Sep. 2, 2015

West Ada opens computer science magnet school

The first day of school in Idaho’s largest district also signified the first day for the computer science magnet school, designed for 10th- through 12th-graders who want to take increasingly advanced courses in computer science and web design and development.

“Our goal is to prepare students with skills that are in demand,” said Staci Low, administrator of West Ada’s Professional Technical Education program. “Our curriculum is aligned to industry so students learn specific transferable skills for the work force or college and career-ready skills.”

All of West Ada’s five high schools offer freshman computer programming and web design classes, and more than 600 students are enrolled over the next two semesters. Last year, only two schools offered such classes.

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates.

Feb. 3, 2016

Idaho Professor Among Top 25 Most Innovative Computer Science Professors

Computer science professionals have the distinct privilege of working in one of the fastest growing, most rapidly evolving industries in the world. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs within the fields of computer and information technology will increase by 488,500 from 2014 to 2024, from about 3.9 million to 4.4 million overall. And while computer science graduates must have a strong grasp of computers and their functions and potential applications in order to succeed professionally, graduate professional responsibilities will vary. 

The following 25 educators are extremely accomplished and well-regarded in their field, and offer students the chance to study under some of the best minds in the industry.

GREGORY DONOHOE University of Idaho

Gregory Donohoe is a professor of computer science at the University of Idaho. He has over 30 years of experience in research and development in the field of computer science, and has acted as a deputy research program manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory, as well as a senior scientist at Kestrel Corporation.

Apr. 15, 2016

White House Recognizes Boise State Computer Science Efforts

Boise State University has been recognized by the White House for its effort to improve K-12 computer science teaching. The university’s IDoCode program, in collaboration with the College of Innovation and Design, is developing a CS badge for teachers.