For the average teen, summer is precious time away from school to play, travel, or start a summer job.
It’s hard to imagine something that could entice a high school student enough to forgo trips and recreation to head back into the classroom for nine weeks between June and August.
For about 100 Granite School District students, the incentive for school in the summer was a free computer coding class that would otherwise carry a $10,000 price tag.
With generous financial assistance from the Success in Education Foundation, the district partnered with the tech trainers at Pluralsight to introduce interested students to the fundamentals of crafting mobile apps, web apps and websites. Two class sites – one at Granger High and one at Olympus High – allowed students from all across the district to apply and participate.
Both sites were staffed with a coding mentor from Pluralsight and a CTE instructor from Granite School District. The course was also dotted with field trips to tech companies in the area, which allowed the students to see how coding works in a real world setting.
“Businesses are having a difficult time filling certain tech jobs in the industry,” said assistant superintendent Linda Mariotti. “This course helps these students get their foot in the door to in-demand jobs.”
Participation in the course took a bit of sacrificing. Students were required to attend every 4-hour session from Monday through Thursday during the nine weeks. There was no getting out of class for family vacations or summer camps.
“They had to be committed,” Mariotti said. “They had some holidays here and there, but many of them chose to give up family trips and camps.”
This opportunity would have cost a pretty penny in any other situation. We are delighted that so many of our students had the chance to boost their abilities.
Administrators hope the course can be expanded to more students in the coming years.