Experience the College of Computer Science
As a College of Computer Science scholar at the Ignite Institute, you will experience what it means to be a leader in the complex and groundbreaking area of information technology. These courses will empower scholars to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence in their technological capabilities. Scholars learn coding languages like Python® as a primary tool, while they explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. Scholars collaborate to create original solutions to problems of their choosing by designing and implementing user interfaces and Web based databases, as well as creating a game for their friends or an app to serve a real need in their community.

What Will I learn at the College of Computer Science?
Every month in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Region, there are over 10,000 unfilled high paying/high growth positions. Professionals in Computer Science and Information Technology for decades have been in high need and short supply. Nearly every industry has a variety of skilled workers that are needed in this area for programming to occur. New fields like cybersecurity and health informatics mean future employment will be even more significant in these areas than they are now. In Computer Science, college scholars can expect to have first-hand experience working with industry leaders in creating, monitoring, and improving technological systems.

Scholars in the Computer Science College will learn the basics of computer language and computer hardware, as well as, how those intersect in our current world. Working closing with professors and industry professionals scholars can better understand the demands and variety of work available to them, while simultaneously develop as potential entrepreneurs that will impact new industries. Programming for a variety of projects, school functions, competitions, scholars can expect to have the diverse background needed to start a successful career.

While at Ignite, scholars will take the core classes required by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Unique to the school, those core classes, and projects, where appropriate, will be integrated into the Computer Science College programs. For example, in Social Studies, an assignment may be to develop an online inventory of primary source documents from World War II that is accessible to the general public. In biology class, scholars may work to create a platform to radio tag species of fish in the Ohio River.
Like all scholars at Ignite, those enrolled in the College of Computer Science will have access to over 20 dual-credit college classes and be able to complete an Associate’s degree before they graduate high school. These classes include all the general education courses needed at Kentucky’s public colleges, which ensures a well-rounded liberal arts education.

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Jim Mardis, MAT

Jim Mardis, son of George, keeper of monitors, maker of butter beer, watcher of seniors, and wizard of the mystical CS arts.

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Kim Dirksing, MA

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Sarah Brown, Ed. S

Mrs. Brown is a Google Level 1 and 2 Certified educator and is certified to teach AP Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A. ...