Breakthrough New Curriculum Allows High Schools to Teach Real-World Software Development

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Micro Endeavors, Inc.

    UPPER DARBY, Pa., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro Endeavors, Inc. announces
 the launch of I.T.SkillsPlus -- an innovative suite of curricula and related
 services that allows secondary and post-secondary schools to teach computer
 programming at a level never before possible.
     For years, high schools and colleges have struggled to produce graduates
 that meet the ever-increasing demand for skilled computer programmers.  The
 problem has been two-fold: a lack of curriculum that focuses on real-world
 software development, and a lack of teachers with necessary programming
 skills.  Micro Endeavors' I.T.SkillsPlus solves both of these problems.
     "As a software development and professional training company with over
 18 years of experience, we're in a unique position to produce such a program,"
 says Peter Demarest, Director of the program.  "We understand the needs of
 industry and the needs of education."
     I.T.SkillsPlus takes a fresh approach to teaching programming by modeling
 the real world in several ways.  First, the students are encouraged to
 experiment, explore, and discover to gain the necessary technical knowledge.
 Second, the course emphasizes the development of soft skills that companies
 are looking for such as analyzing business requirements, database design,
 teamwork, resourcefulness, project management and software development
 methodology.
     I.T.SkillsPlus teachers are trained to facilitate and coach rather than
 instruct.  This eliminates the requirement for teachers to be skilled
 programmers.  Too often when teachers become programmers they leave to go into
 industry.  I.T.SkillsPlus reduces that risk.
     In addition to soft skills, students gain knowledge and experience in
 specific, high-demand technologies such as Web and Client/Server Development,
 Visual Basic, ActiveX, ASP, SQL, COM+, ADO, VB Script, JavaScript, and HTML.
     In the end, a successful student of this two-year curriculum should be
 ready to take their first exam and become a Microsoft Certified Professional
 (in software development).  From there, they can continue on to college or go
 directly into the workforce.
     Bernie Carrozza, Superintendent at Upper Darby High School in
 Pennsylvania, began the program in September of 2000.  He states, "This new
 initiative is breaking new ground and taking Upper Darby School District to
 the next level.  We know of no other initiative that parallels this program."
     Other schools feel the same way.  I.T.SkillsPlus has an impressive list of
 schools that are planning to implement the program in the fall of 2001,
 including: Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Washington DC, and Baltimore County.
     Micro Endeavors, Inc., located in Upper Darby, PA, is a Microsoft
 Certified Partner and Technical Education Center (CTEC).  Founded in 1983, the
 company specializes in custom software development, technical training,
 courseware development, and staffing.  Microsoft recognized the company in
 1999 as one of the top three CTECs in the world.
     For more information, visit www.itskillsplus.com or contact:
 
     Peter Demarest
     I.T.SkillsPlus Director
     Micro Endeavors, Inc.
     8001 Lansdowne Avenue
     Upper Darby, PA 19082
     peterd@microendeavors.com
     610-449-4680 x240
 
 

SOURCE Micro Endeavors, Inc.
    UPPER DARBY, Pa., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro Endeavors, Inc. announces
 the launch of I.T.SkillsPlus -- an innovative suite of curricula and related
 services that allows secondary and post-secondary schools to teach computer
 programming at a level never before possible.
     For years, high schools and colleges have struggled to produce graduates
 that meet the ever-increasing demand for skilled computer programmers.  The
 problem has been two-fold: a lack of curriculum that focuses on real-world
 software development, and a lack of teachers with necessary programming
 skills.  Micro Endeavors' I.T.SkillsPlus solves both of these problems.
     "As a software development and professional training company with over
 18 years of experience, we're in a unique position to produce such a program,"
 says Peter Demarest, Director of the program.  "We understand the needs of
 industry and the needs of education."
     I.T.SkillsPlus takes a fresh approach to teaching programming by modeling
 the real world in several ways.  First, the students are encouraged to
 experiment, explore, and discover to gain the necessary technical knowledge.
 Second, the course emphasizes the development of soft skills that companies
 are looking for such as analyzing business requirements, database design,
 teamwork, resourcefulness, project management and software development
 methodology.
     I.T.SkillsPlus teachers are trained to facilitate and coach rather than
 instruct.  This eliminates the requirement for teachers to be skilled
 programmers.  Too often when teachers become programmers they leave to go into
 industry.  I.T.SkillsPlus reduces that risk.
     In addition to soft skills, students gain knowledge and experience in
 specific, high-demand technologies such as Web and Client/Server Development,
 Visual Basic, ActiveX, ASP, SQL, COM+, ADO, VB Script, JavaScript, and HTML.
     In the end, a successful student of this two-year curriculum should be
 ready to take their first exam and become a Microsoft Certified Professional
 (in software development).  From there, they can continue on to college or go
 directly into the workforce.
     Bernie Carrozza, Superintendent at Upper Darby High School in
 Pennsylvania, began the program in September of 2000.  He states, "This new
 initiative is breaking new ground and taking Upper Darby School District to
 the next level.  We know of no other initiative that parallels this program."
     Other schools feel the same way.  I.T.SkillsPlus has an impressive list of
 schools that are planning to implement the program in the fall of 2001,
 including: Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Washington DC, and Baltimore County.
     Micro Endeavors, Inc., located in Upper Darby, PA, is a Microsoft
 Certified Partner and Technical Education Center (CTEC).  Founded in 1983, the
 company specializes in custom software development, technical training,
 courseware development, and staffing.  Microsoft recognized the company in
 1999 as one of the top three CTECs in the world.
     For more information, visit www.itskillsplus.com or contact:
 
     Peter Demarest
     I.T.SkillsPlus Director
     Micro Endeavors, Inc.
     8001 Lansdowne Avenue
     Upper Darby, PA 19082
     peterd@microendeavors.com
     610-449-4680 x240
 
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