Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the
Governor's Career and Technical Academy Arlington (GCTAA)

Welcome to Computer Science and Web Design & Development at the Arlington Career Center!


Working from Home During COVID-19 School Closure

Dear students,

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, and continuing until schools reopen, I will be available for communication through the following channels and times:

  1. Email: Please use my jde232@email.vccs.edu email address, which I will check frequently between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, Monday to Friday. I will try to respond within an hour during those times, and within 24 hours all other times.
  2. Text Chat: Internet Relay Chat (IRC) has been in use since the 1980s, and is a simple but effective means for multi-person, real-time communication. I will be available Monday to Friday between 10 am and 2 pm on the #novawebdev_learn channel on https://webchat.freenode.net/. Please use your first initial and last name (the old Unix standard we have been using all year) as your Nick and enter #novawebdev_learn as the Channel. Check the I'm not a robot box, and click the Start button, and you'll be taken to the channel.
  3. Phone: If you need to talk to me in person, you can call my home phone number: 703-998-3934, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, Monday to Friday. I won't pick up unless I see a name I recognize, so if you have caller ID blocked I probably won't answer. If you leave a message with a return number I will call you back.
  4. Email lists: I am setting up separate Google groups for each class, using your VCCS email addresses. If you have a question relevant to others in class besides yourself, please use the group to faciliate communication.

4th Quarter Projects

The very subject matter of our courses here puts us in a better position than many to work on-line from home. My general plan is to use this time to complete projects of personal interest to each of you, and to have you share your progress on a regular basis with others through the web.

I will send out emails to each group with specifics appropriate to each class, but that general approach will be used with all classes.


The theme this year will be Making Connections.

Click on Web and CS Pathways for the course sequences offered, and look at the brochures for Web Design and Development and Computer Science.

You are invited to browse this site to see examples of student work and projects, and the class materials and assignments we use here in ICT at ACC. So enjoy your visit and come back often. There are exciting things going on at the Career Center!

- Jeffrey Elkner

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