Program Success Elements
- Our self-paced courses make employees 21st century ready
- Trainees learn by doing, not by watching someone else do it
- Browser-based training — trainees learn anywhere, anytime
- Guidance and support are provided throughout trainees’ learning
- All trainees need is a computer and an Internet connection
Computational On-Ramp Training Is All About Developing Computational, Math, Data, and Spatial Skills
This training program is 160 hours in length and is all hands-on learning. The actual time taken to complete the training varies, depending on how many hours trainees’ schedule allows them to allocate to their training. Following is a short description of each course.
- Computational Literacy 1 (CL1) In this 40-hour course, trainees learn how computers think and how they operate. They write simple programs for a virtual robot to solve various tasks. In this way, they learn essential skills such as how to design algorithms and type code, identify repeating patterns, and use loops to repeat commands and sequences of commands.
- Computational Literacy 2 (CL2) In this 40-hour course, trainees learn more about computer programming. They learn about Boolean logic, conditional statements, conditional loops, how to define custom commands and functions, and how to break complex problems into simpler ones.
- Workplace Math 1 (WM1) In this 40-hour course that is recommended for trainees who need a refresher on basic workplace math, trainees review how to work with whole and decimal numbers, fractions, percentages, unit conversions, and solve simple workplace-related math problems. After completing this course, they are ready to take the ACT WorkKeys Applied Math exam, which is highly valued by employers.
- Data Literacy 1 (DL1) In this 40-hour course, trainees learn basic facts about data sources, data types, data relationships, data structures, basic operations with data such as sorting, filtering and grouping, and other fundamental techniques of Data Analytics.
- Data Literacy 2 (DL2) In this 40-hour course, trainees learn how to work with larger and more realistic data sets, query and manipulate data, clean, aggregate, and analyze data, and combine data from multiple sources.
- Visual Intro to Python 1 (VIP1) In this 40-hour virtual robotics course, trainees who are interested in computer programming and/or robotics get acquainted with the basics of Python by programming a virtual robotic turtle to draw geometric patterns.
- Visual Intro to Python 2 (VIP2) In this 40-hour virtual robotics course, trainees who are interested in computer programming and/or robotics program a virtual robotic turtle to follow lines on the ground and navigate complex mazes with the help of color and distance sensors.
- Spatial Literacy 1 (SL1) In this 40-hour course, trainees who have an interest in 3D modeling and CAD design develop strong visual-spatial reasoning skills while actively building 2D and 3D models.
- Spatial Literacy 2 (SL2) In this 40-hour course, trainees who have an interest in 3D modeling and CAD design learn advanced aspects of 3D modeling and create a capstone 3D model of your own choice, under the supervision of a CAD expert.
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Developing soft skills is an important part of the Computational On-Ramp training program. The soft skills training takes place during coaching sessions, as well as during communications with instructional support personnel.
Soft skills that are honed include the ability to focus, to pay attention to detail, to read instructions carefully and follow them, to ask questions the right way, to communicate in a professional manner, to solve problems, to use logic to make correct decisions, to plan ahead, to persevere, to learn from failure, and to adapt to changing conditions, among others.