Technology

The Technology Department provides all students with the foundation of knowledge necessary to become technologically literate. This includes a focus on working in a team environment using problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of hands-on computer experiences including design and programming of software, configuration of computer hardware and networks, the software development process, and working with applications and subject area software.

Technology Department Courses

GRA 110: Graphic Design I

Through the process of developing a personal logo and identity, students in Graphic Design I are introduced to the industry-standard software program Adobe Illustrator® and to the ideas of visual language and creative problem solving in design. As students progress through the logo design process, they learn the software skills, visual language tools (use of line, shape, balance, etc), and creative problem solving necessary to succeed in graphic design.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: .05

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required.

GRA 210: Graphic Design II

Graphic Design II offers a more in-depth exploration of industry software and visual problem solving methods. Building on the foundation started in Graphic Design I, students revisit and develop familiarity with Adobe® Illustrator™ and add other Adobe Suite programs including Photoshop™ and InDesign.™ The goals of Graphic Design II are to move from basic understanding of visual language elements and software to a fundamental command, and to start to understand more complex design systems including typography, grids and designing for 3-dimensional executions.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Graphic Design I

Notes: Fee required.

GRA 310: Graphic Design III

Students in Graphic Design III are striving for software mastery and fluency in visual language problem solving. Students will work on several real world projects for clients, gaining a more thorough understanding of how designers work in the real world. Projects in Graphic Design III are designed to help students develop a more sophisticated understanding of design elements and principles, and graphic design in general.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Graphic Design II

Notes: Fee required.

SCI 370: Robotics and Engineering

Robotics and Engineering is a semester science elective where students explore the amazing world of robotics. This course predominantly focuses on the hands-on creation of robots that meet both remote and autonomous control requirements. Through the process of discovery, students will inherently learn product development life-cycle principles from an engineering perspective. Integrated software development will be encapsulated within a V-Model development framework. The product and software development processes will be learned via creation of robots that meet specified user criteria. Students will research formal development approaches and the current and future role of robotics in society.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: .05

Prerequisites: 85% or better in math and science courses

Notes: $50 Fee.

TEC 135: Web Design I

This course is designed to equip students with the basics of html, css. Additionally students will learn basic layout/design using photoshop. Web Design 1 is an introduction to the design and development of websites. Students learn how to critique website quality, learn how to efficiently build and maintain web pages, learn about the standards of front end development, and will understand basic design principles as they apply to websites. The course progresses from hard coding web sites to building websites using the WordPress platform. Ultimately, students will design and develop websites for Valor initiatives, and/or local organizations.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee Required.

TEC 240: Web Design II

Web Design II  will build on what you learned in previous web design courses, further exploring design and development of websites. The class will focus on investigating design principles as they apply to website design, as well as how to communicate and collaborate with clients in order to design websites that function as well as they look. You will learn how to critique website quality, learn how to efficiently build and maintain web pages and learn about the standards of front end development. You will be asked to serve the Valor community by designing and developing websites for initiatives, events  and/or organizations.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Web Design I

Notes: Fee required.

TEC 410: AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science is a one-year course that covers an introduction to fundamental topics in computer science using the Java programming language. This course emphasizes Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) methodology, procedural abstraction, algorithms, data structures, data abstractions, as well as using Objects and Classes for problem solving and algorithm development. The course is intended to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement Test in AP Computer Science A.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None