Warren High's Fausto Rojas discovers passion for computer programming

DOWNEY – Fausto Rojas from Warren High School is in the 9th grade and already has big plans for his life. 

Computer programming is no easy career choice, but it’s the choice Fausto has made with determination to succeed. He has even begun to get a head start on studying for his future career, unlike most students his age.

Since elementary school, Fausto has been encouraged to head towards the field of computer science, but it wasn’t until middle school that he actually began to learn the basics of programming from taking the engineering Project Lead The Way (PLTW) class at Griffith’s Middle School.

This was what set Fausto’s dream to become real. At the middle school level, he was introduced to engineering design, which included building robots and even coding. This convinced him to continue with the engineering class in high school where he is currently learning more on computer science. 

Along with the class, Fausto is involved with the on-campus club and renowned organization “SkillsUSA,” where he will compete in competitions on computer science against other students from the surrounding area at the regional competition next year. The club teaches Fausto real world job skills and provides him with extra knowledge and practice time regarding computer programming. The competition will involve many other Warren High School students competing for various sections and titles and will be held at LA Trade Tech on Jan. 23.

Computer science requires a great deal of arduous study and keeping up with the constantly new and upgrading software. Fausto has managed to learn trademark “JavaScript” language along with many other programming codes which will prove very beneficial to him later in his career. Although Fausto has said that he would happily get involved in any computer science branch, he would want to be a game developer if he had the opportunity to do so.

“Computer programming is a whole different language just for a computer. There are so many things programmers are able to do with it now, the future can only have more capabilities and doors that will open for me and other programmers,” Fausto remarked.

Fausto translates his passion through his perseverance. He encourages everyone to learn some computer programming even if they don’t necessarily want to pursue computer science as a career. Computers are the future, which is why Fausto believes everyone should know some computer science to prepare themselves for the technology of tomorrow. Warren High is proud to have such a driven student like Fausto Rojas, who can accomplish whatever he sets his mind to achieve.