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In partnership with a number of respected regional institutions, we offer a wide range of courses suited to train, educate, and motivate our scholars to pursue sustainable and fulfilling careers in the tech industry. Through Level Up 412 coursework, our scholars not only develop practical skill sets that are quickly applicable to their preferred career field; they also develop a passion for learning – engaging with experienced instructors and fellow scholars who share their enthusiasm for the tech industry.

Explore courses in programming, web development, cyber security, information technology, mechatronics, and more!

Registration occurs on a rolling basis, unless otherwise noted. All courses are free of charge to eligible applicants.

Eligibility: LevelUp412 is an equitable-access initiative open to residents of the City of Pittsburgh and select outerlying municipalities (McKees Rocks, Stowe, Homestead, Braddock, North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg, Duquesne, and McKeesport).

Maker Mondays (Outschool)

Grab your recyclables, legos, playdough, tape, or whatever you have lying around and let’s get to work being creative. We will talk about an invention or an inventor to start the class and then we will get started using the engineering and design process to complete a new challenge. This class is unique because each child will be able to make their own creation that they use the design process to design, draft, and build.

Remote
Provider: Homewood Children’s Village
Student Age: 5-8 years old
Length: 45 minutes by request

Networking: CIT120

This course introduces students to computer networking fundamentals. Topics include: network design, network hardware, network operating systems software, data communications, configuration and installation, internetworking, and troubleshooting basic network problems. Using a Microsoft Windows Server-based LAN environment, students practice network administration concepts and activities.

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

Programming Concepts w/ Python

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Scholarhip Series, these workshops will consist of six 1.5 hour sessions over the course of three weeks. Instruction will rely on a cohort model, so learners will be expected to attend all six sessions. The ideal learner for this series will be proficient with using a computer for activities such as creating documents, browsing the internet, and using email, but may not have engaged with tasks like creating spreadsheets or using the command line. This course is not designed to teach learners to code in Python. Rather, it is an on-ramp to realizing the different types of tasks that can be done programmatically using a language like Python, and to begin learning about the logic underlying basic coding functions. The course will cover basics such as programming environments, the command line interface, awareness of various programming languages, and coding concepts such as arithmetic, variables, functions, conditionals, and loops demonstrated in Python.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 14 – 17 years old
Length: Three 1.5 hr classes 1x/week, followed by three 1.5 hands-on ‘lab-sessions’. This program will be capped at 10 participants.

Programming- CIT 111

This course is an introduction to software development using the Java programming language. Students create basic Java applications using algorithm development and problem-solving strategies. Topics include the software development process, Java language basics, data type representations and storage considerations, Graphical User Interface (GUI), program control structures, methods and parameter passing, one-dimensional arrays and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP).

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

The Lunchroom – Youth Entrepreneur Showcase

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Library System and School 2 Career’s Future Makers, this curriculum is designed to introduce high school students to the basic business skills needed to create a new social or technology-based venture. It will facilitate the development of the entrepreneurial mindset and help students to bring their ideas to fruition. Through weekly remote meetups, expert speakers and interactive virtual activities, students will learn the value of critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork as they work to develop a business plan for a venture that will address a need in their communities. Students will receive guidance from university and community practitioners and develop critical real-world skills in ideation, product creation, business financial literacy, developing a market research strategy and pitching an opportunity before investors.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 15 – 18 years old
Length: HS (must be PPS or City of PGH); 1/13-2/17 4-5:30; registration deadline 1/6

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