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Youth and young adults (ages 12 to 24) will have the opportunity to take courses ad-hoc or as part of a pathway curriculum. Most programs will be self-paced online instruction due to COVID concerns, but there are several instructor-led courses that will be available as health orders restrictions become more relaxed. The more advanced programs will target post-secondary education and industry professionals. Cisco, Google, AWS and Apple will all offer certifications for certain pathways.
Cisco Networking Academy
Grow with Google
Curated Pathways (CPI) is an entity sponsored through HP Enterprises. CPI offers 250 instructions/activities and 150 badges with customizable pathways in the subject areas below. Each badging level usually contains 3 to 7 activities. A machine algorithm and AI are used to make recommendations to students based on their background, grade level, and interest. Thus, two students in the same group/class may have very different pathways to pursue. Each activity is also mapped to educational standards such as Common Core Math, NGSS, and Computer Science Teacher Association Standards.
Computer Science with several different coding languages and app development
Basic skills such as keyboarding and proficiency in Office Suite
Esri is currently developing a more tailored curriculum for DTD that targets middle and high school participants.
Apple is developing a curriculum for DTD’s consideration. It may be similar to programs launched in Chicago (https://www.eccchicago.org/) and Maryland https://www.montgomerycancode.com/.