Had and took the opportunity to learn data processing my jr year in h.s. at a vocational ed. center, working with 10" floppy disks and punch cards on a Burroughs minicomp. Sr. year took a class in COBOL programming on the same mini which ultimately led to my being able to get a full ride to DeVry. All of this was against my h.s. counsellors wishes who insisted that I would be better off staying at the h.s. taking college prep classes. Went to DeVry, graduated in '86, and have been working in the industry ever since. This was kind of the advent of h.s. agers getting a chance to really touch computers in any meaningful way I think and it has worked out for me overall. Todays kids are so inundated with technology that it's nothing special to them but back then, it was something way out of the ordinary I think.