Sherwood Park, A.B. — Bev Facey Community High and Cisco Networking Academy have recently teamed up to pilot a new course to teach the Internet of Everything (IoE) to students. The course is designed to help students learn the possibilities of the IoE and understand what career opportunities exist within the IoE.

Only 11 schools worldwide have been chosen to pilot the new course. Bev Facey—the only high school nationally and international participating in the project—was selected for the impressive growth of its Computer Works program and its past successes in the Skills Canada National Competition and the national Cisco NetRiders Competition. Using the IoE curriculum, students will advance their networking and operating skills and learn how to build prototypes of the Arduino and Raspberry Pis. At the end of the course, students will showcase what they’ve learned at a local hackathon on December 17-19 at Bev Facey.

“The pilot course is a win-win for us,” says Gerald Chung, a teacher with Bev Facey Community High. “The technology industry is transforming the way we do business, consume goods, and interact with one another. So, our students will gain the skills and knowledge needed to harness these opportunities provided by the IoE.”

By 2020, Cisco predicts there will be 50 billion connected devices creating incredible amounts of data and innovation possibilities that will revolutionize the employment landscape. And, by 2022, it estimates the IoE will unleash up to $19 trillion (U.S.) of economic value to private and public sector industries. Teaching the IoE curriculum is an important part of preparing students to succeed in the industry and helping to accelerate the IoE innovations globally.

“Our ultimate goal is to prepare students so they can apply the skills and knowledge they learned to real-world problems,” says Chung. “The Internet of Everything curriculum is one more way we are ensuring they have the skills needed to meet the mounting demands on the information and communications technology sector.”

Launched in 2009, Bev Facey’s Computer Works program offers students—in grades 10 through 12—the opportunity to develop practical ICT skills with a specialized focus on networking, operating systems, maintenance, repairs, routing fundamentals, and Internet processes. Currently, 80 students are enrolled in the Computer Works program, all of whom will earn industry certification upon course completion.


Bev Facey Community High serves approximately 1,100 students in grades 10 to 12 and is one of eight high schools in Elk Island Public Schools. More information about the school’s Computer Works program is available at www.bevfacey.ca.

 

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For more information please contact:

Gerald Chung, Teacher, Bev Facey Community High, 780-467-0044
Karen Baranec, Director, Communication Services 780-417-8204

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