Teens Head to Web Design School After 4-year Program

A group of students in Wisconsin have graduated from a technology program at their high school, giving them a ‘leg up’ on the competition in the job market. Because students in technical high schools studying web design are more advanced than those who do not, they may be more likely to excel at their chosen profession after graduating from college. In a web design college, students with prior instruction are able to start classes that are more advanced than those entering the college with no previous training.

In addition to more years of training, these students often begin building a portfolio before entering college, allowing them to compete in competitions at the top levels earlier in their college career.

(WISC.EDU) Twenty area high school students will receive certificates of graduation on Saturday, June 2 for completing an intensive technology training and college preparatory program through UW-Madison called the Information Technology Academy (ITA).

All of this year’s graduating class members are planning to attend higher education institutions this fall.

ITA is a four-year pre-college program that provides hands-on training and access to technology for talented students of color and economically disadvantaged students attending Madison public schools. During their four-year ITA experience, the students meet bi-weekly during the academic year to learn Web design, animation, graphic design and other technology skills.

They also hone their technical skills through summer technology training camps and short-term internships, and strengthen their leadership skills by participating in community service projects. Their learning and development is further enhanced through mentors, who help guide and support the students throughout the four years.

The graduation event will be held on June 2 from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St. The program will include a keynote address by Cynthia Lin, Social, justice educator at the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center.

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