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Free Programming Workshop Draws Teachers

Free Programming Workshop Draws Teachers

August 1, 2003 - Teachers came from as far away as Fargo, North Dakota and as nearby as Coppell, Texas to participate in a free summer computer programming workshop sponsored by Microsoft and the Continuing Education Department at Collin County Community College. The 4-day workshop, which introduced high-school computer science teachers to important concepts ranging from fundamental algorithms to object-oriented design principles, was held at the college's Courtyard Center in Plano. The purpose was to help teachers apply these concepts to the construction of console and Windows-based applications created using Microsoft's Visual Basic .NET and the underlying .NET framework, and ultimately to take this knowledge back to their classrooms.

"We are thrilled to bring the Microsoft .NET Programming Workshop to Collin County Community College," said Kristin McGuire, academic marketing manager for Microsoft. "This is a great opportunity to reach out to high school computer science teachers, and CCCCD has been very generous in their support of this event."

CCCCD was the only mid-west stop on Microsoft's .NET Teacher Training Tour, which, by the time it finishes, will have touched down in Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington, DC The training was recently announced on Microsoft's website ( and over 70 teachers filled the class immediately.

"I teach A.P. computer science," said Jan McClintock from Coppell high school, "plus I have independent study students who will be interested in learning .NET next year. The training has been great, I like way they go through labs. The facility is great, and the people are friendly."