The Southwest CTA Web Design and Development program presents:

2016 IT Conference "Hour of Code with Mark L. Fine Elementary School"

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. The web development students at Southwest CTA will be taking over the ENTIRE campus at Fine E.S. and teaching ALL of the students from Kindergarten to 5th grade, how to code!! This is a conference BY students FOR students.

December 9th from 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Visit this year's conference website: click here
Update: Images from this year's conference: click here

Past conference websites:  2012 | 2013 | 2014 2015

Project Overview:

"Computer Science for All is the President’s (Barack Obama's) bold new initiative to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world. Our economy is rapidly shifting, and both educators and business leaders are increasingly recognizing that computer science (CS) is a “new basic” skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility." ~

The Web Development students at Southwest CTA take this charge seriously -- to train even the youngest of students to learn CS. Their goal is to create promo videos, one-hour computer science lessons and games for Kindergarten through 5th grade children. They also plan to create a marketing campaign behind it, including writing letters to the media and congress, using social media (Twitter), flyers, posters, and designing t-shirts to wear the day of the event.

By the time they are finished ALL 600+ students at Fine E.S. will have been exposed to computer science and all of the FUN that surrounds it from 120 high school students with a vision of #CSFORALL!

~ Ms. Cindi Chang

logosmThe Southwest CTA Web Design and Development program presents:

2015 IT Conference "Hip Hop Meets IT"

A cultural diversity experiment: a 2-day workshop activity that will combine the Hip Hop dance culture and technology, to excite a culturally diverse and under-represented population of middle school students to explore technology and possibly a future college or career path in STEM. This is a conference BY students FOR students.

December 15th & 16th from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Visit this year's conference website: click here

Past conference websites:  2012 | 2013 | 2014


Project Overview:

Culture is a strong part of people's lives. It influences their views, their values, their humor, their hopes, their loyalties, and their worries and fears. So when you are working with people and building relationships with them, it helps to have some perspective and understanding of their cultures.  If cultural groups join forces, they will be more effective in reaching common goals than if each group operates in isolation. Each of us can build the kinds of communities we dream of. In our families, organizations, institutions, and neighborhoods, we can insist that we won't remain isolated from those who are different from ourselves.   It’s simply a matter of raising awareness — sending a message to under-represented groups in IT - that you can be an important part of the information technology industry. There are a growing number of organizations that equip diverse youth with the knowledge and tools to start a digital career. Our hope is that through joining forces, our students can express their passion and knowledge for programming and the Culture Shock students from around the valley can express their passion and knowledge for hip-hop and dance. The result, we hope, will be uplifting, educational and inspiring to all cultures.

~ Ms. Cindi Chang

2104 IT Conference "Girls In Tech"

The Southwest CTA IT Programs present:

2014 IT Conference "Girls In Tech"

A hands-on workshop for middle school girls to get them excited about technology.....
a conference BY students FOR students.
April 9th from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm & April 10th from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Visit this year's conference website: click here

Past conference websites:  2012 | 2013

I hope you had a wonderful winter break and you are ready to learn more about web development!!

Just to let you knwinners2013ow.....7 of our school's students (5 of them from web) traveled to Kansas City this summer to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships. We traveled with about 200 contestants from our state and competed with about 10,000 contestants from around the nation.  Our two web students who just graduated (Jody Pham and Michael Huebner c/o 2013) competed against 45 other states and came in SECOND PLACE in the nation winning a SILVER MEDAL!! Interior Design student William Zheng (c/o 2013) won silver as well. Of the 6 medals that our state won overall nationally....THREE of the medals came to our school!!!




Imagine Tomorrow - where student organized and driven technology projects are the rule rather than the exception......

conference website - click here

You are cordially invited to observe and/or participate in the FIRST EVER Southwest Career and Technical Academy's - "Imagine Tomorrow: S.W.C.T.A. Information Technology Conference 2012".  This conference will be delivered by the freshman, sophomore and junior classes in the Hospitality, Video Game and Web Development programs on our campus.

The students have invited close to 200 local middle school students to attend. These students will participate in an opening session to acquaint them with our campus and listen to community service opportunities of their own. In addition, they will attend different workshops on Google Apps for Education, iWeb, Google Sites, Photoshop, video game design and MORE taught by our video game and web development students.

We hope you will be able to spend some time with us and see how this next generation has captured the spirit of community service.

For more information, please see the attached flyer and visit the conference website created by members of the web junior class of 2013: