Clairemont High School Students Learn Critical IT Skills Through Managed Solution and Junior Achievement Job Shadow Initiative
The collaboration kicks off Computer Science Education Week which encourages students to pursue careers in STEM-related industries
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In honor of Computer Science Education Week (Dec.7-11), Junior Achievement of San Diego and Managed Solution are partnering to impact the lives of 60 students from Clairemont High School by teaching critical IT skills and encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM-related industries.
The job shadow event is Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Managed Solution, located at 9655 Granite Ridge Drive, Suite 550 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
While spending a day at the business site, students will be exposed to real-world learning and technology. In addition to presentations on the various job positions at Managed Solution, one of the fastest growing IT companies in Southern California, employees will share life experiences and career advice through six project-based activities during the workday.
“In the world of technology we are constantly learning, so exposing our students early to real-world educational experiences is key,” said Sean Ferrel, President and CEO at Managed Solution. “I believe industry themed curriculum that incorporates career and technical courses with real-world application really prepares younger generations for careers in the industry.”
The job shadow program helps students recognize the link between academic subjects and actual workplace skills. The students learn dressing and speaking professionally, being on time and working as a team, are just as important as a strong academic foundation. In fact, providing young people with real-world learning experiences can be key to improving U.S. high school graduation rates. The experience allows students to spend quality time with a professional in a workplace setting, and to make valuable contacts for future employment prospects.
“Junior Achievement is excited to team up with Managed Solution on this important initiative,” said Marla Black, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. “Both organizations remain focused on how to drive impact and equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to be college and career ready.”
The educational program will include the following six breakout stations:
Video Editing & Filming
The session will introduce why videos are important in every industry and how Managed Solution uses them for marketing, as well as, creating “how-to videos” to show clients how to use certain technologies. During the exercise, students will film a portion of the day, upload and edit the video with the goal of creating an overall recap of Clairemont IT Day. Students will use a Cannon EOS 6D DSLR camera to record other breakout sessions and/or briefly speak about their experience at the event. They will then upload the video to the computer and edit it in Adobe Premire Pro. The final edited video will be uploaded to Youtube to showcase their workday experience.
Students are challenged to create their own project management plan. They will be responsible for providing and setting-up a plan for a client to watch all the sports games from the office conference room. Students must provide insight into how long it’s going to take, and how much it will cost.
At the coding/web design station, students will look at the elements of current web design trends and how third parties like WordPress are making it feasible for those without coding experience to create a website. Students will also see why knowing CSS is critical to making their own website template.
The station will give an overview of partner marketing and why it is valuable for an IT company to leverage partnerships. Students will then create their own partner program.
App Development / Go to Market Strategy</h3<
The station will cover the steps of building a successful mobile app – from conception to the go-to market strategy. This course is designed to show students what steps they need to take to create great cross-device mobile web experiences. This activity will focus on the discovery phase of App Development where they will brainstorm, conceptualize, design/lay out, and then create a marketing plan for their app.
The station will cover a brief overview of cloud services and how cloud technology is changing the marketplace for technical roles. Students will get to utilize cloud services and watch a demo for cloud on demand.
About Managed Solution
Managed Solution is a full-service technology firm that empowers business by delivering, maintaining and forecasting the technologies they’ll need to stay competitive in their market place. Founded in 2002, the company quickly grew into a market leader and is recognized as one of the fastest growing IT Companies in Southern California.
About Junior Achievement of San Diego County
Since 1950, Junior Achievement of San Diego County has provided life-changing programs to more than 730,000 youth—in the classroom and after school—to foster an understanding of how the “real world” works. To ensure youth are prepared for their future, JA teaches them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage money. Home to the popular McGrath Family JA BizTown and Mission Fed JA Finance Park, JA of San Diego will reach 70,000+ youth from 36 school districts during the 2015-16-calendar school year. JA San Diego receives support from more than 5,200 volunteers annually, including 48 board members, and has a staff of 22 and a budget of $3 million. For the latest news and information, please visit: jasandiego.org
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