Director's MessageMark A. Fraser
As the director of Chatom Technology Zone (CTZ), I am extremely elated to be able to provide the students of Washington County (grades 4 through 12) with the opportunity to acquire a myriad of cutting edge computer skills as well as to hone any and all such computer skills they may currently possess. Though the opportunity for students to benefit from high quality Information Technology training generally is rare . . . even truer in rural communities . . . my goal is to include and personally train and mentor as many students as possible. Computer training of this sort usually is very expensive, however, CTZ will not require of students to pay a high cost for training. Our generous monthly fee of just $80.00 makes it possible for deserving students to participate. I would like to encourage all parents/guardians to make the necessary lifestyle modification so that your child/children could begin to benefit from this rare IT experience. Parents as well as students should consider the following:
- Question: How far can you go with computer training?
Answer: There's really no limit . . . you'll be a trailblazer.
- Question: How far can you go without computer training?
Answer: You'll be awkward . . . following and moving only when pushed.
- Question: When is the best time to pursue excellence in Information Technology?
Answer: The younger, the better . . . young minds absorb new technology quickly.
- Question: Why should I learn about computers when I won't be studying computer in college?
Answer: Computer savviness will translate to higher paying jobs and job efficiency regardless of career.
- Question: Does every smart student have the opportunity to become computer savvy?
Students in grades 4 through 7 will participate in an advanced after school program dubbed, Kids' Computer-Based Learning Zone (KCBLZ) which seriously focuses on Information Technology and Math. Since a couple decades ago, Information Technology has revolutionized our world, changing the way business is conducted and the way students learn and evolve. It is an indisputable fact that outstanding achievements in any field of study including Medicine and Law requires mastery of certain key aspects of Information Technology. Already in the world of business many older-generation trained professionals are losing their jobs to young professionals with tech skills. Every student who enrolls in our after school program will begin to acquire and harness such IT skills that will put them ahead of their peers now and in the future. What makes (KCBLZ) a program of distinction is the fact that it engages multiple aspects of Information Technology in both software and hardware components.
Our rationale for focusing on math mastery is based on two important reasons: First, many national and global tests continue to show that students in the United States in all grades continue to lag behind in Math. Second, many educators, college students, and parents believe that success in math makes succeeding in the sciences and technology even easier. For these reasons, we seriously focus on math to give our students the best shot at academic success. With the use of the well proven and tested web-based math tool we have carefully chosen I expect that every student will begin to master math minute by minute from the get go. This exposure is exactly what I would have wanted for myself at their age. Though this high quality training in Information Technology and Math is structured for A-B honor roll students, non A-B honor roll students can participate. At CTZ we take pride in the fact that the learning environment provided is technologically triggered and mathematically mesmerizing. To this end, all registered students will each be assigned a dedicated computer every time they show up for training and twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week access to their self-paced tutoring math portal.
Students in grades 8 and 9 will be able to benefit from an exclusive after school IT training program in MS Office Suite, visual communication, animation, coding, and web site design. This program, dubbed, 'Teen Tech' is far more advanced than KCBLZ and is structured to empower students by learning Information Technology at great depths.
Tenth, eleventh and twelveth graders will have the opportunity to acquire, develop and boost their computer skills in a number of critical areas. This broad-based accelerated technology training program is dubbed, 'IT Hand Down'. It is the most practical and in-depth training of all the classes, equipping seniors with the necessary technology know-how for tomorrow's technical challenges and work force prep. It is an alarming fact that many students do not receive any significant computer training before graduating from high school . . . not even in a single area. At CTZ we will fill this void, doing it so well that these seniors will appear to have been tinkering with technology since their elementary days. No serious twelveth grader in Washington County should graduate without experiencing IT Hand Down.
At the Zone we'll also be providing IT training for adults as well as other business services. I encourage you to explore our web site. You will want to remain on this home page for a bit as tons of important details are below. Be sure to click on all of the navigational buttons at the top of the page for specific information under that category. Parents, I encourage you to fully registeryour child as soon as possible to gaurantee his or her space. Our office is located at 34 Jefferson Avenue, Chatom, Alabama 36518 (next door to Car Quest). Please take note of the fact that non A-B honor roll students can participate.