Post-Secondary Tech

Technology Certificates and Certifications
The technology instruction at Transition Plus is both broad and in-depth. Instruction is provided in very basic digital literacy skills all the way through classes where students can earn advanced industry acknowledged certifications. Advanced certification classes also lead to college credit. Click on the links to the right to learn more about each level of technology instruction at Transition Plus. For more info, see teacher's page.

Tech Activities
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Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate
Transition Plus is proud to be an administrative site and certificate grantor for the Northstar Digital Literacy Project. The Northstar Project provides a pathway for adults to gain basic digital literacy skills in key areas, and a certificate to provide evidence of these skills to employers.  It has eight modules and at Transition Plus, students enroll in a semester long class (Digital Literacy/Keyboarding) to learn skills aligned with standards developed by the Northstar Project. Students have the opportunity to take assessments as they move through the units. Each student who passes at least one Northstar Assessment receives a Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. The skill areas mastered are listed on the certificate.

The areas of basic computer use taught and assessed in Tech 1 are:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Worldwide Web
  • Windows Operating System
  • Apple Operating System
  • Email
  • Microsoft Word

These six skill areas are reviewed, and new lessons added, in Emerging Tech/IC3 class, including:

  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Excel

The Northstar assessments can be used for placement of students into the more advanced technology classes. Students who can pass 4 or more Northstar assessments are considered for placement into the Technology Certification program (Emerging Tech/ IC3 in the course catalog), or Computer Science intro.

Emerging Technologies & Certification Program
Computer Building Activity

91001 & 91006 Emerging Technologies and IC3
The Emerging Technologies lab class is a gateway to several technology certification programs, including IC3. Hands-on activities cover current topics like management of new devices and apps, social media, e-commerce, digital media, websites and how to capitalize on an interest in technology. Students produce work examples suitable for a professional portfolio.

Ready for the next step? Check out Computer Science or our concurrent enrollment class: MCTC-ITEC 1110 Info Tech Skills. - Syllabus

IC3 Certification
91006 Internet Computing Core Certification (IC3) - 1 semester HS class + 1 college credit possible by exam   
This class provides a broad foundation of knowledge and skills that are used in technology-related career fields. By completing hands-on projects and certification exams, students can prove their skills to colleges and employers. Students can also find out if they are interested in a high tech college major or career.

IC3 prepares students for three separate exams & credentials
Key Applications - Students create documents similar to those used in a variety of businesses. Word is used to create flyers, reports, etc.. Excel is used to create budgets and data reports. PowerPoint is used to create presentations and digital stories. Access database is used to manage business data.

Living Online - Students study the basics of networking, security, electronic communication, online research, health & safety, and environmental impact of a digital society.

Computing Fundamentals - Students learn about the history of computing, the information processing cycle, and hardware and software basics, including overviews of operating systems. Key topics include customization of Windows stations, troubleshooting in a networked environment, purchasing criteria, etc.

See Certiport IC3 - Syllabus

Computer Science
Computer Science classes from Project Lead The Way engage students in developing new technology solutions. The classes prepare students for a digital workplace.

Most students take Emerging Tech and IC3 classes before Computer Science, but they can ask for instructor permission to enroll directly in CS, if they have prior experience.

T+ offers two classes in the CS curriculum: Intro to Computer Science and Computer Science & Software Engineering.

MCTC ITEC Info Tech Classes
These courses provide an overview of skills you will need as a technology professional, for both communicating and troubleshooting. They cover skills in operating systems, networks, security, graphics, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations and Internet applications.

As required classes in the Information Technology program, the classes must be taken A-F.

1100 Info Tech Concepts and 1110 Info Tech Skills are offered at T+ on alternating years.

Computer Recycling Work Site
This Transition Plus work site collects computer equipment from MPS sites across the district. Students dismantle the equipment and sort the hundreds of parts. Many parts are sent to area recycling centers. In addition to computers, other types of non-functioning electrical appliances are also collected and dismantled. Students learn a variety of employment skills in this worksite, including: work endurance, production speed, accuracy, tool use, safety rules, materials sorting, identification of computer/electrical parts, and the ability to deconstruct electronic devices.

Scan Lab Work Training Site
The Scan lab is located within the Transition Plus building, but is run similarly to a Community Based Vocational Training (CBVT) site. Training in the lab exposes students to computer employment skills. The lab has 6 computer work stations where students use digital scanners to scan photos, slides, and other materials. Images scanned are then color corrected, cropped, and saved to files and burned to a CD/DVD/Flashdrive.  Students learn scanning software, basic image correction techniques, terminology used in the industry, procedures for creating files and saving images.
Other work tasks include laminating, creating documents with Microsoft Office or Publisher. Students also work on learning employment skills such as punctuality, work endurance, accuracy, production speed, teamwork, and positive work attitude.