Wednesday July 26th, 2017

Dear Parents and CIS Students:

As the 2016-17 school year nears an end, preparations for the next school year are just beginning. Exciting developments in the field of computer science continue to enhance the curriculum for students enrolled in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) course at the Technical College High School. In this respect, students in this course have a unique opportunity to learn the underlying foundation and principles of computer science via the following subject areas:

CIS is formally defined as a track within the Computer Science field pursuing the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society. Overall, a CIS curriculum emphasizes functionality over design. This course is constructed as a three-year program (typically) encompassing approximately 1,080 hours of study.

Young computer scientists often wonder if it possible to make a career from a hobby such as using a computer, studying software simulations, or just playing (fun) video games? Rest assured, it is possible and with a formal education in computer science it's a reality for many students around the world. For example, recent graduate students of the CIS program are now preparing for the Fall semester at colleges such as Kutztown University, Millersville University, Penn State University, and West Chester University; whereas at the same time four-year college graduate students are considering a Master of Science degree in Computer Science or entering into a career of endless possibilities.

Yes, the possibilities are endless. These are certainly very important first steps toward a formal education in the computer science field. I am looking forward to making the next steps together here at the Technical College High School.

Until then,

Mr. Phillip Paul Fuchs, M.S.
Computer Science Teacher