El Cerrito High School


The Information Technology Academy, formerly known as the TechFutures Program, has been a prominent part of El Cerrito High School since its founding in 2001. The program has grown exponentially over its 14-year history, going from a small after school program serving just 20 students, to becoming an in-school technical academy serving around 200 students.

The purpose of the Information Technology Academy is to educate “at-risk” youth in order to strengthen academic performance, increase probability of postsecondary success, and provide post-high school career opportunities. This is done by providing students with hands-on technical training in the areas of Networking (Information Systems Design and Management) and Web Design (Digital Art).

In addition to the technical training offered, the Academy also provides students with various work-based learning opportunities, such as guest business speakers, study trips to major tech companies, and employment/internship opportunities, which adequately prepares students for various careers in technology.

Advisory Board

Melody Shah – Advisory Lead Teacher

Jim Lindsay – Career Technical Education Teacher

Katherine Elliot – Manager, Intel

Claudine Feibusch – Project Manager, Wells Fargo

Kenneth Mintz – External Affairs Manager, AT&T

Gary Nordine – NetXperts

Paul Normington – Software Engineer, Pandora

Rick Weeson – CEO, Support Intelligence

EC School Site Team

David Luongo – Principal

Jay Eirvin – Assistant Principal

Dana Sudduth – Assistant Principal

Lisa Siembida – Office Manager

Dawn Monteith – Main Office Clerk

Monica Ng – Counselor A-L

Christina Rios – Counselor M-Z

Yecenia Campos – Counselor

Program Manager

Chris Merrida

Phone: (510)528-7086

Email: chris.merrida@techfutures.org


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