DHS to offer cybersecurity course and more

Johnathon Schleinz, a DHS student, works during a course called AP Computer Science Principles.

Students at Derby High School will have two new choices in the district’s pathway program next year: a cybersecurity course and a hand and power tool class.

The cybersecurity course will be part of the programming and software pathway, while the tools class will belong to the aviation production path.

The classes were proposed by Holly Putnam-Jackson, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, at the Dec. 10 Board of Education meeting. The board approved them at its Jan. 18 meeting.

At the earlier meeting, Putnam-Jackson said that Derby Public Schools has a robust pathways program.

The district currently offers 18 different pathways as part of its Career and Technical Education program, which seeks to prepare students for college and careers.

Those pathways have focuses on a variety of career fields, including audio-visual communications, business finance, engineering and applied mathematics, and health science.

Sixteen of the pathways are offered at the high school, while two are held at the middle-school level.

Putnam-Jackson said Mulvane Public Schools offers nine pathways; Andover 10; Valley Center 14; and Haysville 15.

The new courses are planned to be offered in August 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

According to Putnam-Jackson’s proposal, the district anticipates 20 students to enroll in each of the new courses.

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