Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When will the networking courses start?

  • All courses will start during the Fall of 2021

  1. How do I sign up for the courses?

  • Early 2021, students will have an opportunity to complete an "Interest in Network Pathway Courses". Please make sure to complete the interest form so we can reach out to your school and work with your counselors on registration.

  1. Will I take these courses at my school?

  • The following courses will not be taught at your school site but rather at our partner locations. Based on location, students will be attending courses at two of our sites:

Santa Cruz- Star Community School
515 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Watsonville- Cabrillo College

318 Union St, Room A280
Watsonville, CA 9507

  1. Do students need their own computer and internet access in order to take the course?

  • No - Due to the fact that the courses will be taking place at Cruizo and Digital Nest, computers and internet access will be provided onsite.

  1. Will I get high school credit even though it is not at my high school?

Yes - all courses taught at Cruzio and Digital Nest are led by either a high school or college instructor. With successful completion of the course, you will receive credit.

  1. What is the difference between an articulated course and a dual enrollment course?

  • Students that are interested in a more exploratory approach to the Network Pathway courses have the option to take the one year IT Essential course. This course will provide the same content as the CIS 71 IT Essentials semester course, but will be paced over the duration of a year.

  • Students selecting the dual enrollment program will take advantage of Cabrillo College instruction at either one of two locations within North County and South County Santa Cruz. These one semester courses are college paced and are fully aligned with Cabrillo College. When a student is in a dual enrollment program, they are enrolled in both their high school and the community college.

  • Additional information is available through Cabrillo College by going to:

  1. Does the opportunity for college credit apply to both the articulated course and dual enrollment courses?

  • Yes - As long as outlined requirements are met, a student will have an opportunity to earn both credit at the high school and community college.

  1. What other benefits will there be to participating in this program?

  • Along with building the skills to a potential career in networking and cybersecurity, students will have access to mentors, internships, industry guest speakers, free tech webinars and cyber camps, and coding events. Most of all, students will have fun!

  1. I still need more information, who do I contact?

You are welcome to email the K-12 Computer Science Initiative Coordinator at