Think about ripping computers apart, playing with them, and working
with them to your heart's content, and getting credit for it.
That is exactly what you do in a new IT courses at Garden Valley
of Canada's SchoolNet
The school introduced two brand new computer courses last
year -- Basics and Troubleshooting 30S and Operating Systems
30S. The Basics and Troubleshooting course deals with the physical
components of the computer, taking apart and putting back together
the computers. It teaches troubleshooting and then fixing many
computer problems. The course also reviews how the individual
components of the computer actually work. The Operating Systems
course deals with the different operating systems including DOS,
Windows 3.11, Windows 95, and Windows NT. The students are required
to know how to install these operating systems and to know their
These two courses are continuing this year, with two new additions,
the 40S (or Grade 12) versions of the 30S courses (Grade 11).
These new two courses will be more advanced and will focus more
on the networking area of computers. Students will be able to
set up little networks and learn to administer them.
These courses will allow students to leave high school and
enter the workforce right away. They will be able to challenge
such certifications as CompTIA's A+ and some of Microsoft's MCSEs.
The students should not have to take any expensive secondary
education or special classes to achieve this.
Because of the rapid change of computers, the courses will
continue to change. They will be kept current with the latest
technology. The hardware is updated every year and new software
will be upgraded as it is released.
At the moment, the school is not planning to add any more
courses. This is a brand new part of GVC's Information Communications
Technology certificate program and the teacher and students will
concentrate on the four present courses.