FIDGETECH EDUCATION PROGRAM

FIDGETECH ED works with local colleges, universities and training institutes in the Willamette Valley, to support young adults on the autism spectrum who want to pursue a technical educational objective with on-campus mentors and other services.

FIDGETECH Multimedia and Video Production at PCC

The PC Multimedia Program is designed to provide students with the entry-level skills they’ll need by emphasizing concepts and applications used within the design, production, and delivery of interactive multimedia content.

The program will help prepare students for entry-level employment as media artist or animator, art director, graphic designer in electronic media, digital video editor, desktop publisher and Web designer, or working in mass media production, including audio or video production. The Multimedia Program offers certificates and associates degrees (ASS) in Multimedia and Video Production.

Multimedia Career Pathway

The FIDGETECH/PCC Multimedia program started with a pilot in spring 2018 with the PCC Multimedia Career Pathway, a 20-credit introductory multimedia certificate. The FIDGETECH/PCC Multimedia Career Pathway program takes two PCC terms. Classes are two days per week on the PCC Cascade campus located at 705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217.  FIDGETECH is currently accepting applications for the summer 2018 term.

Term One
MM 110 Introduction to Multimedia
MM 120 Multimedia Design
MM 130 Multimedia Graphic Video and Audio Production
MM 140 Multimedia Authoring 1
MM 150 Multimedia Project Review, Testing and Delivery

Term Two
MM 160 Marketing Yourself as a Multimedia Professional
MM 230 Graphics for Multimedia
MM 235 Digital Video Editing and Production

Fidgetech/PCC Multimedia Program Support

  • Enrollment/Advising: FIDGETECH ED works with college advisors, parents, and program members to assist in the college enrollment process. Services include help with choosing the appropriate courses and instructors.
  • Learning Coach Support: FIDGETECH ED members are supported by a FIDGETECH Learning Coach who supports members daily with a 1 to 6 coach to member ratio. The FIDGETECH Learning Coach has an extensive background in many facets of multimedia including 3D modeling, programming, design, and teaching.
  • Success Tracking: program members meet with FIDGETECH ED staff to help with educational goal setting. Success tracking enables members to develop big picture thinking with regard to their community college career and beyond.
  • Life and Social Skills Training: FIDGETECH ED collaborates with Synergy Autism Center in Portland to mentor members with a variety of life and social skills as applied to navigating the college life (such as communication, working in groups, asking questions, interacting with instructors, and building self-esteem).

FIDGETECH and Epicodus Trade Certification in Web and Mobile Application Development

FIDGETECH Education now offers a Web and Mobile Application Development trade certification program in partnership with Epicodus. Epicodus is an in-person code school offering courses in C#, PHP, Javascript, .NET, Ruby, Rails, React, and more. Courses are organized into tracks of related technologies, with trade certification granted for successful completion of each track.

FIDGETECH Epicodus members complete standard Epicodus courses in a 1-to-4 instructor-to-member classroom environment. Classroom instruction is provided by a team of FIDGETECH and Epicodus instructors. Members also receive specialized internship training. Graduates receive Epicodus trade certification, as well real-life work experience through internships.

Training

Training is unlike the traditional classroom experience.  Training is 100% hands-on and self-paced, building projects and writing code in every session using “pair programming” techniques.  Pair programming involves two people sharing one computer, taking turns at the keyboard and mouse. By working together, members catch each other’s mistakes, teach each other new skills, and come up with ideas together that neither would think of alone. Pair programming is increasingly used by leading tech companies.

Instructors

FIDGETECH instructors are Synergy Autism Center certified mentors, specially trained to help FIDGETECH members learn a variety of social skills such as communication, self-advocacy, and building self-esteem. Epicodus instructors are certified graduates of the Epicodus training program. Epicodus instructors will join FIDGETECH instructors in the classroom environment to provide a fully qualified training environment.

Pilot Program

FIDGETECH is launching the FIDGETECH Epicodus program as a pilot program. The pilot program will consist of eight FIDGETECH members and two instructors. The pilot program will take place at Epicodus, 400 SW 6th Ave #800, Portland, OR 97204 and will be open 8am – 5pm every week day.

Students will have an opportunity to participate in classroom instruction, self-study, and collaborative or “paired” learning daily.  As a self-paced program, hours of attendance will vary.  Specific hours for classroom instruction will be announced in the days leading to the start of the program.

Workplace Skills Training

FIDGETECH Epicodus members will learn essential workplace skills. A variety of valuable competencies will be taught including: communicating in the workplace, building credibility and confidence, decision-making and problem solving, and managing emotions and behavior.

Internship Opportunities

FIDGETECH collaborates with Epicodus to place members in internships with local businesses. Select internships will be chosen that provide a supportive environment for FIDGETECH members.

For more information on starting dates and program fees, please contact: Justine Haigh | (503) 724-3619