At a ceremony on Monday morning, Advanced Technology Group of Missoula presented a check for $3,500 to support computer science programs for students at Sentinel High School.

MCPS Communications and Technology Director Hatton Littman said the check was presented on behalf of the school and the entire district.

"Dr. Ted Fuller, Principal of Sentinel High School and computer science teacher Daniel Lande were on hand for the check presentation in the Juniper Academic Alliance Networking classroom," Littman said. "It's important to note that Sentinel is the only high school program worldwide that has implemented this networking certification programming Several years ago we switched to Juniper networking equipment. At that time Juniper let us know that they had a college level certification program for students and that they would be piloting a high school version of that course. Ted Fuller was very excited about the program and we were able to ramp it up at Sentinel."

Littman said several schools began with the same program from Juniper, but ended up dropping out, which left Sentinel as the only high school in the world currently offering the program.

"Students who finish that program have the opportunity to take certifications that are available from Juniper, similar to other certifications from other large networking manufacturers," she said. "Those are real world job certifications that enable students to be employable as soon as they graduate from high school."

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) programs are offered to high school students through out School District One.