What We Believe
We believe that work-based learning benefits all students by connecting future careers with day-to-day instruction, real-world content to academic learning goals, and by serving as a facilitator of external relationships to the school (industry, higher education, and non-profits).
The goal of our work-based learning program is to develop our students’ ability to be successful in college and productive in their careers, and to have them identify themselves as the next generation technology workforce. Additionally, we seek to develop authentic and meaningful relationships with the external partners that serve our students, and to adapt to changes in the technology industry.
At UA Gateway School for Technology we have a four-year sequence of work-based learning that has the following elements:
College tours connecting career aspirations with higher education majors
Service learning opportunities
Enrichment and clubs tied to technology, and non-technology interests
Site visits, industry guests (via Career Days) and mentor relationships with companies and organizations facilitating (Big Brothers Big Sisters, GCSA)
Academic integration of partner relationships (TEALS, CodeNation, etc)
Portfolio development documenting best work
Internship program for Juniors and Seniors in their Technology Pathway
CTE PATHWAYS //
Our Software Engineering Pathway serves to prepare students for cutting edge and current careers in software engineering and programming. Students learn the latest in engineering including scratch, Python, Java, etc. They use robotics, math, advanced computer science, web design to enhance user experience, entrepreneurship, and mobile application development.
DIGITAL DESIGN AND ANIMATION
Our Digital Design and Animation Pathway offered at UA Gateway serves to prepare students with the essential skills necessary to create digital content, visual design, and multimedia animation using the latest techniques and tools. Students in these courses will have the opportunity to acquire Adobe Creative certification, and build a Maya portfolio with 3-D animation projects.
Our Information Technology and Systems Pathway offered at UA Gateway serves to prepare students with the essential skills necessary to solve even the most challenging technology-related issues. Students in these courses will have the opportunity to acquire A+ and Net+ Certifications. The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in Information Technology.