Hale High School students are getting an introduction to BMITE (Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Education) in two classes taught by Marilynne Tisdal.
“It’s trying, exploring, and expanding your interests,” she said.
In Fundamentals of Web Design, students learn about graphic design and coding so they are able to build a website at the end of the year. In Multimedia and Image Management Techniques, students take photos and then delve into Photoshop to learn about digital editing.
Students are required to take either a foreign language or computer technology classes to graduate. Senior Lexi decided these computer classes would be the most beneficial as she prepares to pursue a law degree.
“I decided to take technology courses instead of foreign language simply for the fact that I feel like it would provide more for my career. I know having a foreign language is really important, and I’m going to do that in college,” she said.
Marilynne is setting all her students up for success. In addition to the fundamental curriculum, students learn about proper communication, spelling, grammar, research, and following directions. She also ensures that they are reading complex texts on related topics to promote literacy.
“We’ve been working on professionalism – how to email and how to present that in a formal way,” said Lexi. “I didn’t know how to do scholarship letters or college letters or how to properly email until this year. It’s definitely helped me a lot. It’s definitely benefited me.”
Marilynne said all of the skills students learn in these classes are crucial.
“As we know, everything is getting more and more technical. I don’t think there’s any job that a person could do that wouldn’t require some kind of technology. That’s just the way it is,” she said.
Her students also get the opportunity to job shadow. They have gone to Microsoft, AT&T, and the Port of Catoosa. She wants to expose them to many different technology jobs so students get ideas about what they might want to pursue later on.
Visit the Career Technology page to read the BMITE class descriptions.