College and Career Seminar serves as the Foothill Technology High School freshdragon transition home base. We are more than a "College and Career Seminar" course.
College and Career Seminar blends a curriculum of college, career and consumer readiness with an applied education in a variety of computer technology concepts, tools and skills. Students use surveys, research and self-reflection to identify who they are, what they want and how to reach their goals.
This course addresses the need for students to determine their personal interests as a guide in setting high school, college, career and life goals. We use digital tools and computer technologies as the vehicle for research and project/product development so that all students are exposed to and develop skills in a variety of computer literacies that they can use in personal and professional circumstances. We address issues of character, communication and school culture in assisting students to transition successfully into their high school program.
Additional hands on units or available workshops may include an exploration of engineering and robotics through the completion of a series of littleBits and/or Arduino based projects. Design in 2D and 3D, button making, laser etching, laser cutting, 3D printing, soldering, circuitry, and vinyl cutting are some of the creative topics may be included in the course. Students learn the basics of financial literacy, personal budgeting, and college costs. A final product includes an extensive 10 year plan with identified educational, career and life goals. This is a streamlined, yearlong blend of College and Career Seminar, Computer Applications, Exploring Computer Science and Graphic Design. Activities focused on the 8 strands delineated below are interwoven throughout the year to emphasize the relationships between them and to provide relevance and motivation for all students.
Guiding freshdragons through their first year, creating connections, providing understanding of programs and campus, advocating, advising, researching, reflecting, encouraging, creating, producing, building, learning skills, exploring options, setting goals, determining path, finding resources, preparing for future
Connecting with campus, connecting with upper grade students, connecting with peers, time to play, time to ask questions, time to get answers, consistent support, project work, homework time, social-emotional support
Supporting academic goals, incentivizing achievement, setting high expectations, recognizing improvement, encouraging connection, rewarding and relaxing after a long, hard quarter's work