The mission of the IT Academy is to motivate and prepare Kennedy students to a post secondary education and careers in networking and web design. The academy introduces students to career-related academic concepts and hands on experiences, and supports them in reaching their educational and career goals.
The academy also invites two-way communication between students and professionals in information technology careers, both in school and in professional environments, allowing students to learn about career paths firsthand and community members to have input into educating the future work force.
The Academy supplements the academic curriculum with a speaker series program, field trips to technology industries and colleges, and a summer internship program.
Our students have job shadowed at Microsoft, EA Games, Mentor Graphics, Pandora and they have visited Contra Costa College & the Academy of Arts University.
The students join the IT family in their 10th grade by taking Digital Art for the Web, then in the 11th grade they take ISDM 1; in their 12th grade they will take Digital Art for the Web 2 and CSM 2 if they have room in their schedule.
The IT team works hard to keep the students focused on their education, by holding tutoring classes or having teachers on campus every Saturday so the students can get one on one help with their class work.
Our goal is to give every academy student a chance to be their own person, to achieve as much as they can during their time in high school and prepare them for their future.
David McDonald – Advisory Lead Teacher
Jon Bashor – Computing Sciences Communications Manager, LBNL
Lokesh Bali – Program Manager, Getskills NZ Security Force
Nestor Paraiso – Maintenance Analyst, Chevron
Randy Watkins – Business Office Technology/Computer Information Systems, Contra Costa College
Beena Agarwal – CEO, Kudos Reading
Laura Feeny – Education Program Coordinator, Adobe
Rebecca Ross – Contractor, WCCUSD
Kennedy School Site Team
Phillip Johnson – Principal
Charlotte Benson – Vice Principal
Gregory Brooks – Vice Principal
Michelle Hart – Counselor
Janet Munoz – Counselor
Alejandra Oseguera – Counselor