Dana Gibson, Business, Marketing & Adobe Academy Educator

  • Greetings students, parents and staff!

    I am a teacher in the Business & Marketing Department here at NIHS, but I also teach Computer Science and Adobe Design courses. This is my 3rd year as a Career and Technical Education Teacher.

    I am excited about starting a Skills USA chapter here at NIHS this year. If you have taken any Career and Technical course, you are elligible to join the Skills USA Club. Please see me if you are interested or for any questions you may have.

    If any student is interested in joining the DECA club here at NIHS, please see me. Currently, there is not a chapter, but if there is enough interest, we can start one.  We would need at least 8 students to make a chapter.  If you have taken either Personal Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, or Principles of Business and Finance, you are elligible to join the DECA club.

    If you are enrolled in one of my classes, you will find all of your work/assignments in Canvas. Canvas is an ISS approved online Learning Management System. You can access Canvas through your PowerSchool account. Parents, please email me if you are interested in monitoring your child's activities and assingments in Canvas.

    The Adobe Design courses are for those students who are creative and seek to earn industry leading certifications in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Premeire Pro. A few examples of the creative careers that use these industry leading applications are graphic designers, web designers/developers, videographers, and photographers. Adobe Visual Design is the first course you should take as a sophomore, followed by either Adobe Digital Design or Adobe Video Design.

    If you are interested in Computer Science, come see me. NIHS is offering Introduction to Computer Science in Python Programming, and AP Computer Science Principles. For the 2018-19 school year, Python Programming will be offered in the fall, and AP Computer Science Principles will be offered in the spring. There are so many job opportunities for computer science careers!

    The Marketing and Entrepreneurship courses are for students who may be interested in a creative, business-oriented career. Please check out the previous link for more information.

     

    Dana Gibson

    Business & Marketing Educator

    djgibson@iss.k12.nc.us

    704-876-4191, Ext. 1376

    Room: B-113

     


    New CTE (Career and Technical Education) Courses offered, 2017-18 School Year:

     

    AP Computer Science Principles

    0A027X0AP

    Grade Level: 10 - 12 (see recommended prerequisites below)

    Credit: 1(extra GPA Pts)

    This course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course is unique in its focus on fostering student creativity. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them. They will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills, working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and discussing and writing about the importance of these problems and the impacts to their community, society, and the world.

    RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES It is recommended that a student in the AP Computer Science Principles course should have successfully completed a first year high school algebra course with a strong foundation on basic linear functions and composition of functions, and problem solving strategies that require multiple approaches and collaborative efforts. In addition, students should be able to use a Cartesian (x, y) coordinate system to represents points in a plane. It is important that students and their advisers understand that any significant computer science course builds upon a foundation of mathematical and computational reasoning that will be applied throughout the study of the course

    Intro. to Computer Science, Python Programming I (BP14)

    Credit: 1

    Grade Level: 9-10

    This course is an introduction to programming for the early secondary grades. The course is designed to attract and reach a broad and diverse range of students, including those who may have never before considered programming. Students learn how to code by working in a real software development environment to design, program and publish mobile apps and games. Learning to code by creating real products, students discover how to make amazing things and have an impact on their world.

    Adobe Visual Design: II312XOA

    Credit: 1

    Grade Level:     10-12
    Prerequisite: None
    This course is a project-based course that develops ICT, career, and communication skills in print and graphic design using Adobe tools. This course is aligned to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In-design, and Adobe Illustrator certifications. English language arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are possible for this course. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

    Adobe Digital Design: II322XOA

    Credit: 1

    Grade Level:     10-12
    Prerequisite: Adobe Visual Design
    This course is a project-based course that develops ICT, career, and communication skills in Web design and animation using Adobe tools. This course is aligned to Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash certification. English language arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are possible for this course. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.


    Adobe Video Design: II332XOA

    Credit: 1

    Grade Level:     11-12
    Prerequisite: Adobe Visual Design
    This course is a project-based video course that develops career and communication skills in video production using Adobe tools. This course is aligned to Adobe Premiere certification. English language arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are possible for this course. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.


    Current CTE Courses Offered in Business & Marketing Education:

    Career Management

    Entrepreneurship 1

    Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

    Microsoft Excel

    Miltimedia and Web Design

    Business Law

    Marketing

    Sports & Entertainment Marketing 1

    Sports & Entertainment Marketing 2

    Personal Finance

    Accounting I Honors

    Accounting II Honors

    Project Management I

    Business/Marketing Advanced Studies