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At 10:26am on February 7, 2011, Brandon Miura said…
What's up? I'm back in school. I should have been a better ics student when I was taking classes with you. Haha. 
At 9:44am on December 2, 2010, Doug Forsell said…
What can I say, I have been a little busy!
At 9:24am on December 2, 2010, Doug Forsell said…
Hi Aaron, thanks for the note! Aloha, Doug
At 6:41pm on March 11, 2010, Viil said…
There is a similar project for school of communications. Community building takes time and patience at best :)
At 5:57pm on March 11, 2010, Viil said…
Hi Aaron,

the http://uhicsalumni.org/ website linked in your profile seems to be broken. I didn't even know there was a UH CIS alumni site :)
At 12:04pm on May 25, 2009, Vern Takebayashi said…
Aaron,

Yes, I will be sure to let you know as soon as I hear something. Just keeping my finger crossed.

Thanks for your interest,

Vern
At 7:34pm on May 24, 2009, Vern Takebayashi said…
Aaron,

Sorry, I missed your comment asking about the IT Academy. I was very busy heading a committee to revise our campus' Strategic Plan document, and I just wasn't checking into TechHui enough.

Anyway, we just submitted a NSF grant proposal on May 12. If we get this grant we should be able to start the IT Academy program. Initially, the program would involve two public schools. Instructors from my campus, Honolulu Community College (HCC) would teach some of the lessons in the high schools and also train the high school teachers. The idea is to offer two year-long courses at the high school level. The first course would be an introduction to using basic computer applications (word processor, spreadsheet, database, simple web pages) with an emphasis on math and science applications. This would help schools to fulfill STEM requirements. The second course would be an introduction to programming, that would once again have math and science applications.

At HCC I teach a CS0 introductory programming course using the Python language. Although this course starts off with the basics, it winds up with the students writing a program that does XML parsing to write to either a HTML file or another XML file. If we expand this to a year course (instead of a semester) at the high school level, I would probably have the students write to both a HTML with CSS (as an example of producing formatted text files), and an XML file (for the semester that just ended the students wrote to a Flex .MXML file).

What I would like to do with this Academy model is have the students gain experience with the basic computer applications and with programming so that we can cover more programming (even for students who pursue just a 2 year associates degree). In particular, once the students reach our campus, they would take ICS 111 (Java), a databases course, and then a web programming course (using PHP and probably also Rails).

Anyway, I apologize once again for not being active and not responding sooner. If it looks like we are going to get the NSF grant (I hear it takes 5-6 months to hear anything), I will be asking TechHui members like you what kinds of things to include in an IT Academy program. I would also be asking people to serve on an Advisory committee for that program, but at this point it is premature to be doing either.

I would be happy to discuss things further if you have any questions/comments.

Vern
At 4:56pm on April 24, 2009, Ashish Babbar said…
Thanks Aaron. How are you?
At 4:43pm on February 6, 2009, Kelvin Kakugawa said…
Ha ha, that's true. :-)
At 11:20am on January 14, 2009, Emil Reyes said…
Hi Aaron,
Thanks for the welcome. The companies are just related through me. Hope to meet you at the next get together.
At 9:12pm on January 11, 2009, Fred Baclig said…
Hey Aaron, read your blog let me know if you do more non-profit projects again. I would like to volunteer some time into that sort of thing!
At 12:26pm on January 11, 2009, Russel Cheng ラッセル チェン said…
yeah, but real life is way better too. happy we can connect here as well.
At 7:29pm on January 10, 2009, Joseph Beemer said…
Thanks, I had a good time. Best of luck to your work.
At 7:18pm on January 6, 2009, Tom Benson said…
Hey Aaron, thanks for the welcome. I like this board, very friendly :)
At 1:48pm on January 6, 2009, Steven Sakata said…
Aaron enjoyed meeting you too. Any chance I can do a presentation at your firm? I can bring in lunch. the pres will be about Innovation and Collaboration
At 11:44pm on January 4, 2009, GB Hajim said…
Too true.
At 12:05pm on December 30, 2008, Alan Kajiyama said…
Hey Aaron, yep I graduated back in 2001.
At 5:51am on December 30, 2008, Daniel Leuck said…
Hey Aaron. It was great seeing you at the Science & Tech Job Fair. Good luck filling your positions! You might want to throw them up on the Tech Jobs forum.
At 10:59pm on December 27, 2008, Ron Dennis said…
Hey Aaron come stay at Oahu Lani anytime. All you need is a mc or visa ha ha. Ron
At 5:48pm on December 19, 2008, Bill said…
never mind that comment about the invite, I see you responded... mahalo.

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