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According to an article on Education Dive, tech clubs in public schools are helping students obtain essential business and leadership skills.

In particular, author Shawna De La Rosa spotlights teacher Jacqui Murray who arranged for some eighth grade students to volunteer their tech services at a senior center. There the students were able to help the technology-challenged residents learn how to take pictures using a smart phone, make videos and communicate with their families using Skype.GWC-Clubs-3334

Students in Career and Technical Education programs at Queens Technical High School in Long Island, NY formed an after school tech-oriented support group that addresses the institution's tech needs. The services the students have been able to provide their school range from working on smart boards and printers to implementing upgrades.

In both examples, students in these two tech clubs were able to get some hands-on work experience and learn how to be of service to others in their respective communities.

What Other Skills Can Students Learn in Tech Clubs?

Some additional skills students will learn in tech clubs includes skills in customer service, problem-solving, troubleshooting, leadership and effective communication.

Where Can I Get an Education in Computer Science?

Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, has two computer science programs, which are Website and Application Development and Cybersecurity and Network Systems. Both of these programs take only four semesters to complete.

What Can You Tell Me About Hocking College's Website and Application Development Program?

The Website and Application Development Program prepares students for entry-level website or application developer positions, and offers them real-world job experience courtesy of community partnerships.

This hands-on curriculum is designed to help students gain experience using Java, JavaScript and HTML code. In addition, some the essential transferable skills they will develop include:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Diversity appreciation skills
  • Research skills
  • Problem-solving skills

This program also provides students with the academic foundation they’ll need to successfully pursue a bachelor’s degree in web development. Some of the core outcomes graduates can expect from this program include:

  • How to analyze problems
  • How to identify client goals/tasks/challenges
  • How to implement the development cycle
  • How to construct, modify, implement, query and maintain effective databases
  • How to develop and use code

What Can You Tell Me About Hocking College's Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program?

The Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program provides students with the real-world work experience they’ll need to find employment securing data systems for commercial businesses, banks, schools and government agencies.person coding

This hands-on curriculum is designed to teach students how to react to cyber-attacks, and how to prevent hackers from stealing data and creating havoc within networks systems.

Hocking College’s smaller class sizes will provide students with the one-on-one time with their instructors they’ll need to become proficient in both operating systems and networking technologies.

Students will also have opportunities to obtain additional certifications courtesy of Hocking College’s partnership with Cisco Networking Academy.

Students who pursue this degree at Hocking College will be able to:

  • Analyze problems and develop logical solutions to resolve them
  • Design, implement, maintain and troubleshoot a small business network
  • Document network architecture, hardware and software
  • Install and configure PC-based security software
  • Configure and implement firewalls to protect network infrastructures

Where Can I Get More Information on These Two Programs?

For more information on Hocking College’s Website and Application Development, contact Website and Applications Development Program Manager, Tasha Penwell, at penwellt31810@hocking.edu or by phone at 740-753-7181.  

For more information on Hocking College’s Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program, contact Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program Manager, Mark Riley at rileym24177@hocking.edu or by phone at 740-753-7209.

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