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.
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