Global Information Technology Academy (GITA)

WHAT IS GITA?

With the assistance of industry experts and university partners, BOHS started the Global Information Technology Academy (GITA) in the fall of 2005. GITA provides participants opportunities to gain college-level instruction in information technology (computer science). Due to the impact of globalization and technology, we teach for the 21st century—equipping students with transferable skills for the global workplace. American software developers must be able to collaborate, communicate, and present in multi-cultural markets. Software developers must also be able to translate customer requirements and specifications into functional applications. GITA is our answer to these challenges.

GITA fosters an environment that both empowers and challenges students to collaboratively apply their critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills.

Year 1: students learn how to program using C#
Year 2: Web page design using HTML and JavaScript programming, with emphasis on Informatics--the design theory of how people and computers interact
Year 3: Webpage multimedia design with an emphasis on the social implications of human computing
Year 4: Prepare for the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam by learning Java Programming.

Industry experts visit our campus to speak to the students on IT related topics in an effort to help students make the connection between what they are learning and real world applications. Academy students regularly participate in panel discussions at conferences and compete in web-design competitions.

GITA has been recognized through the Orange County Business Council and Project Tomorrow as an “Innovations in Education” program. Academy students regularly participate in panel discussions and conferences.
 
For more information regarding GITA at Brea Olinda High School, visit us online at globalitacademy.us or contact Mr. Jerry Halpin, Principal at jhalpin@bousd.us or 714-990-7850 x1206.

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