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, Cybersecurity 5-6, Web Application Development, 3D Graphics & Animation, Video Game Design, 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.
Students may take multiple intro, concentrator, or capstone courses concurrently.
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 will only continue to increase.
- 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
- Cybersecurity 5-6"d" elective
- Web Application Development"f" elective
- 3D Graphics & Animation"f" elective
- Video Game Design"f" elective
- Artificial Intelligence"c" elective
- Software Engineering"d" elective
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
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 PrinciplesapprovedCSCI 270: Introduction to Programming
- AP Computer Science AapprovedCSCI 271: Problem Solving and Programming
- Cybersecurity 1-2approvedCSCI 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
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 (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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Juniors and Seniors in the pathway have an opportunity to attend yearly field trips to colleges and universities that offer program related majors.
For more information or questions about becoming part of the SSD pathway, please contact:
SSD Pathway Teacher
SSD Pathway Teacher
SSD Pathway Teacher