software and Systems Development (SSD) Pathway
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, Cybersecurity 1-2, Cybersecurity 3-4, Web Application Development, 3D Graphics & Animation, Video Game Design, and Artificial Intelligence.
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.
Impact of Computer Science
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 are only continuing to increase. For example, demand for software developers in manufacturing has had a 206% increase in software jobs over a four-year period of time. Source: code.org
- 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:
- COURSEA-G APPROVED
- Exploring Computer Science"g" elective
- AP Computer Science Principles"d" elective
- AP Computer Science A"c" elective
- Cybersecurity 1-2"d" elective
- Cybersecurity 3-4"d" elective
- Web Application Development"f" elective
- 3D Graphics & Animation"f" elective
- Video Game Design"f" elective
- Artificial Intelligence"c" elective
The SSD pathway helps prepare students for the following industry recognized certifications: CompTIA ITF+, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified Network Associate
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.
- COURSEARTICULATIONMJC COURSE
- Exploring Computer ScienceapprovedCSCI 270: Introduction to Programming
- AP Computer Science PrinciplespendingCSCI 201: General Computer Literacy
- AP Computer Science ApendingCSCI 271: Problem Solving and Programming
- Cybersecurity 1-2pendingCSCI 240: Networking Essentials
- Cybersecurity 3-4approvedCSCI 241: Advanced Networking & Security
- Web Application DevelopmentapprovedCSCI 252: Script Programming For The Web
- 3D Graphics & AnimationapprovedCMPGR 225: 3D Graphics and Animation
- Adv. 3D Graphics & AnimationapprovedCMPGR 226: 3D Graphics and Animation
- Video Game DesignpendingCMPGR 279: 3D Game Development
SSD pathway students have an opportunity to take part in fun monthly activities after school to help build strong friendships. SSD pathway activities include places like LaserQuest, Funworks, Boomers, The Gaming Hub, Rockin’ Jump, KeyQuest, Potlucks, and Pool Parties. SSD pathway juniors and seniors also have an opportunity to attend yearly field trips to colleges and universities that offer program related majors.
Students enrolled in the Enochs SSD Pathway Cybersecurity courses have an opportunity to be on one of five Enochs CyberPatriot teams, and take part in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. 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.
For more information or questions about becoming part of the SSD pathway, please contact:
SSD Pathway Teacher
SSD Pathway Teacher
SSD Pathway Teacher