NEWTON GROVE — A new computer science program at Hobbton High School could equip more students with technology skills for the future.
Students were recently introduced to a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum. This program was introduced to freshmen and sophomore students interested in computer science. Officials from the high school and Sampson County Schools (SCS) are in the process of applying for the Preparing Future Workforce in Coding and Mobile Application Development Grant Program. Its sponsored through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). According to NCDPI, the purpose is to design and implement computer science, coding, and mobile application development curricular program for middle and high school students. HHS would like to use funding to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for student use.
Ginger Stone, SCS CTE director, said it’s a wonderful opportunity for students.
“We have employers who are asking for computer programing skills from our students,” Stone said. “So it’s a wonderful opportunity for our students. It’s been a push from DPI to start incorporating more of those opportunities. This is just an addition of what we’re trying to do for that purpose.”
She added that Sampson Community College is also trying to develop more students who have knowledge in the computer programming area.
“We’re all working together to try to build those skills for students,” Stone said. “That’s what that grant is about.”
Regardless, Stone said the district hopes to move forward with plans for second semester to start the course. If implemented, the classes would consist of about three classes and an internship. Those classes are Introduction of Creative Coding Through Games and Apps, Computer Programming I, and Computer Programming II.
Shelly Fussell, HHS career development coordinator, introduced the program to the students by sharing the video “What Most Schools Don’t Teach.” More than 40 interested students who attended are planning to study computer science. They were able to use www.code.org to use activities and learn about programming.
Fussell and Stone are involved in the process along with Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy and SCS Grant Writer Dr. Gerri Williams. Principal Jennifer Daughtry is looking forward to the program too. Charles Robertson, will lead the class program called “Code.IT.Cats.”
“I am very excited to have this program on the campus of HHS,” Daughtry said. “It is a leading program that will take students to the next level of computer programming. Computer programming is a great field to study and how awesome is it to begin in high school.”
Daughtry added that it’s good to know community college offers computer programming so the students can continue their studies.
“Having been a technology teacher, I know the importance of learning programming. I am glad we have so many students who are interested in this curriculum…,” she said.