The A+ Moment that transformed Toby’s life happened in the middle of a computer programming class. He watched videos from the Konami website and listened avidly to the employees who were immersed in intense brainstorming sessions.
“They were coming up with new creative ideas for gaming. I just said, ‘Wow, I really want to be a part of that team.'”
He quickly discovered that he was very capable of learning computer programming and that he had a strong streak of creativity.
Today, he’s a high school student immersed in college courses on a college campus during the day and soaking up online courses from the Code Academy at night to strengthen his knowledge of computer coding.
“My family told me that whatever my heart told me to do, they’d be in full support of it.”
Toby says he’s headed to MIT and then overseas to create music-based gaming software. He’s an example of a student who would benefit from a Business and Industry Endorsement.
Business & Industry
A student may earn a business and industry endorsement by completing foundation and general endorsement requirements (including Algebra II and a fourth advanced science course) and:
(A) a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster including at least one advanced CTE course which includes any course that is the third or higher course in a sequence. The courses may be selected from courses in all CTE career clusters or CTE innovative courses approved by the commissioner of education. The final course in the sequence must be selected from one of the following CTE career clusters:
- Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
- Architecture & Construction
- Information Technology
- Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications
- Business Management & Administration
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
(B) four English elective credits by selecting three levels in one of the following areas:
- Advanced Journalism: Yearbook